Guiseley were beaten in the league for the first time since October on Tuesday, going down 1-0 to ten-man Barrow.
Having begun the game the brighter, the Lions found themselves behind on 13 minutes when substitute Nick Rushton rounded Steven Drench and tucked home to put the in-form hosts ahead.
The game then began to become heated, with some tasty challenges flying in from both sides, before things boiled over with the dismissal of Patrick Lacey for an off-the-ball altercation with Gavin Rothery – telling the North West Evening Mail he had “pushed his (Rothery)’s face out of mine, but not aggressively”.
New signing Adam Boyes put on a great chance for Wayne Brooksby to fire wide before the break while Boyes himself saw what would have been a debut goal ruled out off for offside on the stroke of half-time.
While Guiseley created openings in the second half, they were mostly limited to long-range efforts from the likes of Danny Forrest and Gavin Rothery, while the home side stood strong and threatened on the break.
They were unable to add to their one-goal lead however and, when Ollie Johnson fired wide from inside the area late on, the travelling faithful realised it was not to be their day.
The Lions are on the road again this Saturday when they travel to the New Buck’s Head to face AFC Telford.
Mark Bower’s post-match interview
Lions: Drench, Holdsworth, Meynell, Parker, Lawlor (Potts), Hall, Brooksby, Boshell, A Johnson (Forrest), Boyes, Rothery (O Johnson)
Subs (unused): Dickinson, Ellis