Guiseley 1 Southport 1: Lions cracked by Almond

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Guiseley conceded late on at Nethermoor Park in the National League to draw 1-1 against Southport.

It was an even start but the deadlock was broken by Guiseley’s well-travelled striker Liam Dickinson, who curled a free-kick into the goal.

The next chance again fell to the hosts, with Will Hatfield hitting a volley which sat up nicely for him wide.

Former Bradford City midfielder Gary Jones had Southport’s best chance of the half but his effort was easily saved by Lions keeper Steven Drench.

Southport started the second half strongly with Louis Almond striking the post and that was followed by Andrai Jones firing narrowly wide.

Guiseley though nearly doubled their lead, when striker Dickinson threaded the ball through to Wayne Brooksby who saw his effort saved.

With only the goal advantage Guiseley were again close to a second, when Adam Boyes just failed to make contact with the ball with his head when it looked like he would score.

And then with three minutes to go the Lions were made to pay when Almond rifled a shot past Drench to ensure the Merseyside based club left with something.

Nethermoor boss Mark Bower said: “It’s disappointing to draw so late on, it’s another point for us and it’s a good goal for Liam (Dickinson) as well.”

Guiseley: Drench, Toulson, Lowe, Lawlor, Lockwood, R Atkinson, Brooksby, D Boshell, Hatfield, Maris, Dickinson (Boyes 75). Substitutes (not used): Craddock, D Atkinson, N Boshell, Thompson.

Southport: Vicosi, Challinor (Allen 65), Nolan, Thompson, Wright, Stockton, G Jones, Rutherford (Cameron 90), Almond, A Jones, Davies. Substitutes (not used): Joyce, Beesley, Coughlin.

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

FC Halifax Town drew 1-1 at home to Gateshead.

Jon Shaw gave the visitors a 27th-minute lead, cancelled out by James Bolton’s effort on 53.