Lions fail to hold on to lead once again

Guiseley once again surrendered three points against ninth placed Gateshead at Nethermoor this evening in what was a dour contest that looked to have goalless draw written all over it.

That was before Will Hatfield was tripped in the box on 68 minutes and Simon Walton drilled the ball past Sam Johnson to put the Lions ahead.

However, the home sides defensive frailties were once again in evidence as Danny Johnson stole in at the back post with just four minutes remaining to crash a shot into the bottom corner and square matters.

Prior to this Sam Jones had missed a glorious chance early on as he took advantage of Walton’s misplaced pass but could only lift his effort over the bar with only Jonathan Maxted to beat.

The home side’s first real chance on the half hour and saw Dan Jones just beat Hatfield to Danny Lowe’s teasing ball in from the left.

Maxted then denied Luke Hannant with an excellent stop just before the break.

In a game that was short on clear cut chances Nicky Clee skied a good opportunity over on the restart and Danny East’s free kick flew just over the angle shortly after.

As the clocked ticked down in added time a skirmish developed in midfield which ended with Heed captain Liam Hogan being cautioned.

The bad feeling then continued as the players left the field after the final whistle with a good amount of pushing and jostling taking place resulting in Walton being shown a second yellow and the mandatory red by referee Steven Rushton.

There was however some good news as the Lions have moved up one place in the table to be replaced by North Ferriby who went down to a one goal defeat at Tranmere this evening.

Team:
26-Maxted
3-Lowe
6-Lawlor
8-Hatfield (Boyes 80)
18-Clee
22-Purver
23-East
24-Walton 68p
25-Atkinson (R)
29-Cassidy
31-Wesolowski

Subs:
17-Atkinson (D)
9-Boyes
15-Palmer
19-Preston
11-Rankine

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