Guiseley’s young guns blew away newcomers Kings Lynn in the season’s opener at Nethermoor where a Jamie Spencer brace and a first league goal for Aaron Martin saw the Lions comfortably home with a 3-0 win.
The Linnets started strongly and showed glimpses of why they had won the Play-Off lottery last season and could have taken the lead after just nine minutes had not Lions captain Scott Garner been alert to the danger in clearing off his own line.
Having absorbed the visitors opening salvo the home side tested the Kings Lynn rear-guard a couple of times before Kaine Felix and Gabriel Johnson combined on the right for the latter to deliver a cross that Martin buried with a bullet header into the far corner for the opener ten minutes later.
Felix was next to try his luck as he won a tussle with Nathan Fox only to see his shot go just beyond the far post.
Chris Henderson and Michael Gash were looking dangerous for the visitors and it was the former who scooped a shot just over the angle before bringing a fine save from George Sykes-Kenworthy.
The visitors introduced Rory McAuley came on for Jordan Richards on the restart for the visitors but it had little effect as Guiseley sprayed the ball across the field where Felix scooted past the last defender but just couldn’t get his shot away as visiting keeper came out to Alexander Street narrow the angle.
But the home side would not be denied and it was ex-Avenue man Spencer who stepped up to the plate to secure the three points.
First of all, he finished off a superb counter attack after Reiss McNally charged forward and found Spencer with a peach of a pass for the midfielder to spin and shoot beyond Street into the far corner just before the hour.
His second came from a similar move down the left flank before his shot beat Street once again to finish up in the same corner of the net on 68 minutes.
The energetic Felix was replaced by Lee Shaw for the last fifteen minutes of the game and in that time he as unlucky not to have got on the scoresheet with one goal disallowed for offside and another pulled back because of an infringement.
- Felix (Shaw 75)
- Spencer (Barkers 83)