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Guisborough Town

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Bishop Auckland

Sat 18 Nov 2017 | Northern League Division 1 | Home

Stadium

King George V Stadium

Attendance

170

Referee

Adam Williamson

Kick-Off

15:00

Guisborough Town climbed to 15th in the table with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bishop Auckland at the KGV on Saturday which also clinched a league double over their County Durham rivals.

Another valuable three points have put the Priorymen a healthy nine points clear of the relegation zone and extended their current impressive unbeaten run to five games following their dramatic League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Northallerton in midweek.

The Bishops pushed Guisborough all the way on Saturday with a spirited second half display and the Priorymen had to dig deep and work hard for their victory.

But this current Guisborough side, despite still missing key players through long-term injury, is looking strong throughout the team and there were many impressive individual performances in an excellent all-round team effort.

Once again Guisborough’s wing wizard Steve Roberts showed his class with two goals of real quality.  His first came after only six minutes when Mason McNeill hit a superb defence-splitting pass through to Roberts whose burst of speed took him to the ball first as Bishops’ goalkeeper Scott Pocklington rushed out and Roberts steered the ball into the empty net with a deft flick to the flick.

Steven Roberts latches onto McNeill's through pass to give Guisborough an early lead

McNeill has been very impressive since getting more starts due to recent injuries which can only create more healthy competition for places in the team.

Bishops strove hard to get back into the game, but were restricted mainly to long high balls down the middle but with Guisborough centre backs Matty Lovatt and Matthew Crust commanding in the air there was little serious threat to the home goal.

Matty Lovatt heads clear

Guisborough in fact came closest to increasing their lead when Roberts, with one of several marauding runs down the right, crossed beautifully for Nathan Steel, who once again led the line well with his physical presence, to run in but agonisingly his shot shaved the outside of the post.

Steve Roberts on another marauding run

In the second half Bishops came out stronger and tested the Guisborough defence on several occasions but with full backs Dylan McAvoy and Brian Close – who had a particularly good game – ably supporting their centre backs the Bishops were kept at bay. Midfielders Mark Robinson and Ben Hugill got through a lot of hard work and tough tackling.

The Guisborough defence repells another Bishops attack

And Guisborough goalkeeper Jordan Nixon was in great form when called upon, a near point blank reflex stop midway through the second half preserving his side’s lead.

Jordan Nixon smothers the ball

SUPERB GOAL

It was Guisborough who increased their lead in the 58th minute with an absolutely superb goal.  Ben Hugill and Louis Goldsack combined to win the ball out on the left and Goldsack clipped over a peach of a looping cross to the far right.

Roberts watches as Louis Goldsacks floated cross comes over

Roberts steamed in and from what looked like an impossible angle almost on the by-line Guisborough’s leading scorer struck a superb volley and the ball scorched home into the far corner to give the Priorymen a two-goal cushion.

Roberts connects as he drills a fierce pile-driver from an acute angle

Although Roberts deservedly got the plaudits for a memorable strike, Goldsack had created the goal superbly and he once again looks back to his brilliant best following his recent injury problems.

Roberts gets congratulated by his team-mates after his incredible strike

To their credit Bishops never gave up and their efforts were rewarded in the 72nd minute when a long cross from the left found centre back Ibrahim Hassan 12 yards out in the Guisborough penalty area and he rose high to head home powerfully, despite Nixon’s valiant diving effort to keep the ball out.

Bishop’s defender Ibrahim Hasson (No 5) sends a looping header that finds its way into the Guisborough net despite the heroic flying dive of keeper Jordan Nixon

After that Guisborough kept their composure and rarely looked in danger of surrendering their lead and Roberts went close to completing his hat-trick late on.

The win maintained Guisborough’s recent improvement and progression up the table and the healthy crowd of 170 was the fifth highest attendance of the day in the Northern League.

The hard work of Town Manager Gary Forster and his backroom team is paying handsome dividends and they deserve huge credit for the recent consistent improvement - and this is despite being without long-term absentees Bradley Mills, Joe Ferguson and now Lewis Maloney.

Match highlights can be found on Guisborough Town's YouTube channel, Priorymen TV, via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDgN79MNP8E

Match photo's can be found via the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154166104@N05/albums/72157690769640186

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