2

Bishop Auckland

v

4

Guisborough Town

Sat 26 Aug 2017 | Northern League Division 1 | Away

Stadium

Heritage Park

Attendance

195

Referee

John Mulligan

Kick-Off

15:00

 Bishop Auckland
Guisborough Town
ScorersAndrew Johnson (24)
Ben Trotter (84)

Steven Roberts (8, 54)
Jack Connor (11, 78)

Man of the Match Jack Connor

Guisborough carried out what they have threatened to do several times in recent weeks when their exciting, attacking football yielded an excellent win and added to Bishop Auckland’s blues.

Bishop Auckland and Guisborough Town take to the field

The game began at a frenetic pace and each time the visitors attacked, they looked capable of slicing open the home defence.

The pace and trickery of Roberts and relentless pressing and harrying from Goldsack immediately put the Bishops’ defence on the backfoot and it was Stephen Roberts who skipped past his marker and coolly slotted home after just seven minutes. Having scored twice in the forty-five minutes he played on Thursday evening against Newcastle Benfield, Roberts had scored three goals in the space of only 52 minutes of football.

Roberts turns his marker inside out...

...before slotting home to put Guisborough ahead

His play threatened to add more to this tally and as the home defence were stretched, a ball into the box was knocked on by Lovatt and fell for Jack Connor who slotted home to give the Priorymen an excellent early two goal advantage.

With Lovatt returning to the heart of the defence, Robinson organising and barking orders and the midfield pairing of Hugill and Connor working effectively together to both protect the back four and to spring Guisborough onto the offensive, Guisborough looked as good as at any point in recent weeks.

Mark Robinson, who arguably enjoyed his best game so far in a Guisborough shirt

A third goal before the half-hour mark may have killed off the home side, who were yet to register a point from their games this season. As the ball fell to Roberts on the edge of the area he placed his curling right footed shot towards the corner. To most onlookers, it looked as though he had scored. However, the ball skimmed past the upright and allowed the home supporters to breathe again.

Perhaps spurred on by this narrow miss, Bishops themselves threatened on the counter attack. Andrew Johnson has been a thorn in Guisborough’s side on every occasion we have played against Bishop Auckland and famously scored two brilliant goals out of nothing two years ago to secure all three points. Although rumoured to be only half-fit, Johnson always carries a goal threat. Bishop Auckland won a free kick twenty five yards from goal. The well struck shot was well saved by Nixon, but Johnson was quicker than the Guisborough defence to react and raced in to tap in the rebound.

Andrew Johnson, Bishops' prolific centre forward, was largely kept quiet by the Town defence

At this point, Bishops were in the ascendency. Bishops' centre forward James Fairley acted as a good foil to Johnson. His direct running into the penalty area resulted in a thumping effort crashing into the post when perhaps a sideways pass to Johnson was the better option.

Nixon saves smartly from another effective Bishops' free-kick

The half-time 2-1 scoreline was a fair reflection of play and whilst it is a touch clichéd, the next goal was likely to decide which team went on to take all three points.

To the delight of the visiting support it was the Priorymen who restored their two goal cushion in the early stages of the second half. Ferguson's pinpoint left footed cross to the far post was met by Roberts who nodded the ball home.

Roberts nods home at the far post

Steve Roberts adds his second with a far post header

As the ball hits the nets, Roberts if off celebrating

By now play became increasingly stretched and as Bishops themselves threatened, their forays into the Guisborough half left them very vulnerable to being hit on the break at pace.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Goldsack received the ball on the left hand side of the area and had the vision to see the run of the excellent Jack Connor who bravely slid in to steer the ball perfectly into the far corner and effectively seal the three points.

Jack Connor bravely slides in to steer the ball into the far corner

There was still time for Bishops to achieve a further consolation as Trotter neatly turned in from close range.

However, Guisborough had the greater verve and attacking intensity overall and fully merited the three points.

Highlights of the game can be found on Priorymen TV via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msg89qM70pU

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