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 Post subject: Guisborough v Ashington
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:51 pm 
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Last-gasp goals dash Guisborough hopes of ‘double’ over Ashington and precious points in relegation battle

Guisborough Town 4, Ashington 5
(Northern League Division One)

Two goals in the last three minutes of the game robbed Guisborough Town of much-needed points in their bid to avoid relegation as they were beaten by the odd goal in nine in a pulsating thriller against Ashington at the KGV on Wednesday.

It was so cruel on Guisborough after an exciting game which ebbed and flowed and saw the lead change hands no fewer than four times.

And when Guisborough edged 4-3 in front just after the hour mark the KGV faithful were sensing something special from the Priorymen, fighting valiantly for Division One survival.

But it just wasn’t to be as Ashington produced a late, late rally to score twice in the 87th and 89th minutes to win 5-4 and break Guisborough hearts.

It was heart-breaking for Guisborough, who had given their all and matters were made worse when news filtered through that their nearest rivals to beat the drop – Washington – had been beaten 2-1 at home by Marske United.

If Guisborough had managed to hold on to their lead they would have narrowed the gap between themselves and Washington to seven points with the Priorymen having a game in hand.

All Guisborough can now hope for is that Washington continue their current pointless run and that they can win their game in hand, starting with the next crucial home match on Saturday, 25 February against Ryhope CA at the KGV (KO 3pm).

Town went into the game against Ashington seeking a league ‘double’ over their Northumberland opponents, having beaten them 3-1 away last August.

And Guisborough got off to a great start when they took the lead on 26 minutes when midfielder Gary Wood surged forward and let fly from around 25 yards out and the ball flew into the corner of the net.

The lead was short-lived, however, as just three minutes later referee Helen Conley awarded Ashington a very dubious, ‘soft’ looking penalty when Dale Pearson tumbled in the Guisborough penalty area and Ben Richardson made no mistake with the spot kick.

To their credit, Guisborough refused to buckle and in the 34th minute they regained the lead when Mason McNeill scored with an excellent shot to make it 2-1.

But Guisborough’s lead lasted barely a minute as Pearson equalised in the 36th minute when a shot into the corner of the net.

As the game see-sawed excitingly from end to end Ashington took the lead for the first time on 38 minutes when a dangerous move down the right led to a cross which Ben Harmison headed home.

Almost unbelievably, Guisborough roared back with a truly special individual goal from young winger Steve Roberts who showed a tremendous burst of speed weaving his way into the Ashington penalty area before sweeping the ball home magnificently to make it 3-3 just before half time.

Sadly Roberts, who came in for some rough treatment at times, had to be substituted midway through the second half and left the field limping from a bad knee injury.

The second half started less frantically as the players drew breath but it was Guisborough who were the more threatening and they deservedly went 4-3 up in the 61st minute with a great run down the right by substitute Connor Smith who crossed superbly for young Louis Goldsack who swivelled smartly to hammer home.

Guisborough’s fans were starting to believe a memorable revival was unfolding before their eyes but in the 87th minute there was a frantic scramble in the home goalmouth and as they ball pinged back and forth the Priorymen just couldn’t clear their lines and Ben Harmison rifled the ball home for 4-4.

And two minutes later in the 89th minute Ashington pressed forward again and substitute Andrew Bulford scored to seal a 5-4 victory for the visitors.

After the game a desperately disappointed Guisborough Manager Gary Forster commented: “At times I thought our attacking play was very good but on the flip side our defending left a lot to be desired at times.

“Also, while I don’t like to criticise match officials as they do a very good job overall in very difficult circumstances at times, I do feel that sometimes like tonight players need more protection from referees and their assistants.

“We need stronger officials to enforce the laws of the game, particularly in the case of star players like our own Steve Roberts, who was a constant threat to Ashington. While understandably Ashington want to do all they can to stop players like Steve, by the same token players like him are entitled to expect the rules of the game to be properly applied and, sadly, I don’t feel that was always the case tonight,” added Gary.

Gary had no hesitation in choosing Roberts as his Man of the Match. “Steve was a joy to watch at times, particularly his first half performance which was a joy to watch.”

The match attendance was 132.

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Highlights from wednesday nights game Guisborough Town 4-5 Ashington
https://youtu.be/_a_8Q6NFd0A


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