GUISELEY faced another of the fancied sides at Nethermoor on Saturday afternoon in the form of Kidderminster and with a bit more luck the Lions could have taken all three points against the full-time Harriers.

Lacking the injured Kaine Felix, Lewis Hey was in the starting line-up from the off and Guiseley were straight out of the blocks.

Visiting keeper Luke Simpson twice had to head the ball away on the edge of his area but the first real opening fell to his teammate Ashley Hemmings who put his header the wrong side of the upright from six yards out, much to the relief of the hosts.

The Lions first real chance came on 13 minutes when Lebrun Mbeka was fouled twenty yards out but Jordan Thewlis’s shot hit the Kidderminster wall and the danger was cleared.

Quarter of an hour in and Guiseley forced several corners, the second of which Simpson had to punch from under his own bar as Jacob Gratton sought to catch him out.

Sam Austin brought a good stop from Jordan Amissah and down the other end neat interplay on the right flank, between Regan Hutchinson and Mbeka, saw the latter cross for Gratton to try his luck but once again but Simpson was equal to his effort.

Minutes later with the ball pinging around the box Thewlis’ header towards the target found Hey but his effort went just wide.

There had been a flurry of contentious decisions from the officials and when Kiddy had a man down receiving treatment on the half hour the players took the opportunity to take on some liquids by the dugouts, and during this exchange referee Dean Watson brandished a red card and sent Guiseley Assistant Manager Paul Clayton off the field, presumably for something he had said.

On the resumption the impressive Gratton once again got in behind the visitors back line but Simpson was on hand again to deny the Rotherham loanee.

The last actions of the half saw Hey fire into the car park after Brad Nicholson’s long throw had been cleared to him and Simpson tipped another Gratton corner behind.

Guiseley started the second period as they had finished the first with Thewlis putting his effort just the wrong side of the upright.

But it was the visitors who nearly broke the deadlock as Austin’s cross found the head of Nyal Bell and his effort came back off the post with Amissah beaten.

The pace of the game continued unabated and when Mark Carrington was late into a tackle on Hey he was shown a straight red card by referee Watson while the Guiseley man had to be supported off the field and took no further part in the game. Bailey Thompson coming on to replace him on 51 minutes.

Not that the ten men were going to sit back and hold out for a point as a long ball found Omari Sterling but Nicholson was on hand to clear the danger.

Harriers then forced several corners all of which came to nought as the Lions defence and keeper Amissah held firm.

Mbeka headed another pinpoint Gratton corner just over and Prince Ekpolo tried his luck from twenty yards out to no avail.

As the clock ticked down Gratton cut in from the left and beat two defenders before going close with a shot across the goal and substitute Adam Haw the beat the onrushing Simpson only for Joe Foulkes to get back and clear the danger.

Match report: Guiseley

Kidderminster will probably see this as a point gained after the dismissal of Carrington while the Lions are left to mull over what could have been had they capitalised on one or two of the chances that they had crafted.