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Guisborough Town are off to a winning start to the season, following a 2-1 win against opponents, North Shields.

Town's first goal came courtesy of a 48th minute strike from Luke Bythway, with a strike from just outsde the box.

The lead was then doubled eight minutes later after Curtis Round poked the ball into the net.

North Shields then pulled one back, as a slip at the back left Gary Day through to round Town keeper, Nick Liversedge, and finish into the empty net.

After narrowly missing out on the Northern League Division One title last season, manager, Chris Hardy, blamed it on the slow start to their season.

But Hardy's call to start the season strong was answered by his team with Luke Bythway, nicknamed 'Luke the Lionheart' by Town fans, opening the scoring with a well placed shot in to the bottom corner.

Curtis Round completed off a well worked passing move before scoring after having his first shot saved by the Shields goalkeeper.

Last seasons 'supporters' player of the year, Bythway, could have had himself a hat-trick, but was denied by a series of good saves and bad luck.

Town thought that the game was all over, until the 81st minute when defender, Andrew May, slipped at the back leaving Shields striker, Gary Day, to take the ball past the keeper and finish to give the game a nervy ending.

Shields then had two further chances before the final whistle, but couldn't capitalise.

Manager Chris Hardy said: "This was always going to be a tough game against a traditionally strong North Shields side.

"That said, I thought we were winners in a game that saw us control possession and create more goal-scoring opportunities than today's visitors.

"I'm hopeful that we can continue where we left off on Tuesday night away to West Auckland in a fixture that always promises to be a tricky, difficult one."





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