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Guiseley cash in on injury-time double
Guiseley 2, Barrow 1
Guiseley’s resurgence continued as they made it back-to-back Conference North wins with a narrow success over Barrow.
The Lions needed last-gasp goals in both halves to secure the points and stretch their unbeaten run to three games, although they had been thwarted by the woodwork three times in a close and compelling contest.
Gareth Arnison tested Lions keeper Steve Drench with the first real effort of the game and the hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Sam Sheridan curled in a low free-kick.
Guiseley responded and Alex Johnson sent in a back-header that hit the bar, before Danny Forrest fired just over minutes later.
Barrow keeper Tony McMillan also had to pull off a sharp save to thwart Wayne Brooksby.
But the Lions did get the leveller on the stroke of half-time. Gavin Rothery’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Forrest but he was denied a goal against his former club as Johnson touched the ball over the line.
Brooksby and substitute Craig Hobson both hit posts after the interval but Drench pulled off saves to deny Marcus Carver and Paddy Lacey at the other end.
Finally it was another Lions substitute who brought the house down at Nethermoor as Louie Swain netted the winner right at the death.
The young Bradford City striker latched on to a through-ball from Hobson and beat McMillan with a shot as the keeper came off his line to narrow the angle.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “It’s pleasing to get a victory but it always makes it a bit more special when you get a last-minute winner like that.
“We showed great character to come from a goal down and it was nice that a couple of the substitutes combined to win the game for us.
“It’s not just about the 11 on the pitch at the start. The subs have been unlucky not to be in the starting line-up.
“Everyone has a role to play and I’m pleased that they did their jobs. We are moving in the right direction.”