Lions On The Slippery Slope

Guiseleys search for a league win since 01 January goes on as a solitary goal from Jordan Sinnott proved to be all that Alfreton needed against an ineffective home attack.

The defeat sees the Lions slipping perilously close to the relegation places especially with Ashton surprise win at Chorley which now puts them within three points of the Nethermoor men.

Scott Garner headed just over the bar from Guiseleys first corner and but chances from open play from both sides were few and far between in the early stages.

That changed on 35 minutes when a Guiseley corner that was cleared but as Kennedy Digie struggled to deal with the punt downfield Bobby Johnson slipped the ball out to Danny O’Brien out on the right who raced to the bye line and crossed to leave Jordan Sinnott with the simple task of heading the ball home.

Before this the home side had created a couple of chances with Will Hatfield and Alex Purver having shots charged down.

But the Lions were having no luck as Curtis Morrison’s corner was headed clear to Cantrill his shot was deflected and then tipped round the post by Sam Ramsbottom.

The second half saw several half chances fall the Lions way but all too often Billy Heaths side had bodies back in order to cling on to their slender lead.

With Curtis Morrison proving a constant danger down the left it was with some surprise that he was replaced by new signing Akeel Francis, who to be fair came the closest of anyone in a white shirt to squaring matters as his lopping shot bounced back of the bar with Ramsbottom beaten.

Paul Clayton and Jack Dyche were also thrown into the fray but despite having four strikers on the pitch the home side showed once again why they have struggled for goals this season as passes went astray and shots were blocked.

While the horrendous injury list hasn’t helped the notion that “this side is being too good to go down” is proving to be a falsehood as the team now finds themselves in a scrap for National League survival.

However, with key games to come against Ashton United and Hereford the Lions have the opportunity to drag themselves up the table providing they can find their shooting boots sooner rather than later

Team:

1 Dewhurst

2Moyo

3 Heaton

4 Purver

5 Cantrill

6 Garner

7 Hatfield

8 Digie

9 Liburd

10 Odejayi

11 Morrison

Subs:

12 Boeteng

17 Francis

14 Dyche

15 Thornton

16 Clayton