Lack Of A Cutting Edge Up Front Costs The Lions

Guiseley squandered the chance to register their second home win on the bounce as Jon Moran’s 90th minute leveler cancelled out Scott Garner’s 87th minute opener that was just reward for the Lions second half performance.

Having said that Guiseley should have been out of sight against a poor Chester side if only they had capitalized on the myriad of chances they had created

Chester arrived at Nethermoor having played just four league games due to storm damage at their stadium necessitating the cancellation of recent home games.

Having won one, drawn one and lost two, including an 8-1 thumping at Blyth Spartans the visitors lack of game time showed in the opening exchanges as Kayode Odejayi played a ball inside only for Jack Dyche to pull it wide of the far post and Rowan Liburd’s effort hit a defender before bouncing into Grant Shenton’s grateful grasp.

Having absorbed the home sides early pressure Chester’s Matty Hughes tested Joe Green and former Lions striker Anthony Dudley’s shot was blocked by Cliff Moyo.

Dan Mooney should have done better from a good position but pulled his shot wide of Green’s goal.

Moyo made tracks down the right flank on the restart but Dyche was just unable to take advantage of his cross.

Kaine Felix was also proving a constant threat to Chester and it was his delicious ball into Paul Clayton, who had replaced Odejayi  that saw the striker misjudge the bounce and put his effort over from two yards with only Shenton to beat.

However, Guiseley finally got the reward that their second half endeavors deserved as a pinpoint free kick from last Monday’s goal scorer Andy Halls found his centre back partner Scott Garner who powered home a header past the stranded Shenton in the 87th minute.

Job done should have been the mantra, but the visitors had other ideas as a long ball forward provided the opportunity for Moran to loop a header over Green for the equaliser in the 90th minute.

Even then the Lions mounted one final attack in which Felix rounded Shenton but saw his effort blocked by a posse of defenders to ensure that the game ended all square.

While Guiseley extended their unbeaten run to six they are fast becoming the draw specialist of the division not for the first team this season it was the lack of clinical finishing that ultimately cost them a deserved three points win against a Chester side that looked there for the taking in the second half.


1 Green

2 Moyo

3 Heaton

4 Purver

5 Garner

6 Halls

7 Felix

8 James

9 Liburd

10 Odejayi (Clayton)

11 Dyche


12 Thornton

14 Hatfield

15 Smith

16 Clayton

17 Hussain


Grant Shenton can only watch as Scott Garners header heads for…..
…the bottom corner