09 Aug 2018 in Match Reports
Shildon's Jack Blackford races through to score the first of his three goals
Full backs Brad Mills (pictured) and Dylan McAvoy had fine games for the Priorymen
Guisborough's goalscorer Nathan Steel is fouled as a Shildon man tries in vein to stop 'Steely' moving closer to goal
Full backs Brad Mills and Dylan McAvoy (pictured) had fine games for the Priorymen
Orange sky at the KGV
Guisborough crumble after sending-off sparks home defeat against Shildon.
A rash lapse of discipline proved punitively costly for Guisborough Town at the KGV on Wednesday night as they collapsed to their second league defeat of the season.
With the match against one of the title favourites Shildon evenly poised at 1-1 midway through the second half, Guisborough were reduced to 10 men when defender and team captain Matthew Crust was sent off for a second yellow card.
Crust was trying to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal-kick when referee James Bancroft ruled last season’s Young Player of the Year had got the final touch and awarded a corner to Shildon.
In frustration, Crust kicked the ball away and, after consulting his linesman, Mr Bancroft had no option but to brandish the yellow card at the big Guisborough defender, who had already been booked for a trip just before half-time.
Up to that point Guisborough had more than held their own against a strong Shildon side and looked set to bounce back positively after their opening day 3-2 defeat at Consett.
But the loss of the considerable presence of ‘man mountain’ Crust created gaps in the Guisborough defence and Shildon exploited them to the full.
The Railwaymen rattled in three further goals to run out 4-1 winners, a final scoreline which had looked completely unlikely before the sending-off.
After the game a deeply disappointed Guisborough Manager Gary Forster commented: “Since he came to the club Crusty has made a big impression but tonight he’s shown a moment of madness and it has cost us dearly. He must learn from this and make sure there is no repetition in future.
“It’s very frustrating because up to the sending off we had done well and looked like getting at least a point and maybe even three but we’ve finished up empty-handed,” added Gary.
Guisborough started the game well and should have taken the lead after just three minutes when striker Nathan Steel put winger Steve Roberts through on goal with a great pass but Roberts’ shot was saved by Shildon ‘keeper Shaun Newbrook.
Then Guisborough midfielder John Seaton got in a great shot but Newbrook saved well as the ball headed for the far corner.
But the Priorymen fell behind on 13 minutes when they failed to stop a run by Jack Blackford and the Shildon man scored the first of his three goals to put the visitors 1-0 ahead.
Despite that setback Guisborough rallied strongly and in the 23rd minute a superb three-man passing move between Louis Goldsack, Dylan McAvoy and Nathan Steel culminated in the latter slotting home from six yards out to make it 1-1.
More good work by the highly impressive Blackford produced a great 26th save from Guisborough keeper Ryan Catterick, signed on short-term loan from Hartlepool as cover for the injured Jordan Nixon.
On 40 minutes Guisborough almost went ahead but McAvoy, having a great first half, saw his shot well saved by Newbrook.
Two minutes before half-time Crust was booked for a trip on Matthew Robson – and little did the Guisborough fans in a good crowd of 225 realise then how pivotal that was to prove.
After half-time the first real chance of the half fell to Guisborough when from a corner a great glancing Crust header went agonisingly wide of the far post.
The game continued to be fought in highly competitive fashion and on the hour mark Guisborough tried to freshen things up with a double substitution, bringing on Anthony Hume and Ash Lavan on for Steel and Roberts respectively.
But three minutes later on 63 minutes came the turning point of the game with the Crust red card and three minutes later Shildon re-took the lead when Matthew Waters scored from close in as the Guisborough defence tried to re-group.
And in the 74th minute Guisborough fell further behind when Blackford scored his second goal and he completed an impressive hat-trick in the 81st minute when he tucked the ball home just inside the near post.
It was all so tough on Guisborough with several players producing excellent performances – notably full backs Brad Mills and Dylan McAvoy – for no reward in the end.
A full selection of match photos can be found via the following link: Guisborough Town 1-4 Shildon Match Photos