Guiseley FC



First Team

Tue 26 Mar 2019 | National League North | Away


Nethermoor Park




Michael Barlow




Tuesday night’s encounter at Nethermoor held the possibility of seeing Guiseley add to their survival bid, whilst Mark Bradshaw’s Curzon Ashton had the chance to push forward and capitalise on their outside chances of grabbing a playoff place. Although, it was the home side who came away with the three points as Curzon fell to a 1-0 defeat on the road, thus giving Guiseley a first clean sheet in 17.


In the opening exchanges of the encounter, it was the home side who dictated much of the game, controlling possession and ultimately causing the visitors to sit back and watch Guiseley as they went about their business. As a result of this, Guiseley were able to create a couple of early chances for themselves, mostly through Dylan Barkers in the middle of the park, but also from both of the wide positions, however they were unable to create any real tests Cam Mason in the Curzon goal.


As Guiseley continued to build the pressure early on, they forced themselves a couple of corners in quick succession, however the Curzon defence remained unfazed and continued to deal with the early pressure from the home side. As the game reached the 20-minute mark, Guiseley had continued to hold the ball and create the odd chance for themselves, however nothing seemed to cause Curzon’s back line any sort of issues, and the score remained 0-0.


With Guiseley dictating much of the first half, Curzon were limited to very little of the ball, meaning the only real chance they had of creating a chance for themselves was on the break. They did this a couple of times as the half came to a close, this coming mainly from Olly Crankshaw and Luke Wall going forward, however service to the pair remained poor, and it was evident that there was no real quality on show.


The first half came to a close with the scores all square, with Guiseley having most of the ball, and more chances to boast, however Curzon’s defence remained strong and relatively comfortable as we approached the break. 


As the 2nd half got underway, Curzon created a couple of early chances for themselves coming from the wide positions. Crankshaw seemed to have the beating of his man on a couple of occasions, but again found no real quality in the final third and the ball just wasn’t falling for the Curzon players when it mattered.


As we reached the hour mark, the game became very open, with neither side commanding and control over the game and it ultimately became an end-to-end scrap. It was clear that if either side grabbed a goal it would surely be the winner.


The game remained in the balance for the remainder, with Olly Crankshaw coming very close after once again beating his man, only for his shot to be deflected wide. The decisive moment came when Alex Palmer nudged the ball past Cam Mason, putting the home side 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go.


Bradshaw’s men had looked to have ran out of ideas from that moment, having taken a huge blow in conceding almost against the run of play in the 2nd half. Curzon piled the pressure late on, but Guiseley coped well, and it was clear that Curzon had really lacked in quality and cutting edge on the night.


Match Report by Jack Earl


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