Charlie helps ‘Marshall’ Priorymen

04 Aug 2019 in Match Reports

Guisborough’s young defender Charlie Marshall gets up high to head clear.

Pride before the fall…Guisborough’s new striker Sonni Coleman tussling for the ball.

Guisborough’s fast-improving young player Charlie Marshall shows perfect balance as he weighs up his options.

Guisborough’s young ‘keeper Ryan Catterick, on season-long loan from Hartlepool, shapes up beautifully to clear his lines.

One of Guisborough’s new signings, striker Sonni Coleman, climbs high to win this aerial duel.

Yet another of Guisborough’s ‘young guns’ John Howard gets stuck in.

Guisborough’s former old boy, Ste Snaith, now back with the Priorymen via West Auckland, controlling things in midfield.

Another of Guisborough’s new signings, ex-Marske defender Josh Rowbotham and captain for the day gets in a great header to relieve some Seaham pressure.

Guisborough midfielder Ste Snaith in typically combative mood as he slides in to tackle.

John Howard about to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

Guisborough players mob John Howard after he opened the scoring for the Priorymen.

You can’t keep that man Ste Snaith out of the picture as he thunders in for another challenge!

Guisborough ‘keeper Ryan Catterick jumps high to safely gather in the ball.

Guisborough’s Joe Ferguson (No 11) drags the ball past a Seaham defender…

…and sweeps the ball home for Guisborough’s second and clinching goal.

Guisborough Manager Gary Forster (right) and his Assistant Manager Dave Onions can’t conceal their delight at the final whistle!

Charlie helps ‘Marshall’ Priorymen to impressive opening league victory against Seaham Red Star.

Guisborough’s fast-improving young player Charlie Marshall shows perfect balance as he weighs up his options

Winning your opening competitive match of the season is always such a major boost – and sheer relief – to players, managers, supporters and club officials alike.

Guisborough Manager Gary Forster (right) and his Assistant Manager Dave Onions can’t conceal their delight at the final whistle!

But the manner in which Guisborough Town overcame a stubborn Seaham side on Saturday was one of the most impressive highlights of a highly-competitive encounter.

And at the heart of a conclusive 2-0 Guisborough victory was young Charlie Marshall. Normally a midfielder, Charlie had to play in central defence due to injuries and absences - and he rose superbly to the challenge.

Charlie Marshall excelled at centre back

Since becoming a regular starter in the latter half of last season, 19-year-old Charlie has matured rapidly and has established himself firmly in Guisborough Manager Gary Forster’s team plans.

Gary commented afterwards: “I was delighted with the result and thought it was a very good performance overall.

“This Seaham side was one of the better ones that we have faced in recent years, but right from the whistle we seemed well up for the task and I thought we deserved the three points.

“Charlie Marshall had a great game but to be fair every single player pulled their weight and our dressing room afterwards had a good feel. It was tough to pick out one single man of the match as we had a number of contenders,” added Gary.

Overall, this was an excellent performance by the Priorymen in front of 115 fans, bolstered by a healthy contingent from Guisborough. Seaham is never an easy place to travel to whether they are in the top, middle or lower positions in the table.

Josh Rowbotham gets in a great header to relieve some Seaham pressure

But Guisborough quickly stamped their authority on the game and dominated for long periods and whenever Seaham threatened the new-look Guisborough back four of Tommy Marron, Dylan McAvoy, Charlie Marshall and Josh Rowbotham were immaculate, with goalkeeper Ryan Catterick in fine form whenever called upon.

Ryan Catterick was in fine form whenever called upon

In midfield John Howard and new signings Ste Snaith and former Hartlepool player Lewis Hawkins all worked incredibly hard, as did Danny Earl, Sonni Coleman and Joe Ferguson up front.

Guisborough midfielder Ste Snaith in typically combative mood as he slides in to tackle

The match opened at a fast and furious tempo despite the humid heat and both sides deserve great credit for maintaining an entertaining, end to end spectacle for both sets of fans throughout the whole 90 minutes.

REWARD FOR THEIR ENDEAVOUR!

Guisborough finally got deserved reward for all their endeavour in the 39th minute when another youngster, John Howard, capped an excellent display with a superb, low shot from the edge of the penalty area which zoomed diagonally into the far right hand corner of the net for 1-0 to the Priorymen.

John Howard nets his first Guisborough goal with this effort from outside the box

In the second half both sides pressed hard for the next goal and it finally came in the 87th minute when substitute Donny Holdsworth combined well with Joe Ferguson who bore down menacingly on the Seaham goal.

Guisborough’s Joe Ferguson (No 11) drags the ball past a Seaham defender

Ferguson evaded several tackles and looked like he was trying to work the ball on to his favoured left foot but in the end he swung with his right foot and the ball nestled nicely into the back of the net.

It was a fitting finale for Ferguson, whose strong bursts forward caused problems for the Seaham defence throughout the match. Guisborough are delighted to have the popular and versatile ‘Fergie’ back after potential career change in the Navy didn’t materialise.

Joe Ferguson sweeps the ball home for Guisborough’s second and clinching goal

Welcome though the win at Seaham was, Guisborough must not get carried away with it as they turn their attentions to next Wednesday, 7 August when they return to the KGV for their first home league match of the campaign against Sunderland RCA (KO 7.4pm). RCA opened their campaign on Saturday with a good 2-1 win over North Shields, so will provide a stiff test for the Priorymen on Wednesday night. Hopefully there will be a healthy crowd to cheer the Priorymen on.

Guisborough Town Upcoming Fixtures

DateOpponentKick Off
CompetitionVenue
7/8/19Sunderland RCA19:45LeagueHome
10/8/19North Shields15:00FA Cup Extra Preliminary RoundAway
13/8/19Consett19:45LeagueAway
17/8/19Hebburn Town15:00LeagueAway
21/8/19West Auckland Town19:45LeagueHome
24/8/19Penrith15:00LeagueHome
26/8/19Northallerton Town11:00LeagueAway
31/8/19Penrith15:00FA Vase First Qualifying RoundAway

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