Guiseley lack the cutting edge to trouble Shaymen

Alex Purver.
Alex Purver.
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FC Halifax Town gained the bragging rights and the three points after a 2-0 victory against Guiseley on Saturday.

A Yorkshire derby ensured there were plenty of tough tackles, but it was a moment of real quality that was the difference in this match.

John Rooney.

John Rooney.

The deadlock was broken thanks to some fine skill by Matty Kosylo who cut inside, beat three players and fired into the top right-hand corner.

Guiseley had few chances in the first half with a deflected Alex Purver effort that went wide and a John Rooney shot that lacked power proving to be their best attempts.

Town could have doubled their lead but were not able to get their efforts on target. Their best chance fell to Josh Macdonald who got in behind the Guiseley defence but Joe Green kept it out.

The hosts doubled their lead with just under 10 minutes to go. A corner came in and Matt Brown had a free header and was able to power home his effort to ensure the points went to the Shaymen.

Adam Lockwood.

Adam Lockwood.

Both teams are back in action this afternoon with Guiseley at home to Hartlepool United and FC Halifax Town away at Gateshead.

It was contrasting emotions for the two bosses afterwards. Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood said: “At times I thought we were bright but we didn’t have that cutting edge you need. We know that there are chances for people to stand up and be counted, we need to be more ruthless in both areas.”

Meanwhile Billy Heath was delighted with what he had seen. He said: “I’m obviously very pleased with what I have seen. It was a performance where we did well, got the result and can build on what we have done in this one.”

Elsewhere, Simon Ainge’s hat-trick saw Harrogate Town record a first victory over Tamworth since 2007, and move top of the National League North in the process.

Ainge’s first goal came just two minutes in as the striker was left unmarked to head in George Thomson’s cross.

The National League North’s top scorer claimed another with his head after 63 minutes, peeling off his marker at the back post to convert Joe Leesley’s cross.

A 73rd minute spot-kick provided the chance for Ainge to complete his hat-trick, and the striker duly obliged; placing the ball into the top right corner to seal the points.

Elsewhere in National North, Bradford Park Avenue also picked up maximum points in an excellent 4-1 victory at AFC Telford United.

Luca Hearn opened the scoring for Avenue and further goals from Adam Boyes and Adam Nowakowski made it 3-0 at half-time. Oli Johnson completed the scoring in the second half.