Familiar face Aspin sees Gateshead silence Lions

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GUISELEY’S miserable Christmas continued as a clinical Ryan Bowman double inspired Neil Aspin’s Gateshead to a 3-0 victory in National League on Bank Holiday Monday.

The victory kept Gateshead in the top half but the Lions sit 18th and six points off the dropzone ahead of Saturday’s visit to third-placed Grimsby.

The first half saw the hosts have the better chances with the away side making a number of important blocks as the likes of Jake Lawlor and Will Hatfield put their bodies on the line.

Jon Shaw went particularly close when he was able to make contact with a cross but his effort went just wide of Steven Drench’s goal.

Guiseley, though, had a chance of their own when Oliver Norburn - who scored a spectacular goal against Bromley a few weeks ago - fired a well-hit effort from 30 yards out but his effort was saved by Sam Russell.

The second half started with Gateshead attacking from the off and they took the lead when Rob Ramshaw passed to Bowman who finished calmly.

Aspin’s men then doubled their lead when CJ Hamilton’s effort was well saved by Drench but Bowman was in the right place to get his second.

The visitors tried to get back into the match but Hatfield saw his header cleared off the line while Nicky Boshell saw a free-kick go just wide.

Guiseley pushed forward in an attempt to get a goal back late on but the home side were able to defend well and keep a clean sheet. Gateshead then rubbed salt into Guiseley’s wounds when Danny Johnson was able to get a third.

FC Halifax Town enjoyed a much better Bank Holiday Monday as their fine Festive season continued with a 2-0 victory at home to play-off chasing Wrexham.

Shaun Tuton’s 16th-minute opener was followed by a Kingsley James strike with the Shaymen remaining third-bottom but now only behind fourth-bottom Welling United on goal difference and just two points off safety.

Halifax are back in action on Saturday at home to ninth-placed Lincoln City.

In National League North, Harrogate Town dropped out of the play-offs as they were stunned 4-2 by mid-table visitors Chorley who raced into a 3-0 lead through a Darren Stephenson brace and Andy Teague strike.

Town hit back through Jerry Yates and Dom Knowles but a headed own goal from Danny Ellis ended hopes of a comeback.

Town now sit sixth and are back in action on Saturday at home to eighth-placed Stockport who will be seeking revenge after their reverse on Boxing Day.

Bradford Park Avenue missed the chance to go 11th as they lost 1-0 at a North Ferriby United side who sit third.

Tom Denton gave Ferriby a 63rd-minute lead and the hosts held on for all three points despite seeing Ben Middleton shown his second yellow card for a 71st-minute foul on Craig King. Ferriby boss Billy Heath said: “We played well as a team and kept our nerve after Ben’s sending-off. We knew it would be a tough game from the start but our approach and attitude was right.”

The loss was a first defeat in 10 games for Avenue who drop to 13th and visit fourth-bottom FC United on Saturday. Ferriby welcome tenth-placed Gainsborough Trinity the same day.

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ROBERT BORDMAN hit a last-minute winner as high-flying Ossett Albion took the Christmas Bank Holiday Monday bragging rights with a 3-2 triumph in the EvoStik League First Division North.

Goals from Andrew Hawksworth David Brown were in vain for the hosts against a Dominic Riordan strike and Bordman double.

Brighouse Town left it late to seal a 2-1 verdict at home to Scarborough Athletic. Peter Davidson’s 48th-minute own goal put Brighouse infront but Jamie Forrester levelled with 19 minutes to go. Adam Wilson then hit an 85th-minute winner.

Farsley Celtic enjoyed a 4-0 success at Spennymoor Town with second-half goals from Aaaron Hardy, Ross Daly, Lewis Nightingale and Paul Walker. Harrogate Railway’s hosting of Clitheroe was postponed, as was Goole AFC’s home clash with Lincoln United in First Division South.

In the Premier, Frickley Athletic were pegged back to a 1-1 draw at Whitby Town after leading through Jacob Hazel on 11 minutes.

Michael Roberts levelled from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

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