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Guiseley are closing in on leaders Hyde
Guiseley 3, Gloucester City 2
Guiseley moved to within two points of Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde FC when they beat Gloucester City by the odd goal in an incident-packed game at Nethermoor last night.
The visitors took the lead after just three minutes when Darren Matthews headed home.
The Lions should have levelled in the 17th minute when former Bantams loanee striker Jason Price was through on goal.
Price was brought down in the area, an action which earned Gloucester defender Matt Ross a red card, but James Walshaw’s penalty was saved.
Price was soon hobbling off, possibly as a result of the late challenge, and Lee Ellington replaced him.
There was more injury woe for the home side after a long stoppage for treatment to Steven Drench late in the first half.
The keeper had been caught in the face by a boot as he made a save and was unable to continue. However, reserve shot-stopper Jacob Giles was on the bench.
Guiseley were still trailing at the interval but were on terms a little over a minute into the second half.
A Walshaw shot was saved but Danny Boshell fired in. After getting back into the game, the home side almost snatched it away from Gloucester with two strikes either side of the hour mark.
Ellington drove a low shot into the net from 16 yards, and two minutes later Danny Forrest appeared to score but the goal was credited to Ciaran Toner. It should have been plain sailing for the Lions from there but a Darren Edwards strike 20 minutes from time ensured a nervous ending to an already tense game.