PATCHED-UP Guiseley have one foot in the Conference North play-off final after an excellent 1-0 victory over Boston United in the first leg at Nethermoor last night.
The Lions suffered a double blow before the match when leading scorer James Walshaw (stomach bug) and midfielder Danny Boshall (personal reasons) both pulled out of the squad.
Watched by a crowd of 1,022, the hosts went close after five minutes when midfielder Warren Peyton’s shot hit the bar and bounced to safety.
After that the visitors dominated but could not find their way through a defence well-marshalled by skipper Simon Ainge and Danny Ellis.
Striker Joe O’Neill, who returned after suffering an ankle injury in the County Cup final, was replaced at half-time by young American forward Joey Spivak who looked lively on his first team debut.
Early in the seond period, midfielder Gavin Rothery just failed to get on the end of a Darryn Stamp header across the face of goal, while Boston had strong appeals for a penalty rejected.
United continued to press and Spencer Weir-Daley saw his shot turned away for a corner by Steve Drench.
The breakthrough finally arrived on 75 minutes when Peyton smashed home a free-kick from outside the area which gave Boston keeper Paul Bastock no chance.
Guiseley continued to press forward with the excellent Simon Baldry to the fore.
The second leg is at Boston on Sunday and the Lions are confident Walshaw will be fit.