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 Post subject: Saturday 19th December GTFC vs Shildon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:40 pm 
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Tomorrow at 3pm, Guisborough hope to play their first League match for 3 weeks when he host Shildon in the Northern League at the KGV Stadium

In our previous encounter with Shildon this season, both teams were trying to keep a 100% record. It was 0-0 at half time with The Railwaymen having the most chances with Mark Doninger being denied by Nick Liversedge 3 times and the woodwork denying Paul Connor twice.

Town certainly started the better side in the 2nd half with shots from Curtis Round and Danny Earl testing the Shildon keeper. It was just after the hour mark when Paul Connor made sure the woodwork didn't stop a low drive into the corner and Shildon took a 1-0 lead. Despite a frantic last 10 minutes the lead stayed and Shildon kept their 100% record.

This is sure to be a vital match in deciding where the league title will go at the end of season so why not come along and watch.

No team news as yet ahead of the match

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 Post subject: Re: Saturday 19th December GTFC vs Shildon
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:21 pm 
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Hotly-disputed stoppage time penalty cruelly denies plucky Priorymen victory over high-flying Shildon

Guisborough Town 1, Shildon 1
(Northern League Division One)

Guisborough Town moved up one place to third in the table after a hard-earned draw against close rivals Shildon – but they could so easily have won had it not been for a very debatable penalty scored by the visitors deep into time added on.
As it was, the point earned was enough to enable the Priorymen to leap-frog nearest rivals Dunston UTS into third spot but three points would have closed the gap on second-placed Shildon to only one point instead of the four points they still trail the Railwaymen by.

Guisborough’s new Manager Steve Dowling was delighted with his team’s second half display and the fluent football his side played under very windy conditions.

He commented: “We struggled in the first half due to the wind and were unable to get our usual passing game going. But our back four defended well to keep the score goalless at half-time. Although we had a couple of good counter attacks Shildon shaded the first half.

“The second half was a completely different story and we managed to get the ball down the middle and the flanks very well.
“We showed some good flowing football in difficult conditions and scored a well created goal to take a deserved lead.
“I thought a draw was a fair result but it's always frustrating to concede so late on. I made Steve Snaith Man of the Match as I thought his overall play was excellent and he caused Shildon lots of problems. I thought Nick Liversedge in goal ran Steve close for MoM with a good solid performance,” added Steve.

As the Guisborough manager said, overall a draw was probably a fair result after a first half in which Shildon had the upper hand for long periods but couldn’t find a way through the resolute Guisborough defence.

But in the second half, Guisborough were much improved and dominated their opponents for significant spells.
And the Priorymen deserved to go in front on 76 minutes when Man-of-the-Match Steve Snaith gleefully smashed the ball from 10 yards after the Shildon defence failed to clear a dangerous home attack.

Shildon were lucky not to go down to 10 men five minutes later when an ugly tackle by Dodds poleaxed Curt Round but only received a yellow card when a red card seemed the more fitting punishment.

And to add insult to injury Guisborough defender Gary Wood understandly was so incensed by the tackle on Round that he also earned a yellow for remonstrating with Dodds.

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY

The Guisborough goal stirred Shildon into some concerted attacking for the first time in the second half but just when it looked like the Guisborough defence would hold firm Shildon were awarded a controversial penalty in the second minute of time added on.
What looked like an innocuous Guisborough challenge in the penalty area saw the referee point to the spot much to the consternation of the Guisborough defenders. Up stepped Shildon’s best player Anthony Bell up to hammer the ball into the corner of the net and earn his side a 1-1 draw.

The relief on the Shildon players was palpable while Guisborough were left to lament a missed opportunity to close the gap on Shildon and Morpeth. Guisborough players challenged the penalty decision vigorously but in vain, although it could be said they had been fortunate in the first half when a much stronger penalty appeal went unheeded by the referee.
So overall both sides could be reasonably satisfied with a draw but Guisborough were the more disappointed of the two to have missed out on a much-needed victory.

Guisborough now look forward to the annual Boxing Day derby against arch rivals Marske United at the KGV Stadium (please not early 11am kick-off). Liam McPhillips, who missed the Shildon game with a tooth abscess, should be back for the Marske derby along with Connor Smith who had work commitments yesterday.

It has also been announced that Guisborough will play their North Riding Senior Cup Quarter Final tie against York City at the KGV Stadium on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 (kick-off 7.45pm).

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