Penrith 1 Town 3: 19th September
Town show character and storm back from going behind early
Town’s leading scorer Danny Earl continued his rich vein of scoring form with a brace of goals to push his side back up into the league’s top four.
Earl was deservedly awarded Man-of-the-Match by his Manager, Chris ‘Chardy’ Hardy as Guisborough bounced back from the disappointment of their midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of Ashton United after a very close-fought defeat over two ties.
Manager Chardy was very pleased with his side’s resilience and fighting spirit, and afterwards commented: “Today's fixture at Penrith always proves to be a difficult one, given the long journey across to Cumbria and the naturally competitive nature of our opponents.
“After conceding early in the game - albeit against the run of play - this could well have set the tone and made for a very frustrating afternoon for us on a very difficult surface played in mid summer conditions.
“But as the game wore on it became very apparent that our qualities would eventually pay dividends, providing we could stick to the game plan and not get too emotionally involved. This is exactly what we were able to do by having the majority of the possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities - which in turn meant we went on to run out comfortable winners and secure a very valuable three points,” added Chardy.
As far as the game itself was concerned, it was played out on a lovely sunny Cumbrian day, but Guisborough found themselves a goal down after only nine minutes when very much against the run of play, Penrith went 1-0 up when Nathan Waterson scored from 20 yards out.
Despite the shock of going behind, Guisborough rallied well and proceeded to apply almost constant pressure to the Penrith defence in search of an equaliser but it was almost on the stroke of half-time before the Priorymen got on level terms.
Danny McWilliams put over a good hard and low corner into the six-yard area and Earl turned smartly to volley home a typical goal from close range.
Guisborough were relieved the go in on level terms after coming back so strongly from going behind, and they themselves shocked Penrith after the interval when after only 15 seconds Curtis Round squared the ball across the edge of the penalty area and Earl was on hand again to shoot home his and Guisborough’s second goal for a 2-1 lead.
From then end Guisborough continued to control virtually the rest of the half and they finally got their deserved reward five minutes from time with Round again the skilful architect, jinxing his way through three Penrith defenders before pulling the ball back to Steve Snaith who side-footed home for 3-1.
The two sides are now set for a quick return match as it has been confirmed that they will meet again next Saturday, 26 September at the KGV in a rearranged fixture (kick-off 3pm).
The Priorymen have Injury worries to Jon Helm but returning will be Liam McPhillips and Connor Smith but Robbie Betson is unavailable.