Dream day for Guiseley as play-off hold is hardened

Gavin Rothery.
Gavin Rothery.
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Guiseley kept themselves in the Skrill North play-off places with Saturday’s 2-1 success at home to Colwyn Bay.

The result was made all the more important wth Guiseley then learning that sixth-placed Boston United had managed only a goalless draw at Leamington.

The Lions now need just two points from their remaining two games to seal their play-off spot ahead of today’s trip to Workington.

Boston must win both of their last two games to stand any chance of overhauling the Lions as they are now five points behind Guiseley.

Colwyn Bay began the brigher against Guiseley on Saturday with left-back Anthony Stephens testing Steve Drench with a free-kick from 30 yards out which forced the keeper into blocking the ball.

Then Guiseley looked to be on the verge of conceding when Rob Hopley was found in the area from a cross and after controlling well hit a powerful shot from six yards out. However, keeper Steve Drench somehow got a hand onto the ball and was able to push it over the bar, in what was a marvellous reaction save.

Guiseley’s best chance of the half was created after good build-up play which ended with Adam Boyes floating the ball into the Colwyn Bay area but the Welsh side were able to clear.

Colwyn Bay took the lead from the penalty spot when Danny Ellis was adjudged to have brought down Jamie Ellison and the fouled man was able to get up and send Drench the wrong way.

But conceding gave Guiseley more fight and they soon equalised with Adam Boyes able to convert substitute Oli Johnson’s cross.

Suddenly Guiseley started to control the game and they took the lead for the first time with Gavin Rothery scoring on the half-volley from just outside the Colwyn Bay penalty area. In the end the Lions could have extended their lead with Rothery producing a blistering run and shooting just over the bar.

Manager Mark Bower said: “I think we were a bit flat, a bit sluggish in the first half. The games seemed to have caught up with us a bit, but to come back is so pleasing for us.”

Harrogate Town’s play-off hopes had already ended but they ran leaders North Ferriby United close on Saturday before falling to a 3-2 away loss.

Town – who host Barrow today – led 2-1 at the break through Ashley Worsfold and Anton Brown.

Bradford Park Avenue were celebrating after a 1-0 success at Barrow. A first-half goal from Paul Beesley saw Avenue record their third successive victory.

Avenue welcome Stalybridge Celtic today.

In Skrill Premier, FC Halifax Town saw off visiting Macclesfield 2-1 to move within one win of sealing a play-off place. Lee Gregory and Marc Roberts netted for the Shaymen.

Third-placed Halifax visit Southport today.

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