Guisborough End Three Year Drought
Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1 HT (McPhillips, Lewis Wood)
Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1 FT(McPhillips, Lewis Wood)
Escritt, Roddam, Casey, Bishop, Gell, Wood (gary), Wood (lewis), Johnston, Stewart, McPhillips, O’Sullivan. Subs: Jameson, Poole (on for Bishop 45), Matthews, Guy (on for O’Sullivan 80), Steel (on for Stewart 89).
Sunderland RCA visited the KGV on Wednesday 10th October, perhaps with memories of the two games last season where they put 14 goals past us with no reply. In fact the last time the Priorymen had scored against RCA was three yeras ago on 10th October 2009. Their thoughts were obviously elsewhere as they arrived with no kit so had to borrow a green kit normally reserved for one of the Guisborough Town Junior sides.
The game started with Guisborough having the upper hand but RCA remembered they have scored in every single League game this season and a long shot on a quarter hour by David Gordon was not stopped by Ben Escritt to maintain that statistic. Twelve minutes later and another goal was scored by the visitors but an infringement was called by the referee so the game stood at 0-1 until some clever play by Austin Johnston led to a penalty confidently despatched by Liam McPhillips. Guisborough continued to play some attractive football and a clever ball from man of the match Gary Wood on the left found Lewis Wood, near the back post, who was able to bring the ball down and turn and tap the ball in on virtually the last kick of the First Half.
The Second halk continued with Guisborough having the most possession but Ben Escritt did have to pull off several saves when the visitors threatened and managed to get past the resolute defence. The last 20 minutes the RCA threw everything into trying to level inculding the keeper Neal Atkinson coming up for corners.
Chris Hardy commented after the game "This game in seasons gone by has proved to be very difficult for us, tonight we were worthy winners in a game that I thought we controlled for 70 minutes".
A well deserved three points with Sunderland RCA conceding theri unbeaten away record and nudge the Priorymen into 12th place in a very tight table where positions from 6th to 12th all have 18 points but Guisborough Town can be reassured that they have games in hand and this luxury will be further increased due to their participation in this weekend's Vase tie at Morpeth.