Guisborough Town 7, West Allotment Celtic 1
An awesome performance from Guisborough Town saw them hammer home seven goals for the second time this season against West Allotment Celtic at the KGV on Wednesday, with super striker Danny Earl grabbing no fewer than five of the goals.
Only one other Guisborough Town player has ever scored five in a game before – Mark Forster who netted his five in a 6-0 home win over Langley Park way back in September 1986, almost 30 years ago!
This latest comprehensive victory - hot on the heels of the 2-1 win over Consett on Saturday – keeps Guisborough well up with the leading Northern League Division One pack in fourth place on 15 points, but with games in hand on most teams immediately above and below them.
On Wednesday, the Priorymen completely overwhelmed West Allotment who had actually taken a shock 18th minute lead themselves when Sean McRoberts scored with a great 20 yard shot which ricocheted in off the post. But 11 minutes later Guisborough deservedly equalised when Earl cleverly put Connor Smith clear and the ever-improving young striker made no mistake from 16 yards out.
From that point, Guisborough never looked back and just two minutes after Smith’s goal Earl got the first of his five by lashing the ball home after great work on the left wing by Curtis Round to make the score 2-1 to the home side.
In the 38th minute Guisborough went 3-1 up when Earl swivelled and shot sweetly into the net after good work down the left by Danny McWilliams, who often doubles up as a very effective overlapping winger - not to mention his excellent defensive work. A minute before the interval Earl missed a great chance to clinch a first-half hat-trick when his side won a penalty after a West defender clearly handled, but Earl’s spot kick was saved by West ‘keeper Mullen’s legs.
In the second half Guisborough maintained their dominance and the only surprise was that it took them until just after the hour mark before they increased their lead to 4-1 when that man Earl again shot home to finally notch up his hat-trick after more good work by Jon Helm and Smith.
And on 64 minutes Earl got his fourth and Guisborough’s fifth goal with another good shot and then in the 77th minute Smith scored his second after excellent approach play by Curtis Round to make it 6-1.
Finally, in the 83rd minute, Earl rounded off a superb individual performance with his history-equalling fifth goal. The Guisborough centre-forward was not surprisingly made Man-of-the-Match by his Manager Chris Hardy, although in truth every single Town player put in outstanding performances as well.
Shell-shocked West’s cause wasn’t helped when they reduced to 10 men when left back Sayers was sent off in the 73rd minute for diving in the Guisborough penalty area after being booked in the first half for pulling back Steve Snaith in full flight on the West goal.
So all in all a great night for the Priorymen and their fans in the crowd of 146. And there was more good news for the Guisborough players and fans alike later when it was announced that they have got a bye in the first round of the North Riding Senior Cup and in the following round will play the winners of a tie between Grangetown Boys’ Club and Redcar Town, so another promising NRSC cup run looks on the cards.
Guisborough Manager Chris Hardy was clearly highly satisfied with both the scorline and performance and afterwards commented: “On reflection, tonight's game saw a scoreline that I believe reflected our dominance in this evening’s fixture.
“Even after going a goal down in the game we continued to carve out opportunities which proved to be a good sign as we eventually ran out worthy winners with an impressive performance to boot.
“All the more pleasing was the fact that this was achieved with a couple of important first team players missing which from my point of view underlines that the squad has strength in depth and is able to cope with key players being absent. I’m sure this is going to be a big factor throughout the course of the season.
“I now believe the whole club can look forward to Saturday’s FA Cup fixture at Ashton United with a quiet air of confidence, knowing full well that our belief is strong and this hopefully will stand us in good stead for what will be an extremely tough game against higher league opponents,” added Chardy.
Returning to the squad for Saturday will be midfielder Chay Liddle but missing are Luke Bythway and Liam McPhillips.