Lions make it three on the spin

Guiseley saw off a spirited effort from nine-man Gloucester City on Saturday to make it three straight wins in the Vanarama Conference North. 

The visitors had taken the lead at Whaddon Road when Matt Williams diverted Oli Johnson’s cross past Jasbir Singh 10 minutes in although a deflected cross from Nathan Modest saw Gloucester regain parity shortly before the interval.

However, Ryan Toulson restored Guiseley’s lead soon after the break before Spencer Hamilton was forced off with an injury – after the home side had used all three substitutes – before Billy Jones received a second yellow card with Adam Boyes wrapping up the three points late on.

On a chilly afternoon at Whaddon Road, the hosts began brightly with Boyes and Johnson causing problems for the home defence while for Gloucester Adam Mann failed to take advantage of a rare Danny Ellis slip.

However, when the in-form Johnson jinked past Jones and crossed for Boyes, Williams prodded the ball into his own net to give the Lions the lead.

Despite looking slick in possession and probing well, Guiseley lacked a cutting edge for the remainder of the first half and were made to pay when Modest’s cross clipped Danny Lowe and crept over the line, with Steven Drench unable to keep it out.

However, Toulson’s first goal of the season from inside the area gave the Lions the ideal start to the second half with Mark Bower’s side missing opportunities to add to their lead when Wayne Brooksby and Danny Boshell both wasted gilt-edged chances.

Ultimately, it mattered little as Gloucester’s numbers were reduced to nine and Boyes took full advantage. The striker got on the end of Brooskby’s cross to register his 11th league goal of the campaign and wrap up the points.

Next up for the Lions is the visit of Solihull Moors to Nethermoor on Tuesday.

Mark Bower’s post-match interview