Altrincham 2 Guiseley 2

Guiseley showed their battling qualities as they came from two goals down to earn a draw with highly-fancied Altrincham on Monday The Lions found themselves 2-0 down after just 25 minutes but didn’t panic and fought back impressively.

In fact manager Steve Kittrick felt they had enough chances to win the game.

“At 3.25 we would have been happy to get a point but by the end of the game we felt it was a case of two points dropped. That shows the standards we set for ourselves.”

Altrincham, who are managed by former Bradford City defender Lee Sinnott, defended in depth late in the second half after having a man sent off.

Altrincham broke the deadlock early on as former Farsley Celtic player Damien Reeves headed home.

They made it 2-0 following a 25th-minute free-kick. The ball appeared destined for Steven Drench in the Guiseley goal but Michael Twiss ran across late and got some part of his body to the ball and it flew in.

The comeback was completed before the break though as Steve Kittrick’s men snatched two goals in a four-minute spell.

Ciaran Toner rifled in a shot after Michael Burns had delivered a corner and minutes later Gavin Rothery lashed over the home keeper but under the bar.

When the home side had gone down to ten men, after having a player dismissed for picking up a second yellow card midway through the second half, the Lions tried to turn the screw.

The closest they came to a winner was through Lee Ellington, who hit a post and had a later header palmed away for a corner.

Boss Kittrick, said: “ I thought the lads showed a lot of character. I didn't feel we deserved to be 2-0 down but we fought back.”