Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priory Men Are off the Bottom

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priory Men Are off the Bottom

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

Gritty Guisborough finally clawed off the bottom of division two with a spirited 1-0 win over Prudhoe.

The hard earned win extended their unbeaten run to four games - a revival which has more than doubled their tally from the opening 20 games and which has taken them above rivals Peterlee.

They have two crucial games in hand to give them an edge in the battle against the drop and, with only one team going down this term, the situation has now tipped in the Priorymen's favour.

Andy Toman's side had been showing signs of life before with impressive displays but for no return. Now they are getting the results their work-rate and endeavour deserve.

There was no quarter given in a first half where Guisborough fought for every ball.

They took control after the break and went ahead on the hour as Michael McGowan broke onto a ball over the top to lob the advancing keeper.

But keeper Danny Yates had to make a superb finger-tip save late on to save the day.

In the top flight, BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA closed in on the summit as they thumped rock bottom Esh Winning 4-0 while leaders Blue Star slipped up.

Synners went ahead on seven minutes as speedy striker Tony Wood burst onto a through ball and rounded the keeper.

Synners carved out a string of chances but were denied until early in the second half when David Wells put in a pinpoint cross for Craig Lake to stab home from close range.

It was three on 73 minutes as Wells chased a long ball to the edge of the box and lobbed the advancing keeper.

And they wrapped it up three minutes from time as sub Colin Iley picked up a loose ball in the box to round the keeper and stab home into an open goal.

BILLINGHAM TOWN piled the pressure on the leaders with a 4-1 thumping of mid-table Horden.

Ex-boss Alan Robinson's side started brightly but suffered an early blow as Steve Bell was sent off for swearing on 20 minutes. …

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