Report: Colls 1-2 Guiseley

Atherton Collieries couldn’t turn a strong performance into all three points, as they were defeated 2-1 by Guiseley.

Goals from Liam Tongue and Gabriel Johnson were enough but a late goal from Enock Lusiama gave the Colls hope.

The first chance initially fell to the Colls with only 15 minutes on the clock as left-wingback Lewis Thompson cut inside to his right foot and curled an effort that struck the outside of the post to deny Colls the lead.

But it was Guiseley who initially thought they had broken the deadlock as prolific forward Gabriel Johnson was quickest to react after a Tom Donaghy save, only to be denied by the assistant referee's flag.

Those two chances defined an otherwise even first half in which both sides really struggled to create chances at the Skuna Stadium.

Johnson had the ball in the net for the visitors a second time just five minutes after the restart, but for a second time the officials flag denied the Lions as the ball had left the field just before.

The visitors wouldn’t be denied a third time as Guiseley captain Liam Tongue fired a low shot hard which deceived Tom Donaghy as the on-loan shot stopper couldn’t keep the ball out.

However, the stopper made amends five minutes later as a floated Guiseley cross was nearly turned home by Prince Ekpolo only for Donaghy to push it over the bar with a flying reflex save.

Colls grew into the second half and were unfortunate as Guiseley’s second goal came from a hopeful punt upfield by Ollie Battersby which was latched upon by Johnson who wouldn’t be denied a third time as he placed the ball around Donaghy to double the Lions lead.

The second half was marred by an injury to midfielder Sidi Fofana, who struggled to leave the field following a reckless and likely season-ending tackle from Lions defender Leigh Whelan, who received an eyebrow raising yellow card for his efforts.

With a mountain to climb and ten minutes do so, Oli Putnam was freed down the right wing by debutant Kyle King, Putnam then fired across to Lusiama who made no mistake and fired past the despondent Battersby in the Lions goal.

Ben Rydel was shown a second yellow card with little time remaining as the midfielder received a second yellow following a 50/50 challenge against Gabriel Johnson.

Focus turns to Morpeth Town on Saturday as the Colls look to record their first ever victory at Craik Park.

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