Guiseley recorded another impressive away win in the Vanarama Conference North as they overcame the loss of red carded defender Shane Killock ten minutes into the second half to register a 3-0 win at sixth placed Stockport County.
Bereft of the suspended Danny Lowe and Wayne Brooksby, Nicky Boshell came in up front while Ben Parker returned at left back.
After a quiet opening the home side were rocked back on their heels twelve minutes in when Oli Johnson took a gift of a ball from Danny Gregson and advanced to the byeline before squaring the ball across the box where the waiting Boshell (N) stroked home the opener.
Revelling in the space he was being afforded by County Johnson then tried his luck down the left, cut inside and shot across Danny Hurst only to see his shot skim the post.
Gregson headed just over from a corner on the half hour and with Richie Baker putting in some telling corners, Danny Ellis did well to clear his lines shortly after.
Adam Boyes’ lay-off at the other end for Boshell saw the latter’s shot fizz just wide and Gavin Rothery also went close as the Lions capitalised on their midfield dominance but were unable to add to their tally before the break.
Early in the second half Danny Boshell won a tussle with Gregson midway inside the Stockport half and set up Boyes only for the strikers to shoot straight at Hurst.
However, the turning point of the match came on 55 minutes when what a lunge by Killock earned him a straight red card.
Manager Mark Bower responded immediately by sending on Andy Holdsworth with goal scorer Boshell unlucky to be sacrificed as the Lions looked to shore up the midfield, Jake Lawlor dropping back to partner Ellis.
Given that they were now playing against ten men, one might have expected County to use Killock’s dismissal to their advantage, but as they dropped back to absorb the pressure and hit Stockport on the break, it was the Lions who made the best of the enforced change.
First the effervescent Johnson escaped his market once again and laid the ball on for Boyes to shoot beyond Hurst on 69 minutes despite the attentions of Gregson.
Parker and Boyes then combined to play a ball in behind the County back line which Johnson gratefully accepted to finish with ease for a goal that had a large number of the home support heading for the exits on 77 minutes.
And although County skimmed the Guiseley bar with virtually the last kick of the game, the Lions never looked in any danger as a superb, disciplined performance saw them consolidate second place in the table.
Mark Bower post match reaction
3-Ben Parker (Stockdill 90)
7-Nicky Boshell (Holdsworth 53)