GUISELEY are still seeking their first point in the Vanarama National League after Saturday’s opening day 1-0 loss at Welling.
The crucial goal was scored just before half-time when Sahr Kabba was able to get the ball over the line after the ball was headed across goal to him from a free-kick.
Before that it was the visitors who had the better chances with Tom Craddock going closest when his effort hit the crossbar.
But the home side did create a good chance just before getting the only goal of the game when a well-worked attack saw the ball fall to Tashan Adeyinka who had to be blocked by Guiseley’s Rob Atkinson.
The second half again saw the away side creating the best chances with Liam Dickinson whistling an effort just past the post.
Then, right at the end of the game, Guiseley could have grabbed the leveller when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball being desperately cleared.
Bower said: “We cut them to shreds at times, we were unlucky at times, but you have to defend when the chance comes.”
Guiseley will hope to get the first point on the board when they face Altrincham at home tomorrow evening.
FC Halifax Town, meanwhile, suffered an opening day 3-1 loss at newly-promoted Boreham Wood.
Jordan Burrow’s penalty was in vain for the Shaymen who host Chester tomorrow evening.
In Vanarama North, Bradford Park Avenue began their campaign with an incident-packed 2-2 draw at home to nine man Alfreton Town.
Avenue looked to be cruising to victory thanks to a first-half double from Michael Potts before a second half Andi Thanoj free-kick gave the visitors hope.
Alfreton centre back Sam Berry was then sent off 15 minutes from time for a professional foul on James Walshaw and Tom Allan then joined him in having an early bath when picking up his second yellow card ten minutes later.
But Alfreton still bagged a share of the spoils through a penalty awarded in the dying seconds which was converted by Joe Ironside.
Further red cards were shown after the whistle as players and staff brawled on the pitch, including Alfreton’s Dan Bradley - who wasn’t even in the matchday 16.
Luke Dean was also shown a second yellow for Avenue who are back in action at Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow.
Harrogate Town, meanwhile, began with a much more mundane 1-0 loss at Brackley Town whose David Moyo struck an 85th-minute winner. Harrogate next host Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow evening.
TADCASTER ALBION began the new NCE Premier season with a bang as Joe Thornton’s double inspired a 6-3 bashing of visiting Maltby Main.
Liam Ormsby’s 18th-minute penalty set the ball rolling with Tad’ also netting through Nick Black, Jimmy Beadle and George Conway.
Garforth Town left it late before sealing a 3-2 triumph at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare for whom a Sam Dockwray double was in vain. Andy Hawksworth struck a match-winning brace for Garforth, including an 87th-minute winner, with Mark Simpson earlier on target.
Thackley bagged a late winner in 2-1 win against visiting Barton Town Old Boys who led after five minutes through Danny Chambers. Thomas Dugdale levelled before Mike Garod hit an 81st-minute winner.
Stephen Wales netted as Nostell Miners Welfare obliged 1-0 at Cleethorpes Town while Liversedge took a goalless draw from their trip to Clipstone. But Pickering Town were downed 3-0 at Handsworth Parramore while a Mark Whitehouse strike failed to save Pontefract Collieries from a 3-1 reverse against visiting Armthorpe Welfare.
Bridlington Town obliged 2-0 at Staveley Miners Welfare with Lewis Clarkson and Joel Sutton netting while Worksop Town are top after a 6-0 romp at Athersley Recreation.
Selby Town began their Division One campaign in style with a 4-0 success at Winterton Rangers in which Brenton Leister netted two penalties. Danny Bunch and Keane Parsons also notched.
AFC Emley salvaged a 2-2 draw at Rossington Main thanks to Ashley Flynn’s 90th-minute leveller – the second goal of his brace. But Eccleshill United were chinned 4-3 by new boy guests Westella VIP despite netting through Luke Harrop, Mark Trueman and a Mike Hewitt own goal.
Knaresborough Town were floored 2-0 at Teversal while Yorkshire Amateur were undone by a last-minute Jack Walters strike in a 1-0 reverse against new boy visitors Hull United. Hosts Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Glasshoughton Welfare shared a 1-1 draw.