Lions leave it late to rescue a point after Boshell boost

KEY FACTOR: Oli Johnson, above, won the late penalty which was converted by Nicky Boshell to earn Guiseley a 2-2 draw with Tamworth. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
KEY FACTOR: Oli Johnson, above, won the late penalty which was converted by Nicky Boshell to earn Guiseley a 2-2 draw with Tamworth. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Guiseley bagged a dramatic point in Conference North on Saturday as Nicky Boshell’s last-minute penalty sealed a 2-2 draw with visiting Tamworth.

Guiseley started the better with Adam Boyes – who was presented with the player of the month award before kick-off –nearly opening the scoring when he collected a through ball from Wayne Brooksby but his shot went just wide.

Boyes, though, soon did get a goal after receiving a pass from Gavin Rothery and producing a smart finish as he rounded the keeper to score.

Tamworth then had a chance to equalise just before half-time but Leon Mettam fired wide.

The start of the second half saw Guiseley nearly double their lead on two occasions with Brooksby producing a good run and shot that just went wide.

But as the half went on Tamworth started to take control of possession and with just over ten minutes to go Kayden Jackson equalised.

Jackson was in the right place to tap the ball in after a free-kick taken by Brendan Daniels had hit the crossbar.

Then, minutes later, another Daniels free-kick caused problems in the Guiseley area and Jackson was in the right place to double his tally and give Tamworth the lead.

But Guiseley grabbed the equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time after Oli Johnson was adjudged to have been fouled in the area while he surged into the box.

Boshell took the penalty and made no mistake as he fired his effort into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

Lions manager Mark Bower was pleased his side did not lose but frustrated Guiseley didn’t get all three points.

“After an hour if we were 4-0 in front no one would have argued,” said Bower.

“But then we seemed to play like the game was won.

“We got a little bit of luck in the end but luck we had warranted and credit to Nicky for stepping up and taking the penalty.”

Harrogate Town endured an afternoon to forget as they lost 4-0 at Chorley. Former Town player James Dean was among the scorers for the hosts who led after just one minute through a Shane Killock own goal.

Goals from Dale Whitham and Darren Stephenson gave Chorley a 3-0 lead at the break.

Town boss Simon Weaver vowed: “We will ride the punches, take the flak and fight the fight until we win and keep winning.”

Bradford Park Avenue also endured away day misery as they lost 4-1 at Solihull Moors.

Paul Walker’s 90th-minute strike was a mere consolation for Avenue who were 2-0 down at the break with the hosts adding two more goals in the second half.

In the Conference, FC Halifax Town fell to a surprise 3-1 loss at home to Altrincham. Scott Boden bagged a late consolation for the Shaymen who were already 3-0 down.

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