Guiseley leave it late to claim their first victory of the season

Jake Lawlor scores  for  Guiseley from close range.
Jake Lawlor scores for Guiseley from close range.
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A last-minute goal from Lee Molyneux helped Guiseley earn their first National League victory of the season with a 3-2 home win against Torquay United.

Torquay entered this match without a permanent manager after Kevin Nicholson left the Gulls on Thursday by mutual consent. Robbie Herrera took charge for this match.

Guiseley's Reece Thompson.

Guiseley's Reece Thompson.

Guiseley started brightly when Alex Purver’s well-timed tackle in the area resulted in him collecting the ball but on the angle he just fired wide.

The Lions soon took the lead when a John Rooney corner was headed onto the bar by Danny Lowe, Jake Lawlor was in the perfect place to head in from two yards out to give Guiseley the lead.

The hosts kept the pressure on and should have doubled their lead when Connor Brown saw a powerful drive hit the post with Ryan Clarke beaten.

Two goals in a minute changed the game completely, first Sean McGinty converted a free header to draw the visitors level, then straight after the kick-off, Ruairi Keating was put through on goal and made no mistake with a calm finish.

Kayode Odejayi of Guiseley wins the ball from Torquay's  Sam Chaney.

Kayode Odejayi of Guiseley wins the ball from Torquay's Sam Chaney.

Torquay were buoyed by their strong finish to the first-half and started the second well, Guiseley keeper Joe Green had to produce a fine save when a curling Jamie Reid effort had to be tipped away.

The game was stretched with both teams pushing forward for a goal, Reid had the best opportunity with his shot from 10 yards out having to be palmed away.

It looked like Guiseley were heading for a defeat but Kevan Hurst was in the right place to power an effort home with moments to go.

Then a goalmouth scramble led to the ball falling to Molyneux. His shot appeared to have been cleared off the line, but the referee and linesmen agreed that it had crossed the line before being cleared away.

Guiseley boss Adam Lockwood was delighted to pick up his first three points of the season. He said: “I was pleased with the heart we showed in the end. We want to make our home ground a tough place to go. We didn’t control the game enough and we underperformed at times but we got it right at the end.”

Elsewhere, Adam Morgan marked his first start of the season by scoring the winner as FC Halifax Town in a 1-0 victory at Solihull Moors.

In National North, Terry Kennedy’s 83rd-minute header ensured Harrogate Town came away with all three points in an incredible 5-4 victory at Gainsborough Trinity.

The hosts led twice in the first half through Ashley Worsfold and Bradley Wells who found the net either side of Louis Jones’ own goal. Town looked to have turned the contest on its head in the first 15 minutes of the second half as a brace from Joe Leesley put the visitors two goals to the good, after Dom Knowles had made it 2-2.

Goals from Craig King and Shane Clarke in quick succession made it 4-4 only for Kennedy to head home the Town winner from George Thomson’s corner.

Bradford Park Avenue enjoyed a 3-0 home victory over FC United of Manchester.

Wayne Brooksby netted a brace and Adam Boyes got the other goal.