Non-League Football: Guiseley fail to bury chances but remain unbeaten

Harrogate's Jonathan Margetts
Harrogate's Jonathan Margetts
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Guiseley lost their winning start to the Conference North season but remain unbeaten after a goalless draw at AFC Fylde on Saturday.

While the match itself may have lacked goals, it certainly did not lack attempts on goal from both sides.

The first half was an even battle, with former Guiseley midfielder Michael Potts having the first chance of the game for his new side, but his effort was saved by Steven Drench. The best chance of the first half for Guiseley was a cross by Oli Johnson, but his pass just missed the away side’s players in the area.

During the opening 45 minutes both sides also had penalty appeals turned down, with Guiseley claiming a handball in the penalty area, and Fylde a foul in the box.

As the second half progressed, so did Guiseley’s attacking influence on the game, but it was the home side who were able to create the better chances.

Danny Rowe could have opened the scoring when he received the ball in the area but his effort went just past Drench’s post.

Then Ritchie Allen had a long-range effort which again forced Drench into making a save. Guiseley, though, could have won it late on with striker Adam Boyes running towards goal but his shot was saved by Fylde goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe.

Lions boss Mark Bower said: “I am a bit disappointed with the performance – nothing really came off for anyone.

“But we will take a point because last season this is the kind of game that we would have probably lost.”

Guiseley’s next match is against Gainsborough Trinity today at Nethermoor Park with a 3pm kick-off.

Harrogate Town visit league leaders North Ferriby United today with Town still seeking their first league win of the season following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Barrow.

Jonathan Margetts and James Walshaw both netted for the hosts.

Bradford Park Avenue entertain Hyde today on the back of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Stockport County.

Substitute Danny Frost lobbed home Avenue’s only strike.

In the EvoStik League, Aiden Savory bagged a hat-trick as Farsley AFC hammered First Division North visitors Padiham 5-0.

Spencer Harris and Marcus Edwards also netted.

Henry Owen netted for Ossett Albion but they lost 2-1 at home to Northwich Victoria while Rob Boardman’s strike failed to save Ossett Town from a 3-1 loss at Warrington Town.

A brace from Ryan Hall gave Brighouse Town a 2-2 draw at Clitheroe but Harrogate Railway were thumped 6-1 at Droyslden after Ryan Sharrocks had given Rail’ a 1-0 lead.

In the Premier, Matthew Young’s late strike gave Frickley Athletic a 1-1 draw at Halesowen Town.

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