Guiseley are left deflated as County snatch a late point

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Guiseley manager Mark Bower admits that Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Stockport County was ‘hard to take’ after seeing the Hatters grab a 95th-minute leveller.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower admits that Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Stockport County was ‘hard to take’ after seeing the Hatters grab a 95th-minute leveller.

The Lions, who had led 3-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Brooksby, Adam Boyes and Danny Ellis, looked on course for a quick-fire double over County after beating them at Nethermoor in Skrill North in midweek.

But they reckoned without the predatory prowess of former Everton and Huddersfield Town striker Phil Jevons, who fired a hat-trick for the hosts.

His third arrived courtesy of a last-gasp controversial penalty to send the Lions home with just a solitary point.

A bitterly-disappointed Bower, who described the result as ‘two points dropped’ said: “It was a very, very deflated dressing room in there after that; it was hard to take with the last kick of the game.

“I felt we defended pretty comfortably really, but then let in very soft free-kick and a very, very soft penalty and the two points were gone.”

Winger Brooksby broke the deadlock in the 38th minute for Guiseley after he cut inside from the left wing and drove past Stockport goalkeeper Ian Ormson.

But within minutes of taking the lead, the Hatters hit back through Jevons after Jamie Milligan’s fine pass found the striker who was able to equalise in the 41st minute.

The second-half started slowly for both sides and the game came to life with Boyes smartly lobbing Ormson inside the Stockport area to regain the lead for Guiseley.

Just 10 minutes later, Ellis made it three when Brooksby’s corner picked out the unmarked centre-half who nodded home and the game was in Guiseley’s grasp before a dramatic turn of events took place.

Jevons recorded his second with a volley inside the box to give the home side a chance of getting back in to the game.

Stockport threw everything at Guiseley and eventually, the hosts were rewarded for their onslaught.

Steven Copeland awarded County a free-kick 20 yards out and cruelly, the free-kick struck the arm of a Guiseley defender in the box and the referee gave a penalty.

Despite the Guiseley protests, Jevons converted home his third with the last kick of the day.

Harrogate Town played out a scrappy 0-0 draw with derby rivals Bradford Park Avenue and are now fifth in the table.

Boss Simon Weaver said: “It was always going to be a tough encounter and in the end, it was a decent point.

“I was a little bit disappointed we didn’t take our chances in the second half, but it’s a point gained in a tricky local derby.”

In the Conference Premier, a 50th-minute penalty from top-scorer Lee Gregory helped FC Halifax win 1-0 at 10-man Welling to move up to fifth.

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