2:57pm Sunday 19th February 2012
By Ian Whiting
Hinckley United 0, Guiseley 1
Simon Baldry’s second-half winner for Guiseley at Hinckley yesterday could yet prove to be the most important strike of the Lions’ season.
The goal, just seconds after the break, did not see Guiseley retake second place in the Blue Square Bet North Division but was vital nonetheless.
It gave them a deserved three points from a tricky away trip and means they are just one point behind FC Halifax Town, with two games in hand, and just nine adrift of leaders Hyde FC with three games in hand on them.
Guiseley created most of the chances, even though Hickley were the home side, Danny Forrest and Danny Boshell were both denied early on.
A Cieran Toner effort was saved at full stretch by home keeper Pat Lane, who was named man of the match, and a James Walshaw shot was deflected for a corner that led to a Mark Bower header flashing just wide of the target.
Other openings followed before half-time but the home keeper’s luck ran out just into the second period.
He managed to parry a shot from Toner but Baldry’s right foot lashed the rebound into the net.
Just four minutes later, Walshaw had the ball in the net but the strike was ruled out for offside, and soon after Walshaw was fouled in the area.
He stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but Hinckley’s keeper again denied him.
Forrest, Boshell and substitute Chris Senior had other efforts that were either blocked, saved or agonisingly just off target as the Lions dominated the chance count and possession.
Spokesman Stuart Allen said: “Their keeper is on loan from Leicester City, and I could understand that - he was only a young lad but looked as though he had had a very good grounding.
“But we persevered and got the win. Other results went our way so it was a fairly good day for us for a change.
"We just hope we can get Tuesday's FA Trophy tie at Cambridge United played now because on that depends who we play on Saturday.”
The Lions face a replay, a quarter-final tie or a trip to Eastwood Town in the BSN depending on Tuesday’s outcome.
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