2

Guisborough Town

v

2

Morpeth Town

Sat 23 Sep 2017 | Northern League Division 1 | Home

Stadium

KGV Ground

Attendance

129

Referee

Alex Clark

Kick-Off

15:00

Team Sheet
Guisborough Town
Goal Time Morpeth Town
Goal Time
Jordan Nixon (Captain) 1Karl Dryden 
Bradley Mills 2Daniel Carson 
Dylan McAvoy 3Michael Turner 
Lee Bythway514Wayne Phillips 62
Matthew Lovatt 5Curtis Coppen 
Mark Robinson 6Christopher Reid 
Steven Roberts 7Sean Taylor 
Brian Close 8Keith Graydon (Captain) 
Nathan Steel 9Mark Davison 
Lewis Maloney9410Liam Henderson58
Ben Hugill 11Joseph Walton 
Substitutes
Joe Ferguson (on for Close | 75) 12Ben Sayer 
James Dawson 13/17Stephen Forster (on for Henderson | 78) 
Mason McNeill 14Michael Chilton 
Jack Connor (on for Hugill | 62) 15Luke Carr 
Louis Goldsack (on for Robinson | 68) 16Jordan Fry (on for Graydon | 72) 

A re-shaped Guisborough Town demonstrated that they can compete with the best as they held title leaders Morpeth Town to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the KGV Stadium on Saturday.

Guisborough and Morpeth players shake hands before the gameGuisborough and Morpeth players shake hands before the game

It was a fascinating tussle but Guisborough, with new signing Brian Close adding some much-needed experience to the side, showed great resilience and determination against a top side.

Many seasons of experience between these two ‘old hands’ – Guisborough’s  new midfield signing Brian Close (left) having a chat to Guisborough defender Mark Robinson before kick off

The proud Priorymen never gave up hope and were rewarded when midfielder Lewis Maloney scored dramatic equaliser with literally the last kick of the game in the 94th minute.

Last-gasp equaliser for the Priorymen!  Lewis Maloney (not in picture) sends a free kick into the back of the Morpeth net, which sparked joyous Guisborough celebrations!

It was much-deserved reward for Guisborough and a valuable point which keeps them two clear of the relegation zone and it sparked scenes of almost unprecedented and unbridled joy at the KGV.

First to congratulate Maloney is Guisborough full back Brad Mills

Afterwards Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was understandably delighted both with the performance and the hard-earned point and commented: “I was very proud indeed of the lads today.

“They kept going right to the end against the top team in the league currently and the late goal from Lewis crowned a very good display by ourselves. To hold the league leaders like that is by no means an easy task but the boys stuck to it right to the final whistle,” he purred.

After a first-half stalemate during which they both created chances and soaked up a lot of Morpeth pressure, Guisborough shocked the league leaders by taking the lead in the 51st minute when defender Lee Bythway headed home. Amazingly it was the first goal Guisborough had scored against the Highwaymen in 321 minutes’ play over previous games.

Goooaaalll! Guisborough defender Lee Bythway (No 4) watches as his header opens the scoring for his side

The lead, however, was short-lived as Guisborough’s old Achilles heel of being unable to preserve a lead for long was in evidence once again as Morpeth striker Liam Henderson headed his side level in the 58th minute.

Then just four minutes later Wayne Phillips put Morpeth 2-1 in the lead, lashing the ball home from 12 yards.

Both sides then went all out for the next goal and Morpeth missed several chances, primarily through Sean Taylor, to put the game beyond Guisborough’s reach.

Jordan Nixon was in fine form, keeping the Morpeth attack at bay several times

But with time slipping away and another defeat for the Priorymen looking likely, up stepped Maloney to score with a daisy-cutter of a free kick to send Guisborough’s players and fans alike into raptures and spark wild celebrations.

The Priorymen join Maloney's celebrations

Match highlights, and reaction from Gary Forster and Lewis Maloney, can be seen on Priorymen TV via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhcwdp0kZ0A

Match photo's can be found via the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154166104@N05/albums/72157685493939652

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