Guiseley in third after three wins on the spin

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Guiseley stayed third in Vanarama North after Saturday’s 3-1 success at a Gloucester City side that finished the game with nine men.

Guiseley took the lead early on after Oli Johnson produced some fantastic work on the right.

He then delivered a ball across the face of goal, which hit a helpless Matt Williams and went into the back of the net. The away side then took control of the half but failed to create any clear-cut chances while doing so.

But just when it looked like Guiseley would go in at half-time ahead they conceded with Nathan Modest delivering a cross which struck a helpless Danny Lowe and went past goalkeeper Steve Drench.

Despite that set-back, the away side were back ahead just moments into the second-half when Ryan Toulson produced a powerful run and shot.

His effort was initially well saved by City goalkeeper Jas Singh, but the full-back was able to respond the quickest to fire the ball home.

Guiseley’s search for the win was helped when third-bottom City had to play with 10 men after they had used all their substitutes and Spencer Hamilton was injured and unable to continue.

Things then got even worse for the hosts when Billy Jones was sent off the a second bookable offence.

Adam Boyes then finished the scoring and ensured Guiseley would leave with maximum points with a close-range finish, as the Lions made it nine points out of nine for the week.

Manager Mark Bower was delighted to be returning to Yorkshire with another victory and said: “I’m pleased with the three points. It’s a difficult place to come down to.

“I have been here with Guiseley four or five times before today and not gained the three points before.

“It’s a really pleasing result for us.”

Guiseley now have two homes games against fellow promotion rivals Solihull Moors and Barrow this week, tomorrow and Saturday respectively.

Harrogate Town bounced back to form with a 4-1 victory at home to basement boys Hyde FC.

Town were 2-0 up inside ten minutes after strikes from James Walshaw and Dave McGurk before Dominic Rowe netted a third eight minutes before the break.

Louie Swain then got in on the act after the break with 11 minutes remaining before the visitors bagged a last-minute consolation through a Connor Hughes penalty.

Town are now up to 12th and return to action on Saturday at home to Gloucester City.

Bradford Park Avenue slipped to 18th after a 3-2 loss at home to fourth-placed Solihull Moors made it four league games without a victory.

Avenue got off to a dream start when Chib Chilaka gave them a second-minute lead but Moors came roaring back through a Liam Daly strike followed by an Omar Bogle double.

Dan Clayton then gave Avenue hope when netting with 13 minutes remaining. Avenue are back in action this evening when tenth-placed North Ferriby United visit the Horsfall.

In the Conference, FC Halifax Town were in action yesterday and slipped to a 3-1 loss at home to a Woking side who are now up to third.

Halifax have now slipped to eighth and went behind after 24 minutes to a Giuseppe Sole strike. Adam Newton doubled the away side’s advantage a minute before the interval and then bagged his second 14 minutes after the break.

Halifax finally hit back 18 minutes from time through a Paul Marshall penalty.

The Shaymen return to action on Saturday at fourth-bottom Welling United.

The Shay also hosts an international between England C and Estonia tomorrow evening.

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FARSLEY AFC maintained their First Division North play-off push by taking the bragging rights in a 4-0 victory at home to Ossett Albion on Saturday.

Albion were not helped by two own goals, the first of which arrived from Lewis Trice after 27 minutes. Two strikes in three second-half minutes from Aiden Savory (pictured) and Robert O’Brien then put Farsley in cruise control with Dominic Riordan then netting another own goal four minutes from time.

Ossett Town savoured a 2-1 success at home to Lancaster City. Chris Wood’s 76th-minute penalty proved the winner, supplementing Ross Armstrong’s 23rd-minute opener.

Brighouse Town enjoyed a 3-2 success at Mossley. An Ernest Boafo double and Ryan Hall strike gave Brighouse all three points.

Harrogate Railway were equally jubilant on their travels in a 4-1 success at Salford City. Malachi Farquharson gave Rail’ a 16th-minute lead before the Nathan Cartman show with the forward bagging a hat-trick with strikes after 18, 30 and 54 minutes.

And Scarborough Athletic kept up their promotion chase with a 3-0 verdict at Radcliffe Borough. Scarborough’s Gary Bradshaw, Matthew Plummer and Ryan Blott all netted a goal each.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic slipped to a 3-1 reverse at home to Ashton United. Danny South gave Frickley a 15th-minute lead but goals from Gary Gee, Jack Higgins and Christopher Baguley turned the game on its head.

Whitby Town also lost 3-1 at home to Ilkeston with Dale Hopson’s strike to no avail.

In the second round of the FA Trophy, Goole AFC’s adventure was ended in a 2-0 loss at Gresley. Martin Smyth broke the deadlock six minutes after the break before Alex Steadman made sure of victory with his strike in the last minute.

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LIAM Ormsby inspired Tadcaster Albion to an amazing turnaround and a dramatic 2-1 victory at home to Albion Sports on Saturday.

The victory kept Albion nine points clear at the top of the NCE Premier.

In front of a 399 gate, things looked grim for Albion when Tom Morgan was sent off for a professional foul and the visitors cashed in by taking a 78th-minute lead through Alex Cusack. However, Albion were awarded a penalty four minutes later which Ormsby converted and a second Ormsby penalty in the last minute sent the home fans into raptures.

There was also joy for Garforth Town on Saturday as they beat visiting Athersley Recreation 1-0.

Tim Robertson hit a 77th-minute winner.

Ryan Farrell also got the only goal of the game after 49 minutes as Thackley obliged 1-0 at Retford United.

But second-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare were undone 2-1 by visiting Armthorpe Welfare with a Dene Dewing home strike proving only a consolation.

Bottom club Glasshoughton Welfare were defeated 5-0 at third-placed Heanor Town while Bridlington Town lost out 3-1 to second-placed visiting Shaw Lane Aquaforce who have a game in hand on leaders Albion. Ombeni Ruhanduka was the sole Brid’ scorer.

In Division One, Yorkshire Amateur were denied victory late on in a 1-1 draw at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. Tom Marsden gave Ammers a 59th-minute lead but Adam Podmore levelled eight minutes from time.

Knaresborough Town enjoyed a 2-1 triumph at Rossington Main.

Colin Heath and Mitchell Hamilton both netted for Boro with a Lee Holmes failing to save the hosts.

NCE League action resumes tomorrow evening with Division One leaders AFC Emley away at fourth-bottom Winterton Rangers. Victory would send Emley six points clear.

In the pick of the third round NCE League Cup games, hosts Selby Town will look to take the scalp of Garforth Town.

Alex Purver.

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