Lions Suffer Double Cup Exit

There will be no silverware to adorn the Nethermoor trophy cabinet this season after a double cup exit this evening.

The first team exited the FA Trophy at the first hurdle losing 2-1 after extra time at Gateshead, meanwhile a makeshift team comprising First Team and Academy players went down by the same score at Tadcaster Albion in a West Riding County Cup Quarter Final tie.

At Gateshead the home side took the lead on 29 minutes when Richard Peniket jinked between two defenders before stroking the ball into the bottom corner.

The Lions were level just before the hour when Alex Purver’s shot was deflected into the path of Rowan Liburd who slammed the ball home from six yards.

Both sides had chances to win it but it was heartbreak at the death for the visitors as Theo Vassell poked home Scott Barrow’s cross at the far post in the last minute of extra time to secure a home tie against Boreham Wood for the Heed, leaving Guiseley to concentrate solely on National League survival.

Meanwhile at Ings Lane the Guiseley starting eleven included first teamers Darren Holden, Chris M’Bongou, and Liam Hughes plus Will Wells and Frank Mulhern who are both out on loan.

Indeed, it was Mulhern who opened the scoring after just five minutes when he played a quick one-two with Tabeesh Hussain before slotting home from an acute angle.

Hussain had gone close with a shot that whistled just the wrong side of the post in the visitors first attack and Albert Abrahimi brought a good stop from Michael Ingham.

Having survived the Lions strong opening the Brewers gradually got themselves into the game and equalised on 12 minutes through Casey Stewart who got in behind the back four and kept his composure to shoot wide of Declan Lampton.

Pete Davidson nearly put the home side in front shortly after but put his shot wide.

As Albion ramped up the pressure they were rewarded on the stroke of halftime as Aiden Savory converted a cross at the far post to give them the lead going into the break.

The game followed much the same pattern in the second period with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances.

That was until the final fifteen minutes when Jordan Buckham came on for Kelvin Owusu and Darren Holden was pushed forward into the Lions midfield.

The move seemed to spark the visitors into life and prompted a sustained assault on the home goal as they sought an equaliser that would take the tie to penalties.

However, Albion’s defence survived the onslaught and Guiseley were unable to find the  finishing touch.

Ibrahimi was booked in the last minute for feigning a dive in the area when it looked for all the world as though the defender had whipped the strikers’ legs from under him and with that the Brewers progressed into the semi-finals.

Team at Tadcaster:

1 Lampton

2 Lazenby

3 Holden

4 Hogg

5 M’Boungou

6 Wells

7 Owusu

8 Hughes

9 Mulhern

10 Ibrahimi

11 Hussain


12 Banton

14 Buckham

15 Price

16 Webster

Team v Gateshead

1 Jonny Maxted

2 Connor Brown

15 Callum McFadzean

5 Ash Palmer

6 Jake Lawlor

38 Adam Crookes

17 Alex Purver

36 Alex-Ray Harvey

39 James Roberts (78′ John Rooney)

19 Kayode Odejayi (46′ Mike Fondop)

35 Rowan Liburd (⚽ 59) (64′ Raul Correia)


10 John Rooney

12 Raul Correia

28 Simon Lenighan

30 Mike Fondop

33 Jean-Yves Koue Niate

Paul Cox spoke to Colin Robertson after the defeat to Gateshead