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Plenty of effort but little reward for Guiseley
Gavin Rothery, who was twice denied by the woodwork, lines up another shot for Guiseley against Hednesford
Guiseley 1, Hednesford Town 2
The fates conspired once again to deny newly-appointed Guiseley boss Mark Bower his first victory as Skrill North leaders Hednesford Town rode their luck to stay at the summit.
Former Bantams club captain Bower had two games as caretaker manager before yesterday’s first in permanent charge. His status may have changed but his luck certainly hasn’t.
Guiseley could have been three or four goals to the good in the first half against their high-flying visitors.
They were playing a fluid passing game and creating chances but Gavin Rothery was twice denied by the woodwork, while on-loan Halifax Town forward Alex Johnson also went close.
Despite their efforts, the home side were thwarted and found themselves behind almost on the hour mark as Neil Harvey netted for Hednesford after rounding Lions goalkeeper Steve Drench.
Elliott Durrell doubled the visitors’ lead with a good strike in the 81st minute, before Michael Burns pegged one back in stoppage time.
Bower said: “The way we played in the first half is how I want us to play. We hit the post and the bar but not taking those chances is a lesson the players have to learn. But the fundamentals are there.
“Ben Parker (former Leeds United defender) looked good for us in his first game and the lads have shown great effort.
“They have worked their socks off but it’s just not going for us at the minute.
“We were so dominant in the first half that we knew they would come out a different team in the second half.
“The first goal was a mistake from us but the second was a great goal from their point of view.
“They are top of the league, you have got to remember that. But their manager came to me after the game and said we were the best side they had played this season, although that’s cold comfort to us.”