Lions Fail TV Test

With both teams having registered their first wins last Saturday expectations were high for the televised local derby at the Shay but what is usually a keenly contested  game proved to be something of a damp squib as both sides struggled to create any meaningful chances from open play.

In the end, it was left to the diminutive Matty Kosylo to produce the piece of magic that gave the Shaymen a single goal advantage going into the break, while the Lions then contributed to their own downfall as the unmarked Matt Brown headed home from a corner with 12 minutes remaining.

Guiseley opened with purpose as Scott McManus took the ball of Reece Thompsons toes before Brown put a header just over for the home side.

With 25 minutes gone the home side too th elead when Kosylo drifted in from the left and across the penalty area before feinting to lose his marker and fire an unstoppable shot past Joe Green.

Thompson put a header wide as the Lions responded and John Rooney’s wild shot sailed into the stands.

The second half saw Connor Brown booked for a touchline altercation early on as the Lions went looking to square matters. However, it was Brown who sealed the win for the home side with a powerful header past Green on 78 minutes.

Guiseley substitute Frank Mulhern finally tested Sam Johnson but it was far too little, far too late from the visitors as Halifax secured their first home win of the season.

Team:

13 Green

2 Brown

25 Atkinson

6 Lawlor (Molyneux 71)

20 Williams

3 Lowe

7 Hurst

10 Rooney

17 Purver

9 Thompson (Muulhern 66)

19 Odejayi ((Hatfield 80)

Subs:

1 Maxted

8 Hatfield

11 Molyneux

18 Mulhern

23 East