3 - 1Full Time
A brace from Aaron Martin helped Guiseley take all three points on an evening of frustration for Spennymoor.
Martin’s double and a deflected effort from Lee Shaw proved decisive in a game where the home side utilised their set-piece dominance to claim the three points. But it could have been very different had Dan Ward’s effort dipped under the crossbar just past the hour mark, a key turning point in the encounter.
Jason Ainsley named the same starting eleven and subs bench from the opening day draw at Hereford ten days previous.
In an open and energetic opening to proceedings, Guiseley came close to taking an early lead after a smart run down the right from Lee Shaw. His low cross was almost turned in from Aaron Martin, but a combination of Matt Gould and James Curtis denied a very early opener.
Moors struck back with a chance of their own when Ben McKenna rose well to find James Roberts. He teed up the lurking Glen Taylor who fired over the bar from the edge of the area.
Hamaza Becherif, the Guiseley defender, had the games next notable moment, curling a shot just wide of Gould’s far post following a deep corner.
It took until the half hour mark for the game to open up again following a drab spell, and it was the home side who struck first from a set-piece.
A deep and fierce corner met the head of the lethal Martin who headed in his fifth goal of the campaign despite being under severe pressure from his marker.
The goal did little to dishearten a spirited Spennymoor side and they hit back immediately through a freakish own goal.
Nathan Buddle headed on a free-kick on the halfway line which fell to the feet of Andrew Johnson. His effort was initially stopped by George Sykes-Kenworthy, but the keeper saw the ball cannon of his back after a wild clearance from a Guiseley defender.
On the balance of play that equaliser was a reward for Spennymoor’s play, but they were once again chasing the match early in the second half as Martin found the net again.
A throw-in was flicked on into Spennymoor’s area, and when the ball kindly looped up to Martin, he planted a header past Gould to restore The Lions’ lead.
Moors were almost caught out minutes later as a carbon copy throw-in and flick in was narrowly missed at the back post, allowing Spennymoor to gather their heads and work their way into the second period.
Eventually they did, striking the bar through a deflected Ward strike from distance, before Buddle saw a header cleared off the line. But, despite also going close through Johnson after a fine team move, it was the home side who increased their lead fifteen minutes from time.
Another throw-in wasn’t cleared efficiently by Moors, allowing Shaw to swipe an effort into the far corner via a deflection.
Guiseley somehow failed to add to their lead when Adam Soleman’s effort from a matter of yards out was struck directly at the well placed Carl Magnay.
Moors return to action on Saturday when they make the trip to Farsley Celtic.
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