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Guisborough Town

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Newton Aycliffe

Sat 13 Jan 2018 | Northern League Division 1 | Home

Stadium

KGV Stadium

Attendance

137

Referee

David Fitzpatrick

Kick-Off

15:00

Birthday boy ‘Steely’ scores a vital volleyed goal to give battling Priorymen the best present of all!

Guisborough Town ended a sequence of five successive defeats when big striker Nathan Steel celebrated his birthday in style with a vital goal to earn the Priorymen a draw and a priceless point against Newton Aycliffe at the KGV.

Players from Guisborough Town, Newton Aycliffe and the Mascot for the day line up to shake hands before the game at the KGV Stadium on Saturday

Following a two week spell without a competitive game due to waterlogged and frozen pitches, a depleted Guisborough side in desperate need of ending their losing streak fell behind in the 22nd minute to a deflected Craig Hutchinson goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Newton Aycliffe take the lead with a deflected shot from centre forward Craig Hutchinson (extreme right)

But gutsy Guisborough hit back on 35 minutes when Steel volleyed home from close range after Aycliffe failed to clear a corner and it was the perfect present for the big frontman the day after his 25th birthday.

Boot-iful! Guisborough striker Nathan Steel marks his recent 25th birthday with a fierce volley from seven yards to put the Priorymen level in the 35th minute

Both teams went in search of a winner in the second half but there were no further goals and at least share of the points was probably something of a relief to two sides battling to pull away from the relegation zone.

One significant boost for the Priorymen came in the 69th minute of the game when leading scorer Steve Roberts came on as sub for his first appearance in several weeks due to an emergency appendix operation – a very welcome sight indeed for the Guisborough fans and management alike.

A hugely welcome sight for Guisborough fans and officials alike as Steve Roberts comes on as sub following his recent appendix operation and shows he has lost none of his blistering pace and ability to beat his man down the right wing

Following the Aycliffe draw, Guisborough now lie in 16th place in the league table with 28 points – eight points above Jarrow Roofing who currently occupy the third relegation spot – but the Roofers, who shocked Shildon with a 3-1 away win yesterday, have a game in hand on the Priorymen.

MASSIVE IMPORTANCE

So next Wednesday’s home game at the KGV Stadium (KO 7.45pm) against a West Auckland team flying high in sixth position assumes massive importance for the Priorymen.

The crowd of 137 at the KGV yesterday was the fifth highest of nine Ebac Northern League Division One matches played on the day, and Guisborough is very grateful to its loyal supporters.

The Priorymen managed to get some much-needed gameplay in on 5 January with a friendly at the Laurence Jackson all-weather pitch against Redcar Newmarket. It proved an extremely useful workout for the Priorymen, who ran out decisive 7-1 winners.

A full portfolio of action photo's from the game can be found via the following link: Match Photo's | Guisborough Town 1-1 Newton Aycliffe - 13/1/18

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