Guisborough Town 4-0 Garforth Town
Red, white, black and blue
Garforth suffered a reality check as they succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Guisborough Town yesterday.
Our hosts showed just how far ahead the Northern League is in comparison to the rest of Step 5 with a sharp performance that Garforth failed to match.
Remarkably, Garforth failed to make a tackle for almost 20 minutes, and Guisborough looked more than comfortable in possession. They took an early lead through Nathan Steel, who soon added a second from the penalty spot.
Garforth were getting overrun in midfield and in wide areas and Guisborough exploited this, dominating the possession of the ball and creating many more chances.
Steel completed his hat trick for the Priorymen on the 40 minute mark, and matters were made worse just before half time when Joe Ferguson was allowed to run through the midfield virtually unchallenged, with his left footed strike across goal making it 4-0.
Garforth changed formation at half time and put in a much better performance in the second half. The Miners had a couple of chances, such as Lee Turner's free kick and Regan Fish's effort from distance. However, Garforth could not find a way to take away Guisborough's clean sheet and the game concluded with the score unchanged from half time.
There were plenty of lessons learnt for Garforth on the day, and the preparation for the new season will now be stepped up in acknowledgement of the below-par performance. The squad will now have recognised what intensity will be expected when the season starts, and what level of performance will be required against other Northern League club Sunderland RCA in the FA Cup. Garforth have plenty of fixtures left in pre-season to put things right and ensure they enter that game, and the season as a whole, on a more competitive level.