Stokesley Sports Club



Guisborough Town

Sat 1 Sep 2018 | FA Vase | Away


Broughton Road




Conor Ledgeway



Give us a wave! Gary Forster confident before the match at Stokesley

Guisborough Town stormed through to the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase when they completely outclassed Stokesley, with Town striker Ash Lavan leading a goals avalanche with a well-taken hat-trick in a 9-0 win.

Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was confident enough to rest some of his regular first teamers against a struggling Stokesley side and it paid off handsomely with all the reserve players he gave a start to giving impressive displays.

After the game the delighted Guisborough Manager commented: “I brought a few of the promising young lads we have into the team and they did very well. Charlie Marshall had an excellent game in midfield and the two young wingers Jay Wilson and Alex Bruton both did well.

Another dazzling run down the left wing by Alex Bruton as he  leaves Stokesley defenders trailing in his wake

“All in all it was a very pleasing afternoon. We’ve got a few other good young prospects doing well with Donny Holdsworth and Ben Jackson both impressing so the future looks promising.

The Manager praised Ben Jackson's performance

“Having said that we’ve got some very tough games coming up in the next two weeks with Hebburn Town at home in the league on Wednesday and then Farsley Celtic from two leagues higher up than us in the FA Cup next Saturday at the KGV,” said Gary.

Guisborough’s reward for their overwhelming victory over Stokesley is a home tie in the BuildbaseUK FA Vase Second Qualifying Round at home to North West Counties League Premier Division Side Barnoldswick Town on Saturday, 15 September (KO 3pm).

Against Stokesley, Guisborough got off to a flying start by taking the lead after just five minutes when home ‘keeper Karl Wellard couldn’t hold on to an Ash Lavan shot and winger Jay Wilson ran in from the right to neatly tuck the loose ball home.

Jay Wilson puts Guisborough 1-0 up

Stokesley, who play in the North Riding Premier League these days, tried their best against the Priorymen to recover from the early shock of going behind and they held Guisborough until the 29th minute when Ash Lavan opened his account.


It stemmed from a great cross-field ball by Charlie Marshall to Jay Wilson who crossed first time beautifully to Lavan who shot home from close in to double Guisborough’s lead to 2-0.

From scorer to provider - Wilson crosses for Ash Lavan's first goal

Guisborough continued to pile the pressure on Stokesley and were rewarded with two further goals in the 32nd and 40th minutes to lead 4-0 at half-time.

Both goals came courtesy of own goals from Stokesley centre-half Steve Cattel, the latter of the two a spectacular misdirected header which any opposing forward would have been proud to score!

In the second half rampant Guisborough added a further five goals to their tally to run out decisive 9-0 winners - the additional goals coming from Alex Bruton after a brilliant solo run (50th minute), Ash Lavan (52nd and 65th minutes) and Mason McNeill (85th and 90th minutes).

Mason McNeill rounds off the scoring in the 90th minute

As Guisborough boss Gary Forster said in his post-match interview for the club Twitter site, the match against Stokesley was a great opportunity to give some of his up and coming reserves some good first team match-time.

Gary added: “It’s great to give some of our best young reserves minutes in the first team and it’s all part and parcel of what we do involving our reserves and Under-19s in training and working with the first team – it all goes hand in hand really.”

Young winger Alex Bruton in particular looks an exciting prospect. He made his debut for one of his first clubs, York City, at only 17 and has spent the last two seasons with Gateshead and short pre-season spell with Whitby. Now still only 19, the Ormesby lad missed most of last season with a serious hamstring injury but he is now happy to sign up and commit himself to Guisborough.

Looking to the week ahead, Gary acknowledged that the midweek game against Hebburn at the KGV on Wednesday, 5 September (KO 7.45pm) would be a very tough one while the mouth-watering FA Cup Qualifying tie against Farsley at the KGV on Saturday, 8 September would provide another formidable challenge.

He said: “Hebburn have come up from Division Two and have put a great side together and they’re currently right in form, so it will be a very tough fixture but it will be interesting to see how we match up together.

“We did well in our first two league fixtures against Consett and Shildon without getting anything so we’re looking forward to seeing how we do against an up and coming team like Hebburn.

“It goes without saying that the FA Cup tie against Farsley will be a huge challenge but we’ll face them with a game plan and give it our best shot so hopefully we might pull something off against them. Regardless, I’m looking forward to both games very much,” added Gary.

MATCH PHOTO'S | A full portfolio from the game can be found via the following link: Stokesley SC 0 Guisborough Town 9 - 1/9/18


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