GUISELEY’s 10-match unbeaten home record came to an end on Saturday when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals North Ferriby United in the National League.
A first-half Will Hatfield effort for Guiseley was cancelled out by Reece Thompson in the second half before Jake Skelton won it late on for the visitors.
With both sides fighting to avoid relegation, there was a lot on the line and early on it was a battle in midfield with few chances created.
A moment of real skill by Jordan Preston provided the home side with an opportunity as he nutmegged his way into the area, and on the angle, fired narrowly wide.
Guiseley soon took the lead when a pass found Hatfield, he let the ball pass him and on the turn he fired into the bottom corner.
North Ferriby, despite their lowly league position, showed why they could yet get out of the relegation places, with a Curtis Bateson cross narrowly missing Ben Middleton.
Just before half-time Ferriby’s Matty Dixon was given plenty of room and from 25 yards out he tried to place an effort into the goal but it went wide. In added time Preston forced Rory Watson into a smart save as his effort looked to be going into the top right hand corner, but was palmed away.
Ferriby started the second half with a big chance as Thompson on the angle hit an effort that hit the inside of the post and fell into the grateful hands of Jonny Maxted.
Thompson though would not be denied again as from 30 yards he powered an effort into the net – this fine strike brought the scores level and Ferriby now had momentum.
Things went from bad to worse for Guiseley when captain Danny Lowe was sent off after a coming together with Thompson.
And with moments to go a ball fell to Skelton in the area and he fired Ferriby into the lead, winning the game for the visitors.
Guiseley boss Adam Lockwood was a disappointed man afterwards after his charges surrendered their long unbeaten home run.
He said: “To lose to someone around us hurts. We have to move on quickly, but we were well below what we expected despite having chances to win this one. We have to up the standards for the next game and credit Ferriby for beating us. They put in a good performance and we have not.”
Guiseley are one point above the relegation zone ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Barrow.
Meanwhile, a brace from Simon Ainge and clever finish by Lloyd Kerry helped Harrogate Town to 3-2 victory at Darlington in National North.
The hosts were reduced to ten men after just 18 minutes when Leon Scott saw red for a lunge on Lloyd Kerry, though Town were made to wait until five minutes after the restart for the breakthrough as Ainge converted Joe Colbeck’s cross.
The lead lasted just two minutes as Stephen Thompson pulled the ten men level, before Kerry restored Town’s lead with a neat finish just under 15 minutes from time.
Ainge’s smashed home his second of the afternoon and looked to have sealed all three points, only for Liam Hardy’s 87th minute to set up a grandstand finish, but Town held on.
Bradford Park Avenue’s match at Stalybridge was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
FRICKLEY ATHLETIC conceded two late goals to draw 3-3 at Marine in the Premier Division.
Goals from Tyler Williams and Ross Barrows gave Frickley a 2-0 lead in the first 16 minutes. James Foley pulled one back for Marine but Joseph Pugh’s goal looked to have sealed the win for Athletic.
But goals from Callum Mahoney on 80 minutes and Daniel Mitchley seven minutes from time ensured the match ended in a draw.
Goals from James Walshaw and Adam Clayton were enough to see Farsley Celtic to a 2-1 victory over Prescot Cables in Division One.
Farsley are still nine points behind leaders Lancaster City but have three games in hand.
Lancaster enjoyed a 3-1 victory at fourth-placed Ossett Town. Thomas Kilifin gave City the lead on 21 minutes before Jacob Gregory doubled the advantage on 34 minutes. Jordan Connerton made it 3-0 from the penalty spot just after half-time and Town’s consolation goal came in the last minute from Steven Ridley.
Two goals from Luke Parkin were enough to earn ninth-placed Brighouse Town a 2-2 draw at home to Colne. Parkin gave Town the lead in the second minute, only for the away side to hit back to lead 2-1. But Parkin was on the spot to score the equalising penalty on 87 minutes.
Tadcaster Albion’s game at Kendal Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch as was Ossett Albion’s game at Radcliffe Borough.
IN the top-of-the-table clash in the Premier Division, second-placed Pickering Town crashed to a 4-1 defeat at leaders Cleethorpes Town.
Jonathan Oglesby gave the hosts a 46th-minute lead before Liam Davis doubled the advantage. A quick-fire brace from Brody Robertson made it 4-0 before Ryan Cooper netted a late consolation goal for Paul Marshall’s men.
Pickering are now five points behind Cleethorpes having played a game more.
Mark Simpson netted his 50th career goal for eighth-placed Garforth Town in the Miners’ 1-0 victory over Retford Town.
Vincent Dhesi made an excellent run from the right and supplied Simpson who sidefooted into the net. Simpson has now scored in 10 consecutive games for Garforth.
Ninth-placed Liversedge went down 2-1 at Thackley.
Peteu Crouz gave Liversedge the perfect start, scoring on 18 minutes but goals from Daniel Broadbent and George Eustance won the game for Thackley.
Hemsworth Miners Welfare slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against Albion Sports.
Hemsworth’s goals came from Temour Khan (own goal) and Cameron Clark.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, it was a day to forget for Harrogate Railway Athletic who lost 5-0 at Worksop Town.
Division One leaders Pontefract Collieries put bottom club Nostell Miners Welfare to the sword, winning 7-0.
Michael Dunn netted a hat-trick, Christopher Jackson a brace and the other goals came from Jordan Turner and Calum Stapleton.
Pontefract now lead the table by six points after second-placed AFC Emley won 2-0 at Rossington Main. Kieran Ryan scored both goals for Emley.
Knaresborough Town enjoyed a 3-0 home victory over Westella and Willerby.
Harry Brown, Sam Cook and Colin Heath scored for Town.
A 90th-minute goal earned Selby Town a 2-2 draw with Glasshoughton Welfare.
Josh Morley gave Welfare the lead only for Callum Terrell to equalise. Ryan Poskitt restored Glasshoughton’s lead before Sam Cable struck in the last minute for Selby.
Yorkshire Amateur went down 2-1 at home to Ollerton Town. Adam Shaw netted Amateur’s goal from the penalty spot.