Non-League: Lions move clear of relegation danger zone

Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
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Guiseley produced a marvellous performance on the road as they moved eight points clear from the National League relegation places thanks to Saturday’s 1-0 win at Woking.

The away side made the perfect start when Emile Sinclair worked his way into the area and unselfishly passed to Liam Dickinson, who was able to tap the ball into the empty goal.

Guiseley could have doubled their lead soon after when Rob Atkinson saw his header saved well by Woking goalkeeper Jake Cole. Sinclair, who is currently halfway through a one month loan from York, ripped the Woking defence apart with a solid run, but again the goalkeeper was in his way.

There was then a long delay in play when Woking’s Shaun Jeffers went down and had to be stretchered off the pitch.

Woking would end up having their best chance of the whole match in the seventh minute of added time when Giuseppe Sole turned and shot but Guiseley goalkeeper Steven Drench – who had a relatively quiet day – was there to make a fine save.

Guiseley were still able to create the better chances during the second half but were unable to get past Woking’s goalkeeper, who was having a good day.

Sinclair had the best chance of the remaining 45 minutes but his effort was scooped over the bar.

But the Lions had already done enough for victory as a third away win in the league this season put the Nethermoor outfit 17th.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower was pleased with all aspects of the game, saying: “It was a good all round team performance. We had chances and Emile Sinclair and Liam Dickinson deserve a lot of credit for the way they worked together.

“I’m pleased we are leaving with the victory.”

Guiseley return to action on Saturday at sixth-bottom Altrincham.

FC Halifax Town sit fifth-bottom after Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to second-placed Forest Green. Jon Parkin’s spot-kick and another goal by Elliott Frear in the first half sealed Town’s first defeat under Jim Harvey.

Halifax next welcome third-placed Grimsby Town to the Shay this coming Saturday.

In National League North, Harrogate Town strengthened their promotion push with an impressive 1-0 triumph at second-placed North Ferriby United. Jordan Thewlis crossed from the left for Lloyd Kerry to score the game’s only goal with a neat flick in the 28th minute.

Town are now up to fourth and visit 12th-placed Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow evening.

Bradford Park Avenue sit sixth-bottom after Saturday’s goalless draw at home to mid-table Stockport.

Avenue welcome FC United on Wednesday night.

EVO-STIK LEAGUE

OSSETT TOWN were chinned by Steve Foster’s last-minute winner in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Radcliffe Borough in First Division North.

Third-bottom Town trailed to Foster’s first goal of the game after 31 minutes but looked on course to glean a point when Isaac Assenso netted with 17 minutes of the game still to play.

Second-bottom Harrogate Railway missed their chance as they came off track 5-1 at third-placed Glossop North End.

The away side’s Daniel Barrett scored a late consolation.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Brett Souter’s 32nd minute own-goal was all that separated leaders Warrington Town from visitors Ossett Albion whose defeat still leaves them in a handy fourth place on the league ladder.

James Pollard’s 83rd minute free-kick wasn’t enough to save Brighouse Town who lost 2-1 at Prescot Cables while Scarborough Athletic were gifted a headed own-goal by Clitheroe’s James Heywood whose side were 3-1 winners by the seaside.

Farsley Celtic and Lancaster City fought out a goalless draw at Throstle Nest.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at second-from-bottom Stamford.

The match seemed to be heading for a goalless draw until Jake Newman scored when Frickley failed to clear a corner with three minutes left.

Whitby Town gave their survival hopes a major boost with their second victory over second-placed Workington this season.

Town knocked the Cumbrians out of the FA Trophy in October and obliged 1-0 this time with Mikey Roberts’ 19th goal of the season – fired into the top corner in the 49th minute.

Workington’s Conor Tinnion was sent off for a second yellow card.

In First Division South, Goole AFC drew 1-1 at Chasetown who trailed to Aaron Moxam’s 25th-minute strike but levelled through James Dance’s penalty.

NCE LEAGUE

TITLE-CHASING TADCASTER ALBION paid the perfect tribute to popular barmaid Sonny Lang in Saturday’s 4-1 triumph at home to Liversedge in the NCE Premier.

Sonny, who was just 23, lost her brave battle with cystic fibrosis last Tuesday morning and every Albion player gave Sonny’s mum Anna-Marie Clark a hug on the sidelines before kick-off.

Anna-Marie had earlier been presented with flowers by Albion captain Jimmy Beadle, with players joining supporters in a minute’s applause in Sonny’s memory before kick-off. Liam Ormsby then gave Albion the lead on the stroke of half-time but Tom Jackson levelled a minute before the hour. Ormsby’s second goal eight minutes later put the Brewers back in front, with an emotional win sealed by late strikes from Carl Stewart and Jimmy Beadle.

Elsewhere, Thackley enjoyed a 4-1 success at home to Albion Sports thanks as a home brace from Thomas Dugdale followed earlier strikes from Andrew Wood and Craig Bentham.

Pickering Town were frustrated by Declan Welford’s 85th-minute leveller for visiting Athersley Recreation in a 1-1 draw. Pickering led after 23 minutes through Callum Ward. Garforth Town were beaten 1-0 by visiting Cleethorpes Town while Nostell Miners Welfare were floored 4-0 at Clipstone.

Division One leaders Hemsworth Miners Welfare hammered visiting Knaresborough Town 6-1. A Samuel Jones double was supported by strikes from Bill Law, Dominic Blair,Luke Danville and a Jason Yates penalty with Gary Collier hitting the consolation for Boro.

AFC Emley blitzed away side Teversal 4-0 with an Ashley Flynn treble and Ruben Jerome strike while Yorkshire Amateur saw off visiting Shirebrook Town 3-1 with goals from Joel Hughes, Carl Heard and Craig Heard.

Glasshoughton Welfare won 4-2 at Lincoln Moorlands Railway through a James Popplewell double plus goals from Ashley Scothern and Adam Walsh while Lee Smith’s late strike gave Eccleshill United a 3-3 draw at Grimsby Borough. United led 2-0 through Luke Harrop and Adam Turner. Late goals from Ryan Watson and Chris Jackson gave Selby Town a 2-2 draw at home to Bottesford Town.

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