Ten Man Lions Hold on For A Deserved Point Against Play-Off Hopefuls Chester

With two new loan recruits in the starting line-up, a determined  rear-guard action for the majority of the second half saw Guiseley take a well-deserved point after they had been reduced to ten men after skipper Andy Halls had been sent off in the 38th minute.

This after Kayode Odejayi had put the Lions ahead in the nineteenth minute only for former striker Anthony Dudley to square matters on ten minutes after the restart.

After the tough festive campaign, the Lions have moved to strengthened their squad with the addition of 19-year-old midfielder George Cantrill from Sheffield United and Southport’s experienced centre-back Josh Langley, both having joined on a one-month loan.

Cantrill made his presence felt almost straight away as he put Rowan Liburd through only to see the striker shot wide of the post.

But when the visitors were awarded a free kick on 19 minutes Odejayi peeled off the two central defenders to head home Halls perfectly flighted free kick.

Marcus Dewhurst was called into action on 25 minutes when he saved a low Gary Roberts drive at his at his near post.

The major flashpoint of the game came on 38 minutes when Halls tackle on Roberts was deemed to be reckless by referee Amy Fearn who after consulting the linesperson showed the former Blues defender a mandatory red card.

Guiseley responded to the dismissal by sending on Will Thornton to replace Cliff Moyo and the visitors had what looked like a valid claim for a penalty waved away on the stroke of halftime as Brad Jackson appeared to fell Curtis Morrison in the box.

Alex Purver replaced Kaine Felix as the Lions looked to protect their lead but they were eventually undone by former striker Anthony Dudley who headed home Roberts cross on 55 minutes.

Despite nearly all of the action taking place in the visitor’s half for much of the second period some resolute and gritty defending restricted the home side to a handful of chances which neither from Mahon, Dudley or Grand could make count.

Indeed, Liburd nearly won it for the hard-pressed visitors as he took advantage of a mix up between Grand and Mahon to flash a shot just over the bar.

Chester continued to push forward and exploit their numerical advantage but even with five minutes of added time the ten men who had played just short of an hour without Halls held out for a well-deserved point.

Team:

1 Dewhurst

2 Moyo (Thornton 43)

3 Heaton

4 Cantrill

5 Langley

6 Halls

7 Felix

8 James

9 Liburd

10 Odejayi (Walters 90)

11 Morrison

Subs:

12 thornton

13 Green

14 Purver

15 Hussain

16 Clayton