Guiseley spurned a host of chances against a resolute Colwyn Bay side at Nethermoor in this evening’s game sponsored by Energy Plus Management Ltd, but in the process they have moved up to fourth in the table courtesy of Oxford City’s extraordinary 7-2 demolition of Boston at York Street – after City had themselves conceded eight at home to AFC Fylde on Saturday!
Back in West Yorkshire, Steve Dickinson retained the goalkeeper’s gloves but was perhaps wishing he hadn’t as he let Tom Buckley’s second-minute free kick slip through his hands to gift the visitors an early lead.
Not that Bay’s fortune lasted long; the Lions were level four minutes later, when Adam Boyes headed on Wayne Brooksby’s quickly-taken corner for the returning Josh Wilson to poach a goal at the far post with the visitors’ defence still organizing.
The momentum was with Guiseley after that, but all too often Boyes’ and Wilson’s lay-offs found no takers while Dickinson atoned for his gaffe with a terrific point-blank stop from Obi Anorou.
Colwyn continued to make life difficult for the home side after the break, closing down at every opportunity, and even when Brooksby and Gavin Rothery did get in behind them all too often Filipe Anjos and Joel Bembo-Leta managed to get in a block or a deflection to deny the Lions any clear-cut chances.
Guiseley were again thankful to Dickinson midway through the half as he grabbed the ball in a goalmouth melee in the home six-yard box.
At the other end, several chances and balls across the area were begging to be converted, though as the frustration mounted Colwyn carved out a couple of chances of their own but like the Lions were unable to convert them into three points.
10-Wilson 6 (Forrest, 82)
11-Rothery (Johnson (O), 61)