Late Leeds goals end Guiseley challenge

Jason Pearce celebrates opening the scoring for Leeds

Guiseley's Danny Forrest runs past Leeds' Stephen Warnock

Guiseley's Danny Hall shields the ball from Leeds striker, Soulamayne Doukara

Steve Morison out jumps former Leeds player, Ben Parker

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Guiseley 0, Leeds United 2

LEEDS needed two late goals to overcome a spirited Guiseley side at Nethermoor.

Dave Hockaday's new-look squad played in front of a sell-out crowd including United owner Massimo Cellino.

The Championship outfit showed their quality but did not have it all their own way and the Lions came close to scoring.

Former Leeds man Ben Parker captained Guiseley but his defence was almost breached within minutes. The first chance fell to Whites loan signing Souleymane Doukara but he shot wide from 20 yards.

Steve Morison put a header into the side-netting as Leeds kept the pressure on but Danny Forrest fired just over at the other end.

Just before the half-hour mark, Lions goalkeeper Steve Drench tipped a Tommaso Bianchi effort over.

The best chance of the first half fell to Michael Tonge but he was also just too high with his shot.

Jake Lawlor should have put the home side in front just after the interval but he shot wide when it looked easier to score.

A Doukara shot was deflected wide before Gavin Rothery fired at Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri as the sides traded blows.

The visitors changed their entire side on the hour mark and, with the Guiseley players tiring, it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken.

Drench foiled Lewis Walters but just as it looked as though the Lions might hold out ,Jason Pierce headed in an Aidy White corner.

To rub salt into the wound, Matt Smith netted from close range in the final minute.

Guiseley will have to pick themselves up for tonight's game against Huddersfield Town but boss Mark Bower feels they will be ready to go again.

He said: "I was pleased with the performance against Leeds. We matched them for 80 to 85 minutes. It was disappointing to lose those late goals but overall we were good.

"We started the second half well and gave them problems. We kept our shape and discipline and restricted Leeds to long-range efforts. We looked fit and sharp but tired towards the end when they brought a fresh team on.

"Jack Stockdill did well and he will be involved tonight in what will be another difficult game for us. They are another Championship team coming to play us and we are looking forward to it.

"We only have a small squad, not like Leeds and Huddersfield, so we have to make sure no-one does too much but that everyone is doing enough."

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