Priorymen consolidate top-six position with impressive 3-1 win over derby rivals ‘Synners

By published 18 February, 2014 No Comments

Guisborough Town strengthened their position in the Northern League’s top six with a convincing 3-1 victory at derby rivals Billingham Synthonia on Saturday.

The Priorymen demonstrated their determination and resilience to bounce back from conceding an early goal to stage an impressive three-goal comeback and run out worthy winners.

The Synners made all the early running after kick-off and deservedly went 1-0 up after 11 minutes up when new Guisborough goalkeeper Luke Coddington – a loan signing from Middlesbrough – could only parry a shot into the path of Billingham’s Chris Hughes who tapped home into an empty net.

After weathering the early storm Guisborough regained their composure and rhythm and equalised 10 minutes later when Tommy Marron fired into the roof of the net after a high cross.

Within another 10 minutes Guisborough swarmed forward and Man-of-the-Match midfielder Adam Gell scored with a delightfully measured curling shot into the far right corner of the net.

After the interval Guisborough continued as they had left off in the first half but failed to capitalise on their superiority.  Synners then hit back strongly and put Guisborough under severe pressure for a 20 minute period but a combination of wayward finishing and stout defending prevented the threatened equaliser.

Guisborough then reasserted their superiority in the last 15 minutes of the second half and got their just rewards when leading scorer Danny Johnson – signed from the Synners less than a year ago – silenced some of his somewhat envious Billingham critics in the home crowd in the best possible way by volleying over the Synners keeper into the net for 3-1.

Guisborough Town Manager Chris Hardy commented afterwards:  “Today’s fixture – one of the few to survive the wet weather – was the third time this season the two sides had met with honours even so far.

“We had a very slow start to the game, allowing the home side to take a one goal lead.  It took about 20 minutes for our lads to get going but once we did there was no looking back after two goals before the half time interval from Marron and Gell.

“The second half started exactly where the first finished with ourselves being firmly on top and in all fairness the game should have been out of sight after 15 minutes of the restart.

“But it was not until late on that our third and most decisive goal came courtesy of Johnson and this ensured there was no way back for the home side.

“It’s always pleasing to come out on top in derby games but in fairness to Synners they started brightly and asked questions of ourselves – but once we started to contest the key areas in the game I believe we came out as worthy winners of the match,” added Hardy.

Guisborough’s next game is at home on Wednesday, 19 February against high-flyers Spennymoor Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

The match will provide a home debut for new loan signing Luke Coddington, with regular ‘keeper Ben Escritt still injured.  Lewis Wood continues to be suspended but returning to the squad from his suspension is James Risbrough.   Team skipper Gary Wood continues his loan at Thornaby as part of his comeback from recent injury problems.

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