Report | West Allotment Celtic 3-2 Guisborough Town
Rui Martins' strike 5 minutes from time saw West Allotment Celtic come out on top at home against Guisborough Town moving us up to 15th in the Ebac Northern League Division One table.
Weather conditions were poor but that certainly did not take away from the game as both sides produced some quality attacking play.
The visitors will be feeling slightly aggrieved to come away from East Palmersville Sports Pavilion with no points as Finn Hodgson was in spectacular form and his saves left Guisborough frustrated.
It was end-to-end stuff from the first whistle with both sides showing desire to get forwards. Arguably, Guisborough were on top in the early stages of the game as a couple of smart stops from Hodgson and a clearance off the line from Luke Parkinson kept the score at 0-0.
On 21 minutes, Allotment took the lead to land a sucker punch on the visitors. Mikel Thompson beat multiple players with some classy play and his cross was met by Liam Beeston who rifled the ball into the roof of the net - Four goals in four games for Beeston.
On 23 minutes, Guisborough almost levelled but again, Finn Hodgson was a man who was in fine form and wasn't going to be beaten easily. Another chance fell the way of the visitors a few minutes later from a corner but this time the header drifted wide.
Guisborough found the equaliser after 35 minutes when Ben Jackson's cross down the right was met by Louis Johnson who prodded the ball home with a simple finish from close-range. No more than what they deserved.
Minutes into the second half, the Priorymen took the lead for the first time. Hodgson saved an effort from just outside the box however, the ball fell to Ben Jackson who thumped the ball into the back of the net.
Guisborough will be scratching their heads wondering how they didn't add a third goal after 59 minutes. Jason Blackburn got onto the end of a cross and fired an effort towards the top corner but a point-blank diving save from Hodgson denied him.
Another goal-bound shot was saved from Hodgson with 62 minutes on the clock to keep out Louis Johnson's deflected effort.
With 15 minutes to go, Allotment found themselves back on level terms. Matty Hayton grabbed our equaliser with a goal as calm as you like. He neatly rounded Robert Dean in the Guisborough goal before tapping the ball into the empty net.
With just a few minutes to go, the points looked as if they were going to be shared however, Rui Martins foiled those plans and ensured all three points were staying with the home side. Martins drive towards goal and unleashed a shot from just outside of the box which slipped through the goalkeeper's gloves and into the net.
Next up we travel to Whitley Bay on Saturday December 18th looking for three wins on the bounce!
Goals: Beeston (21'), Hayton (75'), Martins (86')