Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick felt his club’s hopes of reaching the FA Cup second round for the first time were ambushed by an injury time goal at Barrow.
After battering the home side for the vast majority of their FA Cup first-round replay on Tuesday night, visitors Guiseley were knocked out by an unstoppable 93rd-minute 35-yard screamer by Garry Hunter.
Guiseley hit both the bar and post before Barrow scored and that prompted Kittrick to say memorably “Even Dick Turpin wore a mask.”
Despite keeper Steve Drench making an excellent first-half save after a long-range shot was deflected, Guiseley dominated, with Nicky Boshell hitting the bar with a header and James Walshaw also having decent opportunities.
“We had about 90 per cent of the game,” said Kittrick. “Wally had three chances to score which, on another night, he would have put away, and Wayne Brooksby made some great runs into their box. He might have gone down and won a penalty but was too honest, and you can tell how well we played by the comments of their supporters on their forum.”
Barrow, who are third from bottom in the Conference, will now be at home to Macclesfield on Saturday, December 1, and Kittrick added: “If that is the Conference, then there are five or six clubs in Blue Square Bet North, including us, who would be comfortable in there.”
Guiseley went into the replay on the back of a stunning 7-0 home defeat of Whitby Town last Saturday in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Walshaw (3), Kevin Holsgrove, Andy Holdsworth, Josh Wilson and Nicky Boshell were on target but Kittrick was baffled by relegation-threatened Evo-Stik Division One Whitby’s tactics.
Guiseley’s thunping win gives them a demanding first-round draw against Blue Square Bet North leaders Brackley Town on Saturday, November 24.