Gills Missed Penalty In Injury Time Meant Vixens Settle For A Point In Doncaster

When the two sides met last October, Guiseley were bitterly disappointed not to have won the game let alone lose 4-1 in a match where all that could go wrong did go wrong, and so this encounter presented the Vixens with a chance to try and set the record straight.

The early exchanges were even as both sides felt their way into the game. Doncaster had a number of promising counter attacks and worked tirelessly off the ball, whilst Guiseley were the side trying to show more bravery in playing out from the back.

Davies was the first ‘keeper to see action as she made an early but straightforward save from Emily Burgin, but the former Belles custodian was and would remain untroubled throughout.

As the away side settled, they began to assert pressure on the hosts, going close through Ellie Casper, Alarna Fuller and Emma Samways. Doncaster were struggling to match the intensity of the away side and were pinned back for large periods, but despite several promising opportunities Guiseley were left wanting in the final third and couldn’t make their dominance pay as half time came.

The second half started in similar vein with Guiseley not allowing Doncaster any time on the ball and suffocating them in their own half, forcing them long at every turn. Chances were still at a premium for both sides but Maria Ledezma posed a real threat down the right hand side. First she forced the home ‘keeper Emily Batty into a great save down to her left before coming oh-so close to giving the Vixens the lead shortly after. After running through and dispossessing Batty on the edge of the area, Belles captain Olivia Cook put in a last ditch challenge to stop a certain goal.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 84th minute as Guiseley made one of their many corners pay. Former Belles midfielder Sophie Walton’s outswinging corner met the head of Vixen’s captain Alarna Fuller, who rose highest to power the ball into the net. It was no more than the away side deserved but their joy was short-lived. Just minutes later Belles equalised from a corner themselves as the impressive Liv Cook placed a bullet head home from just 8 yards out in the host’s first shot on target of the second half.

The drama did not end there. In the 92nd minute, Guiseley were awarded a penalty as Charlotte Gill cleverly rolled her marker before being wrestled to the floor. Gill picked herself off the floor to take the resulting spot-kick, but Batty successfully saved the midfielder’s tame effort.

As if that wasn’t enough, there was still time for more controversy.

The away side were incensed less than a minute later when Gill was brought down a second time in identical circumstances having rolled her marker. This time no penalty was awarded and instead the referee booked Gill for simulation despite clear contact being made.

And so, a dramatic end saw the score finish 1-1. Guiseley will feel disappointed not have made their dominance show but they will have a chance to fight for more points next week as they are on the road again to Nottingham Forest Ladies.

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