Chorley took the bragging rights in this Roses clash at Nethermoor as they outmuscled a subdued home side with goals from Jack Lynch and Chris Simm to seal the victory.
After Nicky Boshell had been denied by a timely tackle and Steve Drench made a good stop from James Dean, Danny Ellis cleared from under the bar for the Lions before Lynch opened the scoring on 28 minutes from a corner. And although the goal was initially disallowed by the liners flag for offside, after a lengthy consultation with his colleague the referee pointed to the centre circle despite vehement protests from the home side.
Four minutes later Chris Simm doubled the visitors’ advantage, prodding home Darren Stephenson’s cross, and he should have settled the encounter shortly afterwards when he dispossessed Ben Parker but failed to make the advantage count with two colleagues in good positions.
The home side suffered a setback on the stroke of half-time as Ryan Toulson was carried off with what looked like a possibly serious leg injury, and they must have felt it wasn’t their day midway through the second period when Teague went flying into Adam Boyes.
Boyes was duly shown a red card, while Teague escaped with a verbal rebuke.
After that it just became a matter of counting down the clock; however, the Lions will be mindful of the opportunity to redress the balance as the two sides still have to meet in the league.
Entertainment value: ***
Star man: Gavin Rothery (Guiseley)
Teams: Guiseley: Drench; Toulson (Holdsworth, 45), Parker; Killock (Lowe, 54), Ellis, Lawlor; Boshell (N) (Brooksby, 56), Boshell (D), Boyes, Johnson (O), Rothery. Subs not used: Johnson (A), Dickinson.
Chorley: Ashton; Ross (Jacobs, 17), Mather; Teague, Doyle, Cottrell; Lynch, Whitham, Dean (Hine, 86), Simm, Stephenson (Jarvis, 44). Subs not used: Roscoe, Downey.
Scorers: Chorley – Lynch 28, Simm 32.
Referee: T Bramhall