GUISELEY missed out on the chance to put more daylight between themselves and the bottom three when they lost 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday.

The Lions found themselves two goals down after just eight minutes, only to stage a second half recovery that nearly saw them snatch a draw at the death.

Spennymoor's Shane Henry nodded home a corner from the right at the near post with just five minutes on the clock and was then handed a large slice of good fortune three minutes later as his second effort of the evening took two wicked deflections to wrong foot Marcus Dewhurst in the Guiseley goal and put Spennymoor 2-0 up.

Shell shocked Guiseley clawed their way back into the game and were rewarded for their efforts on 39 minutes when a long throw caused consternation in the home defence and from the resulting melee Kaine Felix pulled the ball back for Scott Garner to halve the deficit.

But once again the lack of concentration at the back cost the visitors, as Robert Ramshaw was left on his own in the middle of the six-yard box to head a third past Dewhurst on the stroke of half-time.

Will Hatfield replaced Dylan Barkers on the re-start and was quickly into the action as James Curtis blocked his early effort.

Guiseley gave themselves hope with 20 minutes remaining as Kingsley James was upended 25 yards out and Hatfield rifled in a superbly struck free-kick over the wall and into the top corner giving Matthew Gould no chance.

Substitute Michael Fowler went close on a couple of occasions as the Lions went in search of a third equaliser, which they nearly got in the very last minute as Andy Halls' piledriver from 20 yards out skimmed the bar.

"We had a very poor start and were 2-0 down within 10 minutes," said Guiseley joint manager Marcus Bignot. "Although it was the worse possible start, we managed to get ourselves back in it, but then we conceded five minutes before half-time.

"We then imposed ourselves on the game in the second half and almost snatched a point at the death."

Guiseley: Dewhurst, Halls, Cantrill, Purver (Fowler 62), Langley, Garner, Felix (Morrison 82), Barkers (Hatfield 45), Odejayi, James, Moyo. Subs: Dyche, Digie, Fowler, Hatfield, Morrison.