Draw Specialists Play Out Inevitable Stalemate

When the two draw specialists of the Division met at Nethermoor this afternoon there was only ever likely to be one outcome, and so it proved to be as Kayode Odejayi’s 18th minute opener was cancelled out by Jordan Murphy’s strike with virtually the last kick of the first half.

Guiseley were without midfielder Will Hatfield who failed a late fitness test so Kaine Felix was restored to the starting line up.

The Lions started strongly and Odejayi had a glorious chance to open the scoring early on but put his shot the wrong side of the post.

He did make amends shortly after though as a long throw from Niall Heaton was met by clutch of heads and when the ball fell to the tall striker he lashed it home between Tony Breedon and the post.

But the home sides inability to hold on to a lead was exploited once again as James Mace whipped in a searching cross from the right that Callum Bishop stepped over allowing Murphy to shoot beyond Dewhurst in to the far corner on the stroke of half time.

The second period saw both defences dominant as Alex Purver tested Breedon and Andy Halls and Cliff Moyo cleared off the line in quick succession for the home side.

New keeper Dewhurst also showed his England credentials as he tipped a wicked free kick from Joe Clarke on to the bar and to safety.

Team:

1 Dewhurst

2 Moyo

3 Heaton

4 Purver

5 Thornton

6 Halls

7 Felix

8 James

9 Liburd (Clayton 75)

10 Odejayi (Walters 75)

11 Smith (Morrison 83)

Subs:

12 Newall

13 Green

14 Walsh

15 Walters

16 Clayton