Guisborough Town 0, North Shields 8 (Northern League – Division One)
The legacy of losing two key players in the recent stormy FA Cup tie against Bridlington Town came back to haunt Guisborough Town big time against a ruthless North Shields Robins’ side as they swept aside the Priorymen by 8-0 at the KGV on Saturday.
However, it wasn’t just the absence of two important players in Thibault Charmey and Pete Bulmer for three matches each which caused the most worry over this eight-goal annihilation – Guisborough’s worst defeat in the past decade.
It was the manner of the crushing defeat and the worrying way in which the Priorymen seemed to drop their heads and capitulate almost as soon as they conceded their first goal in the 20th minute.
By half-time the rampant Robins had stormed into a 4-0 lead and any lingering hopes of a second half comeback by the shell-shocked Priorymen evaporated within 15 minutes of the re-start as the scoreline became an unassailable 0-5 lead for North Shields. By the final whistle, three more goals had been added to complete a miserable day for the shell-shocked Priorymen and their fans.
Despite the heavy defeat, it wasn’t actually the worst in Guisborough’s recent history as they were beaten 12-1 at Consett in a Division Two match in 2005 and 10-1 at Ryton in the FA Vase in 2008.
After the optimism of the last weekend’s excellent 3-1 away win at Ashington, Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling shrewdly cautioned against getting carried away when he said his new-look young side was still a “work in progress” and how North Shields proved him right on the strength of this very poor performance.
After the game a very disconsolate and indeed somewhat embarrassed Guisborough Manager Steve Dowling commented: “I would like to apologise to all our supporters for my team’s performance today, albeit against a very good North Shields team.
“The display was unacceptable and I take full responsibility for it as it is my team. You get high and lows in football and I think that’s as low as it gets.
“I’m not making excuses, but sometimes it is easy to forget just how young these lads are with no fewer than seven of them being under 21 and of course we lost seven of our best players in the summer.
“Against North Shields and without two of our recent form players in T and Pete Bulmer, we struggled to get in to the game right from the first minute and conceded some were poor goals that could and should have been avoided.
“We seemed to lack energy, passion and desire – three things that should be a ‘given’ game in game out. Hopefully these young lads will learn from this experience.
“I knew this season would be a transitional one after all the changes in the summer, but what happened yesterday was unacceptable. I genuinely believe that I have an honest, hardworking and talented side and I’m sure they will come good again as they bed in as the season progresses,” added Dowlo.
Guisborough must now try and dust themselves down and pick themselves up for a challenging next home game in the league against Newton Aycliffe at the KGV on Wednesday, 7 September (KO 7.45pm).
GUISBOROUGH’S GENEROSITY HELPS ‘FISTS UP FOR FRANKIE’ APPEAL
One very pleasing aspect of yesterday’s game was that a total of £379 was raised for the touching ‘Fists up for Frankie’ appeal, to raise funds for a three-year-old Tyneside boy Frankie Sherwood who is suffering from a rare form of cancer.
His sad plight has touched the hearts of many clubs and their supporters throughout the Northern League and a huge fund-raising initiative is underway.
In typical fashion yesterday, Guisborough Town decided to donate the proceeds of the match raffle to the Frankie appeal and £151 was raised which the club immediately decided to round up to £200. Then a bucket collection around the ground raised just over £179 boosting the final total for the day to £379 which the appeal is very grateful indeed for.
Photo: Guisborough second half substitute Chris Youldon takes on his man. Pic courtesy of Yvonne Barker.