KENDAL TOWN...........0

ALTHOUGH Guiseley had the majority of possession in their game against fellow strugglers Kendal Town they were unable to make it count and their defensive attitude has started to anger the Nethermoor faithful. Playing with five men at the back is not their cup of tea.

Benn Gallagher was given a start for once with Colin Hogarth reverting to the bench but the former Manchester City youth player had hardly got into his stride when he was badly injured.

The unfortunate Gallagher was the victim of an accidental studding just above his knee which left a gaping wound. He was stretchered off in obvious pain and taken to hospital where 14 stitches were inserted.

Guiseley threatened when young Andy Shuttleworth got in an accurate left-wing cross in the second minute which Kendal 'keeper Greg Price just managed to grab off Phil Denney's head at the far post.

Kendal's first attack on goal in the fourth minute saw Mike Garrity push the ball out right to Danny Kent but his centre was headed over the bar by Matt Daly.

Guiseley's first real chance came in the 18th minute when central defender Daly's fierce right foot shot was scrambled away. Further chances fell to Dave Henry, Daly and Lee Poole in the opening half but to no avail as Guiseley battled to get their noses in front. Guiseley should have had a comfortable lead by the break.

In the second-half Andy Shuttleworth produced a right foot shot which was deflected away before David Cooke went on a good run. He crossed to the ever busy Phil Denney whose effort went wide.

Guiseley's veteran defenders were struggling a little against the pace of former Blackpool player Rick Shaw and they almost paid the penalty. Shaw looked to be Kendal's biggest threat and in the 51st minute he cheekily stole the ball from the bewildered Williams and set off on a run for goal that saw his shot go wide of the left upright.

Two minutes later Shutt was called into action to tip a curling corner-kick from Kent over the bar.

In the 68th minute Guiseley had loud appeals for a penalty when Cooke went down in the area under a challenge from behind by the rough and ready Craig Allardyce but the referee was having none of it and waved away Guiseley protests.

Just a minute later Lee Poole shot wide and Guiseley efforts were few and far between after that as the game petered out into a scoreless draw giving little inspiration to the frustrated Guiseley supporters.

Young substitute Phil Atkinson replaced Poole late in the game and got in one or two excellent crosses but there were no takers and Guiseley were once again looking a disillusioned side with no real direction.

This was a game that Guiseley just had to win and again good results by other teams in relegation trouble did their cause no good at all.

The draw sees Guiseley drop one place to 19th and makes a win on Saturday at Gretna even more vital. The Scottish side boasts the sixth most lethal attack in the division with 50 goals to their credit but they also have the worst defensive record.

Despite all this, Gretna still have a fractionally better goal difference than Guiseley and also have games in hand. A win for Gretna would take them above Guiseley and with bottom club Congleton Town rejuvenated with a win and a draw under new manager Sean Connor things are looking grim for Guiseley.

Guiseley Youth....................5

Garforth Town....................0

GUISELEY'S Youth team controlled this game from start to finish and their best performance of the season was capped by four goals from Kevin Newhouse, who could easily have scored seven so many chances did Guiseley create.

The writing was on the wall for Garforth after five minutes when the excellent Simon Richardson crashed in a header from a corner. Newhouse scored again after 30 minutes to leave the score 2-0 at half-time.

The home side were awarded a penalty on the hour which Newhouse converted and for which a Garforth defender was sent off. Two more quick goals from the free-scoring Newhouse and then Guiseley played out the last 15 minutes at a canter.

Danny McCartney was in fine form for the home side as were Newhouse, Richardson, Chris Sheard and Andy Butler while youngsters Jamie Wardman and Scott Norton had encouraging debuts.

Guiseley Youth...................3

Harrogate Town..................0

An outstanding first-half performance by Guiseley laid the foundations for another convincing win by the youth team.

Kevin Newhouse opened the scoring and then Gavin Renton notched his first goal for the club with a well struck effort.

Harrogate fought back well in the second-half and were unlucky not to score but Guiseley added to their tally when Simon Richardson netted from close range.