12:56pm Thursday 12th April 2012
Colwyn Bay 1, Guiseley 2
Guiseley kept pace with Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde – who won 3-1 at Altrincham – with a hard-fought victory in North Wales on Saturday.
Two goals from Simon Ainge secured the 2-1 win after a less-than-impressive first-half performance in which the home side dominate physically and went in a goal to the good courtesy of John McKenna.
Andy Holdsworth and Dan-ny Forrest had gone close for the visitors but the home side took the lead on 35 minutes when central defender McKenna fired past Steve Drench – none the worse for his midweek facial injury – after a shot had been blocked.
James Walshaw had a shot cleared off the line early in the second period but the Lions were level on the hour when Ainge lashed in a shot from 18 yards.
Two minutes later they were in front when the visiting skipper headed home at the far post from Holdsworth’s free-kick.
In the closing stages, Dave Merris almost finished off a decisive Guiseley move, only to see his effort tipped away by the keeper, who also clutched Chris Senior’s acrobatic overhead kick.
Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick said: “The performance was a lot better in the second half.
“I don’t know what was wrong with us in the first half. We give teams too much res-pect and let them get about us. I’ve even asked the lads if they want to warm-up differently.”
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