Lions sink to bottom as Dover ease home

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Guiseley dropped back to the bottom of the National League table after losing 2-0 to promotion hopefuls Dover Athletic.

Guiseley dropped back to the bottom of the National League table after losing 2-0 to promotion hopefuls Dover Athletic.

After the long trip down Guiseley would have been pleased with their start as they matched Dover in attack and defended well when called upon.

They were facing a side who had played just 48 hours earlier in an FA Cup tie that went to extra time with Dover losing to Cambridge United.

Athletic’s dangerman Ricky Miller was well tackled by Connor Brown when he was well positioned to have a shot.

Jordan Preston had Guiseley’s first chance when his shot was easily dealt with by the keeper. Alex Purver caused problems for the home side with a number of his crosses keeping the Dover defenders on their toes although they were dealt with.

The sides went in 0-0 at half-time which was a fair reflection of the half’s events, but within five minutes of the second half it had all changed.

The warning signs were there that Miller would get another chance and this time he drilled a precise effort past Johnny Maxted.

Moments later it was 2-0, this time Moses Emmanuel was given too much room and he took full advantage of this with a fine effort.

Adam Lockwood’s Guiseley tried to get back into the match but Will Hatfield fired over when the Lions pushed men forward and Dover were able to get the three points.

Harrogate Town fell further behind in the Conference North play-off race as they went down 2-1 late on at Brackley.

Simon Weaver’s side, who had lost six of their last seven games prior to the trip to Northamptonshire, took the lead in first-half stoppage time courtesy of Simon Ainge.

Ainge, normally a defender for the Lions, had been pushed up front as a makeshift striker and got his reward when he headed home Joe Leesley’s cross.

Brackley equalised five minutes after the restart when substitute David Moyo netted from close range.

Town looked set for a point, but Matt Lowe skipped through the Harrogate rearguard in the dying moments to earn his side all three points.

A stoppage time winner from James Knowles saw Bradford Park Avenue move level on points with fourth-bottom Nuneaton Town.

Kayode Odejayi had opened the scoring for Mark Bower’s side against the run of play in the first half, before Danny Lloyd missed a penalty to make it 2-0 in the second.

Moments after the miss, debutant John Cofie set up Emile Sinclair to level the scores with a neat finish, before Knowles’ deflected 25-yard strike won the game in the 95th minute.

FC Halifax Town lost 4-2 at Curzon Ashton.

Cliff Moyo and a Craig Hampson own goal accounted for the Shaymen’s tally.


The weather claimed several games in the Evo-Stik League, but leaders Scarborough Athletic were glad their game went ahead as they thrashed visiting Mossley 8-0 in First Division North.

Matthew Turnbull set the ball rolling with a first-minute goal, but Steve Kittrick’s men had to wait until ther 37th for their next, through Cameron Murray, with Benny Inglehon making it 3-0 on half-time.

Turnbull got his second (48), Carl Stewart scored a hat-trick (64, 75, 84) with Craig Nelthorpe (67) claiming the other as Athletic cruised home.

Tadcaster Albion lost 1-0 at Prescot Cables while struggling Ossett Albion shipped six at home to Trafford without reply.

Mark Derbyshire with a second-half hat-trick which leaves Ossett floundering in the drop zone.

Third-placed Farsley Celtic’s trip to Droylsden fell victim to the weather, but they have five games in hand on leaders Scarborough and are just five points adrift of the top.

Fifth-placed Ossett Town’s visit to Radcliffe Borough was also called off and six-placed Brighouse Town’s hosting of Kendal Town also fell victim to the weather.

Farsley, Town, Brighouse and Lancaster City all have 29 points, but the Ingfielders have played more games than their three rivals

Second-bottom Goole AFC lost 2-0 at Clitheroe.

In the Premier Division, leaders Whitby Town picked up their 12th win of the campaign as they beat Coalville Town 3-2.

Dale Hopson (29), Matthew Tyman (55) and Jack Blackford (88) with the goals for Whitby, although Lukasz Rojewski’s 90th-minute effort for the hosts made it a nervy last few minutes for the leaders.

Frickley Athletic remain in 21st place after a 3-0 defeat atmid-table Grantham Town, but their other rivals at the bottom lost, with Skelmersdale’s hosting of Halesowen Town off.


Bill Law struck an 83rd-minute winner to earn Hemsworth Miners Welfare a 3-2 victory at Staveley Miners Welfare in the Premier Division.

Staveley’s Kurtis Morley and Hemsworth’s Nicholas Guest both scored in the tenth minute before Jed Wilkinson (26) gave the visitors the lead. Craig Getliff (31) levelled things before Law’s late winner.

Leaders Thackley won 4-0 at lowly Barton Town Old Boys.

Craig Bentham (5), Daniel Broadbent (23), Ryan Farrell’s 67th-minute penalty and George Eustance two minutes later, keeping Thackley three points clear the the top.

Albion Sports and Liversedge drew 2-2, with Karl Hall’s 90th-minute effort earning hosts Albion a point.

Devonte Morton had given them a 19th-minute lead but Rhys davies (48) and Stephen Wales (82) responded for Sedge, before Hall’s last-gasp heroics.

Harrogate Railway went down 2-0 at home to Bottesford Town and Garforth Town drew 0-0 at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Pickering Town triumphed 4-1 at Athersley Rec, with goals from Billy Logan, Nathan Kamara and a Ryan Blott brace, while Bridlington Town triumphed 2-0 at rock-bottom Parkgate thanks to goals in either half from Brett Agnew and Joel Sutton.

In Division 1, Pontefract Colleries kept up their promotion push with a 5-1 win over Worsbrough Bridge.

Jamie Williams (4 and 77), Mark Whitehouse (47 and 57) and Christopher Jackson (72) on target for Colls.

AFC Emley also scored four in a 4-3 home success against Winterton Rangers.

Matthew Jackson (27), Ashley Flynn (30 and 36) and Alex Slack (70) netting for the Villagers.

Campion lost 2-1 at Hall Road Rangers, Eli Hey bagging an 89th-minute consolation, while Yorkshire Amateur drew 1-1 at Dronfield Town thanks to Adam Shaw’s penalty on the hour.

Glasshoughton lost out 1-0 at leaders Penistone Church and Selby Town fell 2-1 at Teversal. Scott Jones with a 20th-minute penalty for the Robins.

Nostell Miners Welfare drew 2-2 at home with Rossngton Main, Connor Priestley (52 and 71) on target for the rock-bottom hosts.