A ton of goals expected

Guisborough Town FC continue their travels towards promotion to the First Division with a streak of wins in February and March against Darlington RA 4-0, Stokesley 4-1 (on penalties), Thornaby 1-4, Washington 0-2, and two draws, one against the only team to draw twice with Guisborough all season – Birtley Town 2-2 and in March a 1-1 against fellow promotion chasing Whickham. The Priorymen looked like dropping vital points on 12th March when Whickham scored with quarter of a hour left but the saviour David Onions denied Whickham the full 3 points in a heart stopping fi nale and goalvery late into  toppage time. Not only are the team still one of the favourites to fi nish in the top three but they are due to appear in the North Riding Senior County Cup fi nal against old rivals Marske United on Wednesday 30th March after defeating Thornaby, Middlesbrough and Stokesley in earlier rounds. Guisborough Town have won the competition 4 times but the last time was in 1993 so they are hoping to win some more silverware for the trophy cabinet. Guisborough took the lead in the semi fi nal with youngster Shane Henry scoring in the first 20 minutes but First Division Stokesley levelled in fi rst half injury time before the tie was settled on penalties with David Onions, Chris I’Anson, Lee Bythway and Mikey Roberts making each penalty count whereas Jack Norton saved and the bar stopped one shot leaving the hosts to only convert one penalty and say goodbye.

 

The price of victory was not painless though as Luke Bythway picked up a nasty injury which could see him not playing the rest of the season. Prior to the Birtley game in February David Onions was  presented with a bottle of champagne by Chris Wood from the Guisborough Town Supporters Group for his hat trick of hat tricks against Morpeth Town, Seaham Red Star  and Crook Town. David Onions is also the fi rst player to score against Birtley Town when they returned to the Northern League in 2007/2008. He was playing for Marske United in their first game with Birtley winning 2-1 despite the goal by DO. Each season following this the Dangerous One has scored in every Guisborough Town victory over Birtley; 2 second half goals in January 2009, 1 goal in the 6-0 win in December 2009, 2 in the 0-5 win in April 2009. This season he even scored in the 3-3 draw in October 2010 and he just had to bag his 25th goal of the season in the 2-2 draw in February so the record continues. The path to promotion is not a smooth one as there are some very tough League games in the coming weeks with 7 games remaining including ones against top quality sides such as 4th place North Shields (away), at home to 6th place Marske United on the 2nd April a few days after the cup final and a long trip to Gillford Park in Carlisle for the last game of the season. At home the Priorymen will also be playing Whitehaven on the 26th of March, and Washington 23rd April. At some point they are expected to score their 100th goal of the season as to date they have already netted 93 times so why not get yourself down to the KGV Stadium at Howlbeck Road, Guisborough to become part of history as promotion beckons.

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