A MISERABLE week for Guiseley was ended with Saturday’s 4-1 loss at home to promotion-chasing Eastleigh in the National League.
The Lions were hoping to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 5-0 drubbing at Cheltenham Town but conceded another four to make it nine goals leaked in two games,
Guiseley started well with Adam Smith and the team’s newest signing Oliver Norburn putting crosses into the area which were being dealt with by the Eastleigh defence.
But the visitors took the lead when Andy Drury scored after being found in the area as his powerful drive left Steve Drench with no chance.
Eastleigh then doubled their advantage when Joe Partington was found by a free-kick which was whipped in by Lee Cook for a header that was powerful and well taken.
Guiseley, through, were creating chances with Gavin Rothery and Norburn having efforts well defended and just before half-time the Lions pulled a goal back when Adam Boyes finished. Guiseley should have levelled up in added time when Danny Boshell blazed his shot over the bar and the second half saw chances at a premium. Cook’s cross almost found Yemi Odubade for Eastleigh who eventually made it 3-1 when James Constable found Drury who got his second of the game.
Eastleigh then added a fourth when Jai Reason was found in the area and scored with a tap-in. Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “It’s disappointing to lose because during the first half we did okay and we could have gone in level. But they are pushing for promotion for a reason, they took their chances.”
Guiseley sit 16th ahead of Saturday’s visit to 12th-placed Tranmere.
FC Halifax Town are now four points adrift at the bottom of the table after a 6-3 loss at home to a Braintree side who are up to fifth. A Shaun Tuton brace and Jordan Burrow strike were in vain for the Shaymen, who are back in action on Saturday at 11th-placed Gateshead.
In National League North, Harrogate Town dropped to fifth after slipping to a 2-1 home defeat to a resilient Alfreton Town. Joe Colbeck’s free kick gave Town the lead but goals from Andi Thanoj and Jordan Robertson gave the mid-table visitors victory. Town are back in action on Saturday at third-bottom Corby Town.
Bradford Park Avenue remain 15th after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at ninth-placed Chorley.
Darren Stephenson and Chris Doyle had put Chorley 2-0 up after just 15 minutes but substitute James Walshaw salvaged a point with a 73rd-minute penalty and last-minute equaliser. Avenue return to action next weekend when they welcome 14th-placed Hednesford Town this coming Saturday.
Battling Farsley quick to recover en route to sinking Seadogs
FARSLEY CELTIC moved out of the First Division North dropzone with Saturday’s 3-1 sinking of visiting Scarborough Athletic.
Farsley have lost the services of assistant manager Mark Jackson, who has returned to his old club Leeds United to take a post in the academy at Thorp Arch. But Celts continued their recent improvement with a dramatic victory, despite going 1-0 down to Ryan Blott’s 43rd-minute penalty.
Robert O’Brien levelled just one minute later with Paul Walker then putting the Celts 2-1 up at the interval. Aiden Savory ensured victory for the hosts with his strike six minutes from time.
Farsley jumped above Harrogate Railway, who lost 3-1 at home to Kendal Town. Daniel Barrett scored from close range for in the 59th minute, but by that point the hosts were already 2-0 down.
Ossett Albion collected their second away success with a 3-2 victory at high-flying Glossop North End.
Rob Bordman struck a 90th-minute winner to complete a brace for Albion, who also had Nick Matthews on the mark.
Hosts Ossett Town and Brighouse Town drew 1-1, Ernest Boafo netting a 14th-minute penalty for Brighouse after Danny Facey was brought down.
Cameron Lyn equalised in the 73rd minute.
In the Premier, a strong second-half showing saw Frickley Athletic gain a 3-1 home victory over second bottom Stamford.
Frickley fell behind to a 19th-minute goal from Shawn Richards, but Tom McGowan’s own-goal just before half-time got the home side back on terms.
Bradley Grayson’s header nudged Frickley in front and Simon Lenighan’s 25-yard deflected free-kick two minutes from time made sure of the points.
Goole AFC lost 3-2 at home to Romulus in First Division South despite leading 2-0 through Matthew Semley and Nicholas Guest.
Early Baker double helps Brewers rise to summit
ADAM BAKER’S early brace inspired Tadcaster Albion to a 4-0 success at home to Thackley that sent the Brewers two points clear at the top of the NCE Premier.
Baker netted after three and nine minutes to put Albion in control with Josh Greening and Gregg Anderson then netting in the second half.
Former leaders Worksop Town slipped to second after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cleethorpes Town but Worksop have two games in hand.
Pontefract Collieries edged a 4-3 cracker at home to Garforth Town with the hosts racing into a 3-0 lead through a Jack Mawson double and Liam Radford strike.
Garforth came roaring back through Sinmi Oyebanji and Curtly Martin-Wyatt, who went on to notch a double but Luke Danville’s strike on the hour proved decisive.
Pickering Town were felled 4-2 at Rainworth Miners Welfare with a Callum Ward penalty and Lewis Taylor strike in vain for the visitors.
In Division One, a last-minute strike from Jasaih Donaldson earned Yorkshire Amateur a 2-2 draw at home to Teversal who led after 10 minutes through Richard Guest. Joel Hughes levelled two minutes before the interval but Ashley Kitchen’s 75th-minute strike had the visitors heading for victory.
Hemsworth Miners Welfare, however, were denied all three points by a late strike in their 3-3 draw at home to Penistone Church.
Church led after 14 minutes through Oliver Fearon but Shane Kelsey levelled on the stroke of half-time and Hemsworth then looked destined to be triumphant after Bill Law fired in a brace in the space of nine minutes.
But Penistone’s Daniel Joynes had other ideas and he netted his own double with strikes on 76 and 83 minutes to nab the visitors a draw.
Elsewhere, Ashley Scothern’s goal proved only a consolation for Glasshoughton Welfare who lost 5-1 at Shirebrook Town, while Knaresborough Town were floored 2-0 by visitors Hallam.
Bridlington Town were in East Riding Senior Cup second round action and recorded a 5-3 success at Crown.