First win still evades Cox

Guiseley are fast becoming the draw specialists of the National League as they registered their fourth successive draw since new manager Paul Cox took charge.

Having taken the lead through John Rooney’s deflected free kick they were pegged back by Nortei Nortey’s superb curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Cox made one enforced change to the starting line up as Danny East replaced the suspended Connor Brown at right back.

The Lions started strongly and visiting defender Josh Passley was booked early on for pulling back Lee Molyneux and from the resulting free kick Rob Atkinson put his header just the wrong side of the post.

Rooney then put a shot just over the angle and Kayode Odejayi had a header tipped over by Mitch Walker.

The opener was however not long in coming as Rooney’s free kick took a heavy deflection when Dover’s defensive wall split to wrong foot Walker.

Walker then kept his side in the game as he clawed Jake Lawlor’s header from under the bar before the home side suffered a blow as Raul Correia fell awkwardly and was stretchered off with Reece Thompson taking his place.

There was a further setback five minutes before the break for the Lions when Nortey curled a sublime shot into the top corner from eighteen yards out against the run of play to send the sides in all square at the break.

Ryan Bird had a good chance early in the second half but shot straight at Joe Green as the visitors exerted some pressure and forced several corners, all to no avail.

Rob Atkinson also cleared his lines at the last second before Thompson had a glorious chance in the dying seconds but having picked the pocket of Connor Essam but with only Walker to beat he could only fire into the side netting.

Team:

13 Green

3 Lowe

5 Palmer

8 Hatfields

23 East

11 Molyneux (Hurst 76)

25 Atkinson

10 Rooney

6 Lawlor

12 Correia (Thompson 37)

19 Odejayi

Subs:

1 Maxted

4 Wesolowski

7 Hurst

9 Thompson

18 Mulhern

Paul Cox post match