26 Dec 2018 in Match Reports
Itâ€™s there! Former Guisborough player James Risbrough looks back to see the net bulging from a Nathan Guru header
Guisborough goalscorer Nathan Gury (No 6) is congratulated by his teammates
Guisboroughâ€™s Nathan Guru (far right, leaning back) shoots through a crowd of players to put Guisborough back into the lead
And once again Guru (not visible) is mobbed by delighted teammates!
Guisboroughâ€™s Mark Robinson (No 8) shapes to put his penalty kick towards the left hand corner of the netâ€¦
â€¦but â€˜Robboâ€™ skilfully sends the Stockton keeper the wrong way to put his side 3-1 up
Big Boxing Day boost for Guisborough as ‘Guru’ leads way to vital win over neighbours Stockton.
Guisborough Town massively eased their relegation worries with a thoroughly well-deserved derby win over Stockton Town, with defender Nathan Guru leading the way with brace of goals.
Guru, having a spell of work experience with the Priorymen away from his parent club Middlesbrough, put in a match-winning performance with two goals in the first half to set up a 3-2 half-time lead for Guisborough.
In a see-saw first half Guru gave his side the lead after just 10 minutes when he headed home and after Stockton had equalised on 21 minutes Gury restored Guisborough’s lead again in the 28th minute.
Guisborough midfielder Mark Robinson scored from the spot in the 39th minute to make it 3-1 but Stockton pulled another goal back on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-2.
That’s how the scoreline stayed to the end of the game to help Guisborough record their first league victory since way back in October when they won 4-0 at Seaham Red Star.
The crucial three points earned give Guisborough a five-point cushion over Whickham Town have currently occupy the third relegation spot.
Understandably, Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was relieved but absolutely delighted with the win and the performance.
He said after the game: “Although I felt we could have made it a bit more comfortable for ourselves with more composure in front of goal, this undoubtedly was a great result for us. We spoke before the game about the success Stockton have had over the past couple of seasons, yet I can honestly say that not many of their players would get into our team at the minute.
“I also spoke about we owed ourselves and our supporters a big performance and, more importantly, a good result for sticking with us through what has been a very tough run.
“I was particularly delighted for Nathan Guru in getting his two goals to cap another fine performance.
“His attitude is first class and he fully deserves any success that he gets from the game. I know Middlesbrough are monitoring his progress with us closely and it is possible we may lose him back to Boro at some time in the future.
“So we’ve just got to value and enjoy his performances and contribution to the team while we can.
“Apart from Nathan’s display, we had a team full of at least 8 out of 10’s today - but I would like to make special mention also of Jordan Nixon, Anthony Snook, Mason McNeill and Bri Close, who contributions at different times in the game were vital.
The Boxing Day crowd at Stockton’s Coverall Stadium was a healthy 404.
Meanwhile, Guisborough’s next game is this coming Saturday, 29 December when they host Newcastle Benfield at the KGV Stadium (KO 3pm). Apart from long-term injury casualties Dylan McAvoy and Donny Holdsworth, manager Gary Forster has the luxury of a virtual full squad to choose from, with full back Brad Mills available again after suspension.
MATCH PHOTO'S | A full portfolio of photo's from the game can be found via the following link: Stockton Town 2 Guisborough Town 3 - 26/12/18