A DISALLOWED goal, despite an encouraging performance, deepened Guiseley's woes as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton on Monday.

The Guiseley management team rang the changes for the visit to Curzon Ashton on the back of two successive home defeats that have plunged the Lions into the battle to avoid relegation.

It so nearly worked as the Lions were denied a deserved win courtesy of some desperate last-ditch defending by the home side.

Even when they did get the ball in the net, the goal was chalked off as Scott Garner was adjudged to have fouled his opponent in the process.

Dylan Barkers, newly arrived from Marcus Bignot's old club Solihull Moors, went straight into the centre midfield as Alex Purver was dropped and Will Hatfield reverted to the bench.

Jack Dyche started up front in place of Kayode Odejayi, while Josh Langley made a welcome return to partner Garner at the heart of the defence.

Curtis Morrison also started on the left in a three-pronged attack alongside Rowan Liburd and Kaine Felix.

The visitors started strongly but suffered a major setback when ever present left back Niall Heaton was involved in a collision of heads.

After a lengthy period of treatment on the pitch, he was led to the dressing room and replaced by Cliff Moyo, with George Cantrill switching to the left flank.

Having quickly settled into their stride, the visitors took the game to Curzon and a fine move ended with Dyche blazing over before Garner headed home Morrison's corner for what looked like the opener on 16 minutes.

However, the celebrations were cut short as the referee signalled for a foul on the Guiseley captain's marker, who appeared to have made no challenge for the ball.

Dyche was then in action down the other end as he produced a timely clearance as Ashton threatened and Marcus Dewhurst pulled of a confident stop from a well-taken free-kick.

The critical moment came after 25 minutes when against the run of play The Nash went ahead through Lewis Reilly after Dewhurst had got a hand to Oliver Crankshaw's curling shot. Dewhurst was then unable to prevent the home number nine netting the loose ball.

After this setback, Guiseley laid siege to the home goal and through a succession of corners without being able to get the vital breakthrough even though Morrison saw his effort blocked and then saw his second effort go just wide after he had reacted with a snap-shot.

Straight from the restart, the Lions were back on the offensive as debutant Barkers shot was cleared off the line by Joel Senior and Andy Halls' follow-up was deflected round the post for yet another corner.

Home keeper Cameron Mason denied Liburd as he stuck out his left leg and Halls blazed over from a good position.

Academy product Aleksanders Starchenko made his debut in place of Barkers and nearly crowned his first appearance with a lob on to the roof of the net, leaving Mason merely a spectator on 72 minutes.

Having delivered a thoroughly compelling performance, Morrison was replaced by Hatfield with 11 minutes remaining but despite almost relentless pressure the Lions were unable to craft an opening although Felix nearly squared matters after going past three defenders only for Mason to smother his effort in the last minute of the game.

Guiseley: Dewhurst, Cantrill, Heaton, Halls, Langley, Garner, Felix, Barkers, Liburd, Dyche, Morrison. Subs: Moyo, Starchenko, Hatfield, Clayton, Odejayi.