Lions Now Have Ten Games To Save Their Season

Following today’s 0-2 defeat by Chester at Nethermoor this afternoon Guiseley are still bottom of the pile and now have just ten games to save their National League North status, but performances are going to have to improve significantlyif they are to have any hope of hauling themselves up the table. Read how they went down to a defeat in our match report sponsored by BuildADrive.com.

Second to nearly every ball and tackle the first half performance was lacklustre to say the least. All too often the midfield went awol, with the exception of Prince Ekpolo, and balls were hoofed out of defence either into touch or or up to Kaine Felix and James Gale in the hope that one of them would get a break which was never going to happen against the visitors well marshalled defence.

And it was no surprise when Chester made the breakthrough on the quarter hour when Declan Weeks took a pass from Matt Sargent and smashed the ball home from twenty yards out.

The Lions nearly fell further behind shortly after but Owen Mason used his feet to good effect to deny Matty Waters as the visitors pressed for a second in what was a scappy affair.

The second half brought marginal impprovement and Guiseley eventually managed their first effort on goal on 51 minutes but James Gale’s shot across goal was just wide of the far post.

Felix then produced a cross which was just begging to be converted but no one was on hand to capitalise on it and despite a period of pressure the Chester defence held firm.

It was only when Adam Haw, Ollie Brown and Andy Hollins came on in the latter stages that the home side looked as though they might rescue something but by then captain Hamza Bencherif had been pushed up front as a last throw of the dice.

All of which was undone by by Darren Stephenson with two minutes of normal time remaining as he who took a ball down the right channel, cut in and gave Mason no chance with a peach of a shot.

Attendance: 780
Team: 1. Owen Mason, 2. George Cantrill, 3. Thierry Latty-Fairweather, 4. Prince Ekpolo, 5. Hamza Bencherif (C), 6. Lebrun Mbeka, 7. Kaine Felix, 8. Regan Hutchinson, 9. James Gale (81′ Hollins) , 10. John Johnston (70′ Brown)  and 11. Dom Tear (70′ Haw)

Subs: 12. Ollie Brown, 13. Scott Maloney, 14.Andy Hollins, and 15. Adam Haw.

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