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 Post subject: Norton & Stockton Ancients v Guisborough Town
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Wednesday 8 October 2015

Norton & Stockton Ancients 3 Guisborough Town 1

Liversedge, Roddam, McWilliams, Carling, May, Wood, Snaith, Helm, Earl, Bythway, Round
Subs: McPhillips (on for Earl 45), Dixon, Bulmer, Blake, Bettson

Official press release thanks to Bill Perfitt

Rude awakening for Guisborough as lowly Norton pull off shock but deserved 3-1 win over Priorymen

Guisborough Town, riding high in fourth position in the table, were brought down to earth with a real thud when neighbouring rivals Norton & Stockton Ancients made a mockery of their 20th position to pull off a shock but well-deserved 3-1 victory.

Guisborough Manager Chris Hardy said after the game: “On an evening where the result and performance proved to be very disappointing, we made a slow start to the game from that point on we never really were able to put our stamp on this fixture and control matters as we usually do.

“This had a lot to do with our opponents, who were busy and at it right from the word go which didn't allow us to find any rhythm in the game. Full marks to Norton this evening - they were worthy winners,” added Chardy, who made defender Andrew May his Guisborough Man-of-the-Match.

Right from the kick-off, the Prioryment were jolted out of their normally smooth and unruffled rhythm by a lively and determined Norton side, who served notice of their positive intentions by forcing no fewer than six corners in the first 10 minutes.

Although the Priorymen managed to survive the early onslaught, there was no let-up in the Norton pressure and goalbound shots from Joe Wilson, Adam Cocks and Ryu Williamson all severely tested Nick Liversedge in the Guisborough goal.

But in the 40th minute the hugely impressive Norton winger Williamson, who caused the Guisborough defence problems all night, finally beat Liversedge to deservedly put his side 1-0 up. In truth, Norton could have been two or three goals to the good by half-time.

Within seven minutes of the restart, however, Norton surged into a 3-0 lead with first the unmarked Matthew Lovegreen scoring with a simple close-range tap in from a 50th minute corner and then just two minutes later Stephen Jackson scored with a 20 yard shot that curled beyond the reach of Liversedge.

Guisborough and their strong contingent of travelling fans were shell-shocked at that surprise scoreline, which completely belied Norton’s lowly league standing.

With two-thirds of the game gone, Guisborough at last started to come more into the picture as an attacking force and a slick move in the 70th minute involving Luke Bythway, Kurt Round and Danny Earl ended in the latter shooting over the bar.

Then in the 75th minute Guisborough left back Danny McWilliams put over a great cross which found Earl who connected sweetly with the ball but Norton ‘keeper Michael Thackeray flung himself at the ball and managed to brilliantly block Earl’s goalbound effort.
With three minutes remaining Guisborough at last found the back of the net when Steve Snaith put Bythway clean through and he lashed the ball home to give the Priorymen a small consolation by reducing the arrears to 3-1. That goal made Bythway Guisborough’s third all-time top scorer on 83 goals, behind David Onions (94 goals) and Mark Davis (341).

Overall, Norton thoroughly deserved their victory and with seven former Darlington players in their squad plus other players with experience with York City and Whitby Town, they certainly appear to have strength and experience in depth.

Guisborough have the opportunity to bounce back from two disappointing defeats on the trot when they entertain an improving Sunderland RCA side at the KGV on Saturday, 10 October (kick-off 3pm).

Returning to the Guisborough squad will be Chay Liddle and Robbie Bettson but unavailable are Steve Snaith (suspension) and Gary Wood.

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