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Woodwork and fates are still conspiring against Guiseley
Buy this photo » Gavin Rothery, who was later dismissed for an off-the-ball comment to an assistant referee
Guiseley 1, Hednesford Town 2
The fates conspired once again to deny newly-appointed Guiseley boss Mark Bower his first Skrill North victory as leaders Hednesford Town rode their luck to stay at the summit.
Former Bantams club captain Bower had two games as caretaker manager before Saturday’s first in permanent charge.
His status may have changed but his luck certainly hasn’t. Guiseley could have been three or four goals to the good in the first half against their high-flying visitors.
They were playing a fluid passing game and creating chances but Gavin Rothery was twice denied by the woodwork, while on-loan Halifax Town forward Alex Johnson also went close.
Despite their efforts, the home side were thwarted and found themselves behind almost on the hour mark as Neil Harvey netted after rounding Lions goalkeeper Steve Drench.
Elliott Durrell doubled the visitors’ lead with a good strike in the 81st minute before Michael Burns pegged one back in stoppage time.
Town boss Rob Smith made two significant changes at half-time that laid the foundations for his side’s eventual victory.
But the Lions had nearly gone ahead from their first foray as Johnson pulled a ball back which Burns stepped over for Rothery to crash his shot against the upright.
Seconds later, Johnson fired just wide and Rothery was denied once again by the upright with Dan Crane beaten.
The visitors’ sole effort of the half came from Matt Regan’s header over the bar.
Dave MacPherson and Aaron Harvey made way for Alex Mel-bourne and Robbie Thompson-Brown on the restart, and Hednesford took the lead on the hour when Harvey pounced on a loose ball to round Drench and slot home.
The visitors doubled their lead 20 minutes later, after Hednesford’s star man Durrell beat Jack Rea before slotting under Drench from an acute angle.
Rothery was then dismissed for an off-the-ball comment to a linesperson before Guiseley pulled one back late on.
Burns fired home in the sixth minute of time added on after substitute Craig Hobson’s effort had come back off a post and Johnson’s follow-up had been parried by Crane.
Guiseley: Drench, Rea, Meynell, Potts (Holdsworth 72), Harris, Parker, Brooksby (Ennis 78), Lawlor (Hobson 84), Johnson, Burns, Rothery. Subs not used: Ible, Worsnop.
Hednesford: Crane, Disney, Campion, Bailey, Regan, MacPherson (Melbourne 46), Osborne, Durrell, Harvey, Rey (Thompson-Brown 46), Taylor. Subs not used: Woolfe, Francis, Angagho-Ntamark.
Referee: G Fyvie.
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