Boyes and Brooksby boost Lions’ play-off bid

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Guiseley enhanced their Vanarama North promotion claims as Saturday’s 2-0 success at home to Boston United kept the Lions in the play-off places.

The Lions took the lead after good work by Liam Dickinson resulted in the ball being passed to Danny Boshell who worked his way into the area and fed Wayne Brooksby who had a simple tap-in from five yards out.

Guiseley then extended their lead just after half-time when a high ball was challenged for by Dickinson and Boston United goalkeeper Sam Vince failed to catch.

The ball landed to Adam Boyes who scored from close range and gave the home side some much needed breathing space.

Boston could have cut the deficit after when Dale Southwell first had an effort well saved by Steve Drench.

Then Southwell had an effort hit the crossbar before striker Mark Jones saw a chance hit the side netting. But in added time Guiseley could have added a third when substitute Alex Johnson was fouled in the area by Boston’s goalkeeper Sam Vince. The striker saw his spot-kick saved but the points were secure, much to the delight of Lions boss Mark Bower.

“I’m really happy to see the side get this win,” said Bower.

“We played well and deserved it in the end.”

Fifth-placed Guiseley’s visitors tomorrow evening – Bradford Park Avenue – remain second-bottom after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Lowestoft Town.

Avenue took a second-minute lead through Sam Patterson but then had Jamie Price sent off after just 20 minutes.

Lowestoft then equalised in the final minute of stoppage tome through Bradley Woods-Garness.

Harrogate Town remain 13th but their fine 4-1 defeat of seventh-placed visitors Chorley on Saturday was marred by a serious injury to Andy Gascoigne.

Early Town pressure was rewarded by an eighth-minute penalty when Paul Clayton was bundled over and Gascoigne made no mistake from the spot.

Ten minutes later, Chorley’s Andy Teague was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle which left Gascoigne with a badly broken leg.

A Clayton header from Ryan Fallowfield’s corner made it two, before Josh Hine pulled one back for the Magpies.

Town’s Jack Emmett scored from close range before Jordan Thewlis completed the scoring from the penalty spot.

Town are back in action on Saturday at Boston.

In the Conference, FC Halifax Town left it late before sealing a 1-0 win at home to ninth-bottom Braintree Town through Jamie Jackson’s stoppage time winner. Seventh-placed Halifax host sixth-placed Eastleigh tomorrow evening.

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FARSLEY AFC had to settle for a share of the spoils in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to fellow First Division North play-off hopefuls Bamber Bridge.

Farsley raced into a seventh-minute lead through Andrew Welsh but Darren Green levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Alistair Waddecar then Bridge ahead 14 minutes after the interval but Robert O’Brien salvaged Villagers a point three minutes later.

Farsley sit ninth and seven points off the play-off places but the Throstle Nest outfit have games in hand on every side above them apart from fifth-placed Spennymoor Town.

Sixth-bottom Ossett Town were out of luck in a 4-1 loss at promotion hopefuls Droylsden.

A Nathan Curtis strike failed to save Town as sixth-placed Droylsden struck twice through Michael Monaghan and once through Ciaran Kilheeney and Benjamin Deegan.

Fourth-placed Scarborough Athletic enjoyed a 1-0 success at 13th-placed Clitheroe.

Alex Metcalfe bagged the only goal of the game three minutes before the break.

Former leaders Darlington 1881 were shocked 4-2 at Kendal Town and Salford City now lead the division after 4-1 success at home to Prescot Cables.

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CRAIG Rouse hit an amazing six-minute hat-trick as an 8-0 romp for Pontefract Collieries at Dronfield Town sent then top of Division One.

Ponte jumped above long-time leaders AFC Emley whose stranglehold was ended after 151 days through a 1-1 draw at home to fourth-placed AFC Mansfield.

Aaron Moxam bagged four in Ponte’s goal-glut but Rouse incredibly netted after 81, 83 and 85 minutes. Mark Whitehouse also struck for Collieries who have moved two points clear.

Emley were held at home to AFC Mansfield who for whom Craig Mansfield equalised after Max Leonard’s eighth-minute opener. Third-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare enjoyed a last-gasp 2-1 success at fifth-placed Clipstone. The hosts led through Matty Ord but Adam Wilson levelled three minutes from time before Nicholas Guest hit an 89th-minute winner.

Selby Town enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to Winterton Rangers through goals from Dane Mortimer and Chris Jackson while Knaresborough Town took a goalless draw from their clash at Bottesford Town.

Yorkshire Amateur shared a 2-2 draw with visitors Penistone Church.

In the Premier, Calum Ward’s last-minute penalty gave leaders Tadcaster Albion a 3-2 triumph at Maltby Main. Taddy had twice levelled through Lewis Clarkson and Daniel Gray. Thackley hammered visiting Athersley Recreation 5-1 with a brace from Ryan Farrell plus a goal each from Mike Garrod, Thomas Dugdale and Mark Trueman. Two goals from Sam Jones and one from Spencer Lund gave Garforth Town a 3-1 win at Glasshoughton Welfare whose Arran Horton netted but a Tom Jackson brace was in vain for Liversedge who lost 3-2 to visiting Armthorpe Welfare.

Jack Fisher’s effort failed to save Nostell Miners Welfare from a 3-1 loss at home to Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

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THE WEATHER continued to be problematic at the weekend with Frickley Athletic’s Premier Division clash at Ashton United postponed.

Snow and a waterlogged pitch put paid to the fixture with Frickley back in action next Saturday at home to Workington.

Whitby Town were in action at Buxton on Saturday and left with a 1-1 draw.

Liam Hardy have the hosts a 44th-minute lead but Whitby levelled through Lee Mason nine minutes after the hour.

Conference North outfit North Ferriby United were in action in the FA Trophy semi-final and took a 2-2 draw from their first leg tie at Bath City.

A Dan Ball own goal and Jason St Juste strike had Ferriby 2-0 up before Bath rallied to force a stalemate.

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FARSLEY AFC had to settle for a share of the spoils in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to fellow First Division North play-off hopefuls Bamber Bridge.

Farsley raced into a seventh-minute lead through Andrew Welsh but Darren Green levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Alistair Waddecar then Bridge ahead 14 minutes after the interval but Robert O’Brien salvaged Villagers a point three minutes later.

Farsley sit ninth and seven points off the play-off places but the Throstle Nest outfit have games in hand on every side above them apart from fifth-placed Spennymoor Town.

Sixth-bottom Ossett Town were out of luck in a 4-1 loss at promotion hopefuls Droylsden.

A Nathan Curtis strike failed to save Town as sixth-placed Droylsden struck twice through Michael Monaghan and once through Ciaran Kilheeney and Benjamin Deegan.

Fourth-placed Scarborough Athletic enjoyed a 1-0 success at 13th-placed Clitheroe.

Alex Metcalfe bagged the only goal of the game three minutes before the break.

Former leaders Darlington 1881 were shocked 4-2 at Kendal Town and Salford City now lead the division after 4-1 success at home to Prescot Cables.

Kevan Hurst.

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