Washington 0, Guisborough Town 4 (Northern League – Division One)
Resurgent Guisborough Town continued their recent rousing revival at Washington on Saturday with their second win on the spin and their third in the last four games to pull further away from the relegation zone.
It was a terrific all-round performance by the Priorymen with the side hitting peak form in both defence and attack, supported by a creative midfield which proved the engine room for Guisborough going smoothly through the gears up front.
Four goals from different players were deserved reward for Guisborough’s fluent attacking play and as an added bonus the Priorymen kept a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.
Guisborough Manager Gary Forster could barely conceal his delight with his team’s performance but also counselled caution about getting carried away when he commented after the game: “We are obviously over the moon after today’s match, but we’ve also got to realise that the hard work starts now!
“We have probably significantly eased any relegations fears with our recent improved run, but we also know we need to kick on further from here to achieve all our personal targets that we set ourselves before the season’s start.
“Against Washington, I thought we looked very threatening going forward but I also thought that Jordan Nixon’s save in the first half and an excellent all-round display from our back four set a positive foundation for the side going forward.
“With four different goal-scorers and a clean sheet away from home, it doesn’t get much better than that for me as a manager,” Gary added.
After soaking up some early Washington pressure Guisborough came much more into the game as an attacking force and came close on several occasions to breaking the deadlock before in the 37th minute winger Louis Goldsack was fouled in the area and up stepped Nathan Steel to calmly despatch the penalty home with great aplomb.
Interestingly, the foul on Goldsack was committed by Washington’s former French international and ex-Tottenham and Sunderland full back and now 38-year-old Pascal Chimbonda. The rather naive trip he executed on Goldsack, though, was Sunday League level-but it also showed what a handful the young Guisborough winger has become!
Guisborough completely dominated the rest of the first half and had the ball in the Washington net just before half-time but it was flagged offside.
ROBBO’S SMILE AS WIDE AS TYNE TUNNEL!
In the second half the Priorymen had to wait until just after the hour mark before they doubled their lead when Goldsack got through one on one with the Washington goalkeeper and slotted the ball home into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
In the 68th minute Guisborough roared into a 3-0 lead when summer signing Mark Robinson scored his first goal for Guisborough sparking a smile from the Guisborough-born defender as wide as the Tyne Tunnel!
With two minutes of normal time remaining substitute Mason McNeill continued his recent rich vein of scoring by making it a resounding 4-0 victory to the Priorymen.
Apart from the penalty, all three of Guisborough’s other goals were superbly crafted and finished with some brilliant team-work and passing movements.
All the action is captured once again by Ian Rose’s excellent match highlights which are now available along Dan Clark’s superb portfolio of pictures on the Guisborough Town official Twitter site
Photo: Washington’s former French international defender Pascal Chimbonda sends Guisborough winger Louis Goldsack sprawling for a stone wall penalty… which was despatched in great style by Nathan Steel. Pic courtesy of Dan Clark.