Bower’s 10 men hang on

In a hard-fought contest that saw both sides end the game with 10 men, the Lions came away from Solihull Moors with a 1-0 victory on Saturday thanks to Wayne Brooksby’s late penalty.

Following the below-par showing in Tuesday’s defeat to Bradford Park Avenue Mark Bower’s men began well in the Midlands, going close through Adam Boyes and Brooksby.

However, Moors should perhaps have led at the break when Ryan Beswick played in Omar Bogle after careless possession in the Guiseley midfield, only for the striker to drag his shot wide.

The hosts continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half, although after Liam Dickinson was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Michael Nottingham, Bower’s side seemed to improve.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Brooksby in particular helped put the visitors on top and the winger was able to strike the decisive blow when he tucked away the penalty 10 minutes from time.

Brooksby’s through-ball sent Boyes away on goal only for Dominic Langdon to be red-carded for hauling the striker down – allowing Brooksby to slot home his eighth league goal of the campaign.

Despite a late bombardment from the hosts, Bower’s side hung on to take maximum points on a Saturday where none of the sides above them was able to do likewise.

Mark Bower’s post-match interview

Lions: Drench, Toulson, Lowe, Hall, Ellis, Lawlor, Brooksby, D Boshell, Boyes (A Johnson 90), Holdsworth, L Dickinson

Unused subs: Hendrie, S Dickinson, N Boshell, Harrison