Lions go for stroll in spring sunshine

With the pressure off, having secured second spot courtesy of Town’s draw at Harrogate on Thursday, Guiseley came away from the Shay with a deserved share of the spoils after Josh Wilson’s first-half penalty had been cancelled out by Lee Gregory’s equaliser early in the second period.

The home side were first to threaten, and Steve Drench had to be alert to prevent them taking an early lead before at the other end Seb Carole’s dipping shot flew just over. The former Leeds United player then had his legs whipped from under him in full flight on 39 minutes, and Josh Wilson stepped up to convert the resultant penalty on 39 minutes, his fouth goal in as many games.

The home side levelled matters three minutes after the restart, Lee Gregory converting Scott McManus’s cross from the left. With the home support claiming a foul for every challenge as their team sought the three points, the Lions’ defence held firm and only looked in imminent danger when Gardner found Adriano Moke in space only for the substitute to put his shot way over the bar. Then, with the clock ticking down, Gregory took advantage of Matt Wilson’s slip on the uneven surface, but Johnson blazed over from ten yards out.

James Walshaw had the Lions’ best chance of the second period but shot straight at Matt Glennon, and whilst Halifax might claim they were unlucky, truth be told the Lions never really looked under any immediate pressure and broke up the home side’s attacks with relative ease.

1 – Steve Drench

2 – Aaron Hardy

3 – Rhys Meynell

4 – Jack Rea

5 – Danny Ellis

6 – Matt Wilson

7 – Seb Carole (Mullen, 73)

8 – Andy Holdsworth (Captain)

9 – Josh Wilson (39 (pen))

10 – James Walshaw (Marsh, 66)

11 – Gavin Rothery (McWilliams, 66)

12 – Mark Bower

14 – Andy McWilliams

15 – Paddy Mullen

16 – Phil Marsh

18 – Jacob Giles