Lions hopes are hit by early Heed blow

Paul CoxPaul Cox
Paul Cox
Guiseley slipped deeper into trouble in the National League as they went down 1-0 at home to Gateshead last night,

With only one other relegation-threatened side playing last night, this was a big opportunity missed for the Lions.

Disappointed manager Paul Cox said: “We weren’t effective enough in front of goal, we tried to get in the areas but we didn’t make it happen.

“It was a result where a goal a bit of luck can change it.”

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Gateshead took the lead with their first chance as a ball over the top found Wes York, who took the ball into area and fired his shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

The visitors dominated the first half as they created the chances and should have been 2-0 up with a cross finding Paddy McCloughlin who on the edge of the area fired just wide.

The hosts simply didn’t create a clear cut chance during the first half but upped the intensity for the start of the second half with Dayle Southwell forcing a smart save from James Montgomery.

There was clearly something said at half-time as the Lions tried to up the pressure on the Heed, the final pass though just wasn’t there.

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Gateshead though had another great chance when Jordan Burrow hit the post with a header.

Guiseley would have a fine opportunity though when a cross found Rowan Liburd but with most the goal to aim at, he hit Montgomery who gratefully held onto it.

Gateshead should have gone 2-0 up when ex-FC Halifax Town man Richard Peniket received a pass but Luke Coddington did well to save with his legs. The result leaves Guiseley bottom of the table ten points adrift of fifth-bottom Barrow who drew 1-1 with Sutton United.

Guiseley left-back Marcus Williams has joined York City on loan until the end of the season. He links up once again with former team-mate Connor Brown, who has had his loan deal with the Minstermen made permanent.