Unlucky Lions Undone At The Death

New signing Dayle Southwell made his debut against AFC Fylde at Mill Farm this afternoon as Guiseley played one of their two games in hand but it didn’t end happily as a late strike from hotshot Danny Rowe broke the visitor’s resistance two minutes from time.

In an even first half of few clear cut chances Jonny Smith put the home side ahead after eighteen minutes after he had been played into the left hand channel and made no mistake with a shot beyond Joe Green for the opener.

The same player had gone close earlier on but could only pull his shot across the six-yard box from a very tight angle.

The Lions were level on the half hour when a delicious cross from the left was found the head of loanee James Roberts who’s glancing header beat home custodian Rhys Taylor.

Liburd’s cross early in the second half just failed to find the lively Roberts and then the big striker had a chance to put the visitors ahead taking advantage of a defensive slip only to see Taylor spread himself to deny a certain goal.

The home side were then presented with a golden opportunity when Ash Palmer’s slip let in Smith who fed Rowe but the striker was unable to get a clear shot on goal thanks to two timely interventions as the Lions got bodies back behind the ball.

Both keepers then performed heroics to keep the score level as first Green pulled off a superb one handed save and Taylor clawed Southwell’s shot out of the top corner at the death.

In between times Rowe achieved the vital breakthrough when he drilled home a free kick from 25 yards that Green got a hand to but was unable to keep out of the net.

The result leaves the Lions still second from bottom as of the other teams in the relegation scrap only Torquay played as the other contenders competed in the FA Trophy. For the record United lost 1-2 at home to Eastleigh to leave them routed to the bottom of the table.

Team:

13 Green

5 Palmer

12 Southwell

36 Harvey

32 M’Boungou

17 Purver

35 Liburd (Fondop 80)

37 Hughes (Odejayiat 90+1′)

38 Crookes

39 Roberts (McFadzean62)

41 Sheppard

Subs:

2 Brown

15 McFadzean

19 Odejayi

28 Lenighan

30 Fondop