JUBILANT Guiseley boss Mark Bower insists the Lions don’t fear anyone after their fantastic FA Trophy round-one success at home specialists FC Halifax Town.
Neil Aspin’s side had turned the Shay into the proverbial fortress with eight wins and no defeats in 11 home games this term.
However, a strike from ex-Halifax player Alex Johnson gave in-form Guiseley a 1-0 victory at their near-neighbours.
The Lions’ success also provided a spot of revenge for their Conference North play-off loss in May.
The only goal of the game arrived on the stroke of half-time with Johnson cutting in from the right before firing in a looping shot, which took a slight deflection off a defender before beating Halifax custodian Matt Glennon.
Johnson, sub Craig Hobson and Adam Lockwood went close to adding another, with the latter hitting the upright, with the hosts’ most dangerous moment coming deep into stoppage time when Jon Worthington struck the bar.
A delighted Bower, whose side are unbeaten in nine games and have won seven of their last nine outings, said: “It was a fantastic performance all around. I thought in the first half, we passed the ball quite well and caused them problems.
“I didn’t think it was a game where there would be loads of chances and we got a touch of luck with the deflection for the goal.
“But I thought we deserved that and also played some good stuff in the second half and looked more likely to get the second goal.
“In the last 15 minutes, they put us under a bit of pressure, which you expect.
“But the lads held it magnificently; the two centre-halves in particular.”
“I can’t ask for any more from the players and Alex battled away really well against two good central defenders and did a good job for us and made a good run in for his goal.”
He added: “There’s no reason why we can’t go as far as we can. We’ve got through with a bit of prize money and now look forward to the draw.
“We have come to the team with the best home record in their league and beaten them, so we can’t fear anyone in the competition.
“Whoever we are dealt with, we will deal with it and if we put on a show like Saturday, we’ve got every chance of beating anyone.”
Elsewhere, strikes from Jamie Grimes (og) and Chib Chilaka gave Bradford Park Avenue a memorable 2-1 home success over Skrill Premier high-fliers Kidderminster Harriers, who pulled a late goal back through Michael Gash.
In the league, Harrogate Town were disappointingly beaten 3-0 at Solihull Moors, for whom Omar Bogle struck twice.
Ryan Beswick also netted for Moors, with Town handing a debut to ex-Avenue player Steve Mallory.