Guiseley got back to winning ways with a hard-fought but deserved win against a Worcester side who posed them plenty of problems despite indifferent recent form.
The Lions made changes following the recent injuries, Jack Rea slotting in at right back and Andy Holdsworth and Andy Pearson moving into the middle of the park, but it didn’t show in their start to the game.
Guiseley forced a number of corners and openings, James Walshaw going closest with three good chances in the first half. That said, City also had chances, mostly as a result of Mike Symons, who proved a real handful all game.
He was responsible for winning a number of free-kicks and brought plenty of team-mates into the game. Ultimately, the sides cancelled each other out in what was an entertaining first 45 minutes.
The hosts began the second half the brighter, forcing plenty of corners, although Guiseley fought back and the game swung from one end to the other.
On 75 minutes the hosts had the chance which they will look back on as the turning point; Mark Bower and Steven Drench got their wires crossed, with the ball falling to Rob Elvins, who prodded wide with the goal at his mercy. Minutes later, Tyler Weir crossed into the area with Symons unable to steer it home.
The missed chances were to prove costly. On 88 minutes, James Walshaw cleverly turned his man before weaving past two defenders and firing past Glyn Thompson.
It was just about deserved for Guiseley, and Steve Kittrick’s men will be hoping the result represents the start of another strong run as the Lions look to stay in touch with leaders Chester.
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Lions: Drench; Rea, Meynell; Pearson, Ellis, Bower (c); Holdsworth, M Wilson (Marsh, 67), J Wilson, Walshaw, Brooksby. Unused Subs: McWilliams, Lawlor, O’Reilly, Giles.