Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hardy Hoping to Avoid a Repeat of Derby Day Woe; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hardy Hoping to Avoid a Repeat of Derby Day Woe; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

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Byline: Adam Steel Sports writer adam.steel@eveninggazette.co.uk

GUISBOROUGH manager Chris Hardy is hoping for some derby drama and a better result when his side visit Billingham Synthonia for the second time this season.

The Priorymen were poor at best in a 1-0 FA Vase defeat at Central Avenue in October, and had to work hard to come from behind and beat Synners 2-1 at home in a midweek Northern League clash in December.

"They were two very flat games, truth be told," Hardy said.

"We didn't perform there in the Vase and weren't at our best at home either, but we popped up and scored goals at the right time.

"Neither game had a great tempo, but I'm hoping it will be a bit different on Saturday."

Guisborough are coming off a 2-1 defeat at Durham City which Hardy said could easily have been a victory.

"Danny Johnson had a oneon-one late in the game and you would have put your mortgage on him scoring," Hardy said.

"He hit the keeper in the chest, they broke and scored a penalty and it was game over.

"Those are the small margins.

We could have won 3-1 no problems at all."

Synners are boosted by the return of winger Kris Hughes from injury.

New Billingham Town manager Darren Trotter is hoping to see his side play competitive football for the first time at home to Crook.

Town had to postpone Wednesday night's friendly against Norton, but the Bedford Terrace pitch has been rolled twice since and is in good shape.

Trotter has signed third choice Darlington keeper Joe Williamson on loan and "six or seven" experienced Northern League players like Stephen Jackson and Lee Armes.

"We've had two good training sessions and we'll see how we get on tomorrow," Trotter said.

Trotter's former side Marske are at Ashington.

They will either be rusty or refreshed after two postponements but have attacking players Bryan Stewart and Jordan Marshall back in the fold. …

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