19 Aug 2018 in Match Reports
Brad Mills was singled out for some special praise by Gary Forster after the game
Lee Bythway (purple shirt, centre) joins the attack and puts Guisborough 1-0 up
Guisborough goalscorers Nathan Steel (No. 9) and Lee Bythway (right) concratulate each other
Mills stars again as Guisborough gain first league win of season at stormy Ashington
Guisborough Town Manager Gary Forster breathed a sigh of relief and satisfaction as the final whistle blew at Ashington on Saturday and his team registered their first league win and points of the season.
Afterwards Town boss Gary commented: “This was a vital win for us. After losing our first two league games, both in unfortunate fashion, this match at Ashington was a ‘must not lose game’ for us.
“So to come away with all three points was very pleasing indeed,” said Gary.
“The wind spoiled the game overall as a spectacle, especially in the first half.
“Both sides have got good players but they were unable to get any real rhythm going due to the windy conditions.
“However, once we got our noses in front it was imperative that we shut the game down and got something out of this fixture and I’m pleased to say that’s exactly what we did.”
The manager was delighted with the form of the team as a whole but he singled out right back Brad Mills for some special praise.
Brad is just settling back into the side after the serious shoulder injury which kept him out of much of last season, and Gary commented: “I thought Millsy was outstanding once again.
“It was his best performance in a Guisborough shirt - and that is saying something because he has had some really good games since the start of the season,” added Gary.
The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate – as the manager said, the difficult windy conditions conspired to cancel out the natural skills of both sides.
But after the half-time interval the Priorymen really came flying out of the blocks and within less than five minutes of the re-start they had surged into a 2-0 lead.
First defender Lee Bythway joined the Town attack to finish well and make it 1-0 to Guisborough in the 46th minute.
Then big striker Nathan Steel doubled Guisborough’s lead on 49 minutes and from nowhere it was 2-0 to the Priorymen.
‘CLOSE THE GAME DOWN’
Ashington pulled a goal back on the hour mark to make it 2-1 when striker Atkinson scored.
But Guisborough held true to their manager’s instruction to close the game down and they saw the game out to finish 2-1 winners and gain three vital points.
In a stormy last 10 minutes, Ashington had Henderson (81 mins) and Stevens (82 mins) sent off while Guisborough striker Anthony Hume was also saw red in the 82nd minute.
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