Boyes’ strike earns the Lions at point at Chester

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Guiseley grabbed a deserved point with yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Chester to redress the balance after a couple of recent set-backs in Vanarama National League.

Chester – who sit eighth – took the lead through Wayne Rooney’s brother John but were pegged back by a late leveller from Adam Boyes.

Approaching the game after back-to-back home losses to Aldershot and Gateshead, the Lions started well with winger Wayne Brooksby seeing his attempted lob saved.

Chester’s first chance fell to Rooney who aimed a free-kick past the Guiseley wall but Steven Drench was able to save.

But Guiseley maintained a good percentage of possession and had another chance before half-time when Nicky Boshell saw his effort take a deflection and hit the top of the net.

The first half ended goalless and the start of the remaining 45 minutes saw Chester’s George Thomson in a good position but he aimed his effort wide.

This was now becoming an end-to-end match, with both sides creating chances.

Guiseley, though, nearly scored when Nicky Boshell’s cross found the head of Rob Atkinson, who made a good connection with the ball but his effort was saved well by the former Guiseley keeper Jon Worsnop.

But the Lions fell behind when Zak Thompson was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area and Rooney delivered a confident finish to give Chester the lead.

Guiseley nearly equalised when a Boyes shot was saved and put into the goal by Atkinson but the off-side flag was up and it was ruled out.

But the away side’s pressure paid off when Boyes beat the off-side trap to score the equaliser.

There was still time for Chester to have one last chance but Tom Shaw’s long-range effort went just wide.

The point took Guiseley up to 14th ahead of next Saturday’s long trip to 17th-placed Torquay United.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “I’m pleased we got something out of the match. We’ve created chances again so I’m happy. “

FC Halifax Town were also happy after yesterday’s thrilling 3-1 success at home to seventh-bottom Barrow recorded their first win of the season.

Barrow led six minutes after the interval through Andy Cook who had earlier hit the crossbar but the Shaymen stunned the visitors with three goals in the last nine minutes.

Shaun Tuton lobbed home an 81st-minute equaliser before CJ Hamilton made it 2-1 two minutes later. Jordan Burrow made absolutely sure of all three points with his strike in stoppage time.

The Shaymen now sit fourth-bottom and just a point off safety ahead of Saturday’s trip to 13th-placed Aldershot.

In Vanarama National League North, Harrogate Town moved second with a 2-1 home victory in yesterday’s derby against Bradford Park Avenue at the CNG. Richard Marshall gave Avenue the lead five minutes before the interval but Brendon Daniels turned the game on its head by netting a leveller four minutes after the break and a winner 16 minutes from time.

Town stay three points behind leaders Solihull Moors who won again but now sit second after Nuneaton’s 1-1 draw at home to Stockport. Moors and Town will now battle it out this Saturday at Damson Park. With both Telford winning and Curzon Ashton drawing, Avenue sit bottom ahead of Saturday’s hosting of third-bottom Telford.

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BRIGHOUSE TOWN booked a spot in The Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round with yesterday’s 2-1 victory in a replay at Atherton Collieries.

Just two days after Saturday’s 1-1 draw, goal machine Ernest Boafo gave Brighouse a 22nd-minute lead but Ben Hardcastle levelled seven minutes before the break. Brighouse’s Ryan Hall netted what proved the winner four minutes after the interval.

Several FA Cup replays take place tonight with Farsley Celtic at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels and Harrogate Railway at Spennymoor Town. Goole AFC also visit Sheffield FC.

Elsewhere yesterday, local bragging rights went to Ossett Albion as EvoStik League First Division North visitors Ossett Town were sunk by a single goal just before the hour.

Kieran Thompson was on target for Albion who moved into the division’s top half.

In the Premier, hosts Frickley Athletic and Whitby Town shared a 2-2 thriller.

Two days on from Saturday’s 2-0 triumph at Ramsbottom United, Frickley looked to be heading for another victory when Jacob Hazel gave them a 35th-minute lead but Lee Mason levelled for Whitby seven minutes after the break. Zephaniah Thomas put Frickley back in front six minutes after the interval but Whitby grabbed a draw when they were awarded an 84th-minute penalty which was converted by Michael Roberts.

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