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Super sub Walshaw's winning double earns valuable away win for Guiseley
11:04pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Sport
Altrincham 1 Guiseley 3
Two goals in the final five minutes by substitute James Walshaw sealed a valuable three points for Guiseley on Tuesday night.
They produced one of their best performances of the season to return to second place in the table after being displaced by Brackley on Monday following their 2-1 win at Worcester.
The result met with the approval of boss Steve Kittrick.
He said: “We have proved tonight we can mix it against a good side.
“They scored most awkward goal and got themselves into the game without really doing anything.
“I don’t think Steve Drench had made a save at that point.
He added: “We stayed patient, kept playing our football, and Nicky Boshell scored a quality goal.”
He also revealed the reasons for his crucial second-half substitution which saw him replace Kevin Holsgrove and Nicky Boshell with Walshaw and Josh Wilson after 65 minutes.
“In the second half I was concerned we were getting too deep so I made changes,” Kittrick said.
“They are a good side and will keep having a go. It is great to have players like James and Josh who can come on and make a difference after the other players have played their part.”
The Lions started strongly, and Danny Boshell was only denied by Stuart Coburn’s tip over from the midfielder’s free kick.
Although they enjoyed the better of the possession it was the Lions who went behind on 22 minutes, when Simon Richman’s shot took a heavy deflection to wrongfoot Drench.
Nicky Boshell equalised in stunning style with an overhead kick after 29 minutes from Holsgrove’s cross.
Holsgrove and Boshell both went close before being replaced for the late assault.
Skipper Mark Bower had a goal disallowed before Walshaw struck.
Wilson flicked on Drench’s long kick and Walshaw fired past Coburn.
Wilson also had a hand in the third goal. He played a ball out to Gavin Rothery on the right flank and his accurate cross was nodded in by Walshaw.
It was the perfect end to a convincing Guiseley performance which further underlines their credentials as promotion contenders in a highly-competitive division.