Guiseley 2, Altrincham 1: A nail-biting finale only added to the excitement as Guiseley reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup with a narrow but memorable victory over Altrincham.

The UniBond Premier Division outfit from the affluent parts of Cheshire were favourites in this tie but Guiseley found a level of commitment and team spirit that leaves them just one win away from the FA Cup first round proper. After leading 2-0 at half-time it turned out to be a nervous progression into today's draw but that made it even more satisfying for the struggling West Yorkshire side.

"We rode our luck a bit but we are still in the competition and I'm sure the supporters will be very happy, as indeed we are," said boss Neil Parsley.

"I didn't think we played particularly well - our passing was poor - but I'm delighted by the effort my players put in. They might be fortunate to have beaten a good side from the higher division of the UniBond but they deserved it because they worked for it."

Guiseley as a team were defiant. The celebrations of Mark Stuart following his first-half strike to make it 2-0 epitomised that.

Senior picked up a long clearance from Chris Hill to put the home side in front in the fourth minute with an exquisite chip from the corner of the area, leaving Altrincham keeper Richard Acton stranded.

The striker was hungry for more and only Acton's face denied him a second in the 28th minute as he attempted another controlled lob. From the resulting corner a header was scrambled clear but former Bradford City man Stuart snapped up the rebound.

He raced to the front of the main stand punching the air and snarling at the home crowd to believe victory was possible.

Altrincham's Peter Band set up a tense last 20 minutes when he headed home from a corner. Guiseley were relieved to see a later strike ruled out following a foul on Hill and kept their concentration to repel further advances from the visitors.