Non-league football: Delighted Bower is thrilled by Lions display

Jake Lawlor.
Jake Lawlor.
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Mark Bower professed his delight after seeing his Guiseley side produce a fine display to triumph 3-0 at Brackley and get back on the winning trail in style.

Goals from Adam Boyes, Jake Lawlor and Oli Johnson sealed a superb away-day for the Lions, who moved up to fifth spot in the Vanarama North table and got back on track after three games without a win and two straight losses.

On the win, Bower said: “It’s been a tough week with the two losses before this, but we have leaders coming back to the side.

“I was pleased with the contributions of all the players.”

Guiseley started the game brightly and soon took the lead when Josh Wilson’s free-kick was deflected to Boyes, who was able to react the quickest and he tapped the ball into the net with the Brackley goalkeeper Dean Snedker going the wrong way.

Wilson, making his second debut for Guiseley after re-joining from FC Halifax on loan, caused plenty of problems for the home defence and soon saw another free kick saved.

Brackley then almost equalised through Ryan Rowe, who saw his effort from 40 yards out saved in the nick of time by Stephen Dickinson, who judged the flight of the ball well and tipped the effort away from the goal.

With Brackley looking to get the leveller, Guiseley then eased the pressure by doubling their lead thanks a fantastic strike byLawlor, who was found by Gavin Rothery before producing a well-placed lob from 25 yards out to extend the Lions’ advantage.

Guiseley looked in control as the match neared its conclusion and Boyes was unlucky to not get his second of the game, with his header hitting the crossbar before Wilson fired over while under pressure.

But the away side did grab a third as Johnson rounded the scoring off in injury time when he was able to round the keeper and tap the ball into the empty net.

Guiseley host Colwyn Bay at Nethermoor tomorrow with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Simon Weaver’s Harrogate Town came back from the long trek to Lowestoft Town with a point for their efforts in a 0-0 draw.

Jake Speight saw an 18th-minute effort ruled out for offside for Harrogate, who also went close after the break when sub Dominic Rowe’s effort was brilliantly saved by Ashley Jones.

Jonathan Margetts also saw an effort cleared off the line, while at the other end, Lowestoft pushed for a breakthrough with Dave McGurk in outstanding form for the visitors.

Weaver said: “That is four points from two games including two clean sheets and we have seen a couple of very talented players that have come back into the team and the squad is looking strong.”

John Deacey’s Bradford Park Avenue lost out 3-1 at home to Boston United, with the visitors producing a polished second-half performance.

Billy Priestley headed Avenue in front on 27 minutes with the Pilgrims levelling on the restart with Dayle Southwell netting from the spot after David Fallah was felled by defender Nathan Hotte.

Zak Mills put United in front after Fallah’s shot was saved and Southwell added a fine third.

FC Halifax returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home success over Aldershot in the Conference in front of a crowd of 1,837 to mark Non League Day.

The only goal of the game arrived 18 minutes from time when sub Ross Dyer netted to ensure the Shaymen stay level on points at the top with Barnet.


AARON HARDY was spot on as Farsley AFC moved to within a point of First Division North leaders Salford City after a 1-0 win over Northwich Victoria.

Hardy, above, struck on 61 minutes.

Brighouse Town staged an incredible late rally to draw 2-2 at Kendal, thanks to two goals in stoppage time from Ryan Hall and Tyrone Gay.

Harrogate Railway picked up their first league win bonus of 2014-15 in a 3-1 verdict at Burscough, courtesy of strikes from Lamin Colley and a Nathan Cartman double.

Ossett Albion lost out by the odd goal in five at home to Bamber Bridge, with Ben Grech-Brooksbank and Conor McDonagh netting for the hosts.

Ossett Town were indebted to a Steve Jeff penalty as they came behind to draw 1-1 at Radcliffe.

In the Premier, Frickley lost out 1-0 at home to Skelmersdale United, with the leaders netting the all-important goal just after the break through Connor McCarthy.

Whitby picked up their first league win of the season in a 2-0 triumph at Belper.

Daniel White put through his own net just before the break and Richard Pell added a second for the Seasiders.

Goole beat Norton 3-0 in the First Division South.


AN INCREDIBLE first-round qualifying clash ended all-square after extra-time as Selby Town drew 5-5 at Stockport Sports.

Scorers for Selby were Jamie Forrester, Ryan Robinson, Jack Binns, Matty Start and Ryan O’Reilly.

Stockport equalised in the 119th minute – all this coming after both sides scored in stoppage-time earlier in a truly pulsating encounter – with Justin Pickering and Ben Halfacre netting doubles for the hosts.

Hillard Serrao netted a consolation for Knaresborough Town, who bowed out in a 3-1 loss at Chester-le-Street, for whom Ben Johnson struck twice.

Thackley also lost to north-east opponents in a 2-1 reverse at Consett, after Chris Davey had given the Dennyfielders the lead in the first half, only for the hosts to hit back.

William Kemp struck twice with Dominic Blair also on target in Hemsworth’s 3-2 home win over Parkgate.

Welfare raced into a 3-0 lead and despite Thomas Bland (pen) and Lee Edmondson replying to set up an anxious finale, the hosts held out.

Glasshoughton Welfare were demolished in a wretched 11-0 loss at Runcorn Town.

Eccleshill also saw their hopes ended in a 1-0 loss at West Allotment Celtic, whose goal came from David Henderson in the 35th minute.


CRAIG HEARD was the hat-trick hero for Yorkshire Amateur, who claimed their first away win of the season in a fine 5-1 Division One slaying of Lincoln Moorlands.

Also chipping in on the scoring front for impressive Ammers was Joel Hughes, who netted a double.

The sole home scorer was Craig Bridge.

Josh Greening, Callum Ward and George Bissett were on the mark for Tadcaster Albion in their 3-2 home success over visiting Barton Town Old Boys, with the Brewers now up to fifth in the top-flight.

Scott Phillips and Joel Sutton scored for Barton.

Liversedge suffered further anguish in a 3-0 loss to leaders Heanor at Clayborn, with Sam Jones, Nathan Benger and Paolo Piliero netting for the high-flying visitors.

Nostell also continue to toil, with Welfare crashing 5-0 at second-placed Handsworth Parramore, for whom Vill Powell struck twice.

Sam Smith, Nicky Travis and Lee Whittington also netted for the winners.

Garforth Town were denied victory by a 90th-minute leveller from Shaw Lane Aquaforce in a gutsy 2-2 draw.

Scorers for the Miners were Nick Black and Luke Mangham, with Joe Thornton and Lee Morris replying.

Luke Parkin.

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