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 Post subject: Pre Season - GTFC vs Whitby Town 23/07/2016
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:26 pm 

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Tomorrow afternoon, 3pm kick off we welcome Whitby Town for the annual Mickey Skinner Memorial Trophy. With the Seasiders we welcome back no fewer than 7 ex priorymen players. Most recent to make the switch were Danny McWilliams, Curtis Round and Steven Snaith. We also face, for the first time former manager Chris Hardy. Whitby will be keen to regain the trophy having lost 2-1 on their visit to the KGV prior to last season. Missing from the Guisborough Town ranks will again be Pannel, Oldfield, Youldon and Clarke with Ferguson also unavailble, though Connor Smith and Stephen Roberts wil hopefully feature.

Ian Rose


 Post subject: Re: Pre Season - GTFC vs Whitby Town 23/07/2016
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:16 pm 
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A new-look Guisborough Town side produced a tremendous display at the KGV on Saturday to deservedly beat a Whitby Town side packed with many of their former stars. After a hesitant first 20 minutes during which Guisborough appeared to be finding their feet, the Priorymen got well into their stride and played some excellent football. If you’d been parachuted down to the KGV from outer space you would have thought the red-shirted home side was the Evo Stick Premier League team, such was their dominance and they thoroughly merited retaining the annual Mickey Skinner Memo-rial Trophy for the second year running.

Guisborough Manager Steve ‘Dowlo’ Dowling has lost more than half of his regular side during the close season, many of them like Ste Snaith, Danny McWilliams and Curtis Round actually moving to re-join their former Manager Chris Hardy at Whitby. But clearly the shrewdly canny Dowlo has re-constructed a formidable-looking side in an amazing short space of time and already they appear to be gelling together so very well.

After the game Dowlo commented: “I thought we started very slowly in the game today but after 20 minutes or so we started to get Thibault Charmey more involved and I thought we looked dangerous on the counter attack and we took the lead after Whitby keeper Shane Bland saved Connor Smith’s shot and ‘T’ scored off rebound. “The match was even then onwards until half time with our central defensive pairing of Leon Carling and Jordan Galloway enjoying excellent games alongside our new keeper Michael Thackery who made an excellent reflex save to preserve our one-goal lead.

“In the second half I thought the game well under control with our defence keeping Whitby’s chances to a minimum and we always looked a threat up front. We got a deserved second from Jordon Lee after Thackery made a superb penalty save from Mikey Roberts. There were many excellent performances from my team but I went for Gary Wood as my man of the match.”

Against a Whitby side containing no fewer than seven former Priorymen in their start-ing line-up Guisborough did not look overawed although it took time to get their usual flowing passing football going. And on 32 minutes their improving play earned its reward when a great Connor Smith was parried out by Whitby keeper Shane Bland but only as far as Guisborough’s new French signing Thibault (‘T’ for short) Charmey and from about 12 yards he made no mistake with a well-placed hard and low shot into the left corner. After the interval the match flowed end to end with chances for both sides before on the hour Whitby were awarded a penalty but former Guisborough star Mikey Roberts’ low shot towards the right corner was brilliantly saved a full stretch by Thackeray. That incident proved a turning point and from then on Guisborough were in the as-cendency but had to wait until the 82nd minute before Jordan Lee scored the decisive goal to put the Priorymen 2-0 up for a very well deserved victory.

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