Guisborough Town 0, Newton Aycliffe 2 (Northern League – Division One)
After their nightmare performance against North Shields four days earlier, Guisborough Town restored some lost pride with a much better display, showing much more purpose and determination against Newton Aycliffe at the KGV on Wednesday.
But the Priorymen still emerged empty-handed and pointless from a match which Newton Aycliffe dominated for lengthy periods and the visitors deserved their 2-0 victory which was a fair reflection of play overall.
Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling made three changes from the team which sadly capitulated to North Shields on Saturday, bringing back former goalkeeper Ben Escritt and defenders Jordan Galloway and Paul Roddam to bolster the frail defence.
And the changes were effective, with the defence looking much more solid with the experience of Galloway and Roddam along with Leon Carling and Scott Oldfield forming a formidable back line.
However, Guisborough still looked showed little spark in midfield and attack and rarely really troubled Newton Aycliffe goalkeeper James Winter and a goal in each half from John Campbell (22 mins) and Paul Garthwaite (57 mins) was enough to seal the 2-0 win and points for the County Durham side.
Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling commented after the game: “Tonight we came up against a good Newton Aycliffe team who were a threat all night, particularly through their forwards John Campbell and Dennis Knight.
“After Saturday’s game tonight was always going to be tough affair. I changed the team bringing Ben Escritt in at goalkeeper, Paul Roddam at right back and Scott Oldfield into left back with Jordan Galloway into central defence.
“All four played their part in a much-improved performance, especially Escritt who despite not playing for over two years following serious injury enjoyed an excellent game.
“I thought the first half was a closely-fought affair will only an excellent John Campbell finish to separate the sides.
“The second half was pretty much the same but it was Aycliffe who got a second goal and saw the game out.
“There were some good performances tonight with Escritt, Carling and Galloway all enjoying good games but my Man of the Match was Liam McPhillips,” added Dowlo.
The match was played in a relatively good spirit despite a history of some stormy games between the two sides in recent seasons, but tensions surfaced again two minutes from time when Aycliffe left back Scott Howes rightly saw red for an ugly challenge on Town substitute Tom Bligh.
Guisborough now face their third home game in succession on Saturday, 10 September when they entertain Sunderland RCA looking to complete an early season ‘double,’ having beaten the Wearsiders 4-2 in the opening league match of the season in August.
Guisborough will still be without key attacking midfielders Thibault Charmey and Pete Bulmer who will be serving out the final match of their three-game bans. Apart from that Manager Steve Dowling will have a relatively full squad to choose from although there are injury doubts to midfielder Kyran Clarke and left back Joe Ferguson.
Guisborough Town (v Newton Aycliffe): Escritt, Roddam, Oldfield, Carling, Galloway, Wood (sub Adam Cocks 83 mins), Roberts, McPhillips, Smith, Pennal (sub Helm 74 mins), Youldon (sub Tom Bligh 61 mins).