GUISELEY BOSS Mark Bower hailed a point against “the best team in the league” as the Lions bounced back from two recent losses with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at third-placed Grimsby Town.
The point put Guiseley back on track after the festive-period losses at Aldershot and Gateshead with Guiseley 18th and six points clear of the National League drop zone.
Grimsby started the better and had a number of chances as Omar Bogle fired a shot just across the face of the goal.
Then it was Andy Monkhouse’s turn to have an effort but he was unable to get his shot on target.
But the away side were able to absorb the pressure with good defence and started to push forward as their confidence grew. Guiseley then took the lead against the run of play when Oliver Norburn was found from a Ryan Toulson cross.
On the half-volley, he fired home for a brilliant effort which was well-taken and meant the away side were ahead at half-time
There were plenty of tackles flying in during the last 45 minute, and the hosts were creating the better chances. Grimsby’s Josh Gowling was found in the area but his header went wide.
Town, though, were able to get back into the match with Padraig Amond being in the right place to tap the ball past Guiseley keeper Steven Drench.
But Drench was not to be beaten again after he did well to stop Bogle late on in another impressive display for Guiseley’s number one.
Guiseley boss Bower said: “I wanted a reaction from the lads after the loss to Gateshead and I feel that is what has happened.
“To me this is the best team in the league, our home form is decent and we are now looking forward to going back to Nethermoor.”
Forest Green, who are second in the table, are the next visitors on Saturday. Elsewhere, FC Halifax Town climbed another place to 21st after a 2-2 draw at home to eighth-placed Lincoln City.
Kingsley James hit an 89th-minute equaliser for Halifax whose Shaun Tuton was earlier also on target. The Shaymen are now one point adrift of safety and visit fifth-placed Macclesfield next Saturday.
In National League North, Bradford Park Avenue slipped to a 2-1 reverse at FC United of Manchester who rose to fifth bottom. Avenue were 2-0 down after 34 minutes with Lamin Colley hitting only a consolation with eight minutes left.
Avenue sit 14th and welcome third-placed Nuneaton Town next Saturday.
Harrogate Town’s home clash with Stockport was postponed and sixth-placed Town are back in action next Saturday at fourth-bottom Hednesford Town.
AFC EMLEY made inroads on the Division One top four as Saturday’s 5-0 win at home to Glasshoughton Welfare started their 2016 with a bang.
Paul Spicer’s 19th-minute strike set the ball rolling before Ruben Jerome netted 11 minutes later followed by Jordan Corduri on the stroke of half-time. Ashley Flynn brought up the Emley nap hand by bagging a second-half double.
Fifth-placed Emley closed the gap on fourth-placed Bottesford Town, who were felled 2-1 by a visiting Knaresborough Town side that is up to ninth.
Bottesford led after 10 minutes through Martin Pembleton, but were pegged back on the hour by Toby Lees. Ryan Short then handed Knaresborough all three points with his 89th-minute own goal. Second-placed AFC Mansfield closed the gap on leaders Hemsworth Miners Welfare with a 3-2 success at Penistone Church.
Hemsworth’s lead is now down to three points with both teams having played 23 games.
Hull United beat visiting Winterton Rangers 2-1 to go a point further back in third but having played three games more.
The goal difference of bottom club Lincoln Moorlands Railway hit minus 99 after a 3-1 loss at home to Shirebrook Town while the games between Rossington Main and Hallam, plus Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Hall Road Rangers, ended in 0-0 and 1-1 draws respectively.
Just the three games survived in the Premier with Nostell Miners Welfare booting eight points clear of the bottom two with a 4-0 win at home to Maltby Main.
Andrew Davis struck after just two minutes with Matthew Johnson netting after half an hour. Devonte Morton then added a late second-half brace.
A Benn Lewis goal gave Bridlington Town a 1-0 win at Clipstone to move them third while Cleethorpes Town went fourth by hammering visiting Retford United 5-1.
FARSLEY CELTIC enjoyed the perfect start to the new year with Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of First Division North sixth-bottom visitors Prescot Cables.
After a goalless first half, Farsley turned on the style from the interval. Aaron Hardy’s 68th-minute penalty was followed by an Aiden Savory strike 10 minutes later before Jordan Deacey also netted after another 120 seconds.
Victory puts Farsley 13th and 10 points off the play-offs.
Ossett Albion remain in the top four despite a 1-0 home defeat against mid-table Bamber Bridge.
Matthew Kay scored the only goal of the game three minutes before the break.
Harrogate Railway remain second-bottom after being thumped 5-0 at 15th-placed Witton Albion with Ossett Town three points and one place ahead of Rail’ after their 2-1 loss at eighth-placed Mossley.
Town trailed 2-0 at the interval before Roy Fogarty gave them hope in the 55th minute.
Brighouse Town sit ninth after a 2-1 loss at Lancaster City, who trailed after seven minutes to a Thomas Haigh strike.
Tom Kilifin levelled after 25 minutes before Ryan Winder’s 49th-minute winner.
Scarborough Athletic are fifth-bottom after losing 3-0 at home to leaders Northwich Victoria.
In the Premier, Frickley Athletic suffered a 2-0 home defeat against close rivals Rushall Olympic who are one place ahead of Athletic on goal difference in 13th position.
Luke Benbow and Alex Reid scored within a minute of each other just before half-time.
Whitby Town also pulled off a magnificent 2-1 win at second-placed Nantwich Town.
Nantwich are the division’s top goal-scorers but Whitby, who collected their first points in eight visits to their well-placed opponents, turned the tables, though they remain in the bottom four.
Michael Roberts and Ryan Robbel scored first-half goals to boost the Seasiders’ confidence and although Elliot Osborne replied from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half, Whitby held on to the three points.
Goole AFC’s trip to Daventry Town was postponed in First Division South.