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Seaham Red Star

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Guisborough Town

Sat 14 Apr 2018 | Northern League Division 1 | Away

Stadium

Seaham Town Park

Attendance

67

Referee

Alex Clark

Kick-Off

15:00

Guisborough Town took a massive step towards preserving their Ebac Northern League Division One status with an emphatically impressive 3-0 win at Seaham Red Star.

The vital victory and the even more crucial three points gained helped the Priorymen leapfrog Seaham into 16th place and they maintained their eight point cushion over Jarrow Roofing who currently occupy the third relegation spot. However, both have now played the same number of games whereas the Roofers had games in hand until recently.

The game was finely poised at 1-1 at half-time after winger Louis Goldsack had given the Priorymen the best possible start with an 18-yard volley into the net after only four minutes.

Guisborough’s young winger Louis Goldsack gets his side off to a flier with a superb volley after only four minutes

Seaham hit back to draw level after 27 minutes but after the interval Guisborough regained control when defender Lee Bythway restored his side’s lead with a looping header just five minutes after the restart.

Guisborough goalkeeper Jordan Nixon at full stretch as he tries in vein to prevent Seaham's equaliser

Then seven minutes from time Mason McNeill was set up beautifully by substitute Dave Onions to score easily and clinch victory and the three points for the Priorymen before Seaham were reduced to 10 men when Brad Staunch was sent off.

Mason McNeill seals the three points with a simple tap in at the far post

Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was understandably delighted with the result and commented: “Yes it was a great win, one which I think could be the most important victory for the club since I took charge.

“It has been a difficult week or two for the club with the passing of one of our former great supporters John Butterfield and I know that lads did have a ‘do it for John’ mentality before the game.

As a mark of respect to the late John Butterfield Guisborough players wore black arm-bands and observed a minute’s silence prior to the match at Seaham

“We were not at our best in the first half but that was probably because we lacked match practice with all the recent postponements.

“But I thought we controlled the second half much better and fully deserved our win in the end. My man-of-the-match was Joe Morley, who ran his socks off in what was a particularly difficult first half.

Guisborough's man-of-the-match Joe Morley breaks up another Seaham move

“I think a couple of more wins and we’ll be able to sleep much easier on a night,” quipped Gary. “We still have to be mindful that some of our relegation rivals like Jarrow Roofing and Bishop Auckland could still put decent runs together and suck us back into the relegation dogfight, so we need to keep the same focus as we showed today,” added Gary.

A full portfolio of photo's from the game can be found via the following link: Match Photo's | Seaham Red Star 1-3 Guisborough Town

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