Guiseley AFC 3 v 2 Torquay United (Vanarama National League)
After a difficult week on the south coast Torquay United arrived in Yorkshire in search of their first point of the season and a new manager following the midweek sacking of boss Kevin Nicholson. Guiseley however bounced back with a midweek goalless draw against former Football League club Tranmere Rovers.
Adam Lockwood kept faith with the same starting eleven that played against Tranmere Rovers in midweek, including young goalkeeper Joe Green who kept a clean sheet and made a number of excellent saves and was rewarded by keeping the number one jersey.
Guiseley started the stronger of the two sides and should really have taken the lead in the opening ten minutes as they repeatedly carved through the Gulls defence only to be denied by last gasp tackles or heroics from Ryan Clarke in the visitors goal.
On twelve minutes, the home side took the lead as Yan Klukowski played a heavy back pass which gave away a needless corner, Alex Purver rose to head the ball onto the bar but the rebound fell to an unmarked Jake Lawler who headed home from three yards.
The visitors then came to life as the game became end to end with both teams having a number of chances. Then the home then had a two or three-minute spell were they let the visitors back into the match, on thirty-nine minutes a corner from Luke Young was headed in at the front post to make the score 1-1.
Instead of closing ranks at the back, Guiseley continue to let the visitors play some good football and a minute later Jamie Reid played in Ruairi Keating down the channel who then took the ball into the area, before firing a low shot past Joe Green at his near post to make the half-time score 2-1 to the visitors.
The second half was all about the visitors as waves of yellow attacks continued through the half as Guiseley rarely getting out of their own half. Jamie Reid and Ruairi Keating linking up well down the left side time and time again. The visitors wasted a number of clear-cut chances to extend their lead and once Joe Green made some excellent saves to keep the score 2-1.
On seventy minutes, Adam Lockwood introduced two substitute’s Kevan Hurst and frank Mulhern who both changed the game. Both players went into the attack running at the Torquay defence who started to feel the pressure. Then on eighty-six minutes, Hurst found himself six yards out as he hit the ball past Clarke into the goal to make it 2-2.
The match swung back in Guiseley favour as the home side went in search of a winning goal, as the game entered the first of five injury time minutes it was Kevan Hurst who found himself clear in the area but his effort was well saved by Clarke. The ball ran free inside the six yard box before the biggest goal mouth scramble ended with Keating scoring an own goal to make the full-time score 3-2 to Guiseley.
Emotions boiled over after the whistle when Sean McGinty and James Reid exchanged words as they left the pitch with McGinty having to be held back by Myles Anderson.
Speaking after the match manager Adam Lockwood said, “Firstly we are delighted to get off the mark in terms of wins, we got a good foot hold in the game and then we let them back in it with two goals which was disappointing.
Being honest I was disappointed with the whole match, however pleased with the lads that they showed character to get back into the game and score a winner. We now have something to build on and we need to work on cutting out the individual mistakes.
Adam Lockwood will now take his squad to the Shay to face local rivals FC Halifax Town in a game that has a lunchtime kick-off as the live feature match on BT Sport.
Guiseley AFC – Green, Brown, Lowe, Lawlor, Hatfield, Rooney, Purver, Williams, Odejayi, Thompson, Atkinson (Subs) Hurst, Molyneux, Correia, Mulhern, East
Torquay United – Clarke, Lathrope, McGinty, Chaney, Young, Pitman, Keating, Gosling, Reid, Klukowski, Higgins (Subs) Anderson, Fallon, Gray, Osborn, Howarth
Goals – (Guiseley) Lawlor, Hurst, Keating (o.g.) (Torquay) McGinty, Keating
Attendance – 791