Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priory Men in Trouble

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priory Men in Trouble

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Byline: Non League Round-up

Guisborough Town must sound the relegation alarm after losing a second successive basement battle with Jarrow Roofing.

The Priorymen went down 1-0 at home to Roofing hot on the heels of a 5-1 defeat in the reverse fixture a week ago.

The game was a nervous and tetchy affair littered with free kicks and settled by a scrappy late strike on the rebound.

But the damning result leaves injury-hit Town now firmly anchored to the bottom of the first division table and six points adrift of safety.

Even without the three points deducted they would still now be deep in trouble.

Against Roofing they had plenty of possession but could not hurt the visitors. And when Roofing hit on the break Town struggled to contain them.

In truth, but for a magnificent display by keeper Simon Corbett the result could have been far more emphatic.

Twice he went full length to save good efforts from Hay in the first half then he was swiftly out to save at the feet of Nelson.

And after the break he foiled Hay, who had once more beaten a flat-footed defence to get free, then dived to deny Perry.

But Corbett had no chance when the goal finally came on 85 minutes. He got down to parry a piledriver from Nelson but the ball looped back out to the penalty spot where Roofing sub Martin Thompson arrived to slam home the rebound.

Guisborough had chances. In the first half they were on top and first Darren Sankey then Austin Johnston fired over. In the second half they piled on the pressure with a series of corners and from one Darren Mowbray put a diving header just wide.

They could even have levelled at the death as they won a free-kick on the edge of the box but Simon Kasonali's low effort came back off the foot of the post to cap a dispiriting day.

BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA kept their title challenge on track with a 3-0 win at table-toppers Newcastle Benfield Saints.

Sparkling Synners attacked from the off and, after getting the opener, dominated the game. …

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