Lions leave it late again

Having made the loan move from Wrexham John Rooney went straight into the starting line-up and made an immediate impact as he grabbed a precious winner deep into added time to secure the points against FA Cup giant killers Sutton United at Nethermoor this evening.

Guiseley opened the scoring after just seven minutes when Kevan Hurst’s shot was deflected behind for a corner. The same player floated the ball into box where Jake Cassidy outjumped a posse of defenders to plant a firm header past Ross Worner.

The Lions were in the ascendancy at this point with Derek Asamoah shooting straight at Worner.

But the home side were pegged back when Bedsente Gomis seemed to fall over Marcus Williams outstretched leg, however, referee Andrew Miller thought otherwise and pointed to the spot where Matt Tubbs stepped up to square matters on 37 minutes.

Craig Dundas also had a shot blocked just before the break as the visitors came more into the game.

Jordan Preston replaced the injured Hurst on the restart and Cassidy was denied on two occasions by Worner, his second effort being headed straight at the visiting custodian from another Asamoah cross.

Sutton thought they had taken the lead shortly after but Dundas was adjudged to have impeded Connor Brown as the defender tried to clear his lines much to the relief of the home support.

Browns cross was just too high for Michael Rankine at the far post as the clock ticked down but just when it looked as if the spoils would be shared up popped Will Hatfield to pick the pocket of Simon Downer and put in a low cross for Rooney to squeeze in at the near post.

The result lifts the Lions out of the relegation zone for the first time since September.

Team

26 Maxted

2 Brown

3 Lowe

10 Rooney

7 Hurst (Preston 46)

6 Lawlor

8 Hatfield

20 Williams

24 Walton

29 Cassidy (Boyes 82)

34 Asamoah (Rankine 73)

Subs:

9 Boyes

11 Rankine

19 Preston

32 Logan

33 Green