Twist in the tale as Lions leave it late to stall Vauxhall

Guiseley's Kevin Holsgrove, right.
Guiseley's Kevin Holsgrove, right.
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Guiseley snatched all three points at Nethermoor after Kevin Holsgrove scored with the final kick of the game in a 1-0 win against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

Guiseley snatched all three points at Nethermoor after Kevin Holsgrove scored with the final kick of the game in a 1-0 win against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

The opening 20 minutes of the match were open with both sides creating plenty but it was Steve Drench who was the busier keeper.

He made a fantastic save from Vauxhall’s Lloyd Ellam, who was just five yards out when he struck at goal.

But Guiseley then started to take control of possession with the Lions looking dangerous through Oli and Alex Johnson linking up well, with the latter seeing his shot saved.

The second half was all Guiseley who created chance after chance but failed to find the target. In a serious of missed efforts, first of all Wayne Brooksby fed the ball through to Holsgrove who looked bound to score, but his chipped effort lacked direction and went narrowly past the left hand post.

Then substitute Adam Boyes forced Vauxhall’s goalkeeper Zac Jones into a smart save and the ball rebounded to Holsgrove who, with only a defender in his way, struck the crossbar. It appeared that the game would be ending level, but with the last attack a corner swung in by Brooksby caused havoc in the box. The ball eventually fell to Holsgrove who struck home on the half-volley to send the home supporters wild.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower could not hide his relief at the dramatic win.

“We left it very late,” he said.

“It was a very strange game, both sides had chances at either and it was frustrating watching from the side but the lads kept on going.”

The next match for 11th-placed Guiseley comes tomorrow when they face 12th-placed Stockport County at Nethermoor Park.

Harrogate Town also maintained their play-off push on Saturday with a 2-1 success at home to Solihull Moors.

Chris Hall put Town in front after just two minutes but Ryan Beswick levelled from the penalty spot 15 minutes later.

But Town would not be denied with Ashley Worsfold bagging what proved the winner seven minutes before half-time.

Sixth-placed Town are back in action tomorrow night at Altrincham.

Bradford Park Avenue were felled 2-1 by visiting Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Paul Beesley’s equaliser proved in vain for Avenue who were undone by strikes from Jamie Ellison and Marc Williams. Avenue are back in action on Wednesday evening at home to Workington.

In Skrill Premier on Saturday, FC Halifax Town romped to a 5-1 win at rock-bottom Hyde.

Lee Gregory bagged his third hat-trick of the season for Halifax whose Ryan Crowther and Paul Marshall also struck. The Shaymen visit Weling on Saturday.

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