Game of two halves as Wally hat-trick sinks Lions

Having had the better of the first half an early penalty conversion by ex-Lions favourite James Walshaw just after the restart cancelled out Michael Potts’ early  strike and seemed to suck the life out of the visitors as Walshaw scored another two to add to Damien Reeves’ strike for the third.

Potts gave Guiseley the best possible start after just three minutes when he converted Louie Swaine’s pull back from the byeline as the visitors took the game to their higher placed opponents but couldn’t turn their surfiet of posession into a a crucial second goal despite some enterprising and confident play that restricted Alty to just two efforts on goal.

All that changed four minutes into the second period though as Walshaw scored from the spot after being brought down in the area and when debutant Matt Clarke missed his cue Walshaw was on hand to dink a shot over Steve Drench for the second four minutes later.  Worse was to follow just before the hour as Reeves stooped to head home from a corner, and Walshaw  completed his hat-trick courtesy of some slack marking on 65 minutes.

For their part the Lions looked a demoralised side once Alty had levelled and on this performance it looks like a long hard season ahead as the Lions languish in the bottom three this evening.

Team:

1-Drench

2-Rea

3-Meynell

4-Potts (Williams)

5-Clarke

6-Parker

7-Brooksby (Burns 46)

8-Lawlor

9-Swaine

10-Holdsworth

11-Johnston (Ennis)

12-Harris

14-Burns

15-Ennis

16-Williams

17-Marsh