Non-League: Halifax hit late to bag Lions draw at the Shay

Ben Clappinson and Gavin Rothery challenge for a high ball during the clash between'FC Halifax Town and Guiseley. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Ben Clappinson and Gavin Rothery challenge for a high ball during the clash between'FC Halifax Town and Guiseley. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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FC Halifax Town and Guiseley shared the spoils after drawing 1-1 at The Shay in National League on Saturday.

The match was at time affected by howling wind and rain, but both sides had chances throughout the game.

Guiseley forward Anthony Dudley was found in the area and when one on one he fired his effort wide of the goal.

There was another chance for the away side when Oliver Norburn who agreed a new deal during mid-week fired an effort from 25 yards out just wide.

But Halifax could have taken the lead when Keiran Sadlier was found just inside the area but his effort which was well hit struck the top of the crossbar.

Guiseley took the lead early in the second half when Dudley was put through before converting and the away side nearly doubled their lead when striker Adam Boyes’ powerful effort hit the crossbar.

The hosts then should have equalised but Jordan Burrow hit the crossbar from five yards out. But With time running out Town got the leveller when Sam Walker hit a fantastic strike which flew into the top corner of the goal leaving Guiseley keeper Steven Drench with no chance.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “It would have been good to have won this one. We played some good football and it was the kind of game you expect from a Yorkshire derby.”

Caretaker FC Halifax Town boss Jim Harvey said: “I’m pleased to keep the unbeaten run going. We played well and gained a fair point. We know need to keep the run going.”

Guiseley sit 16th and visit Marine or Burscough in the FA Trophy first round this coming Saturday with Halifax at home to Tamworth.

Harrogate Town slipped to seventh in National League North after falling to a 2-1 loss at 12th-placed Gainsborough Trinity.

Jack Emmett had put Town ahead early in the first half before Nathan Jarman levelled after the break. But ’keeper Peter Crook’s late error of judgement handed hosts victory as Darryn Stamp headed home in the 80th minute.

Town return to action tomorrow evening at home to Barnoldswick Town in the County Cup quarter-final.

Bradford Park Avenue edged further away from the dropzone with a 3-1 victory over Stalybridge at the Horsfall.

After a goalless first half, goals from Craig King and Richard Marshall put Avenue 2-0 up before Jack Higgins replied with 11 minutes left for the visitors. Avenue’s Chib Chilaka then made the points safe for Avenue with a minute remaining.

Avenue sit 13th, five points above the dropzone, and return to action tomorrow evening at Buxton in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.


OSSETT ALBION moved into the First Division North play-offs as Luke Porritt’s early strike sealed Saturday’s 1-0 success at Trafford.

On a day when plenty of games were lost to the weather, Porritt was left unmarked at the far post and made Trafford pay for the only goal of the game.

Albion now sit fifth and a point above sixth-placed Clitheroe but seventh-placed Spennymoor Town and Brighouse Town are two points and four points adrift with three games and two games in hand respectively.

Brighouse leapfrogged hosts Mossley into eighth place with a 2-1 away win. Town fell behind to David Short’s 16th minute goal but Thomas Haigh equalised in the 73rd minute with a wind assisted effort and Ryan Hall grabbed the winner three minutes later.

Ossett Town went through all the emotions in a 3-2 loss at home to Droylsden.

Town were two down in the opening 32 minutes but goals by new signing Josh Moore and substitute David Brown then got them level. But Ross Shelton’s own goal handed the visitors the winner 10 minutes into the second half.

Scarborough Athletic’s 10 men suffered a 3-0 home defeat against fourth placed Burscough.

Scarborough defender Paul Robinson was sent off in the first minute for a professional foul. Paul Williams scored the first and third goals and Andrew Lewis also found the net.

Harrogate Railway’s visit to Bamber Bridge was postponed, as was Farsley Celtic’s trip to Radcliffe Borough.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic’s hosting of Nantwich Town and Whitby Town’s visit to Skelmersdale United were also postponed.

In First Division South, Goole AFC were felled 1-0 by visiting Stafford Rangers. Christian Dacres bagged the only goal of the game after 24 minutes.


HEMSWORTH MINERS Welfare kept themselves six points clear at the top of Division One with Saturday’s 2-1 success at Westella VIP.

Danny Critchlow gave Miners a 37th-minute lead with Jason Yates scoring what would prove the winner from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time.

Andy Coverdale hit back for Westella two minutes later but Hemsworth stay clear of second-placed Hull United and third-placed AFC Mansfield who both won. Mansfield, who are seven points adrift, have two games in hand.

Fourth-placed AFC Emley lost ground after a 2-2 draw at home to Shirebrook Town. Sam Jerome netted an 83rd-minute leveller for Emley who trailed 2-1 after leading after 21 minutes through Ruben Jerome.

Hosts Glasshoughton Welfare and Yorkshire Amateur shared a 3-3 thriller with Nathan Keightley salvaging Glasshoughton a point in the last minute. Ammers trailed 2-0 to strikes from Jamie Williams and Alex Romaniw but scored three goals in six second-half minutes through Harrison Blakey, Jasaih Donaldson and Thomas Rose.

Eccleshill United enjoyed a 4-2 triumph at Lincoln Moorlands Railway, inspired by a Luke Harrop brace. Andy Cooper and Brandan Hammond also struck for Eccleshill who were level at 2-2 with four minutes to go.

In the Premier, Garforth Town sealed a 2-0 win at home to Brigg Town. Ashley Preece struck four minutes in with Danny Harris on target with four minutes to go.

But Pontefract Collieries were undone by Joe Thornton’s 86th-minute winner in a 2-1 loss at Athersley Recreation. Ponte led after 53 minutes through Aaron Moxam but Ryan Pleasants levelled with 13 minutes to go.

An Antony Hilton strike failed to save Liversedge from a 5-1 loss at Albion Sports while Nostell Miners Welfare were floored 4-0 by visiting Barton Town Old Boys.

Pickering Town lost 1-0 at Retford United but a Joel Sutton hat-trick triggered Bridlington Town to a 4-2 verdict at Handsworth Parramore with Andy Norfolk also on target for the visitors.