The first league game of the season brought a tricky away game against Gildersome Spurs. As this was the first game in the Garforth A League the boys knew that there wouldn’t be any easy opponents and knew they would have to work hard in order to ensure the first 3 points of the season.
The first 5 – 10 minutes of the game proved how good the teams in this league would be, with nothing to separate the two teams in the opening exchanges. However it was Guiseley who struck first with a magnificent strike from the new skipper James Bedford. As the Gildersome’s defence failed to clear their lines, the ball fell to James outside the box who struck a sweet left footed shot into the top corner of the net, leaving the keeper no chance and the lads were 1-0 to the good.
Guiseley continued to threaten with the Gildersome full backs unable to deal with the pace and skill of Joseph Procter and Taylor Jackson down either flank but the team failed to capitalise on some fantastic crosses from either side.
The graft and hard work finally paid off as Charlie Waterworth scored two goals in quick succession and Taylor Jackson adding another just before half time to make it 4-0 at the break. Every member of the team had worked their socks off and the score line at half time was fully justified by their performance.
More of the same was the message at half time from the management and the boys once again delivered. The second half started in similar fashion to the first half, with nothing to separate the two sides in the first few minutes. Finlay Wilkinson was called into action on a couple of occasions albeit saving with his feet to keep the opposition at bay.
A fifth goal for Guiseley was scored and Taylor Jackson’s second of the game. A lovely run by Callum Parkinson who beat two and could have gone on to score himself but unselfishly set up Taylor who only had the keeper to beat to make it 5-0 to Guiseley and put the game beyond any doubt. Taylor quickly completed his hat trick soon after again calmly finishing past the Gildersome keeper.
Gildersome Spurs never gave up and as the lads began to tire, they started to have chances themselves. As Guiseley failed to clear the ball out of the defence the Gildersome number 3 flashed a shot passed the keeper which struck the post before hitting the back of the net.
The game ended 6-1 which was fully deserved for how hard all the lads worked.
Man of the match went to hat trick hero Taylor Jackson who impressed with some fantastic runs and crosses down the wing along with some cool finishing.
The perfect start to the season and the lads will need to continue to work hard and train hard in order to do well in this league. Gildersome Spurs were not a bad side but it was the lad’s determination and teamwork that got them the emphatic result in the end.
Despite the result, there are still plenty of things we will be working on in training boys!