Non-League: Double-up Johnson strikes to sink Lions

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GUISELEY were defeated for the second time in a week at Nethermoor Park as they lost 2-0 to a clinical Gateshead side in Vanarama National League.

The Lions started the game the better side, as they aimed to get back to winning ways after losing to Aldershot the week before.

Zac Thompson saw his well-struck effort saved by Gateshead keeper Sam Russell while Nicky Boshell went close with two free-kicks.

His effort was parred away to safety by the keeper before his next attempt went just over the crossbar.

But just when it looked like it would be a scoreless half, Gateshead struck to the take the lead through Danny Johnson.

Ryan Bowman flicked the ball past the home defence onto striker Johnson who raced away and was able to get the ball past Guiseley keeper Dan Atkinson.

While the home fans would have hoped for a response, it was Gateshead who started the better in the second half and soon found themselves with their lead doubled.

Again it was Johnson who hit the back of the net as he was found in an attacking position after good work by Josh Gillies. Despite going 2-0 down, Guiseley kept attacking but were unable to get a goal back with Will Hatfield’s goal-bound effort saved well by the impressive Russell.

Substitute striker Adam Boyes then headed wide when placed in a good position as Guiseley left empty-handed.

Victory sent Gateshead fifth with Guiseley down to 15th ahead of Bank Holiday Monday’s visit to seventh-placed Chester.

Manager Mark Bower was again left frustrated with the loss, saying: “I thought the performance was better than last week. It was two bits of poor defending and they get their goals. They were clinical.”

FC Halifax Town remain second bottom in the division after slipping to a 3-1 reverse at second-placed Wrexham.

A Jordan Burrows header failed to save Neil Aspin’s side as Wrexham made it five wins a row. The Shaymen are back in action today at home to 16th-placed Barrow. In National League North, Harrogate Town moved third with a 1-0 success at 15th-placed Chorley.

Paul Clayton bagged the only goal of the game with a stunning half-volley after 39 minutes.

Town host local rivals Bradford Park Avenue today with Avenue now third-bottom having drawn a 4-4 thriller at home to tenth-placed North Ferriby United on Saturday. Chib Chilaka’s hat-trick rescued Avenue who also had Richard Marshall on target.

Curtis Bateson was at the double for Ferriby who later had Nathan Hotte sent off but also netted through Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall.


FRICKLEY Athletic moved 11th in the EvoStik League Premier Division with Saturday’s 2-0 success at Ramsbottom United.

Zephaniah Thomas gave the Blues a 15th-minute lead with Tyler Williams making sure of all three points ten minutes from time.

Nostell Miners Welfare enjoyed a fine afternoon in the NCE Premier with a 3-1 success at Bridlington Town. Nostell raced into a three-goal lead after just 38 minutes as Lee Turner’s strike was followed by a Tom Robinson double.

Ashley Allanson hit back for the shell-shocked hosts on the stroke of half-time.

Liversedge also cruised to a 4-0 victory at home to Parkgate as Tom Jackson, Andrew Wood, Joe Walton and Brandon Kane all netted a goal each.

But Garforth Town had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Retford United who led after 14 minutes and were only pegged back 12 minutes from time by Luke Mangham.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare sit fourth in Division One after a 4-2 success at Selby Town. Dominic Blair was at the double for Hemsworth who also netted through Jack Steers and Nash Connolly. Craig Muirhead had initially given Selby the lead with Chris Kamara also on target.

Knaresborough Town drop-ped to fifth after a 2-2 draw at home to Yorkshire Amateur. Boro led twice through Fraser Lancaster and Tom Clare but were pegged back by Carl Heard and Thomas Rose, who netted in the 88th minute.

Eccleshill United enjoyed a 4-2 success at home to Dronfield Town with Adam Turner getting the first of his two goals after two minutes.

Eccleshill’s Luke Harrop and Joe Firth were later on target as well.

Glasshoughton Welfare shared a 1-1 draw with visiting Hall Road Rangers who were denied victory through an Andrew Harrison own goal.


TEN-man Tadcaster Albion’s Emirates FA Cup run was brought to an early end in a 5-2 loss at home to Colne in a game featuring three penalties.

The Brewers led the preliminary round tie after four minutes through Matt Heath but were pegged back by a 29th-minute Daniel Boyle penalty. Albion were then awarded a penalty of their own just a minute later which Liam Ormsby converted, but the game took a huge twist nine minutes before the break when Colne were awarded a second penalty with Jordan Armstrong being sent off for handball.

Boyle again converted and Colne then netted three times in the final 17 minutes through Ben Hoskin, Ben Allen and Chris Anderson.

Thackley, though, stormed into the first qualifying round with a 2-1 success at Ashington. Ben Cohen gave the visitors a 55th-minute lead which Ryan Farrell doubled three minutes later. Ashington’s Matthew Grieve set up a grandstand finish with his strike five minutes from time.

AFC Emley exited the competition after a 3-1 loss at Burscough with Ashley Flynn’s away strike to no avail. Pickering Town are out after losing yesterday’s home clash with Clitheroe 5-1.

But Ossett Albion progressed with a 3-0 success at home to Maine Road. Danny South struck in the 22nd and 73rd minute for Albion – either side of a 26th-minute Nicholas Matthews strike.

Ossett Town’s adventure ended with a 1-0 loss at AFC Blackpool who went through thanks to Nick Wood’s 39th-minute own goal.

Brighouse Town face a replay at Atherton Collieries after a 1-1 draw. Brighouse led after Leon Henry’s 22nd-minute opener but were pegged back by Ben Hardcastle’s strike.

Goole AFC will also have a replay at Sheffield FC, again after a 1-1 draw. Shaquille McKenzie gave Sheffield a ninth-minute lead but Anthony Mackie levelled 14 minutes from time.

Farsley Celtic will try again at Stocksbridge Park Steels, also following a 1-1 draw. Farsley led through Neil Stevens but were denied victory by Richard Stirrup 13 minutes from time. Scarborough Athletic are out after a 2-0 loss at Consett.