Garry Hunter shoots out Guiseley at the death

Nicky Boshell headed against the bar for Guiseley in the closing moments

Nicky Boshell headed against the bar for Guiseley in the closing moments

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Barrow 1, Guiseley 0

There was heartbreak for Guiseley as they exited the FA Cup after hosts Barrow snatched a stoppage-time winner in this first-round replay.

The Lions came agonisingly close to booking a place in the second round for the first time in their history when substitute Nicky Boshell hit the bar with a header from an 87th-minute corner.

It was possibly the hosts’ best chance to win the tie but the home side had also struck the woodwork earlier.

The first meeting at Nethermoor finished 2-2 after Guiseley had let a two-goal lead slip but there was no prospect of four goals in the replay.

It was a very tight contest but James Walshaw had two early sights of goal, with his fifth-minute effort going over the target before his next shot was saved.

Kevin Holsgrove and Andy Holdsworth were the only two of the visitors’ men to have a chance in the first half – and there was not a lot of goalmouth action after the interval either.

A header from Danny Ellis flashed wide before Walshaw put a shot wide when he only had the home keeper to beat.

Danny Boshell saw a shot deflected wide a minute before brother Nicky’s header against the bar and Ellis had a stoppage-time shot saved.

Garry Hunter then settled it for Barrow – even later into time added on – with a strike worthy of winning such a close tie.

Hunter hit a screamer from outside the area to earn the Cumbrians home advantage over Macclesfield Town in the next round a week on Saturday.

Guiseley director Stuart Allen said: “It was a very long way home on windy roads and it was a much longer journey after losing.

“It was very late when Barrow scored, but then there were very few chances in the game.

“It was certainly a midfield battle rather than a free-flowing game and with what was at stake you can understand that.”

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