Guisborough Town 1-1 West Auckland
When Guisborough came to The Wanted Stadium back in August for the first game of the season, West enjoyed they biggest win to date winning 9-0. Guisborough have brought in new players and are getting better results of late.
The game started scrappy with wayward passing on a cold winters night. The pitch was soft in places and frozen solid in others leading to unpredictable bounce.
Good work by Nathan Fisher in the box finds Adam Mitchell who strikes the ball well only to see it clear the bar.
Five minutes later Ben Wood finds himself on goal and his effort is pushed out for a corner by the Guisborough keeper and captain Jordan Nixon. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
The hosts first chance came halfway through the half, Mathew Crust crosses for Ben Hugill who’s powerful header just misses the target.
West won a corner on 35 minutes, Danny Parker got the ball with his back to goal, swivels and his low shot through a crowd of players is cleared off the line.
Two minutes later another Mitchell corner was swung in, cleared to Ben Wood who lobs it back in and eventually finds its way to Mark Doninger 6yds out, his weak effort was straight at the keeper and cleared.
The only other chance of the first half fell to Guisborough’s Number 11 Lewis Maloney, who’s strike from distance, looking for the top corner goes wide.
The second half started much the same as the first with few chances. Ex West patron Brian Close was running the show for Guisborough with some fine touches and passes but lacking the finishing touch.
Both teams made two substitutes early in the second half hoping to change the way the game was going.
Just over the hour gone and Adam Mitchell found himself on a free kick 25yds out, strikes it well and rebounds off the bar as Nixon looked well beat.
A few minutes later striker Lewis Moloney tries another long range effort from around 35 yds, this time he rattles the post.
Another chance falls to Guisborough when Hugill had his back to goal turned and his shot was saved.
The warning signs were there for West, and it was Moloney who opened the scoring, another long range shot which took a wicked bounce in the box and nestled in the bottom corner.
While the game was getting stretched West found themselves in space and Adam Mitchell fires wide.
With just three minutes left to play West did find the net, a Alex Francis free kick was floated into the danger area, evading everyone apart from Danny Parker at the back post who taps it in.
A much improved Guisborough held out to share the points, a game which West on paper should have won.
West:- McHugh. Morris. Parker. Colquhoum. Cobain. Mckeown (Wearmouth 55’). Francis. Doninger (Purewal 61’). Fisher. Wood. Mitchell (Richardson 85’).
Subs not used:- Galpin. Wade.
Goal:- Colquhoum (87’)