Thornton’s late show earns Guiseley a replay

Will Thornton.
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A last-minute goal by Will Thornton meant Guiseley will face Lancaster City again tomorrow in a replay after a 2-2 draw in their FA Trophy third qualifying round clash on Saturday.

It was almost the dream start for Guiseley when a ball over the top of the defence set Rowan Liburd free, he beat the onrushing keeper, but his effort was cleared off the line.

Russ O'Neill.

Russ O'Neill.

The hosts would take the lead with their first chance of the game, as a well-worked corner found Craig Stanley who scored with a powerful header and put the Evo-Stik Premier Division side in front.

Guiseley levelled thanks to fine work by Kaine Felix, he ran into the area and placed a pass to Liburd who had a tap-in he couldn’t miss.

This was an end-to-end half with the hosts nearly scoring from another cross. A header was put back into the area and Steve Williams did well to make contact but could only hit the crossbar.

Down the other end, Liburd thought he had scored again, as Kingsley James fed a pass through to the striker, he again beat the keeper but again his effort was cleared off the line.

The second half saw more possession and phases of play in midfield, with few chances being created.

As the match approached the final third, the home side regained the lead, with Rob Wilson on the edge of the area being able to lob his effort over Jon Worsnop and into the top corner.

It looked like City would hold out for the win, but Guiseley equalised when a fine cross by Alex-Ray Harvey found Thornton who converted with a powerful header.

After the match, Guiseley joint-manager Russ O’Neill said: “If I’m honest we are lucky to still be in it, we need to put it right in the replay.

“I thought there were positives, Rowan Liburd had another good game. Now we will be getting ready for the next match.”

Elsewhere in the FA Trophy, Farsley Celtic caused a shock as first-half goals from Nathan Cartman and Jimmy Spencer secured a 2-0 triumph at National League North hosts Alfreton.

Bradford Park Avenue though, crashed out 4-0 at Altrincham with John Johnston opening the scoring from the spot after Danny Lowe had floored Jordan Hulme. Hulme doubled the lead, Josh Hancock curled in from the edge of the box and Kallum Mantack rounded off the scoring.

York City – FA Trophy final winners in 2012 and 2017 – enjoyed a 3-1 third qualifying round win at Kidderminster.

Jordan Burrow bagged a brace either side of Lewis Hawkins’ first goal for the club.