GUISELEY were dealt a blow in their automatic promotion quest as a 1-0 win for in-form hosts Tamworth moved them level on points with the Lions in Vanarama North.
In a tentative start for both sides, Guiseley tried to bring attacking play through their full-backs but on 20 minutes Andy Holdsworth pulled up with a hamstring injury.
He was substituted for Shane Killock just before a corner was about to be taken. And it was from that corner that the only goal of the game arrived when the ball was headed up rather than away from the area and fell to former Bradford City striker Dave Hibbert who bundled home from three yards.
Tamworth could have doubled their lead on several occasions during the second half as they caught Guiseley on the break but Steve Drench made two saves from Brendon Daniels.
The best chance of the game for the away side fell to Alex Johnson who worked his way into the penalty area.
But his effort was well saved on a day when clear-cut chances were limited for Guiseley despite boss Mark Bower pushing players forward searching for the equaliser. Late on, Oli Johnson had an effort on the half-volley saved, while in the last minute of stoppage time Nicky Boshell couldn’t beat James Belshaw.
Bower was unhappy with the outcome but took heart from the run their opponents had been on. Bower said: “We knew it was going to be difficult but we conceded a really poor goal. We just couldn’t create a clear chance in the end, but they are a team that have gained 10 wins in a row and I can’t see why we can’t go on a similar run ourselves.”
Third-placed Guiseley return to action next Saturday at home to relegation-battling Bradford Park Avenue who enjoyed a 1-0 win at mid-table Worcester City yesterday. Chib Chilaka bagged the only goal 11 minutes from time. Busy Avenue are back in action on Wednesday evening at home to Gloucester City who are also battling relegation.
A relegation battle could also be on Harrogate Town’s agenda after yesterday’s 1-0 loss at mid-table Brackley Town left them 18th. Ebby Nelson-Abby’s first half strike gave the southern hosts victory.
On loan Hull City midfielder Ryan Fallowfield had an appeal for a Town equaliser waved away close to half-time, as the referee adjudged the ball had not crossed the line. Town are back in action on Saturday at home to play-off hopefuls Boston United.
FC Halifax Town were on FA Trophy duty on Saturday and booked their place in the third round with a 5-3 win at home to Alfreton Town.
Richard Peniket bagged a hat-trick for Halifax, supported by a Steve Williams strike and George Willis own goal.
North Ferriby United also progressed as late goals from Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall sealed a 2-0 win at home to Hyde FC.
OSSETT ALBION took the scalp of Scarborough Athletic with a fantastic 3-1 home win in Evo-Stik First Division North.
In front of a gate of 301, James Beadle gave the fifth-placed Seadogs a 12th-minute lead but Nicholas Matthews levelled after half an hour before Dominic Riordan put Albion ahead two minutes before the break.
Ross Hardaker, pictured above, then bagged Albion’s third 10 minutes after the break to boot the 16th-placed hosts 14 points clear of second-bottom New Mills.
Ossett Town, though, slipped to a 3-2 reverse at Kendal Town who struck twice in the last two minutes.
Town twice led through Chris Wood and Samuel Akeroyd.
Farsley AFC boosted their play-offs push with Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to fourth-bottom Radcliffe Borough.
Adam Priestley gave Farsley a 28th-minute lead and the points were made safe thanks to a second-half brace from Spencer Harris after 62 and 70 minutes.
Harrogate Railway were held to a goaless draw at Warrington Town.
Brighouse Town’s hosting of Lancaster City was postponed but in the Premier, Frickley Athletic savoured a 3-1 win at Stamford.
A Gavin Allott brace and John Cyrus strike gave them victory.
Goole AFC lost 2-1 at home to Sutton Coldfield Town despite a David Taylor strike in First Division South.
HEMSWORTH Miners Welfare and Pontefract Collieries upped their NCE League Division One promotion drive as victories closed the gap on leaders AFC Emley.
Emley’s hosting of Grimsby Borough was postponed due to high winds causing damage to a floodlight.
And Hemsworth moved second and to within two points of Emley with a come-from-behind 2-1 success at Teversal who lead after 35 minutes through Blake Vincent. Nicholas Guest levelled on the hour before Dominic Blair bagged an 82nd-minute winner.
Pontefract Collieries are a point further back in third after a 6-2 romp at Winterton Rangers.
Mark Whitehouse and Craig Rouse both notched doubles for Ponte whose Andrew Catton and Aaron Moxam added a goal each.
Yorkshire Amateur climbed to sixth with a 3-1 verdict at home to Bottesford Town. Second-half goals from Joel Hughes, Danny Freeman and Craig Heard gave Ammers all three points.
Knaresborough Town also had their shooting boots on in a 5-0 cruise at Hallam. Bradley Walker’s hat-trick was supported by a goal each from Byron Littlefair and Mitchell Hamilton.
But Selby Town slipped to a 4-1 reverse at home to AFC Mansfield.
Matthew Turnbull’s strike after 26 minutes temporarily had Selby level at 1-1.
Eccleshill United were sunk amidst late drama in a 2-1 loss at Louth Town.
Craig Lill gave Louth a ninth-minute lead and while Marcus Edwards levelled after 80 minutes, Jamie Coulson struck a winner two minutes later.
Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion were not in action and Cleethorpes Town moved five points away in second with a 5-1 win at home to Liversedge.
Eli Hey was the Sedge scorer.
Albion host Parkgate tomorrow evening.
Billy Logan’s sixth-minute strike gave Pickering Town a 1-0 win at home to Heanor Town.
But Garforth Town lost 3-2 at Parkgate with away strikes from Luke Mangham and Josh Greenhalgh in vain while Rob Boardman’s effort failed to save bottom club Nostell Miners Welfare from a 4-1 reverse at home to Maltby Main.
Elsewhere, Glasshoughton Welfare were felled 3-0 by visiting Handsworth Parramore while Bridlington Town drew 1-1 at home to Staveley Miners Welfare with Ombeni Ruhanduka notching for Brid’.