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 Post subject: Bishop Auckland v Guisborough Town
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Friday 16 October 2015

Bishop Auckland 3 Guisborough Town 2

Liversedge, Helm, McWilliams, Carling, May, McPhillips, Snaith, Wood, Earl, Bhthway, Round
Subs: Blake (on for Wood 85), Dion, Bailey, Forster, Smith


Priorymen pay penalty as hotly-disputed ‘spot kick’ decision spoils great 2-goal comeback at Auckland

Guisborough Town players, officials and fans alike were left feeling much aggrieved on Friday night when a hotly disputed late penalty awarded against the Priorymen in the 93rd minute of their match at Bishop Auckland ruined a great two-goal comeback.
After a keenly contested goalless first half in which the energetic and busy Bishops hustled and bustled Guisborough out of their stride, the Priorymen found themselves 2-0 down within 10 minutes of the start of the second half.
First Liam McPhillips unluckily put through his own goal in the 53rd minute, trying to head clear in the Guisborough penalty area only to see the ball fly into his own net.
Then barely 60 seconds later on 54 minutes Guisborough went 2-0 down when almost straight from the re-start Adam Nicholls shot home powerfully.
The Bishops’ goals actually spurred Guisborough into some concerted attacking action at last and Kurt Round, Danny Earl and Luke Bythway all went close to pulling a goal back.
As Guisborough swarmed forward they reduced the arrears to 2-1 in the 73rd minute when Bythway lashed the ball smartly into the net as he cut in from the left.
It was all Guisborough as the Bishops began to wilt under almost incessant pressure and to the delight of the travelling fans the Priorymen drew level in the 77th minute when they won a free kick just outside the penalty area.
Up stepped left back Danny McWilliams to curl a superb 20-yarder into the right hand corner of the net. Long range set pieces are becoming something a speciality for McWilliams with that cultured left foot of his.
Both sides pressed for a winner but as the game went deep into time added on, Guisborough defender Liam McPhillips appeared to make a brilliantly-timed tackle on Bishop’s Thompson as the winger sprinted into the Guisborough penalty area.
But to the consternation of the Priorymen, the referee Dean Hume controversially awarded the home side a penalty.


It was a dubious decision to say the least as the referee, who had officiated a difficult game reasonably well up to that point, appeared momentarily to take no action. But with the Bishops’ fans behind the goal appealing loudly for a penalty, the referee pointed to the spot.
Nicholls gave Guisborough ‘keeper Nick Liversedge no chance with his spot kick into the left corner to register his second goal of the night and give his side a last-gasp 3-2 win they hardly deserved.
As the final whistle blew seconds later there were a lot protests from Guisborough players, officials and fans but it was clearly too late to change anything. It was a real shame that the great character shown by the Guisborough players earned them nothing in the end.
After the game a deeply disappointed Guisborough Manager Chris Hardy reflected: “The opening half proved to be a frustrating one with our opponents having the better of the exchanges.
“The second half promised better things but no sooner did we re-start than we found ourselves two goals behind. This, however, got the right reaction from our players and we went on to produce some good attacking football with real purpose and a cutting edge.
“We were soon on level terms and it stayed this way until deep in injury time when Bishops had a penalty given in their favour which they converted and went on to secure all three points - to the disappointment to all involved wearing red and white,” added Chardy, who made central defender Leon Carling his Man-of-the-Match.

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