Guiseley boss satisfied to still be in CUP hunt

Adam Boyes.
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Guiseley manager Mark Bower admitted he would have taken a replay at half-time of his side’s 2-2 FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Halifax, but said successful tactical changes could have helped his side steal a victory.

The game was an even affair with few chances being created by either side early on and it was a moment of magic that opened the scoring, with Sam Walker’s excellent free-kick going past Steve Drench and into the back of the net.

It appeared the score would be 1-0 at half-time but Town got their second on the 45th minute as Kingsley James produced a quick run down the wing and worked his way into the area to double Town’s lead.

The start of the second half saw the away side push on and as they tried to get back into the match Rob Atkinson saw a header go narrowly past the post.

Guiseley got back into the match when Adam Boyes was found in the area and was able to keep hold of possession and get the ball into the net.

The visitors were then back level when Town tried to play Boyes offside but he kept in-line with the defence and was able to lob the ball past the keeper and in.

Both teams pushed up late on in the quest to get the equaliser but in the end both had to settle to meet again to see who progresses.

These two teams will face each other again in the replay at Nethermoor Park tomorrow evening with a 7.45pm kick-off and both sides will know who they will play in the first round when the draw is made tonight (Monday) at 7pm

Bower said: “I think at half-time if you’d have offered us a replay, we would have taken it. When the lads got going in the second half, I thought there was only one team in it.”

Harrogate Town bowed out of the FA Cup after Grimsby Town came from behind to reach the first round 4-1 in front of a bumper crowd of 1,920 at the CNG Stadium.

Brendon Daniels fired Harrogate into the lead after 14 minutes when he swept home following a sharp turn inside the box by Dominic Knowles.

Grimsby pulled level before the break when Padraig Amond crashed home Omar Bogle’s cross from close range.

Controversy followed shortly after when Daniels looked to have been upended inside the Grimsby area, but his protests only earned him a yellow card for diving.

Referee Simon Bennett was again at the heart of the action after the break with a similarly contentious decision. The official awarded a penalty to Grimsby winger Nathan Arnold, despite Harrogate defender Lewis Turner appearing to win the ball in a clean challenge.

Bogle had the resultant spot-kick saved by Peter Crook low down to his left but the striker headed home the follow up into the opposite corner.

Two minutes later, Arnold then escaped down the left from a long ball and slid a shot past Crook to deflate the home support.

Amond grabbed his second of the afternoon in the 71st minute to seal his side’s progression.


MANAGER John Reed parted company with Ossett Town after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Kendal Town stretched the club’s winless streak to nine games.

Dan Wilkins opened the scoring for Kendal just before the hour with Cameron Lyn levelling seven minutes later. Kendal had a penalty saved by Tom Morgan.

The draw left Town 17th with Reed leaving the club by mutual consent.

Reed said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Ossett Town. It is a fantastic club run by great people and I am sorry that we are parting company, but I do think a fresh start is needed to get this season back on track. I will be watching out for their results and wish them well for the future.”

Elsewhere, Farsley Celtic hit the woodwork several times before losing 1-0 to leaders Warrington Town at Throstle Nest, Alastair Brown scoring with 20 minutes left. Burscough scored early and late goals to leave Ossett Albion empty-handed, while Stephen Mallory’s curling goal three minutes from time earned Scarborough Athletic a first win since August at Trafford.

Steve Hollingworth headed Brighouse Town in front at Harrogate Railway Athletic but Tom Haigh was sent off and Dan Thirkell equalised late on.

And first-half goals by Matthew Waters and Michael Roberts saw Whitby Town record a much needed 2-1 home success against Matlock Town.

Waters struck in the 34th minute after a clever back-heel by Kieran Weledji and Roberts added the second from the penalty spot three minutes before the interval, Matlock’s Harry Coates receiving his marching orders. Joel Purkiss netted a consolation goal in the 72nd minute.

In the Premier, Frickley Athletic were 3-1 winners against visitors Sutton Coldfield Town. Zeph Thomas’s penalty separated the teams at half-time and Frickley stretched their lead to 3-0 with two goals in a 10 minute spell by Brad Grayson. Luke Rodgers scored for Sutton with 18 minutes left but they had Matthew Jackson sent off.

In First Division South, Goole AFC drew 0-0 at Carlton Town.


ASHLEY FLYNN bagged a magnificent five-timer as AFC Emley walloped visiting Grimsby Borough 13-0 in Division One of the NCE League on Saturday.

Alex Hallam and Michael Tunnacliffe added braces to go with strikes from Kieran Ryan and Jordan Corduri plus a Ruben Jerome penalty and a Jamie Pearson own goal.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare rose to second with a 3-1 success at Rossington Main through goals from Shane Kelsey, Adam Wilson and Samuel Jones.

Yorkshire Amateur also enjoyed a dramatic 4-1 triumph at Lincoln Moorlands Railway by netting three goals in the last five minutes with a Joel Hughes penalty followed by a Craig Heard brace and Harrison Blakey strike.

Eccleshill United also savoured a 2-0 win at Shirebrook Town thanks to goals from Adam Turner and Mark Trueman while a Chris Jackson double gave Selby Town a 2-0 verdict at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

A Gary Collier strike gave Knaresborough Town a 1-1 draw at AFC Mansfield but an Ashley Scothern double was in vain for Glasshoughton Welfare who were felled 3-2 by visiting Teversal. Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion were beaten 1-0 at Cleethorpes Town whose Marc Cooper hit an 86th-minute winner but goals from Luke Mangham and Curtly Martin-Wyatt gave Garforth Town a 2-0 success at home to Staveley Miners Welfare.

Thackley beat visiting Athersley Recreation 4-2 thanks to an Andrew Wood double plus goals from Mike Garrod and Joe Keen while Aaron Moxam and Craig Rouse netted for Pontefract Collieries who drew 2-2 at home to Albion Sports. Ged Dalton and Matthew Turnbull struck for Pickering Town but they lost 3-2 at home to Albion Sports while Liversedge were hammered 7-1 at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Sam Pashley netted for Nostell MW who drew 1-1 with visiting Armthorpe Welfare.