The Bucks brought home a point from their trip to
Nethermoor, but will perhaps reflect that it could have been three.
Gavin Cowan’s side had Sheridan Martinez in goal, owing to
Max Bramley requiring 17 stitches in a head wound following the goalless draw
at Kidderminster. He had to be alert on 10 minutes, coming out to the feet of
Reece Thompson at the near post as the forward tried to reach Kaine Felix’s
right-wing cross. Scott Garner headed a free-kick onto the roof of the net, and
then Thompson had the best chance of the half on 37 minutes, unable to control
his header from another Felix cross, putting the effort wide. The Bucks weren’t
being dominated, and the back four, marshalled well by Shane Sutton and Theo
Streete, were keeping Guiseley at bay.
HALF TIME: Guiseley 0 AFC Telford United 0
It was the home side again who were making the best use of
the ball early in the second half, albeit without looking likely to score; however,
as Gavin Cowan and opposite number Marcus Bignot began to make substitutions
the game opened up.
Darryl Knights looked to have spurned a glorious chance on
70 minutes, when Jon Worsnop stopped his low shot after he was given a run on
goal. Just over five minutes later, the Bucks were ahead; Streete did
magnificently to prevent Rowan Liburd advancing on Martinez, and from the
clearance substitute Andre Brown found himself in a race for the ball with Worsnop.
The keeper met the forward just inside the box and the contact, though not much,
was enough – penalty. Brown beat Worsnop for a second time, from the spot, and
the Bucks led.
Cowan’s men were looking good for the win when, on 89
minutes, the otherwise impeccable Sutton sliced a clearance; Guiseley
substitute Curtis Morrison picked it up, ran at the defence on the left and his
cross-shot was touched home. Morrison was credited with it, although it looked
to hit either the Lions’ Paul Clayton or possibly even Sutton himself on its
way into the net.
The Bucks, a little deflated, rode out the added time and
accepted their point. On balance, it was probably a fair reflection, but oh, so
close…Guiseley: Worsnop, Moyo, Heaton, James (Dyche 42), Garner,
Halls, Purver (Clayton 81), Hatfield, Liburd, Thompson (Morrison 74), Felix.
Substitutes: Thornton, Odejayi.
Bookings: Thompson, Garner.
Scorer: Morrison (89)