Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fight for Survival

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fight for Survival

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Byline: By Anthony Vickers

Guisborough Town can claw towards their great escape from relegation this weekend with two massive matches.

The revived Priorymen - second bottom and now just four points adrift - face a Titanic clash tomorrow against rock bottom Tow Law.

Then on Monday they go to Thornaby for what is sure to be a high-stakes Teesside top flight derby clash (KO 11am).

Guisborough sparked a revival as they beat second placed Synners away a fortnight ago then edged past relegation rivals Tow Law 1-0 to move off the bottom.

Should they beat Tow Law again they would go to Thornaby knowing victory could take them out of the bottom three and give them renewed hope of top flight survival.

"Things always look better when you are winning," said boss Steve Corden. "We've been doing well. We've got a few players back now and that makes a big difference.

"It won't be easy against Tow Law. They gave us a right battle up there. They will be coming thinking its their last chance too.

"Then we have a derby at Thornaby which will be difficult. They have been going well."

Steve McLean, Peter Masters and Michael Jameson are all injured.

THORNABY will have a big say this weekend in exactly how Guisborough's season shapes up.

They were due to face fourth bottom Consett today at Teesdale Park and victory could peg back one of Town's chief relegation rivals. "We don't want to see Guisborough go down and we can help them out by beating Consett," said boss Neal Granycome.

"But if we do that Guisborough will come all fired up on Monday with a massive incentive. It will be a very high stakes game."

Thornaby have wobbled of late after a fantastic 12 game unbeaten run lifted them off the bottom.

"We have drifted back into it now," warned Granna. "We still need a couple of wins to secure safety."

Thornaby are without injured Mark Casey while Chris Lynch and David Gallagher are unavailable but they have signed left-sided former Plymouth midfielder Chris Ledbitter. …

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