Early Xmas Presents Seal Lions Fate In 0-2 Reverse

Guiseley went down to their thirteenth defeat of the season losing 2-0 against Southport ,the League’s current in-form team, at Nethermoor this evening. Read how the game unfolded in our match report sponsored by BuildADrive.com.

Christmas came early to Nethermoor this evening as Guiseley handed out presents to a team who gleefully accepted what was on offer, the only surprise being that they weren’t at least four up at half-time.

Guiseley’s pre-match preparations didn’t get off to the best possible start as Rochdale recalled Brad Wade late this afternoon from his loan spell at Nethermoor so Declan Lambton was swiftly recalled from his own loan spell at Pontefract Collieries to replace him between the sticks for tonight’s match. Josh Stones was also included in the starting line up as was the returning Regan Hutchinson, while Jamie Spencer dropped to the bench.

Guiseley’s first foray into enemy territory produced a corner which found the head of skipper Hamza Bencherif but his effort was wide of the mark.

The emphasis then switched to the visitors who staged two attacks in quick succession that had the Guiseley defence rocking and it was no surprise when Marcus Carver slotted home from all of two yards on fourteen minutes after Lambton had parried a shot into his path. The initial attack emanating from the Lions failure to clear their lines and then giving the ball away far too cheaply in the penalty area which resulted in the goal being conceded.

Then a minute later in a move that left the home fans baffled Ollie Brown replaced Brad Nicholson although the defender didn’t appear to be injured as he trudged off the pitch.

Jordan Thewlis and Jake Hull both went close but it was the Sandgrounders who should have doubled their lead when Jordan Archer wasted a golden opportunity with only Lambton to beat.

With the home side losing possession once again on the edge of the area Carver tried his luck with a curling shot just the wrong side of the post on 39 minutes but the second goal wasn’t long in coming as Josh Hmami took advantage of another wayward pass at the back a minute before the break.

There was a further setback for the home side after Thewlis had a shot saved by Cam Mason but then pulled up just as half-time approached with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and didn’t appear for the restart, Shaun Tuton taking his place up front.

The second half continued where the first had ended with the visitors in the ascendancy and seeking to increase their lead. Hmami was at the centre of most of their plays and his free kick into the box deserved better than to clear the heads of his teammates before Brown cleared his goal bound effort off the line seconds later.

Connor Woods whistled one over the bar from twenty yards out as Lebrun Mbeka and George Cantrill both went into the book either side of his effort.

Stones was causing the Southport defence problems with his harrying and closing down but was eventually replaced by Spencer on 79 minutes and when Tuton challenged for the second of two successive tackles the striker was left prone on the pitch  much to the concern of both sets of players.

After lengthy treatment he was carried off on a stretcher and taken straight to hospital in the back of a car as there were no ambulances available. All at Nethermoor wish him well.

The lengthy delay extended the half by seven minutes and having used all three substitutes the Lions played these out with ten men but never troubled Mason in the Southport goal.

The defeat leaves Guiseley third bottom of the table level on points with Blyth and three ahead of AFC Telford United with a relegation battle looking to be in the offing unless they can find the inspiration and consistency that was severely lacking tonight from a team who have taken just twelve points from a possible 45, with just over a third of the season gone.

Team: 1. Dec Lambton, 2. George Cantrill, 3. Brad Nicholson (15’ Brown), 4. Prince Ekpolo, 5. Hamza Bencherif (C), 6. Lebrun Mbeka, 7. Jake Hull, 8. Josh Stones (79’Spencer), 9. Lewis Hey, 10. Jordan Thewlis (46’ Tuton) and 11. Regan Hutchinson.

Subs: 12. Ollie Brown, 14. Jamie Spencer, 15. Andy Hollins, 16. Jacob Gratton, 17. Shaun Tuton.


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