Lack of cutting edge leaves Guiseley short of vital goals

Harrogate Town's first goal scorer Adam Bolder, (centre), celebrates with team mate Matt Bloomer.
Harrogate Town's first goal scorer Adam Bolder, (centre), celebrates with team mate Matt Bloomer.
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GUISELEY boss Steve Kittrick bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge as they drew 1-1 with Gloucester City at Whaddon Road in Skrill North on Saturday.

Michael Potts scored his first goal in a Guiseley shirt, but a second-half penalty from Darren Edwards ensured tenth-placed Lions had to settle for a point.

Kittrick said: “You’ve got a situation where we’ve got three-on-ones and you don’t score. That happened two or three times and we’ve got to put them away because they kill teams.”

Guiseley began well with Phil Marsh having two good efforts on goal before Scott Wilson and Darren Mullings threatened for the home side.

Potts then opened his account on 19 minutes with Gloucester hitting back after the interval, levelling after 73 minutes through Edwards’ spot-kick.

Danny Ellis fouled Wilson and Edwards slipped the ball past Steven Drench.

Kittrick added: “It’s a long season and expectation at Guiseley is massive. It’s not about winning the first month, it’s about where you end up.”

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver hailed his side’s response in Saturday’s 3-1 home victory over Stockport County –achieved thanks to a triple blast in the space of five first-half minutes before the interval.

An Adam Bolder rocket put fifth-placed Town ahead and Michael Woods soon made it two before setting up Chris Hall for a third in front of a crowd of 918.

Sub Ian Howard hit a late consolation for the Hatters, whose manager Ian Bogie resigned soon after the final whistle.

Weaver said: “It was a poor performance at Barrow on Monday and we wanted a response. That’s the sign of a good team.

“We have got good quality players and a squad.

“We wanted them to be a bit braver after the Barrow game and we produced that and it came off.”

Bradford Park Avenue, in 18th spot, staged a remarkable rally from 3-0 down to earn a point in a 3-3 draw with Oxford City at the Horsfall Stadium.

City raced into a 3-0 first-half lead through goals from Michael Symons, Tom Winters and Jamie Cook.

But Avenue hit back in the second half with Nick Boshell reducing the deficit seven minutes after the restart and Adam Clayton netting twenty minutes from time.

It was left to new signing Stephen Mallory to salvage a point with a dramatic stoppage-time strike.

Former Guiseley players Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson were both dismissed as nine-man FC Halifax saw their unbeaten Conference Premier run end in a 3-1 reverse at Salisbury City.

Goals from Elliott Frear, Luke Ruddick and Ben Wright gave Salisbury the spoils, with the hosts conceding a last-minute own goal to provide the Shaymen – reduced to nine for the second time this term – with a consolation.

Guiseley loan striker, James Roberts.

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