Improving Worcester City took the points at a wet and blustery Nethermoor to register their fifth win in six games, condemning the home side to their third consecutive defeat.
In a game of few chances, that was largely confined to the midfield, both sides struggled to cope with a strong swirling wind and intermittent downpours on a sodden pitch that produced very little bounce and began to cut up as the game progressed.
Worcester set their stall out early on with a game plan to stifle Guiseley’s free flowing football and they largely succeeded but the home side were also guilty of failing to capitalise on the few chances that they created.
First half openings saw Danny Ellis’ goal bound header cleared from the six yard box and Danny Boshell’s free kick went begging with no one on hand to convert.
Wayne Brooksby created an opening for himself early in the second half but put his shot over before Adam Boyes saw his effort well saved by Jose Veiga.
Worcester had perhaps their best spell of the game just after the break and scored the all-important goal on 51 minutes when Tyler Weir’s cross from the right held up in the wind for Aaron Brown to deliver a powerful header beyond Steven Drench into the far corner.
Brown then nearly doubled the visitors’ lead when first he took advantage of Jake Lawler’s slip to shoot beyond the far post and then latched on to Weir’s free kick only to see his shot whizz past the upright with Drench beaten.
When Alex Johnson’s shot took a deflection and looped just over the bar with fifteen minutes remaining it signalled a concerted effort from the home side to restore parity as they forced a series of corners only to see Veiga make two point blank stops and George Williams clear a Brooksby effort off the line.
The home side’s frustration was summed up with the last kick of the game that saw Rhys Meynell fire a free kick way over the bar from twenty yards out.
Entertainment value: ***
Star man: Aaron Brown (Worcester)
|Teams: Guiseley: Drench, Holdsworth, Parker (Meynell 62), Johnson(O), (Forrest 46) Ellis, Lawlor, Brooksby, Boshell, Johnson (A), Boyes, Rothery; Subs not used: Harrison, Potts, Dickinson|
Worcester City: Veiga, Williams (G), Weir, Grimes, Hutchinson, Brown, Nti, Deeney, Moore (Ramsey-Dickson 80), Nelson-Addy, Leslie (Williams, A 57) Subs not used: Munday, Williams (D) Bulman
Scorers: Worcester: Brown 51
Referee: Glen Hart