Non-league football: Hosts see red as the Lions roar up to sixth

Oli Johnson.
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Guiseley moved back to sixth in Vanarama North thanks to Saturday’s battling 2-0 success at Lowestoft Town.

On a cold, windy day, both sides showed their attacking intent from the off, with Adam Boyes forcing the Lowestoft defence into some important tackles.

Guiseley’s new signing Shane Killock and Danny Ellis were kept busy by the away side’s attack, but both defences performed well during the opening 45 minutes.

Just before half-time, a late Ryan Toulson challenge led to a confrontation between most of the home and away side players, but the referee dealt with the issue by handing out a few yellow cards.

The start of the second half was focused on Guiseley trying to break down the Lowestoft defence but they were unable to find the crucial final pass.

But the turning point of the match came when a long ball bypassed the Lowestoft defence for Boyes to chase.

As he and defender Sam Gaughran fought for the ball just outside the area, the striker got the better of the argument, only for the defender to pull Boyes back to deny a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

This led to a red card for Gaughran and it got even better for Guiseley as from that incident Wayne Brooksby’s free-kick took a heavy deflection and nestled into the bottom left hand corner.

The points were wrapped up minutes later when the impressive Oli Johnson produced a powerful run and shot which left the goalkeeper with no chance.

Lions manager Mark Bower was pleased to see Guiseley put in a decent display, as well as gaining all three points.

“It was a good performance,” said Bower.

“It was nice to keep a clean sheet and it was a pleasing afternoon.

“They made it difficult for us but the more the game went on, the gaps started to appear and we were able to exploit certain situations.”

Guiseley next visit 15th-placed Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow evening.

Harrogate Town were in action yesterday but suffered a 1-0 loss at third-bottom Gloucester City who scored after just 50 seconds through captain Tom Webb. Town, who are 13th, welcome rock-bottom Hyde to the CNG on Saturday.

On Saturday, Bradford Park Avenue had to settle for a 0-0 draw at 11th-placed Colwyn Bay.

Avenue, who sit fifth bottom, return to action next Saturday at home to third-placed Solihull Moors.

FC Halifax Town’s FA Cup adventure was ended yesterday as Bradford City came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 first round win at The Shay.

Jon Stead and Filipe Morais cancelled out Lois Maynard’s opener to ensure Bradford overcame their Yorkshire rivals.

Halifax boss Neil Aspin felt his side could and should have bagged at least a replay.

He said: “I am disappointed to have lost and I do feel we let them off the hook. I think a draw would have been a fair result, especially in terms of chances.

“When you draw a big team in the FA Cup, you lose the advantage as a non-league team here by having such a good set-up.

“For Bradford, it will have been like playing at a League ground. The surface is excellent, and maybe I would have preferred having the pitch like it was against Manchester City all those years ago. That would have been more of an advantage.

“But the pitch meant our start was important and getting the lead was great because it settled us down. Unfortunately, the poor 15 minute spell we had after half-time killed it for us.”

Halifax – who sit fourth in the Vanarama Conference – are back in league action tomorrow evening with a crunch tie at second-placed Grimsby.


FARSLEY AFC stunned Prescot Cables as two goals in the last four minutes sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory in the Evo-Stik League First Division North.

Farsley trailed to a 28th-minute Jack Phillips opener but levelled three minutes from time through Spencer Harris. Things then got even better for the hosts when Lewis Nightingale hit a last-minute winner.

Ossett Albion also enjoyed a home victory as Padiham were sunk 2-1. Two strikes from Rob Bordman, either side of a Brett Ormerod leveller, saw them take all three points.

Ossett Town, though, were felled 3-1 at Burscough with Steven Jeff’s penalty failing to save the visitors.

Harrogate Railway lost a 4-3 humdinger at Radcliffe Borough with Rail’ netting through a Nathan Cartman penalty, Malachi Farquharson and Adam Baker.

In the Premier, Frickley Athletic’s trip to Ilkeston was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Goole AFC saw off visiting Chasetown 2-1 in First Division South with goals from Billy Law and Andy Gascoigne.

Tadcaster Albion signalled their NCE League Premier Division title intent with a 7-0 romp at Liversedge. A Callum Ward brace was supported by strikes from Jonathan Greening, Josh Greening, Josh Barrett and David Brown and Carl Stewart’s opening penalty.

Wayne Aziz netted for Pickering Town as they drew 1-1 with visiting Garforth Town for whom Nick Black levelled.

But Glasshoughton Welfare and Nostell Miners Welfare lost 3-0 at home to Retford United and Heanor Town respectively.

In Division One, Hemsworth Miners Welfare blitzed visiting Rossington Main 8-1. Nicholas Guest struck a treble including one penalty with Jack Steers, Jason Yates, John Whitehead, Dominic Blair and Darcy Pugh adding a goal each.

Leaders AFC Emley marched on as Michael Starkey hit the winner in a 1-0 triumph at home to Shirebrook Town.

Goals from Craig Rouse and Dean Wharam gave Pontefract Collieries a 2-1 win at Knaresborough Town whose Luke McCrum netted while Yorkshire Amateur beat visiting Selby Town 4-2. Craig Heard hit a double for the hosts whose Chris Hitchings and Jahsai Donaldson also struck.

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