Grimsby end Lions’ cup run

By Tom Swallow

The Lions’ FA Cup run came to an end on Saturday at the hands of Grimsby Town, as a Nathan Arnold  goal and Lenell John-Lewis’ brace saw the home side through 3-0 at Blundell Park.

Having perhaps been fortunate to go in at the break level, Mark Bower’s men fell to three quickfire goals after the break as the hosts’ quality showed.

Guiseley made a quick start, which saw a good team move result in a sight on goal from Adam Boyes, before Grimsby took control with a flurry of chances, the first being a Ross Hannah free-kick on the edge of the area which was blocked only to fall to Aswad Thomas whose shot went just wide.

John-Lewis went close with a header before Hannah was brought down by Danny Lowe – Scott Neilson’s resulting free-kick destined for the top corner had Steven Drench not made a brilliant save.

Guiseley were the happier team going into the break with the score goalless but a half-time change from Grimsby helped turn the game as Nathan Arnold was introduced and set about inspiring the home side.

Grimsby ended the deadlock on the hour mark after Jack Mackreth delivered a good ball into the box for Arnold to head before the substitute’s deflected shot found John-Lewis who headed into the empty net.

Lions substitute Oli Johnson saw his effort well saved as Guiseley’s last chance of inspiring a potential fightback came and went with the final goal of the game coming 15 minutes from time.

Arnold and John-Lewis linked up, allowing the latter to put the game beyond Guiseley.

Mark Bower’s post-match interview