Guisborough Town 3, Washington 1 (Northern League – Division One)
Guisborough Town finally secured their first home victory of the season with a fully-deserved 3-1 win over Washington at the KGV on Wednesday.
And it was in-form two-goal striker Matty Pennal who paved the way to the win as he took his goals tally for the season to eight – five of them in the last two matches.
The vital victory which saw the Priorymen leapfrog over opponents Washington in the table to 18th spot was warmly welcomed by Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling, who praised his players highly for an excellent all-round team performance.
He commented after the game: “At last the win we have deserved for the last few games. Against a strong Washington side containing good players like Davidson, Waters and Callaghan it was always going to be a difficult game.
“But I was more than happy with how we performed to gain what was a very important victory.
“Our on-loan young keeper Ryan Catterick enjoyed another good game even though he had relatively little to do he pulled off several excellent saves and his kicking was superb.
“Our back four performed well as a unit and I thought Paul Weldon at left back enjoyed a particularly excellent game. The front two of Anthony Hume and Matty Pennal caused lots of problems for Washington with their pace and movement but for me Thibault Charmey was my man of the match – his work rate and vision was superb tonight but every player deserved praise for their contribution,” added a delighted Dowlo.
Guisborough got off to a great start after only 14 minutes when Charmey cleverly put Pennal through and the striker took the ball past the Washington keeper and squeezed the ball home from an acute angle for a well-deserved 1-0 lead for the Priorymen after their bright start.
Just six minutes later, Guisborough doubled their lead when the busy Chris Youldon saw a fierce shot from the edge of the box blocked but Anthony Hume reacted brilliantly to lash the ball into the net from about eight yards out.
On 30 minutes, however, Washington pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 when Matty Waters headed home.
Joe Ferguson engineered a good chance to restore Guisborough’s two-goal lead two minutes later but his shot was well saved pushed by Washington keeper Daniel Mullen.
In the 37th minute it was Guisborough keeper Ryan Catterick’s turn to preserve Guisborough’s lead when he made a great save from the dangerous Mathew Waters.
After the break, Guisborough continued to press forward Pennal scored his second goal on 53 minutes to put Guisborough 3-1 ahead and that’s how the score stayed to the final whistle for a precious three points for the Priorymen.
The match was hugely entertaining and played at high tempo from beginning to end with both sides intent on attacking each other’s goal as play swung rapidly from one end of the pitch to the other.
After a run of seven home games in the last seven matches Guisborough now face two extremely tough away games with a trip to Bishop Auckland on Saturday (KO 3pm) and then a midweek match at leaders North Shields on Wednesday, 12 October (KO 7.45pm).
Guisborough Town: Catterick, Roddam, Weldon, Carling, Poole, Wood (sub McPhillips 81 mins), Charmey, Youldon, Pennal (sub Smith 56 mins), Hume, Ferguson (sub Roberts 66 mins).