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 Post subject: League Cup Quarter Final
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:16 pm 
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Heroic 10-man Guisborough pull off dramatic extra time league cup win over runaway leaders Shildon

Guisborough Town 3, Shildon 2 (after extra time)

(Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Quarter Final - 30 March 2016)

The term ‘heroic’ can often be over-used and well over-exaggerated in footballing circles to describe a gallant performance by a team in the face of adversity.
However, that is exactly the description which applied perfectly to a dramatically memorable Northern League Cup victory in extra time by a 10-man Guisborough Town over runaway Division One leaders Shildon at the KGV on Wednesday night.
Guisborough played more than half of the 120 minutes total playing time with 10 men after Gary Wood was somewhat unluckily sent off in the 59th minute for an unintentional foul Shildon centre half Carl Jones.
The game was evenly-balanced at 1-1 when that flashpoint happened which resulted in Guisborough ‘Warrior Wood’ trudging disconsolately off the pitch after being shown a straight red card.
Gallant Guisborough then held out for a further 20 minutes before Ben Wood headed Shildon into a 2-1 lead following a goalmouth scramble in the 79th minute.
But undeterred, the young Guisborough braves refused to give up and in the 90th minute of normal time they were handed a lifeline when a long Guisborough punt upfield saw Shildon substitute Marc Ellison, under pressure from the irrepressible Ste Snaith, misdirect a header past his own keeper and into the net to deservedly earn the Priorymen extra time .
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Guisborough gave as good as they got in extra time and just as it seemed this pulsating cup tie was going to be decided on penalties Guisborough surged forward in the first minute of added time of the second period of extra time. Amid panic in the Shildon penalty area Town substitute Paul Blake drilled the ball home into the corner of the net to send Guisborough’s fans in the crowd of 168 absolutely ecstatic.
It was a truly memorable – and utterly heroic – result for Guisborough against undoubtedly the best team in the Northern League and the incredible 3-2 victory earned them a semi-final place in the League Cup against North Shields, who beat Bedlington 4-1.
Before going down to 10 men, Guisborough had more than held their own against a classy-looking Shildon who demonstrated just why they lead the Northern League by 16 points at the moment.
The Railwaymen took the lead after 26 minutes when Mark Doninger scored with a smart shot from close range with the Guisborough defence at sixes and sevens.
But just 13 minutes later on 39 minutes Guisborough deservedly equalised when 18-year-old fast-improving rookie striker Connor Smith lashed home from close in after good work by Ste Snaith and Danny Earl set up the chance.
SEND GAME DRAMATICALLY INTO EXTRA TIME
After the sending-off of Gary Wood, who afterwards honestly said he was looking over his shoulder at a high ball when he accidentally clashed with Shildon centre half Carl Jones, Guisborough made a mockery of being a man down and outplayed Shildon in midfield and continued to cause them problems.
Shildon had several chances to have made the game safe after Wood headed them into the lead after 79 minutes and they were made to pay dearly as Guisborough Man-of-the-Match Ste Snaith forced Ellison to head through his own goal to send the game dramatically into extra time.
Every single other Guisborough player ran Snaith close with superb performances of their own. In goal Nick Liversedge saved Guisborough on numerous occasions with a string of fine saves throughout the game.
Full-backs Paul Roddam and Danny McWilliams got through an immense amount of excellent work both in defence and counter-attack situations while at the heart of the Priorymen’s defence skipper Leon Carling broke up numerous Shildon attacks with timely clearances and Andrew ‘Rio’ May partnered Carling brilliantly and was awesome at times particularly in the second half and extra time.
In midfield Ste Snaith deservedly won both is Manager’s and the Supporter’s Man of the Match honours with yet another brave, non-stop display and Pete Bulmer ran his legs off as did Gary Wood until his unfortunate sending off. Curtis Round was full of running too, rediscovering some of his early season scintillating form.
Up front young Connor Smith continued his amazing progress this season with his ceaseless energy and probing of the Shildon defence, culminating in deservedly getting Guisborough’s equaliser at 1-1. And leading scorer Danny Earl produced yet another unselfish display, running non-stop, constantly harrying the Shildon defence, often as a lone wolf up front.
Guisborough’s three second half and extra-time substitutes – Robbie Bettson, Jack Bailey and Paul Blake, deserve special credit too for coming on and battling with their tired team-mates against all the odds and contributing superbly to an ultimately famous victory for their side.
The future certainly looks bright for Guisborough with both established players – many of them still barely 20-years old – and highly promising young Development Side players stepping up to the senior side and demonstrating great skill and confidence.
After the game a hugely delighted and proud Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling commented: “The tremendous performance by my players tonight demonstrates exactly why we love our football so much here at the KGV Stadium.
“After the disappointment of Saturday’s last minute equaliser against us at Dunston, this time it was our turn to score a last minute winner tonight.
“On reflection I thought we started very slowly and only a couple of good saves early on from our goalkeeper Nick Liversedge, who was excellent all game, keep us level.
“After Shildon took a deserved lead we got back in the game with some good play from Danny Earl - who was a constant threat all night to the Shildon defence – and it was his cross that set up Connor Smith to score the equaliser.
“I was happy to be on level terms at half time and felt we could go on and win the game
“But then we lost Gary Wood following his red card and that changed the game. We had to dig deep and defend which we did very well with Liversedge, Paul Rodham, Leon Carlin, Andy May and Dan McWilliams performing excellently in a 4-4-1 formation but we unfortunately we conceded following a corner to trail 2-1.
“But after we introduced Robbie Bettson and Jack Bailey - who were very effective in changing the balance of the game - we switched to a 4-3-2 formation with Ste Snaith pushing forward with Danny Earl and we got a late goal to take the game into extra time.
“I thought extra time was quite open with us manging to mount dangerous counter attacks despite Shildon’s strong pressure.
“We got the winner in the 120th minute with some good play from Earl and a cool finish from young Paul Blake.
Dowlo added: “I have nothing but praise for the lads tonight and that goes for all 14 of them - but I chose Snaith as my man of the match closely followed by Danny Earl, Danny McWilliams and Nick Liversedge - but in truth it could have been any one of them.”

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 Post subject: Re: League Cup Quarter Final
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:56 pm 
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The curse of the ineligible player, Guisborough are kicked out and Shildon reinstated for a semi final with North Shields.


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 Post subject: Re: League Cup Quarter Final
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:24 pm 
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Well that's a bit disappointing. :(

Hope our NRCSC cup spot is still ok! :|

EDIT - Can't fault the honesty shown though! :D

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 Post subject: Re: League Cup Quarter Final
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:14 pm 
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Guisborough Town FC Official Statement on Disqualification from Northern League Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup Competition: Sunday, 3 April 2016

"Guisborough Town Football Club is extremely disappointed that due to an administrative oversight we have had to withdraw from the above competition.

This was due to us inadvertently fielding one of our young Development Side players as a substitute in last Wednesday’s Quarter Final against Shildon, which we won on the night 3-2 after extra time.

We are now aware that this player was technically ineligible and we very much regret this unintentional mistake and will review our internal player registration procedures to prevent a repeat of this kind of issue.

We wish Shildon all the best following their reinstatement and we sympathise completely with the disappointment which our players, fans, and officials will feel at this disappointing outcome."

The above was the official statement - here is my take

The player was Jack Bailey who has been registered with our Development side a few seasons now and he was transferred to Billingham Synthonia then Thornaby to gain Northern League experience. He rejoined the NL Guisborough side in February so eligible for all the league games since then.

As the statement says it was a genuine administrative error and something no club official does deliberately.

We have to move on and concentrate on the league and the north riding senior cup.

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