PROMOTION-CHASING Guiseley laboured to a 1-1 home draw against lowly Altrincham in the Vanarama National North on Non League Day but the Lions’ joint manager Russ O’Neill felt it was a positive result.

Guiseley had lost their last league game 3-1 at Gloucester City and they were knocked out of the FA Cup by a side from lower down the non-league ladder last weekend as they were beaten by a stoppage-time winner at Peterborough Sports.

The Lions retained seventh place, the last play-off spot, with the draw while the Robins remained in 18th place, but the game at Nethermoor was overshadowed by a bad injury to Guiseley’s on-loan Chesterfield striker Lee Shaw.

The forward crumpled to the floor after an awkward landing and was treated on the pitch before being stretchered off. The incident led to ten minutes being added on the first half but he was released from hospital later that evening.

O’Neill said: “We will have to see how Lee is on Monday and fingers crossed it won’t be as bad as first thought. He went down badly and was taken off to hospital for x-rays so we’ll have to wait but it didn’t look good because of the pain he was in.

“In terms of the game I think it was a point gained rather than two lost in all honesty because of the overall situation. We’ve got two players out suspended and Jamie Spencer picked a card up so he’ll be suspended now.

“Lee’s injury is the latest in a long line and that’ll hit us as well. I said we’d been lucky with injuries in the early part of the season but it has come to bite us now.

"So all in all I think we’ve earned a point because we’d lost our way a little bit in the last couple of weeks.

“We started well but once we lost Lee we had to change our game plan a little bit and we were against an Altrincham team who keep the ball really well. We created chances and with a bit more composure we could have been a few up before they equalised.”

It was a dream start for the home side as Kaine Felix gave them a fifth-minute lead as he drilled a shot into the bottom corner to beat Robins’ keeper Tony Thompson. But Shaw went down in the 16th minute and the long stoppage disrupted the game.

The visitors began to get into the contest and by the break they were arguably the dominant side.

Alex Starcenko had replaced the unfortunate Shaw and the young Academy graduate conceded a penalty just before the hour mark. The Robins’ midfielder Josh Hancock sent Lions’ keeper Marcus Dewhurst the wrong way from the spot.