Guisborough Town 4, Jarrow Roofing 2 (Northern League – Division One)
Guisborough Town produced the kind of second half attacking display they have been threatening all season to blow away ‘The Roofers’ of Jarrow 4-2 and lift themselves eight points clear of the relegation zone.
With Jarrow level on points with Guisborough before the game, it was crucial for the Priorymen to assert themselves to put some daylight between them and the teams immediately below them.
But the first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate, with Guisborough once again failing to capitalise on the numerous chances they created.
And just before the hour mark Guisborough were made to pay dearly as the Roofers took the lead with a superbly struck goal on the counter by Dennis Knight, lashing the ball home diagonally into the far corner.
Fortunately the Jarrow lead last only eight minutes as Guisborough equalised on 68 minutes with a rare but welcome goal from midfielder Ben Hugill. Lewis Maloney lofted a high ball from a free kick into the area and after Matthew Crust had challenged for the ball it ran loose and Hugill stabbed the ball home smartly from 10 yards. It wasn’t the most spectacular of goals – but it was certainly outshone by ‘Bonehead’s’ hilarious high-step marching celebration afterwards!
Then just two minutes after Hugill’s leveller Guisborough stormed into a 2-1 lead with a simply stunning move down the right.
From just inside the Jarrow half Nathan Steel and Steve Roberts combined with a lovely one-two which set Roberts off down the right wing. The Guisborough wingman put on the after-burners with the trademark drop of his shoulder and passed inside back to Steel who had raced upfield alongside him. Steel in turn passed inside across goal to Louis Goldsack who found Mason McNeill at the far post and he swept the ball home beautifully.
It was the kind of fluent movement which the Priorymen have shown throughout the season but often without an end-product – but this time the final finishing touches were applied ruthlessly. From half-way line to the ball going over the goal-line not a single Jarrow player got a touch! If it has been shown on Match of the Day if would have had Messrs Lineker and Shearer waxing lyrical!
In the 77th minute Guisborough went 3-1 with another fine move which was almost as good as the previous goal when a sweeping Crossfield movement involving McNeill and Hugill found full back Brian Close on the right and his cross into the box was cleverly steered into the back of the net by Roberts.
Six minutes later Guisborough underlined their dominance when a long dead ball kick by Guisborough keeper Jordan Nixon found McNeill wide on the right and he cleverly cut inside and crossed for Goldsack to score the Priorymen’s fourth with a neat touch.
But barely a minute later The Roofers scored what turned out to be a consolation goal when Anthony Myers beat Nixon to a high ball into the area to head home into an empty net.
Guisborough kept their composure to the final whistle to protect their two-goal lead and Town Manager Gary Forster could barely conceal his delight with the result and performance and said afterwards: “I thought we were very, very good today and I can’t fault the lads for the effort and application they showed to put into place what we have been practising in training and our discussions.
“Jarrow did give us a bit of a fright when they went 1-0 up but we had talked in the changing room at half time about this possibility and stressed the need not to panic and to keep on creating chances with the hope that one would eventually go in and that’s how it turned out I’m very pleased to say,” said a delighted Gary.
Dan Clark’s full portfolio of match photographs and Ian Rose’s film highlights and post-match interview with Guisborough Manager Gary Forster are both available via the club’s official Twitter site
Photo: Guisborough’s flying winger Steve Roberts raises hopes as he characteristically drops his shoulder George Best style and sets off on a promising wing run. Pic courtesy of Dan Clark.