Guiseley come from behind to claim the local bragging rights

Liam Dickinson
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Guiseley gained all three points and the Vanarama National League bragging rights after beating FC Halifax Town 2-1 at Nethermoor.

The Shaymen struck the first blow, with the first real chance of the match, when on loan CJ Hamilton delivered a powerful strike, which proved too strong for Guiseley keeper Steve Drench.

Town could have doubled their lead with a quick counter attack, but Jordan Burrow hit the side netting.

Guiseley had a great chance to level when Tom Craddock worked well into the area and his cutback found Will Hatfield, who stretched but was unable to direct the ball on target.

The home side were soon level though, Hatfield took control of possession and fired in a well-placed effort, that nestled into the bottom corner of the goal and that’s how it stayed until half-time.

The remaining 45 minutes started with Guiseley’s Jake Lawlor firing over from just outside the area. And the home side looked the most likely to score with a Liam Dickinson through ball nearly finding Craddock.

But clear cut chances were at a premium for both teams.

Hatfield looked like he had scored a second when his shot deflected just wide and then from the corner Danny Lowe’s header was cleared off the line.

With just eight minutes to go Lawlor was brought down in the area and Dickinson converted confidently to give Guiseley all three points.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower was a happy manager, he said: “I’m happy to get the win and come from behind we played well in the second half.”

Guiseley: Drench, Toulson, Lowe, Parker, Atkinson, D Boshell (N Boshell 85), Hatfield, Thompson (Brooksby 45), Lawlor, Craddock (Boyes 60), Dickinson. Subs (not used): D Atkinson and Lockwood.

FC Halifax: Glennon, Bolton, McManus, James (Hughes 70), Burrow, Brown, Roberts (MacDonald 65) Hibbs,Banton, Brooks, Hamilton. Subs (not used): Porter, Bencherif, Racchi.

Referee: Ian Hussin (Merseyside).

Attendance: 1,184.