Darlington leave the Lions quaking after easy victory

Guiseley were well beaten on their return to Conference North league action, losing 4-1 to Darlington at Nethermoor last night.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 11:51 pm
Consolation prize: Guiseley's Brad Nicholson scored a stunning free-kick for the Lions in the 4-1 defeat.

Guiseley were well beaten on their return to Conference North league action, losing 4-1 to Darlington at Nethermoor last night, writes Tom Feaheny.

Guiseley looked sluggish in their first match in three weeks, while the visitors, who played on Saturday and won meanwhile started brightly, with Omar Holness being denied from long-range by keeper Brad Wade.

They then went even closer when ex-Lion Will Hatfield hit the crossbar from 25 yards out on the half-volley - with his fine effort looking set to go in until the last moment.

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Darlington took the lead with 25 minutes gone, after Dan Maguire was fouled in the area, Adam Campbell stepped up and despite Wade getting a touch, it was 1-0 to the visitors.

They doubled their lead just before the break, after another good save by Wade, a cross found Dan Maguire who saw his shot cleared but it was judged to have crossed the line beforehand.

The second-half started much like the first, with Darlington grabbing another, ex-Tadcaster Albion man Erico Sousa produced a smart run and cross, with Maguire perfectly placed for a tap-in.

The Quakers made it four, with Sousa firing from the edge of the area into the top right hand corner leaving Wade with no chance.

The last attack of the game was the first real opportunity for the Lions as they got a late consolation. Brad Nicholson’s 25 yard out free-kick flew into the top corner, in the goal of the night but it was too little too late for the hosts.

Guiseley are back in action on Saturday facing top of the table Gloucester City.

Bradford (Park Avenue) went down 2-0 at home to Southport, while Farsley Celtic’s hosting of Chester FC was postponed.

Jamie Allen’s first goal of the season deep into added time rescued a Conference National point for FC Halifax Town as they drew 1-1 with Notts County at The Shay.

Eli Sam’s early goal looked to have been enough to seal a win for County, but Allen’s tenacity earned a point.

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