Despite a traumatic week at Nethermoor that saw the dismissal of the first team management following Tuesdays home defeat by Gateshead, stand in manager Sean St Legder’s much changed side delivered a spirited performance against first time visitors Maidenhead United.
After taking an early lead the home side were rocked back on their heels as the familiar defensive frailties gifted the visitors two goals before the break and when Harry Pritchard grabbed his second three minutes into the second half it was all but over despite Guiseley mounting a determined fightback late on.
The visitors had an early goal disallowed for an offside and Luke Coddington did well to deny Jake Hyde to keep the score level.
However, it was the home side who took the lead on 19 minutes when Dayle Southwell cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful shot from a tight angle that beat goalkeeper Carl Pentney and defender Remy Clerima.
But as is the nature of things nowadays at Guiseley the lead lasted all of fifteen minutes as the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner and Jake Hyde had the relatively easy task of squaring matters from close in.
Southwell brought Pentney to his knees in reply but two minutes before the break the Lions found themselves behind as Pritchard beat Adam Crookes to fire past Coddington.
The lively Southwell nearly leveled matters on the stroke of halftime when he picked the pocket of Harold Odametey only to see his shot from an acute angle blocked.
Callum McFadzean forced Penteny to tip his shot from 25 yards over the bar on the restart but from the resulting corner the visitors broke swiftly with Hyde’s intelligent crossfield ball finding Pritchard who advanced before lobbing Coddington for his second and United’s third.
The Lions mounted several attacks before the end without creating the vital breakthrough with the best chance being when substitute Andy Howarth whipped in a wicked cross that Pentney took of the toes of Rowan Liburd.
41 Sheppard (Haworth 55)
28 Lenighan (Rooney 76)
19 Odejayi (Liburd 66)