Stalybridge eclipse Lions as play-offs plot thickens

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TEN-man Guiseley slipped to fifth in Vanarama North with Easter Monday’s 2-0 loss at home to relegation threatened Stalybridge Celtic.

The Lions were leapfrogged by Boston United who enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to sixth-placed Tamworth.

Guiseley approached the game on the back of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Colwyn Bay but Stalybridge were the first to have a good chance when a Chris Simm shot was well saved by Steve Drench.

And it was soon 1-0 to the visitors when Aidan Chippendale took a Simm knock down and fired his shot past Drench into the bottom corner.

Almost immediately after conceding, Danny Boshell produced a long range effort that was well saved by Celtic’s Ross Etheridge. But Guiseley should have been 2-0 down when Simm missed an open goal from two yards out when put through.

While the home side got away with that, they were soon down to 10 men, when Danny Hall brought down Simm when he was the last man.

From the resulting free-kick, former Guiseley midfielder Michael Potts hit the crossbar, as Celtic were unlucky not to be further ahead before half-time.

But the start of the second half saw a second goal for Stalybridge and this time it was Alec Mudimu who was found on the edge of the area and fired in an effort right into the top corner.

Guiseley tried to get back into the match but their best efforts were off target as both Adam Boyes and Gavin Rothery put efforts wide. And by the end of the match Chippendale should have had a second when his fine effort was well saved by Drench. Guiseley return to action at local rivals Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday and still have a three-point cushion back to sixth-placed Tamworth who have also played a game more but there was no hiding manager Mark Bower’s disappointment at experiencing the Bank Holiday blues.

“I’m really disappointed with the result,” he said. “We conceded goals at crucial times which undid us.”

Guiseley’s forthcoming opponents Avenue moved up to 14th with yesterday’s 3-1 success at bottom side Hyde. A Richard Marshall penalty plus headers from Chib Chilaka and Simon Ainge put Avenue in control, before Erike Sousa bagged a late consolation for the hosts after Avenue ’keeper John Danby saved a penalty.

Harrogate Town enjoyed a fine 4-1 success at home to mid-table FA Trophy winners North Ferriby United.

Town’s Jack Emmett, Lewis Turner, Jake Rose and Jordan Thewlis all netted with Adam Bolder hitting back for Ferriby.

Town, who are 13th, are back in action on Saturday at seventh-placed Oxford City while Ferriby welcome relegation-battling Colwyn Bay.

In the Conference, eighth-placed FC Halifax Town took a 1-1 draw from their clash at mid-table Lincoln City. Bencherif gave Lincoln a 12th-minute but Hamza Lois Maynard bagged Halifax a last-minute leveller.

The Shaymen return to action on Saturday at leaders Barnet.

RESULTS: Conference North: AFC Fylde 6 Colwyn Bay 2, Boston Utd 2 Tamworth 0, Chorley 0 Barrow 0, Gainsborough 2 Gloucester 2, Guiseley 0 Stalybridge 2, Harrogate Town 4 North Ferriby Utd 1, Hyde 1 Bradford PA 3, Leamington 1 Lowestoft Town 2, Solihull Moors 1 Hednesford 1, Stockport County 1 Oxford City 2. Conference (selected): Lincoln City 1 FC Halifax Town 1.

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BRIGHOUSE Town inflicted more misery on hosts Farsley AFC as Ernest Boafo’s early strike settled yesterday’s First Division North derby.

Defeat for Farsley came two days after Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Northwich Victoria with the Villagers now down to 11th and 11 points off the play-offs with four games to go.

In-form Harrogate Railway jumped above Farsley and into ninth with a 3-1 success at Spennymooor Town achieved through an Adam Baker double and Matthew Heath strike.

Honours were even in the Ossett derby as Steven Jeff’s second half leveller gave Ossett Town a 1-1 draw at Ossett Albion. Albion led after 17 minutes through Nicholas Matthews. Ryan Blott’s goal failed to save Scarborough Athletic from a 2-1 loss at home to Darlington 1883.

In the Premier, Frickley Athletic slipped into the bottom four after drawing 1-1 at Whitby Town. Whitby led after 66 minutes through Lee Mason but Gavin Allott levelled 11 minutes later.

In First Division South, Goole AFC enjoyed a 4-0 win at home to Brigg Town as Craig Morley, Andrew Norfolk, Liam Nelthorpe and Anthony Mackie netted a goal each. In the NCE Premier, Pickering Town drew 1-1 at Retford United with Ryan Cooper netting for the Pikes.

RESULTS (selected): Evo-Stik League First Division North: Farsley AFC 0 Brighouse T 1, Ossett A 1, Ossett T 1, Scarborough Ath 1 Darlington 1883 2, Spennymoor T 1 Harrogate R 3. EvoStik Premier: Whitby Town 1 Frickley Athletic 1.

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