Guiseley’s unbeaten start to season is ended by Trinity

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GUISELEY’S unbeaten start to the Conference North season was ended with yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to visiting Gainsborough Trinity.

Guiseley were soon on the attack with Jake Lawlor firing just over from 20 yards out.

Nicky Boshell then fired wide on two occasions as the Lions made the brighter start.

But Gainsborough created chances of their own with Tom Davie’s effort just passing Steve Drench’s right hand post.

A cross then found defender Adam Quinn who looked bound to score but he was unable to make any contact as the score remained goalless. Guiseley’s best chance of the first half then fell to Danny Boshell who saw his powerful strike hit the left hand post with the goalkeeper beaten.

But it was Gainsborough who drew first blood through Davie who saw his effort nestle into the bottom left hand corner.

Then, just before half time, as Guiseley searched for the equaliser, the visitors bagged a second with Curtis Bateson collecting a defence splitting pass and calmly placing the ball past Drench.

Guiseley’s frustration continued into the second half with a number of missed passes resulted in potential chances coming to nothing. Yet the Lions then pulled a goal back through Andy Holdsworth who produced a run and shot which left the Gainsborough keeper helpless and gave the home side hope.

That hope proved misleading as within five minutes Gainsborough were back two goals in front with substitute Conor Higginson finishing off a good team goal with a tap in.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower was not impressed with what he saw and admitted: “I’m very disappointed.

“I felt we were a bit naive and that cost us the goals. We didn’t defend like we had in the previous games, but we move on to the next game.”

That next game arrives on Saturday at home to Gloucester City.

Harrogate Town are still seeking their first win of the new season despite a decent showing in yesterday’s 1-0 loss at leaders North Ferriby United.

Tom Denton bagged the only goal of the game 17 minutes from time.

Town visit AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Bradford Park Avenue claimed their third victory of the season with a 3-2 success at home to Hyde FC. Avenue took a 23rd-minute lead through Chib Chilaka but the visitors levelled four minutes later through Louis Almond’s strike from 20 yards.

Hyde then went ahead 11 minutes after the break through Tom Bentham’s glancing header but Avenue were not done and levelled six minutes later through Chilaka. Ryan Qualter’s header 12 minutes from time then sealed a narrow victory. Avenue visit Gainsbrough Trinity on Saturday.

In the Conference, FC Halifax Town made it five wins out of five with a 3-2 success at home to fifth-placed Lincoln City. Marc Roberts, Steve Williams and Scot Boden all netted for the Shaymen.

Halifax return to action on Saturday at 16th-placed Bristol Rovers.

Conference North: Brackley Town 0 Worcester City 0, Bradford Park Avenue 3 Hyde 2, Colwyn Bay 0 AFC Fylde 5, Guiseley 1 Gainsborough Trinity 3, Hednesford Town 2 Solihull Moors 1, Lowestoft Town 1 Leamington 1, North Ferriby United 1 Harrogate Town 0, Oxford City 2 Gloucester City 2, Stalybridge Celtic 3 Stockport 2, Tamworth 1 Boston United 1, Barrow 4 Chorley 0.

Conference: AFC Telford 3 Southport 3, Altrincham 0 Gateshead 1, Barnet 4 Dartford 0, Braintree Town 2 Nuneaton 0, Eastleigh 3 Welling 1, FC Halifax 3 Lincoln City 2, Forest Green 1 Bristol Rovers 1, Grimsby 7 Alfreton Town 0, Kidderminster 2 Chester FC 2, Torquay 1 Aldershot 1, Woking 6 Dover 1, Wrexham 2 Macclesfield 2.

Grimsby Town manager Marcus Bignot shouts instructions during his time as Grimsby Town manager. Picture: Getty Images

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