Guiseley Ladies were successful in back to back league wins after an epic 9 goal thriller yesterday down at Nethermoor.
After 2 weeks off due to the snow and flooding, the ladies were looking to take the momentum from their 4-3 away win at Hull City in their last league game. With manager Liam Kelly fielding the same team as he did in the win against Hull the ladies were pleased to be back on home soil for the first time since early November.
Guiseley started the game not so brightly with Whitley Bay capitalising on Guiseley’s poor attempt to settle early on in the game with an early goal for the travelling team. With a flat defensive line enabling Whitley Bay’s striker through on goal, dragging the goal keeper out leaving them to slot into the empty net.
Guiseley pulled their socks up and immediately started the cause a treat with good link up play down the wings using Julie Richardson’s pace and with Neely Murrell whipping in some great balls down the left wing. Guiseley continued to attack and with a pin point corner whipped in by Fuller found Cropp’s head which just went over the woodwork. Whitley continued to put Guiseley under pressure with a couple of shots dealt with by Boswell and the defensive partnership of Matthews and Danskin causing little danger.
Guiseley bounced back with an equalising goal through top goalscorer Caroline Hulme who received a fantastic ball from left back Caroline Cropp on the halfway line and travelled through most of the Whitley Bay defence before pulling the keeper our wide and smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Full backs Cropp and Fildes continued to limit Whitley Bays threats with some great defending alongside Danskin and Matthews whose partnership is strengthening week by week.
Score at HT 1-1
Guiseley came out for the 2nd half with fire in their belly, Fuller and Barker working hard to limit Whitley Bay’s attacks and feeding balls through for Hulme and strike partner Amy Parker.
Guiseley pushed on causing continuous threats down the wings with Murrell and Richardson causing the Whitley Bay’s fullbacks serious headaches. Guiseley took the lead through Hulme’s second goal of the game, a perfectly delivered corner by Fuller found Hulme to smash the ball through a sea of players intothe back of the net.
Guiseley quickly scored a 3rd with great build up play by fuller who split the Whitley Bay Defence with a fantastic pass to Richardson to pass the ball into Hulm to hit the net to finalise her hat trick.
Whitley Bay seemed to be given a lifeline when got 3 goals in quick concession stunning the home side, one goal similar to Whitley Bays first, followed by a counter attack with Whitley Bay pushing on to swipe across goal to find their no 9 only for her to tap in their 3rd goal. With Guiseley feeling frustrated, Whitley Bay received a free kick just on the edge of the box which found the bottom corner of the net leaving goalkeeper Boswell only to watch roll into the back of the net after struggling to see through the crowd of yellow and blue shirts.
Guiseley knew they needed to up their game, after coming from behind and losing a 2 goal lead they had to find that equalising and winning goal. With relief Guiseley were awarded a penalty for a push in the back on striker Amy Parker, Alarna Fuller calmly stepped up and smashed into the bottom left corner… game on!!
With Katie Jesson making way for Abi Barker and Rachel White soon brought on for Amy Parker, Guiseley were in search of that crucial winning goal. Whitley Bay had their chances with a late dipping shot tipped over the bar by Boswell keeping the scores at 4-4. With Laura Danskin suffering from a bad tackle, Alannah Jones was brought on in the final few minutes alongside captain Katie Matthews.
Guiseley knew they had to make every chance count, with some good saves from the Whitley Bay keeper seeing Julie Richardson nearly snatch the game at the death it was in their reach. With 2 minutes to spare, Katie Jesson put through a great ball to Hulme who took the ball under her feet and smashed the ball over the keeper dipping perfectly leaving her no chance. Manager Liam Kelly celebrated in style with an epic two kneed slide, showing his true passion for his team. A moment of true elation.
Guiseley were relieved to hear the final whistle blow and celebrated a well-deserved 3 points!
Player of the match went to Caroline Hulme for 4 goals and a fantastic performance.
Goalkeeper Erin Boswell said after the match ” Today we showed how to come from behind and how work for each other o get the goals and most importantly the points. We have conceded some poor goals today but defensively we are working well as a unit and we showed strength and determination coming from behind twice. It showed great character and games like today can be constructive in showing us to never give up and never get complacent! Next week we take on York City at home in the league, where we look to win three league games in a row, something which hasn’t been done since2007/2008 season”
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