Wasteful Lions nearly throw it away

Match sponored by Trevor Eagle on his 70th birthday.

Former Guiseley junior Kayden Jackson nearly gave Andy Morrell a first league win as Tamworth boss with only a contentious late penalty giving the Lions a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

However, the home side should have been out of sight, having taken an early lead through Adam Boyes who latched on to Gavin Rothery’s defence-splitting pass to fire past James Belshaw on 16 minutes.

Belshaw had already made good stops from Boyes and Josh Wilson and should have been punished when when two balls into the six-yard box from Rothery found no takers. The home side then suffered a blow when the influential Wilson had to go off injured just before the break, replaced by Danny Forrest.

Guiseley should have doubled their lead on the restart when Wayne Brooksby’s shot was parried by Belshaw but Boyes was unable to convert the loose ball. Brooksby went close again before Belshaw made a superb stop from his free kick, which took a hefty deflection off the wall.

The wasteful Lions, however, were left to rue their glut of missed chances. Brendan Daniels’ free-kick sailed through a crowded penalty area only to go harmlessly behind, but his next two efforts produced panic in the home defence and Jackson found the net in the 79th and 84th minutes to turn the game on its head.

However, with the clock ticking down, Robert Purdie was adjudged to have tripped substitute Oli Johnson with Nicky Boshell ramming home the resulting penalty four minutes into stoppage time to rescue a point.

Mark Bower and Josh Wilson post-match

Entertainment value***

Star man: Wayne Brooksby (Guiseley)

Teams – Guiseley: Drench; Holdsworth, Parker (C); Lowe (O Johnson, 85), Ellis, Lawlor; Brooksby, D Boshell, Boyes, Wilson (Forrest, 44) Rothery (N Boshell, 76). Subs not used: Marshall, Dickinson.

Tamworth: Belshaw; Smith, Trainer; James, Preston (C), Purdie; Taylor (Hibbert, 63), Adams, Jackson, Mettam, Daniels. Subs not used: Gill, Vidal, Morrell, Amenku

Goalscorers: Guiseley: Boyes 16, N Boshell 90+4 (pen);  Tamworth: Jackson 79, 84

H/T 1-0

Att: 483

Referee: Paul Davison