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Northern League First Division Guisborough Town have begun pre-season in impressive fashion after two high-scoring victories.

By Bill Perfitt

After convincingly beating Wolviston 6-1 in their first pre-season match, on 9 July, the Priorymen followed that up with an even more impressive performance in a 6-2 win at neighbouring Norton & Stockton Ancients on 16 July.

Guisborough Town Manager Steve Dowling is highly delighted so far with how his new-look team is gelling together so well and so quickly, and he commented: “As I said before these pre-season games are about building up match fitness and although I'm very competitive and want to win every game you can get some strange results in friendlies.

“I thought the first half against Norton was quite even but we took our two chances well with a goal from Nathan Evans and a penalty from Thibault ‘T’ Charmey to put us in a good position to push on.

“Pete Bulmer and Bythe were a constant threat from wide areas and Gary Wood and T kept things ticking over in midfield with forward Nathan Evans always looking a threat.

“I also thought we were strong defensively and Michael Thackery enjoyed a good debut in goal. In the second half we dominated possession and with T going into a forward position we started to move the ball around very well and the subs who came on all produced good performances with Blake, Cocks, Helm and Bernini the pick. Goals from Carling and Evans from two corners put us four up only to concede a sloppy goal but the fifth goal  was well worth the wait following a number of passes a back heel from T set Pete Bulmer up to score after a wonderfully worked team move. Bulmer then got a second after more good work from T. Norton got a consolation goal back after more sloppy play. My Man of the Match was Jordon Galloway but good performances from T and Bulmer ran him close.

Photos courtesy of Yvonne Barker


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