Guiseley: Lions run riot to fuel dreams of promotion

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GUISELEY kept a firm hold of their Skrill North play-off place by running riot in a 5-0 win at 16th-placed Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

Guiseley, who got into the play-off places on Tuesday after a 6-1 win against AFC Telford, made it 11 goals in two games with this emphatic win.

In terms of the opening 45 minutes, once Guiseley got going, they couldn’t stop scoring as they produced a fantastic performance.

The scoring started on 11 minutes when Andy Holdsworth passed to Danny Ellis who kept his unlikely goal-scoring run going with a powerful shot on his left foot. Just a few minutes later, Adam Boyes found himself free in the area and he kept his cool to double Guiseley’s lead.

The next goal, which effectively finished the match off as a contest, included yet more good build-up play as this time Boyes was the provider as he found Alex Johnson who calmly beat the keeper. Guiseley then kept the pressure on and Boyes got his second after putting the ball past the Motors ‘keeper after being found free in the area by Rhys Meynell.

With over ten minutes left until half-time, Guiseley were 5-0 up when Michael Potts was brought down in the area and Gavin Rothery converted the penalty as he aimed the ball to the bottom right hand corner.

The second half saw Guiseley slow their pace down and produce little compared to their first half display, with the side knowing that the three points were confirmed.

Manager Mark Bower was delighted after seeing his side gain all three points, beaming: “It’s a terrific result.

“The performance, especially in the first half was superb/

“Some of the goals we scored and some of the moves we put together and other chances we created were fantastic.

“It was a very pleasing afternoon. I’m really pleased with the character and application and attitude of the players after Tuesday night to go and to put on a show like that is very pleasing.”

Guiseley, who sit fifth, have six games remaining, starting with tomorrow night’s hosting of Gainsborough Trinity.

Bradford Park Avenue were also celebrating on Saturday after a 2-0 triumph at basement club Workington.

Paul Walker and Paul Beesley both netted in the second half.

Avenue, who sit 12th, return to the field next Saturday at home to third-bottom Histon.

Play-off chasing Harrogate Town were in action yesterday but they suffered a 5-2 hammering at Gloucester City. Matt Heath and Ashley Worsfold were Town’s goal-getters. Town are back in action next Saturday at home to mid-table Leamington.

North Ferriby United shared a goalless draw with 14th-placed visitors Stockport County.

Second-placed Ferriby go to fourth-placed Altrincham on Saturday.

In Skrill Premier, FC Halifax Town won their sixth game out of their last seven with a 1-0 triumph at play-off rivals Nuneaton Town. Chris Smith bagged an 85th-minute winner on his first start for the club.

The fifth-placed Shaymen are back in action next Saturday at eighth-placed Barnet.

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