Substitute Paul Clayton’s goal two minutes from time ensured the points against a resilient Brackley Town at Nethermoor this afternoon to give Guiseley a boost ahead of next Saturdays FA Emirates Cup tie against Stourbridge.
In a game in which the unpredictable wind played a major part Guiseley fielded the same starting eleven that saw off Cleethorpes in midweek and took the lead after just nine minutes with a well worked move down the right, instigated by Alex Purver winning a tussle on the halfway line and ending with Kingsley James firing home from the edge of the area after Alex-Ray Harvey had delivered a near perfect ball across the eighteen-yard line for James beat Danny Lewis with a class finish.
The lead however, lasted only two minutes as Joe Green pulled off two good saves, the second being a tip over direct from a Brackley corner thatwith massive assistance from the stiff breeze threatened to creep under the bar.
Having dealt with that home supports might be forgiven in thinking that lessons had been learnt, but obviously not as Town took advantage of teh wind with an in-swinging second corner from the reverse flank that sailed straight into the net past Green to square matters.
With the wind at their back Brackley nearly doubled their lead with their next attack but Shaun Jeffers shot cannoned of the base of the post to safety.
Matt Lowe the ran half the length of the field but pulled his shot wide and Connor Hall put a powerful header just over from a corner.
The second period proved to b a battle of attrition in midfield as both sides struggled with the swirling wind and both made substitutions in order totry and force a breakthrough.
The home side introduced Kaine Felix and Curtis Morrison for Scott Smith and Harvey, however it was the final home substitute that eventually paid dividends.
When Morrison floated in a free kick with two minutes left Lewis misjudged the flight of the ball in the wind and spilled his take it was the hosts third substitute Paul Clayton who got the vital touch to force the ball home with the Lions first meaningful touch of the second half.
7 Smith (Morrison)
9 Odejayi (Clayton)