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 Post subject: Marske United 0 - 1 Guisborough
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:57 pm 
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Breezy, blustery, but ultimately a brilliant Boxing Day for Guisborough, as they produced a stubborn display against their East Cleveland rivals to pick up an invaluable three points.

Barring a few changes, we have now picked up 7 points in the last 4 games. Whilst the personnel has barely differed, there have been subtle but crucial differences in the way that we have set up. Firstly, it is clear that the team have been asked to press all over the pitch. Secondly, players are generally being played in their correct positions and defensively we have looked far more solid. The spine of the team has experience - Bythway and McPhillips in central defence, Wood in midfield and the ever willing Onions up front prepared to run himself into the ground for the cause.

This game was not pretty and the wind ultimately spoilt the spectacle. Yet Guisborough had the best of the first half chances with Dean pulling off two excellent saves. His sprawling stop from Wood's effort from distance was particularly impressive. Marske had the lion's share of possession, but Guisborough carried the greater attacking threat. With just a minute before the half time break, a partial clearance fell to Bythway on the edge of the Marske area. With his less favoured foot he skilfully hooked the ball over his own shoulder and past Dean, who at full stretch could not keep it out.

With Guisborough kicking into a gale force wind in the second half, the emphasis was on the home side to hit back. Again, they dominated possession but despite fielding a side awash with attack minded players, they were oddly lacking in penetration. In difficult weather conditions, balls were struck beyond their intended target like a European golfer used to slower greens over hitting on lightning fast US surfaces. The ball frequently went into touch. When long balls were hit forward Bythway and McPhillips were aerially dominant and there was always the threat that the pace and trickery of Tom Bligh could unpick Marske on the break.

For a defence that had not kept a clean sheet all season, there were collective nerves on the terraces but other than one late headed effort that was well tipped over chances were few and far between.

The last clean sheet for Guisborough was on the 5th May, on a warm May evening at Sunderland RCA where shirt sleeves were the order of the day and thoughts of the approaching summer was in both teams' collective thoughts. The temperature today was very different but the feeling of satisfaction was even better.

Whilst the action unfolded, Town's new boss Gary Foster looked on quietly. Occasional encouragement and reiteration of instructions were delivered, but there were no histrionics. He has brought a calm, measured approach that perfectly represents the club's values that have been built over the last decade. Whilst First Division safety is still a long way off, four games ago it was Everest. Now the psychological challenge has perhaps shrunk to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Three points is always nice and three points in a local Boxing Day clash is even better. In the current context, the feeling was even better. In fact, the warm feeling added at least five degrees to the local temperature for the travelling support. None of the 388 that witnessed this will recall the game as a classic, but for guts, grit and battling quality this was up there with the best. Roll on 2017.


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 Post subject: Re: Marske United 0 - 1 Guisborough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:03 pm 
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Breezy, blustery, but ultimately a brilliant Boxing Day for Guisborough, as they produced a stubborn display against their East Cleveland rivals to pick up an invaluable three points.


We have played Marske United 5 times in 2016 and only lost once in the league cup thereby winning 4 out of 5.

We have ground out wins on a consistent basis in Division One.

Yesterday's goal by Lee Bythway was his first Division One goal against United and his last goal against them was in November 2010 in Division Two. He and Liam McPhillips (who also played yesterday) scored in the 2-1 win in August 2009 also in the Second Division.

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