Fifteen changes were made by Boss Andrew Hardy from the last out a fortnight ago, with Mike Coates returning to the right. Newly signed Carl Harris enters the center. Jim Neal came in left back. Ben Doyle was back in midfield. And George Salt returns to No. 10, Keith Sales writes..
The initial fear for Goldsboro was when a throw ball separated the defense, the forward did well in scoring Pat Diaz Thomson. Nath Smarthwaite was well placed, though a formidable block was to be made on the line.
Ry Roe had a look at the other end after Doyle’s good work, fired from outside the area. The Sleights were at the top but the Goldsborough defense stood strong.
When the defense was violated, Goldsbro thanked Diaz Thompson for keeping things even. A nice save low down was improved by a spectacular stop on the right. Between them
Damon Craig took advantage of a weak backpass just to clear the ball for the keeper.
The good link-up play between Roe and Craig almost broke the deadlock, leaving Roe completely unable to connect with Craig’s cross.
As half-time approached, Glowman Diaz Thompson made another nice stop from the point-blank range to keep things aimless.
Diaz-Thomson was in direct action early in the second half, standing tall and showing good handling to dismiss the Sleights.
Salt was exhausted, closing well and trying to move on, while Phil Spencer and Doyle struggled in the middle of the park.
After another brilliant save by Diaz-Thomson, Goldsbro got a chance from a corner, Roe’s brilliant delivery was wide with a combination of Craig and Ben Watson.
During the first real spell of pressure for Goldborough in the half, loud appeals for penalties ended as Coates fell into the box.
It looked like a goal could be decisive, and it was the Sleights who broke the deadlock.
A good throw ball separated the defense, and striker Charlie Smith showed quick feet to score Diaz-Thomson before turning the ball into a corner to put the Sleights ahead.
The goal put an end to Goldborough’s wind, which struggled to create any real trouble for the Slits’ defense as it moved to the halfway point.
Roe fired from a distance, but the Slitskeeper wasn’t too upset.
Winger / forward Will Cork Dow was named man of the match along with debutant goalkeeper Tyler Henshaw and his hard-working back four.