Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Crunch Time

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Crunch Time

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Byline: Northern League

Guisborough Town went into today's top flight Teesside derby clash at Thornaby knowing it's now or never if they are to escape the drop.

The second bottom Priorymen suffered a massive blow on Saturday as they went down 1-0 at home to chief rivals Tow Law in a relegation six pointer.

Spirited Town battered rock bottom Tow Law but were caught cold with a sucker punch that stopped their brave revival in its tracks and left them desperate for all three points in the showdown at Teesdale Park today.

A battling run of two wins and a draw had lifted them off the bottom but they are still four points adrift of safety with time and games fast running out.

Guisborough dominated over Tow Law throughout at the KGV but just could not break through a resolute defence.

Tow Law took the lead against the run of play on the half hour as they won a free kick 35 yards out and Andrew Thompson drilled a sizzling unstoppable free-kick into the top corner.

After that it was all Guisborough as they piled on the pressure.

As the second half wore on the match was played almost entirely in and around the Lawyers box with the visitors forced into some frantic last ditch defending.

Steve Pennock, David Atkinson and Tom Burke all put good chances off target while Lawyers keeper Spence pulled off a string of superb saves to deny the Priorymen.

In a final flurry there was a chaotic scramble in the box before Chris Dunwell stabbed just wide then in the last minute Mark Sunley got to a Simon Kasonali free-kick to put a powerful downward header to the far post but Spence went full length to save superbly.

THORNABY - who faced Town today - had done the Priorymen a big favour on Friday.

Thornaby beat fifth bottom Consett 1-0 to leave the trapdoor slightly ajar for Town.

Thornaby dominated the game from the off and Jamie Clarke had an early effort ruled out but the striker bounced back to grab the winner as he got to an Alan Cossavella cross to steer the ball home.

They had Simon Shaw sent off but even with ten men looked comfortable.

The win should end any lingering relegation fears for a side who were bottom before Christmas. …

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