Lions overcome dogged Knitters outfit

Guiseley overcame a dogged Hinckley side by three goals to nil at the Greene King Stadium, but it wasn’t quite as straightforward as the scoreline suggests.

The cash-strapped Knitters were forced to play manager Carl Heggs upfront and could only name one sub, but their spirited performance certainly made up for their lack of personnel.

Starting well, the Leicestershire side passed the ball about nicely for the opening minute or so before Wayne Brooksby got the Lions off to a perfect start, slipping home a Gavin Rothery through ball to ease any fears of an upset.

The hosts didn’t give up though, Aaron Wint in particular causing problems for the visiting defence, but again the Lions notched to put further distance between the sides on 15 minutes. Danny Boshell prodded the ball past Martin Conway after a Brooksby header.

The game’s turning point came midway through the half when a header at goal from Hinckley was handled by Andy Pearson.

Not only did Pearson avoid a red card, the resulting penalty from boss Heggs was saved by Steven Drench.

After going in at half-time 2-0 to the good, Lions boss Steve Kittrick may have thought his side would go on to notch a load more but, thanks to man-of-the-match Conway, that wasn’t the case.

He made a string of great saves to keep the score low, although there was nothing he could do about Josh Wilson’s goal, which sealed the tie on the hour mark.

Kittrick said after the game, “I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t rack up a load of goals but at the end of the day these are funny games.

“These are bottom of the league, with only three points, and I just said to the lads get off to a good start, which we did.

“If you come away from home at this level and win 3-0, it’s a good result.”

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