Magnificent Ainge finds his range as Guiseley win again

Simon Ainge scored both Guiseley's goals

Simon Ainge scored both Guiseley's goals

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Colwyn Bay 1 Guiseley 2

Guiseley held their nerve and their concentration to earn yet another victory to keep their hopes of landing the Blue Square Bet North title very much alive.

The Lions had to battle back from a first-half deficit.

In an opening period of few chances, the Welshmen took the one that counted when John McKenna netted in the 35th minute.

Andy Holdsworth had put an early free-kick over the bar and had a later effort blocked while Danny Forrest had been denied by the home keeper.

After the break it was James Walshaw who was threatening for the Lions, with skipper Simon Ainge playing a real captain’s innings.

Right on the hour mark, the former Bradford City defender fired in the equaliser with a shot from just inside the area and he headed in what proved to be the winner three minutes later from a Holdsworth free-kick.

Dave Merris and substitute Chris Senior both went close as the visitors finished strongly.

Spokesman Stuart Allen said: “We were poor first half, very poor considering the standards we have set ourselves recently. But after half-time it was more or less all us.”

Leaders Hyde won 3-1 at Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham, who visit Nethermoor tomorrow to play a Guiseley side bang in form. The win at Colwyn Bay was a sixth straight victory for the Lions.

Allen added: “Danny Boshell had to come off in the second half and will be a doubt for the Altrincham game because there is not much recovery time.”

Hyde are home to mid-table Solihull Moors tomorrow.

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