Guiseley let slip two-goal lead at the Daggers

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Guiseley let slip a two-goal lead as they agonisingly lost 3-2 at Dagenham and Redbridge in the National League on Saturday.

The Lions looked well placed for a win after going 2-0 up during the first half but in the end left with nothing.

Jonny Maxted kept up his good form with a save from a Corey Whitely who fired an effort towards goal early on.

Guiseley got two quick-fire goals to give themselves the advantage with Lee Molyneux seeing a cross take a deflection before going in, this was followed by Kevan Hurst heading across goal and finding Mike Fondop from two yards out who fired in.

The hosts got back into the game before half-time with Morgan Ferrier netting and soon after they were level, captain Scott Doe tapping in following a corner. Dagenham almost completed the comeback on 60 minutes when Sam Ling fired towards goal but Jake Lawlor made an excellent block on the line to keep the scores level.

Whitely was causing problems for the Lions defence with his crossing, testing Maxted on several occasions.

The dangerous crosses kept coming for the Daggers this time Luke Howell’s delivery nearly found Michael Cheek but there was a little too much on the pass for him.

With the game approaching the end, the hosts struck again to take the lead for the first time as Howell was in the right place to convert after Ferrier had seen his effort blocked.

Guiseley would end the match with 10 men as Rowan Liburd went off injured with all their substitutions used.

Guiseley manager Paul Cox said after the game: “We’ve put ourselves in a good position. but just weren’t able to hold on.

“If we’d gone in ahead at half-time it could have been a different outcome.”

Elsewhere, it’s now nine games without a win for FC Halifax Town after they were deservedly beaten 3-2 at Sutton.

The Shaymen never really got going against a vibrant Sutton side, who went 2-0 up through Ross Lafayette and Craig Dundas before Tom Denton pulled a goal back. But Lafayette scored again soon afterwards to put the game out of reach; if Town were still in any doubt, Matty Brown’s late penalty miss seemingly confirmed it wasn’t their day.

There was still time for Scott Garner to find the net from close range after Denton’s header was saved.

Harrogate Town moved back up to second in the National League North table following a 3-1 home triumph over Boston with Joe Leesley, George Thomson and Jordan Thewlis completely turning the tables after Warren Burrell had conceded a fourth-minute penalty, converted by Ashley Hemmings.

Leesley levelled almost immediately when he followed up his own spot kick, which was awarded after Josh Falkingham was bundled over, to beat George Willis at the second attempt.

It was 2-1 seven minutes before the break as Thomson found the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area and Thewlis made the points safe on the counter attack.

Bradford Park Avenue remain in the play-off positions after defeating fellow top-seven hopefuls Brackley 2-0 at home.

Recording their first hat-trick of consecutive league fixtures since February, Avenue’s Adam Boyes opened the scoring by steering in from close range at a corner.

Oli Johnson went on to claim an excellent assist by beating four defenders to tee up Graham Kelly’s first goal for Town.

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Farsley Celtic bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Stafford Rangers to move back into the play-off positions, writes THOMAS RITCHIE.

Goals from Adam Priestley and new signing Nathan Cartman made sure that Farsley didn’t miss James Walshaw, who this weekend made a big money transfer to Scarborough Athletic of the Evo-Stik Division 1 North.

It was Cartman who gave Farsley the early lead, scoring on his second debut for the club as he did on his first.

Farsley shot stopper Kyle Trenerry then made an impressive save to prevent Richard Gregory from equalising for the hosts.

The Celts had fantastic opportunities to double their advantage as Ryan Wason whipped in a dangerous cross to Chris Atkinson’s whose header thudded against the crossbar. Captain Danny Ellis was the next to come close, however his header was cleared off the line.

The three points were wrapped up with ten minutes remaining as Adam Priestley directed a perfect header past Bradley Caswell in the Stafford goal, for his second goal in two games.

In Division 1 South, Frickley Athletic crushed Market Drayton Town 6-0 as they sit third in the division. Gavin Allott was the star of the show, hitting a hat-trick, whilst Cameron Hough, Jacob Hazel and Danny Frost were also on the scoresheet.

Brighouse Town were consigned to their fifth defeat in their last six Division 1 North games, falling 3-0 at home to Atheron Collieries. Christopher Lynch and Ben Hardcastle fired Atherton into a two-goal advantage at the break before Daniel Lambert sealed the win.

Tadcaster Albion were victorious as an injury time goal from Adam Baker was enough to defeat Glossop North End 1-0, whilst Ossett Town slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Skelmersdale United. Goals from Nathan Randell, Callum Mahoney and Andrew Owens helped Skelmersdale ease to victory.

Ossett Albion were minutes away from their third win of the season, however were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Kendal Town. Daniel Penswick fired the Cumbrians in front before an Aidan Chippendale brace turned the tie around, only for Martin Grundy to pounce late on for Kendal.

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SECOND-placed Pontefract Collieries kept pace with leaders Handsworth Parramore at the top of the NCE Premier Division following their 4-2 victory at Liversedge.

Braces from Kane Reece and Eli Hey ensured the three points for Pontefract who remain one point behind Parramore but with three games in hand.

Joseph Walton bagged a brace for Liversedge.

Pickering Town are two points behind Pontefract in third spot following their emphatic 4-0 victory at Bottesford Town. A Thomas Johnson own goal on nine minutes gave the visitors the early advantage which Ryan Blott extended on 18 minutes. Further goals from Russell Parker and Blott capped an excellent day for Town.

Hemsworth MW leapfrogged Saturday’s opponents Maltby Main into fifth spot by beating them 3-2 in a tight clash.

A double strike from Dean Conway put Maltby in control but a brace from Nash Connolly and a goal three minutes from time from Richard Collier ensured Hemsworth took the spoils.

Garforth Town lost 3-0 at leaders Handsworth Parramore, while struggling Harrogate Railway defeated rock-bottom Clipstone 5-2. On the scoresheet for Railway were Adam Carter (2), Nathan James, Elliott Williams and Matthew Mulvihill.

Yorkshire Amateur won the battle of the top two sides in Division One as they beat leaders Knaresborough Town 2-1.

Harrison Blakey gave Amateur the lead on 39 minutes but Gregg Anderson equalised for Town with 20 minutes left. But Daniel Naidole’s last-minute goal meant Amateur moved just two points behind Town.

Goals from Reece Lucas, Joseph Dale, Liam Flanagan earned Selby Town a 3-3 draw at home to Ollerton Town while a brace from Adam Wilson saw AFC Emley beat FC Bolsover 2-1.

Elsewhere, Glasshoughton Welfare defeated Retford United 3-0 and Nostell MW lost 2-0 at home to Rossington Main.

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