Ryhope CW



Guisborough Town

Sat 10 Feb 2018 | Northern League Division 1 | Away


Ryhope Recreation Park




Michael Andrews



Resurgent Guisborough Town continued their tremendous run of form with an emphatic 3-0 win at Ryhope CW, which lifted the in-form Priorymen further towards mid-table security.

Following on from their amazing 3-2 victory at high-flying North Shields the weekend before, Guisborough not only extended their current unbeaten league run to six games with this convincing victory - they also went a long way to erasing the memory of a 7-1 FA Vase defeat at Ryhope back in September.

After a difficult start to the season, this current Guisborough Town squad is now proving to be a force to be reckoned with and, as Manager Gary Forster said three weeks ago, the revitalised Priorymen currently look capable of beating any team in the league on their day.

Ryhope CW is always a difficult place to go to and that proved to be the case from as early as the 6th minute when Ryhope right back Elliott Woods was rightly straight red-carded for a horrendous-looking tackle on Guisborough’s in-form striker Mason McNeill.

Ryhope right back Elliott Woods was rightly straight red-carded for a horrendous-looking tackle on Guisborough’s in-form striker Mason McNeill

McNeill, the hat-trick hero in the previous week’s 3-2 win at North Shields, had to be helped off the pitch with what looked like a very nasty ankle injury – but thankfully there was better than expected news about him the following day when it was revealed that nothing had been broken. However Mason has still been left nursing a very badly cut and bruised ankle but nevertheless it is hoped he will be able to resume training in the next week or so.

The shocking tackle on McNeill by Woods left Guisborough fans and officials alike incensed at the time - but to be fair to Woods he appeared genuinely distraught and apologised immediately after the tackle. He also had the good grace to come into the Guisborough dressing room later to apologise again.

Ryhope's Woods didn't wait to see what colour the card would be

Guisborough Manager Gary Forster put things into perspective when commented: “It was probably the worst tackle I have witnessed on one of my players in the 14 years that I have been coaching. But having said that I don’t think there was any malicious intent. It was a very clumsy tackle and Woods seemed to turn his head away as he jumped in.

“It was probably one of those incidents that came too early in the game and to be fair to Woods he apologised immediately and seemed genuinely distraught. He came into our dressing room later to apologise again and assure us that there was nothing deliberate about the foul on Mason - so fair play to him for having the decency to come to us like that,” added Gary.

Despite the loss of McNeill so early on Guisborough have got good strength in depth these days and they shrugged off the blow of losing him and ultimately ran out impressive winners against 10-man Ryhope.


Guisborough defender Lee Bythway, who seems to revel in being thrust into a more attacking role, gave the Priorymen a thoroughly deserved lead in the 38th minute with a bullet-like header.

Guisborough defender Lee Bythway gave the Priorymen a thoroughly deserved lead in the 38th minute with a bullet-like header

The move which led to the goal had started when Bythway saw his first header crash against the Ryhope bar and bounce clear but the ball was immediately put back into the Ryhope penalty area and the determined Bythway got on the end of it to make no mistake with his second header.

Guisborough could so easily have gone into the interval with a more commanding lead but Ryhope kept Guisborough out with several last-ditch blocks near the goal-line, including a fierce effort from Town’s comeback hero Bradley Mills who saw a fierce effort across goal cleared.

Ryhope gave Guisborough a couple of scares shortly after the re-start but Michael Rae spurned a good 51st minute chance created by winger Josh Home-Jackson who then had a goal disallowed for offside three minutes later.

10-man Ryhope gave Guisborough a couple of scares during the game - Guisborough 'keeper Jordan Nixon can only watch here as an effort flashes just wide

Then Guisborough defender Matty Lovatt got forward to the back post for a Town free kick but his effort went over the bar. In the 66th minute Ryhope’s Rae got in a good header but Guisborough ‘keeper Jordan Nixon was equal to it and saved.

Just three minutes later though Guisborough earned the two-goal cushion their play had deserved when Bythway got on the end of a corner and turned the ball home past Ryhope ‘keeper Jonny Ball.

Ben Hugill congratulates Lee Bythway on scoring his second of the game

And Guisborough stormed into a three-goal lead on 75 minutes when leading scorer Steve Roberts showed just why he sits so high in the Northern League scoring table – despite missing a big chunk of the season through injuries – when he characteristically cut in from the wing and unleashed a great shot into the far corner of the net.

Steve Roberts cuts in from the left and unleashes a great shot into the corner of the net

Two minutes from time only yet another last-ditch Ryhope block on the line by Danni Lay prevented Guisborough from going 4-0 up.


The win and another welcome three points saw Guisborough leap-frog Ryhope in the table and the Priorymen now stand 15th in the table with 34 points – 11 points above Jarrow Roofing who currently occupy the third relegation spot, but with four games in hand over Town.

Guisborough boss Gary Forster added: “It was an excellent win against Ryhope to keep our unbeaten run going. I thought we showed great patience throughout what was a very measured team performance by my players.

“I still have a lot of respect of Ryhope – they are a difficult side to play against and they made it hard for us even after they went down to 10 men.”

A full portfolio of photo's from the game can be found via the following link: Match Photo's | Ryhope CW 0-3 Guisborough Town


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