Lions earn point from long trip to south coast

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Guiseley’s journey down to the English Riviera saw them leave Torquay with a point, in a 1-1 draw.

Guiseley’s journey down to the English Riviera saw them leave Torquay with a point, in a 1-1 draw.

After the match Guiseley boss Mark Bower said: “This was a long journey for us, but we did well, we created chances and are unlucky to only be leaving here with a point.”

This may have been a long trip down from Yorkshire for Guiseley, but the away side made a good start with Liam Dickinson seeing his shot deflected wide of the goal

Zac Thompson almost scored his first goal for Guiseley when his impressive strike hit the post when it looked like it was going to creep in.

Then Adam Boyes was placed in a good position but was unable to connect properly with his strike.

The first opportunity that fell to Torquay resulted in claims for a penalty for pushing but with nothing given Guiseley launched an attack up the pitch and were given a penalty of their own.

It was Liam Dickinson who stepped up to take and he confidently beat the keeper Fabian Spiess to send the away fans who had made the trip wild.

Torquay though soon equalised when defender Exodus Geohaghon was able to tap the ball into the net from a scrappy corner which proved to be the last meaningful attack of the first half and one where Guiseley were the better side.

The second half started with the hosts attacking from the off, with a number of dangerous crosses coming to nothing.

There was then a Malachi Lavelle-Moore shot which Guiseley’s Steven Drench did well to save, as the home side pushed to take the lead.

But Guiseley had a great chance to regain the advantage, when Wayne Brooksby found Will Hatfield in the area but he couldn’t properly connect with his effort and the chance went begging.

And the away side had an even better chance to score again when Wayne Brooksby showed great trickery to get into the area, his snap shot beat the keeper but hit a post.

But try as both sides might, neither could find the late winner and the two teams left with a point a piece.

Torquay United: Speiss, Hurst, Butler, Macdonald, Geohaghon, Briscoe, Carmichael, Richards, Heslop, Lavelle-Moore (Quigley 78), Fisher. Substitutes (not used) Fenwick, Marsh, Murombedzi, Richards.

Guiseley: Drench, Toulson, Lowe, Parker, Atkinson, Brooksby (N Boshell 90), Hatfield, Thompson (D Boshell 68) Lawlor, Boyes, Dickinson (Craddock 68). Substitutes (not used) S Dickinson & Lockwood.

FC Halifax Town remain second-bottom after a 3-2 defeat at Aldershot. The Shots opened up a three-goal lead before Danny Hattersley (60) and David Brooks (83), reduced the deficit

Elsewhere, in the top-of the table clash in National North, Harrogate Town slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Solihull Moors.

Moors struck the decisive blow with seconds left in the half, when Peter Crook’s magnificent save from a Darryl Knights cross shot fell into the path of Adam Walker, who swept in from close range.

Chib Chilaka scored the winner on the hour as Bradfrod Park Avenue defeated relegated AFC Telford United, who recently parted company with former Lions boss Steve Kittrick, 1-0 at the Horsfall Stadium.


Kingsley Wetherald helped himself to six goals as Selby Town thrashed Askern 12-0 in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round at Flaxley Road on Saturday.

Wetherald got the Robins off to a perfect start with a first-minute penalty and then added further goals in the 44, 45 and 80th minutes, another penalty on 85 and his sixth on 88.

Craig Muirhead (3), Ashley Hope (18), Tom Chamberlain (46), William Pepper (70), Martin Jones (78) and Dane Mortimer (90) completed the rout.

Other teams joining Town in the second qualifying round include Yorkshire Amateur, 2-1 victors at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, thanks to goals from Craig Heard (32) and Joel Hughes (37).

Garforth Town saw off Albion Sports 4-1 thanks to Danny Harris (23), Ashley Preece (27), Mark Simpson (34) and Luke Mangham (46, pen), while Dominic Blair’s double (30 and 65) helped Hemsworth MW progress 3-1 at the expense of Cammel Laird 1907.

Jack Steers (20) got Miners’ opener.

Ombeni Ruhanduka’s brace (46, 86) earned Bridlington Town a 2-1 win at Penrith, but Thackley must travel to Whickham tomorrow night after the sides drew 0-0 after extra time.

Tadcaster Albion’s Josh Greening earned his side a replay with Clipstone after he netted a 94th-minute equaliser.

The hosts had led 2-0 at half-time before substitute George Conway pulled a goal back on 71.

Nostell MW bowed out 3-1 at Congleton Town, with Simon Poole (88) bagging a late consolation, Knaresborough Town went down 4-1 at Hebburn Town, with Joel Freeston (75) on target for the visitors. Liversedge lost 4-1 at home to Team Northumbria and Pickering slipped out 2-1 at Norton and Stockton Ancients.

Efforts by Eccleshill United’s Luke Harrop (11) and Jermaine Springer (37), saw them go in 2-2 at half-time, but Heaton Stannington scored twice after the break to go through.

Pontefract Collieries also lost 4-2 away at Rossington Main, Aaron Moxon (13) and Liam Radford (90) netting for Ponte’, while Glasshoughton Welfare crashed 5-0 at Vauxhall Motors.


Frickley Athletic are riding high in eighth place after a convincing 2-0 win at Colwyn Bay.

Jacob Hazel was in a hurry, scoring after only eight minutes, and Macauley Parkinson added the second soon after the break.

Whitby Town held high-flying visitors Nantwich Town to a 3-3 draw. Michael Roberts’ early goal for Whitby brought a rapid reply from Lewis Short. Matt Waters restored the Seasiders’ lead just before half-time and although Sam Hall and Matt Kosylo nudged Nantwich ahead, Adam Gell struck for Whitby with just two minutes to spare.

Harrogate Railway Athletic gained their first home win in style with a 4-1 triumph against lowly Radcliffe Borough in First Division North.

Railway led in the first half through Stephen Bromley, Matt Davies equalised in the 52nd minute but Vince Dhesi, Jack Stockdill and Roy Fogarty took Railway well clear.

Scarborough Athletic remain undefeated in fourth place after a 1-1 draw at strugglers Prescot Cables. Ryan Qualters on the mark for Scarborough but Robert Doran denied them victory. Ossett Town leapfrogged over opponents Trafford into 13th place after Nathan Curtis earned them a 1-0 win, but Ossett Albion lost 2-0 at leaders Northwich Victoria who struck through Richard Bennett in each half.

Daniel Facey’s 58th-minute goal was enough was enough to earn Brighouse Town a home success over Burscough but fourth from bottom Farsley Celtic remain without a win after coming back from behind to take a point at Bamber Bridge. Sheffield defeated Newcastle Town 2-1 in First Division South with goals from Shaq McKenzie and Benny Igiehon, while Stocksbridge Park Steels drew 2-2 at Kidsgrove Athletic. Lee Garside got two for Steels, Nick Wellecomme (2) for the hosts.