IT was a case of happy anniversary for manager Mark Bower, whose Guiseley side marked his first year in charge with an emphatic 4-0 slaying of rivals Oxford City.
The Lions produced a brilliant performance to get back to winning ways at home against high-flying opponents who had scored 12 goals en route to two big recent away wins.
But Guiseley stopped them in their tracks, leapfrogging them in the table in the process to move up to fourth on a day when the visitors conceded two own goals.
Bower said: “We played very well, the players put in a fantastic performance.
“It’s our only league game in the next few weeks, so I told the lads to go out and play like it was the biggest game of the season.”
The opening of the match saw both sides push forward with an Oxford side full of confidence looking dangerous with Claudio Hoban creating chances.
Guiseley were creating plenty of chances too and looked confident from the off and took the lead when Ben Parker delivered a brilliant cross and Adam Boyes was able to get his first goal of the game with a fine header.
Only a couple of minutes later, Boyes soon doubled his tally for the game and his side’s lead when he was found by Danny Boshell with a through ball.
Guiseley were even able to afford an open-goal miss when Wayne Brooksby found Josh Wilson in the six yard box, but he fired wide with an empty goal to aim at.
Just before half-time, Josh Wilson saw his effort well saved by Mark Scott, but the ball deflected off Paul Stonehouse and into the net.
The second half again saw Guiseley create chances and the home side’s confidence was evident in the way the team kept the ball.
With the match all but won, the home side were able to add a fourth when Wayne Brooksby’s driven free-kick deflected off Adrian Santiago late on.
Simon Weaver saluted a professional display as Harrogate Town got back on track after last weekend’s drubbing by Solihull Moors in a 3-1 success at Leamington.
Marksmen for Town were Callum Hassan, on his return to the club, Craig Nelthorpe and Dave McGurk, with Richard Batchelor netting for the hosts.
Weaver said: “I thought it was a good, solid performance. The players carried out the game plan very well and we deserved victory against a team who have started the season very well.”
Bradford Park Avenue drew 0-0 with Brackley, with FC Halifax up to third in the Vanarama Premier after a 5-0 hammering of rock-bottom Telford.
Danny Hattersby hit two on his debut for Town, whose manager Neil Aspin is being strongly linked with the Port Vale job.
Adam Smith, Paul Marshall and Scott Boden also netted for the Shaymen, who maintained their unbeaten home record.
JONATHAN Greening may have made his bow for Tadcaster Albion on Saturday, but it was younger brother Josh who stole the show for the third match running.
His predatory instincts saw him fire a treble to take his remarkable recent haul to 10 goals in three matches in a 6-0 Premier Division drubbing of Maltby.
Also on the mark for the Brewers, who hit four goals in the last 11 minutes to move up to fifth, were Vincent Dhesi, Callum Ward and Nick Thompson.
Another side on an upward curve are Garforth Town, who jumped up to seventh after a 5-0 derby hammering of Glasshoughton, who drop down to second-bottom.
Marksmen for the Miners, who struck three quick-fire goals either side of half-time, were Danny Harris, Andy Hawksworth (2), Sam Akeroyd (pen) and Nick Black.
Liversedge’s mini-upturn ended in a 3-0 home loss to Shaw Lane Aquaforce, whose scorers were Joe Thornton (2) and James Eyles.
Nostell were dumped to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 reverse at fellow strugglers Armthorpe Welfare, for whom Joe Lumsden (pen) and Jay Rollins netted.
Thackley started life under Lee Duxbury with a 3-0 loss at Athersley Rec, boosted by an own goal and further first-half strikes from Daniel Joynes and Josh Moore.
In the first division, Pontefract Collieries are the new leaders after a 3-0 win over Dronfield, with Reece Hicks, Dean Wharam and Craig Rouse on target.
Previous leaders AFC Emley lost 3-1 at AFC Mansfield, despite Max Leonard giving them an early lead.
Eccleshill hit four first-half goals in 5-0 slaying of Hallam, to move up to seventh.
Scorers were John Rogers, Doug Stevenson, Jordan Hendrie, Gavin Allott (og) and Matt Rede.
Dom Blair gave Hemsworth an early lead against Clipstone, but the visitors hit back to triumph 3-1, with Welfare down to eighth.
Ryan Robinson’s treble couldn’t stop Selby losing 4-3 at Winterton, for whom Josh Batty hit a hat-trick and Luke Anderson netted a late winner.
Yorkshire Amateur lost 1-0 at Prescot Cables and Graham Whitehead’s goal failed to prevent Knaresborough losing 2-1 at home to Bottesford.
FARSLEY SAW defeat plucked from the jaws of victory in a 4-3 home loss to Mossley in First Division North.
Stoppage-time strikes from Mitchell Bryant and Joshua Granite turned the tables after Farsley led 3-2 following goals from James Ripley, Jason St Juste, above, and Marcus Edwards.
A 79th-minute leveller from Joe O’Neill earned Ossett Town a commendable 1-1 draw at Northwich, who had led through Mohamud Ali.
Second-half goals from Conor McDonagh and Connor Brunt earned Ossett Albion a morale-boosting 2-0 home success over Clitheroe.
Harrogate Railway were denied at the death in a 2-2 draw at Prescot, Sam Corlett levelling in the 90th minute. Rail marksmen were Michael Morris and Lamin Colley.
First-half goals from Gary Bradshaw and Ryan Blott saw Scarborough sink Burscough 2-0, while Brighouse’s poor run continued in a 3-1 home loss to Droylsden, with Ryan Hall having put Town, who drop to 16th, ahead from the spot early on.
Danny South’s 78th-minute leveller earned a point for Frickley, who drew 1-1 at Workington in the Premier, with Scott Allison having put the Reds ahead.
Goole hit four goals in the last twenty minutes, including a last-gasp winner from Luke Hinsley, in a 4-2 First Division South win over Gresley.
Richard Adams, Bradley Grayson and Billy Law also netted for Vikings.