Guisborough Town 1, Dunston UTS 2 (Northern League – Division One)
Guisborough Town slipped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against Dunston at the KGV on Wednesday after a lacklustre display.
Apart from a 15-20 minute spell after half-time during which they managed to equalise, Guisborough never really put together their fluent passing game in a consistent manner and too many balls either went astray or were over-hit up front.
The first half was a fairly drab affair with the visitors just shading it to take a 1-0 lead into the interval when a Dunston cross from the left was deflected into his own net by Guisborough defender Liam McPhillips.
But Guisborough looked a different team as the second half got underway and they deservedly equalised in the 50th minute when good attacking approach play by Connor Smith and Tom Bligh put Pete Bulmer in the clear and he lashed the ball into the net at the second attempt after his first effort was blocked.
For the next 15 minutes Guisborough played some of their usual trademark flowing football and opened up the Dunston defence on several occasions with some excellent passing play but they failed to capitalise with final shots or passes just not quite hitting the target.
And as is often the case Dunston hit back and caught Guisborough on the break when on the hour Liam Thear made it 2-1 with a devastatingly accurate shot into the far corner, giving Guisborough keeper Michael Thackeray no chance – and that’s how it stayed despite some late Guisborough pressure which was to no avail.
After the game Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling commented: “This was a very frustrating performance against a good, well-organised Dunston side who deserved their victory overall.
‘NEW-LOOK TEAM STILL SETTLING DOWN’
“We failed to get our passing game going in a sustained way apart from a 15 minute spell in the second half when we scored and I thought we would push on from there and win the game.
“The new-look team we have is still settling down with so many changes to personnel having taken play during the closed season and it will take time for everything to gel together.
“Our man of the match for me was Liam McPhillips who despite scoring an own goal showed great character to put in a fine defensive display,” added Dowlo.
The match attendance was 136.
For this coming Saturday’s FA Cup Qualifier at the KGV against Bridlington, Guisborough have injury worries to Jordan Galloway, Joe Ferguson and Steve Roberts and also missing will be Chris Youldon and Scott Oldfield but otherwise Manager Steve Dowling has a full squad to choose from.