Guiseley AFC: Kittrick draws on positives as Lions show they mean business

Was it a case of one point gained or two dropped? Manager Steve Kittrick had mixed views on Guiseley's share of the spoils against Boston United.

The Lions chief oversaw another solid and composed away display by his team on Saturday as the battle for Blue Square Bet North promotion glory hots up.

Reflecting on the 1-1 draw in Lincolnshire, he said: "Generally a point away from home in a difficult fixture is always a good one. But on the balance of play and chances created, I feel disappointed we didn't take

all three."

The Lions impressed for lengthy spells and briefly looked well placed to grab victory when Simon Ainge headed them into a 67th-minute lead, but Boston hit back with an immediate equaliser.

Kittrick said: "I thought we looked solid in all areas of the park and played the ball around well in what was a really good game between two sides wanting to go forward.

"My biggest criticism, though, is that we simply have to be far more clinical at times in front of goal. We created a lot of chances but couldn't take most of them – although, to be fair, the Boston keeper made some good saves.

"I felt we controlled a lot of the first half and even when Boston closed us down and came at us for a while, I felt we always coped well.

"We eventually got the goal we deserved but then undid all the good work by making a mistake for their equaliser.

"Overall though, the result keeps us right up there.

"Obviously Alfreton are still the team everyone feels are the ones to match. But their fixture list is starting to pile up. It will be interesting to see how they manage. I think people are now taking us seriously and know we are not going to fall away. Our expectations are to be in the play-offs at least.

"We have a great work ethic throughout the squad. Last season was a fantastic one for us and we are simply looking to build on that.

"We have got two more tough matches coming up this week against Hinckley and Droylsden so it is up to us to kick on from here."

Guiseley produced a solid performance throughout on Saturday and were comfortably a match for anything Boston had to offer.

Early on, Ainge rose well to meet a Warren Peyton corner but headed wide. Another visiting raid saw Joe O'Neill cut inside and drill into the side-netting from just inside the area and then right on half-time, the impressive Ryan Toulson fizzed a 25-yarder too high.

When defensive resolve was needed, the Lions rose to the challenge with keeper Steve Drench doing well to block an early Spencer Weir-Daley drive and later save from Rory Coleman.

In addition, Toulson and Dave Merris also got in fine last-ditch tackles when further Boston threats arrived.

The second half yielded more enterprising moments with Guiseley arguably having the upper hand.

In the 47th minute, only a spectacular save by Dan Haystead kept out an O'Neill header, while Merris and James Walshaw both saw drives blocked by Haystead and a Liam Needham effort was diverted away by Gareth Jelleyman.

It came as no surprise when Ainge headed in from another Peyton corner on 67 minutes to put the Lions in front.

But jubilation turned to dismay when, barely two minutes later, home substitute Danny Sleath converted a right-wing cross from Ryan Semple to level matters.

Guiseley showed good resolve and almost snatched victory four minutes from time when O'Neill twisted well before shooting wide from an acute angle.

Adam Forshaw. Picture: Andrew Varley.

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