The lengthening injury list finally caught up with Guiseley this afternoon at Bootham Crescent as they tasted defeat for the first time in nine games after failing to capitalize on an early lead and eventually succumbed 4-2 to York.
The depleted forward looked decidedly bear with the only recognized striker available Paul Clayton starting up front although Lions fans will be buoyed by the return of to the bench of Curtis Morrison, Kayode Odejayi and Lewis Walters.
The visitors got off to the best possible start when Terry Kennedy’s shot was handled in the area and Kingsley James stepped up to send Adam Bartlett the wrong way from the resultant spot kick after just three minutes.
Bouyed by their early breakthrough the Lions went on the offensive and Cliff Moyo in acres of space down the right flank crossed into the six-yard box where Clayton and Bartlett went for the ball with the keeper eventually wrapping his gloves around it.
The lead however lasted only thirteen minutes as a home attack saw Kennedy miss a header to let in Jordan Burrow and when his shot was parried by Joe Green Macauley Longstaff was on hand to net the loose ball and square matters.
Things then went from bad to worse as Guiseley lost their way after the equalizer as Sean Newton hit the inside of the post only to see his shot travel across the goalto eventually safety.
But not to be denied the Minstermen went ahead on 37 minutes when a corner was played into Simon Heslop who touched it on for Burrow to convert from close in.
The Lions made changes on the restart with Kennedy being replaced by Scott Smith and then also brought on Morrison and Walters with fifteen minutes left but were rocked back on their heels as the hosts scored two goals in the space of five minutes to put the game to bed.
First Sean Newton scored from the spot after Burrow seemed to go over very easily in the area on 77 minutes and the same player then smashed home from ten yards five minutes later having been left totally unmarked at a corner.
Two minutes later Morrison left his marker for dead and crossed for Smith to bag his second goal in as many weeks to setup an unlikely finish. But despite three minutes of added time the Nethermoor men were unable to conjure up another couple of goals and went down to their first defeat since August 7th when Chorley triumphed 2-0 at Nethermoor in the opening home league game of the season.