Young Lions Fall To Late Defeat

It was a disappointing end to Guiseley Academy’s National League U-19 North game against Chesterfield at Nethermoor writes Rachel O’Connor.

The young Lions were leading 2-1 with just a few minutes left on the clock when Chesterfield were awarded an equaliser that appeared yards off-side.

Stunned by this Guiseley appeared to lose concentration and Chesterfield broke through to seal a 3-2 win.

Up to that point it had been a good contest with Guiseley holding their own against a physically bigger and stronger Chesterfield side, who played some good football.

The strong wind was behind Chesterfield as they gave Guiseley an early scare with a free-kick by their No 8 just being touched over the bar by new ‘keeper Daniel Leeming for a corner.

Guiseley failed to heed the early warning and Chesterfield’s No 11 ghosted in to put his side ahead after four minutes.

Guiseley were undaunted and right-back Kyle Burrows produced an excellent crossfield pass out to the left for K’marni Miller to run on to. He drove forward before unleashing a great shot into the far corner to level the scores.

Keenly watched by Academy graduates Josh Stones, now with Wigan, and Ellis Farrar, now with Stockport County, Guiseley battled on.

They almost succumbed when the Chesterfield 11 produced a great turn of speed but then shot wide of the far post.

Guiseley then had a period in which they conceded possession too easily, producing too many poor passes.

Both sides failed to take account of the wind and the ball was played in the air too much.

Guiseley took the lead in the 34th minute with a penalty by Brad Wood after he had been fouled.

Chesterfield were unlucky not to draw level when their No 7 hit the underside of the bar and the ball bounced clear.

In the second-half Guiseley were left to rue their bad luck when a shot from Foley Nkem bounced off the chest of a player on the line.

Guiseley were in their stride now and a low shot from Jack Mason was stopped by the ‘keeper.

Chesterfield were not done yet and they produced a period of pressure before Miller had a shot saved for Guiseley and the Chesterfield ‘keeper had to make a double stop.

Guiseley were then rocked when Chesterfield were awarded a goal despite appearing well off-side and this was quickly followed by a breakaway goal.

Guiseley: Daniel Leeming; Kyle Burrows (Joseph Priestley 73), Ricardo Grey, Sam Walters, K’marni Miller; Oli Reape, Foley Nkem, Issac Acquah (Oliwier Grzelak 63), Jack Mason (Oliver Storr 80): Brad Wood, Miguel Valsau (Danyaal Khan 80).

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