Rothery and Baldry goals clinch play-off place

This was a routine win for Guiseley against a Gainsborough side who with nothing to play for looked as though they had already started their summer break. Goals from Gavin Rothery and man of the match Simon Baldry ensured that the Lions qualified for the play-offs courtesy of Hinckley’s surprise demolition of Solihull which leaves the West Midlands side seven points adrift with just two games left to play.

The home side applied the pressure from the off and should have gone ahead when James Walshaw muscled his way past Nathan Peat and fired a ball across the six yard area with none of his colleagues on hand to tap it home.

Gavin RotheryBut when the Lions leading scorers effort from close range was blocked by Phil Barnes it was Rothery got the final touch in the ensuing melee to force the ball home from six yards.

Walshaw tested Barnes with a fierce shot that the keeper did well to parry before Mark Robinson put the visitors first effort straight into ten ram of Steven drench and Mark Greaves put a header just over as Trinity finally found some momentum.

Simon Baldry Darryn Stamp’s glancing header was fractionally wide as the Lions before the break but it was the lively Baldry who sealed the game ten minutes into the second period with a pinpoint header into the bottom corner from Ryan Toulson’s inviting cross to secure a play-off place in the Lions first season in the BSN North.

Entertainment value ***

Star man; Simon Baldry ( Guiseley)

Attendance: 412

Guiseley: Drench, Toulson, Merris, Sharry, Ellis, Ainge, Baldry, Boshell, Stamp (Peyton 55), Walshaw, Rothery (Spivack 86). Unused subs: Fitzgerald, McEneaney, Coates

Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Spafford, Peat (Clarke 80), Cowan, Waterfall, Greaves (Mayo 75), Mettam, Williams, Kendall, McMahon, Robinson Unused subs: Williams, Davies, Aiston

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