Lions Denied at The Death

Guiseley were denied a first win in five as for the second game in succession they conceded a crucial goal at the death to give the play-off chasing Shotts a share of the spoils.

Substitute Matty McClure bundled in Will Evans’ knock-down in the fourth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last kick of the match after Purver had been quickest to react after Adam Crookes free kick had come back of the underside of the bar in the tenth minute..

A much changed Lions side with loanees James Roberts and Crookes in  the starting line-up delivered a much improved performance with a return to playing football through the midfield where Purver, Callum McFadzean  and Alex-Ray Harvey posed some real questions for the high-flying visitors with their constant harrying and intuitive passing.

Roberts was a constant danger on the left flank with Rowan Liburd in the first half and Mike Fondop in the second providing the muscle up front.

While chances were at a premium for both sides Jonathan Maxted was rarely troubled,  the nearest Aldershot came to scoring was when Cheye Alexander flashed a cross-cum-shot across the six yard box early in the second period that hit the foot of the post and was cleared.

The result leaves Guiseley second from bottom of the table but with two games in hand on most of the clubs around them and as a result the double festive header against Chester on away on Boxing Day and at Nethermoor on New Year’s Day could prove crucial to the Lions survival hopes

Team:

1 Maxted

2 Brown

38 Crookes

5 Palmer

17 Purver

6 Lawlor

36 Harvey

28 Lenighan

15 McFadzean

35 Liburd (Fondop 45)

39 Roberts

Subs:

19 Odejayi

30 Fondop

31 Haworth

32 M’Boungou

37 Hughes

Paul Cox post match

Alex Purver post match