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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:06 pm 

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For the second midweek in a row, Billingham exited a cup competition with a four nil scoreline. The League Cup was never high on the clubs list of priorities but if ‘Town’ had taken their chances in the first half then the tie may have taken on a different complexion. As it was, Guisborough dominated the second half adding gloss to the victory with two time added on goals to go with their previous two strikes. Guisborough are a good barometer of where Billingham need to be this time next year if they were to continue their promotion push into the Spring. With so many players missing injured, suspended or rested, then it would be unfair to judge on this game in isolation but it was a good indication of the quality on offer in division one. On their day, Guisborough are capable of rattling a few of the bigger clubs and they like to do things quickly. Whether it’s the long ball or wing play, they grind away and in the end, ‘Town’ just ran out of steam. Next Tuesday night, Billingham will host Jarrow in the Earnest Armstrong Memorial Cup - their last remaining chance of silverware outside of the league and its a competition they can realistically win.

Former Goalkeeper coach, Carl Morris made his second debut for the club having signed from Sunderland RCA on the eve of the game. Lewis McDonald also signed from Marske United but wasn’t available on the night. Jamie Davis, Lee Moore and Matty Robinson we’re rested. The game got off to a blistering start with both sides having several chances in the opening six minutes! Morris saved at his near post to deny Carl Lawson and Brian Close skewed wide at the far post from Steven Roberts low cross. At the other end, Kyle Morris drove straight at Thomas Beerforth from all of twenty five yards and the keeper pulled off a fine save to keep out Brandon Kirkbride’s fierce shot after excellent link up play by Craig Hutchinson. Both sides then struck the woodwork; Lawson hitting the corner junction and Hutchinson the outside of the post. With only twenty three minutes gone, Kirkbride saw his cross come back off the crossbar while John Seaton dragged wide from the edge of the box. For the remaining fifteen minutes, Billingham spent the majority of play in Guisborough’s final third. The best chance during that period fell to Joe Hillerby but his effort went high and wide.


The second half was a completely different affair with the hosts upping the tempo even further and Billingham couldn’t match their level of intensity. The hosts took the lead on fifty three minutes and the goal had been coming. Roberts intrinsic levels of skill on the left wing bore fruit when he found CLOSE unmarked and the veteran, volleyed home from eight yards. Morris pulled off a magnificent one handed save to get down low in keeping out a downward header from Anthony Hume. Roberts then hit the outside of the post as Billingham tried to stem the tide. There was a further blow when skipper Stephen Oakley was forced off with an injury and it is hoped he will be fit in time for Saturday’s encounter at a Easington Colliery. The move of the game involved Joe Ferguson, Roberts and ended with Lawson firing wide. The killer second goal finally came with eleven minutes remaining. Hume found Paul YOUNG in a central position and the substitute channeled the ball into the bottom corner. Morris made two further saves to keep the scoreline respectable but couldn’t do anything to stop ROBERTS exquisite free kick or Mason MCNIEL’s shot on the turn. Town will look to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Easington for the second time within a month and a similar scoreline to the 3-1 win wouldn’t go amis!


C Morris, Kirkbride, Flounders, Connor, Oakley (c) (Hughes), Summers, K Morris, Hillerby, Hutchinson, Thompson, Hogan (Connelly)
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