Paul Cox claims first win in charge of Guiseley

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John Rooney.
Goal scorer John Rooney.
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Guiseley recorded their second league win of the season with a 4-2 home victory over Solihull Moors after an enthralling battle.

This match was decided after a frantic few minutes when Guiseley went 2-1 up, Solihull equalised then Guiseley went back to 3-2 up before John Rooney decided the game with a fine free-kick.

Paul Cox.

Paul Cox.

The hosts had the first chance when a long throw by Darren Holden found Kevan Hurst, who on the half-volley, fired just wide.

Guiseley kept the pressure on and soon took the lead and in some style with Lee Molyneux seeing his effort fly into the top corner.

With half-time approaching Moors saw a throw-in catch the wind, it bobbled in the area and fell to Oladapo Afolayan who saw his low drive from outside the area go past several bodies and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Moors then broke away in added time with Akwasi Asante forcing Guiseley keeper Jonny Maxted into a smart save.

Jake Lawlor.

Jake Lawlor.

The second half started with a midfield battle then broke into life with three goals in three minutes.

Firstly, on his debut from Stevenage, Guiseley loanee Rowan Liburd used pace and power to score.

Moors equalised immediately with a loose ball falling to Afolayan to double his total.

Then Jake Lawlor was found from a free-kick moments later and his shot on the volley trickled over the line.

The action didn’t stop though and Guiseley keeper Jonny Maxted was called upon on three occasions each time making an important save.

Then Rooney got his goal just before the end.

On his first league victory as Lions boss, Paul Cox said: “It was just crucial that we got this one. We showed great spirit to get back to 2-2 and not let it get to us. We have to build on this, it feels so good to get that first win in the league for myself here.”

Elsewhere in the National League, George Waring struck on his debut but FC Halifax Town had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Torquay United.

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