Hurst’s strike boosts Lions survival bid

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Guiseley beat play-off hopefuls Barrow thanks to a Kevan Hurst strike, writes TOM FEAHENY.

A heavy downpour left the pitch slick with plenty of early passing being helped by the surface, but by the end of the match it became more difficult for the ball to move along the ground.

Barrow created the first chance with 10 minutes gone when a pass forward found Ross Hannah, he was denied by Guiseley goalkeeper Jonny Maxted who was now out of position when the rebound fell to Richie Bennett, he fired towards goal but Jake Lawlor was in the way to turn it away for a corner.

That encouraging start for the visitors though disappeared, when the hosts’ winger Hurst hit an effort that skid across the turf and with Jon Flatt beaten it, hit the inside of the post and went in. The home side could have doubled their advantage when a Simon Walton free-kick from thirty yards looked to be going in, but Flatt read the direction of the ball well and made the save.

The win leaves the Lions in 19th place, a point above the National League drop zone.

Guiseley: Maxted, Brown, Green, Lawlor, Williams, Hatfield, Preston (Rankine 86) Walton Asamoah Cassidy, Hurst (Asamoah 80). Unused subs: Vidal, Boyes, Palmer.

Barrow AFC: Flatt, Beeley, Anderton, Livesey, Diarra, Hughes (Tuton 82), Harvey, Rowe, Bennett, Hannah, Williams. Unused subs: Turnbull, Platt, Thomson, Effiong.