GUISELEY and Farsley Celtic both moved up one place in the play-off zone in the Vanarama National North after earning 3-0 victories in differing circumstances.

The Lions were home to Hereford and the Bulls had their tails between their legs as they headed back down south following a hat-trick from Guiseley’s red-hot striker Aaron Martin.

The summer signing from Brighouse Town was the first in the division into double figures and that earned him the August Player of The Month accolade.

It took him just nine minutes to breach the Bulls’ rearguard as he stole possession before heading into the area and netting a deflected shot.

Guiseley reached the break with that slender lead and, despite chances at both ends, it was inside the last quarter of the game before the Lions doubled their lead. Martin beat visiting keeper Brandon Hall for a second time when he seized a loose ball in the area and tucked it into the net.

Gabby Johnson had made the move from Brighouse to Nethermoor along with Martin in the close season. Johnson came off the bench early in the second half and, five minutes from time, he was fouled in the area.

That gave Martin all the encouragement he needed and he stepped forward to drill the spot kick past Hall. The win lifted the Lions up from fifth to fourth.

Farsley followed suit as their 3-0 win, arguably a harder-earned one as they were away at Leamington who were five places higher than Hereford, saw the Celts climb to sixth.

The Brakes had the ball in Farsley’s net early on but Jack Edwards’ goal was ruled out for offside. Adam Lakeland’s Celts finally broke the home side down five minutes before the interval.

A flowing move saw Jordan Richards find Tyler Walton and he spotted Jimmy Spencer in a better position and laid it off for the former Huddersfield Town and Notts County striker to slot home.

A spell of pressure early in the second half had the Brakes defence struggling to repel the attackers and eventually the Celts doubled their lead.

On-loan York City defender Tom Allan sent in a low drive and his fellow centre back Adam Clayton steered it past Leamington keeper Jake Weaver.

Nathan Cartman was sent on in a double substitution by Lakeland in the 70th minute and less than two minutes later the striker wrapped up the scoring. An excellent through ball from Spencer sent Cartman clear and with only Weaver to beat he slotted in.