Guiseley AFC 1 v 1 York City (Vanarama National League North)
Yorkshire rivals and former football league club York City arrived at Nethermoor Park this weekend as the Lions looked for the second victory in a week following the midweek win over Curzon Ashton. Steve Watson made two changes to the visitors starting line-up with Joe Tait and Jordan Burrow preferred to Hamza Bencherif and Jon Parkin. The home side welcomed new signing Michael Fowler who started the game on the bench.
It was the visitors who had the better of the first-half in what turned out to be a game of two halfs, Jordan Burrows broke through the Lions midfield before unleashing a shot on five minutes which was well blocked by Scott garner.
The visitors took the lead on ten minutes, when midfielder Paddy McLaughlin found the net for the first time since returning to the club after his loan spell, a downward header past Dewhurst in the home goal following a near post cross from Scott Burgess.
The home side came alive after the goal and on twelve minutes full-back George Cantrill found himself at the edge of the York City box, but his shoot went high over the visitors crossbar without troubling England C goalkeeper Adam Bartlett.
Kingsley James was next to trouble the City defence following an excellent run and cross by Kaine Felix who found James unmarked at the back post, but his volley from six yards went narrowly wide with Bartlett beaten.
On fifteen minutes, York City goalkeeper Adam Bartlett rushed off his line to dive at the feet of Kaine Felix just as the winger tapped the ball past Bartlett. The goalkeeper took the ball and Felix at the same time, but as the winger went down to shouts of a penalty from the fans referee Andrew Kitchen waved away the appeal.
Five minutes later, Jordan Burrow turns the ball over from inside the six yard box after good work by Kempster to beat left-back George Cantrill to set up the chance. Just before the half hour mark Sean Newton was unlucky not to score when his shot was blocked on the line after Marcus Dewhurst dropped a corner.
Langstaff, then sent a half volley narrowly wide of Marcus Dewhurst’s goal on thirty-three minutes following an excellent flick on by Burrows. Guiseley also had another effort four minutes later when following a Kingsley James cross Andy Hall sent a diving header just wide of Bartlett’s right-hand post.
York City had the final effort of the half as Marcus Dewhurst in the Lions goal blocked a thunderous Langstaff shot, but Kempster failed to convert the rebound to leave the half time score 1-0 to the visitors.
Guiseley were much improved in the second half and Kingsley James delivered an early warning when he headed past Adam Bartlett, however the ‘goal’ was disallow due to an offside decision by referee Andrew Kitchen.
Just after the hour mark, Langstaff shoots inches wide after picking himself up off the floor and hitting the ball on the turn in area. Two minutes later, Dewhurst punches the ball away following Newton’s free kick and Griffiths follow-up shot deflects back into the arms of Marcus Dewhurst.
On seventy-nine minutes, the home side equalised after George Cantrill collected the ball in the left-back position before making an excellent cross field run into the visitors area on the right-hand side before pulling the ball back for Kingsley James to fire into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.
Guiseley might have snatched all three points with five minutes to go when Alex Purver found himself free at the edge of the six yard box, but his shot struck the post and Andy Hall’s follow-up was deflected over the visitors crossbar for a corner.
Speaking after the match joint manager Russ O’Neill said, “I thought in the first half York were outstanding and you could tell they are a full-time outfit, but in fairness to the lads they dug in and kept their shape and went in just 1-0 down at half-time. The second half we were excellent and if Alex Purver’s effort near the end had gone in instead of hitting the post we could have taken all three points.
Guiseley – Dewhurst, Halls, Cantrill, Purver, Langley, Garner, Felix, Barkers, Odejayi, James, Dyche (Subs) Digie, Hatfield, Thornton, Fowler,Morrison
York City – Bartlett, Griffiths, Ferguson, Newton, Tait, Moke, Langstaff, McLaughin, Burrows, Burgess, Kempster (Subs) York, Bencherif, Harris, Whitley, Parkin
Goals – (Guiseley) James (78) (York City) McLaughin (10)
Attendance – 1,305