Gainsborough Trinity 1, Guiseley 2

Seb Carole made a stunning impact on his Guiseley debut as a second-half substitute as he turned the game in the Lions’ favour with an assist and then claimed the winning goal.

It was the archetypal game of two halves as the Lions went into the break a goal down but a remarkable turnaround saw them snatch another victory in the Blue Square Bet North.

Second-placed Guiseley had struggled in the first half against a Gainsborough side battling to get into the play-off places.

The visitors were sluggish at the start and it was no surprise when Trinity opened the scoring after dominating the first quarter-hour.

It was an own goal from Lions skipper Mark Bower, although the centre back did not have much of an option.

A good run from Dominic Roma down the right flank ended with his ball into the danger area and Bower inadvertently turned it past keeper Steve Drench.

Paddy Mullen, Guiseley’s other new signing, had started the game and had a first-half chance when Josh Wilson played him through but he snatched at the shot and scuffed the ball well wide.

The on-loan Doncaster Rovers man made way for Kevin Holsgrove during the interval.

Holsgrove, returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him since February, had a good start to the second half but it wasn’t until Carole’s introduction that he bagged the equaliser.

A long ball forward from Rhys Meynell found Carole and he controlled the ball before turning it through the six-yard box where Holsgrove pounced to nod home.

Carole netted the winner 14 minutes from time after an Andy Holdsworth free-kick had been flicked on.

It was Guiseley’s fourth straight victory and keeps confidence high going into tomorrow's home clash with Workington, who were beaten 1-0 at home by FC Halifax Town.

Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick said: “I didn’t think we started particularly well but you have to give credit to Gainsborough because they are trying to get into the play-offs and made life difficult for us.

“The young lad from Donny struggled in the first half but it’s difficult for these lads when they come from the full-time game - it’s a learning curve.

"Seb came on and he is a good footballer - he injected quality but he will always do that.

“We have a big game against Workington and a big derby against Halifax on Wednesday, so we have to keep focused.

"I’ve not given up, I still want to win it but if we finish second then I want us to do it with the momentum behind us to take into the play-offs.”