GUISELEY’S woeful home form continued as a poor second-half performance saw Telford United clinch a 2-1 win in National North - their second victory at Nethermoor this season.

The Bucks had beaten the Lions in the FA Trophy in late November with Marcus Dinanga being on the score sheet in the 4-0 victory, and he was a constant threat once more as he bagged a brace.

Dinanga could have scored twice as many as he was on the end of several chances created after the break by the visitors. It was a frustration for the Lions as they had taken a one-goal lead into the break after a close first half.

The deadlock wasn’t broken until the 35th minute when Telford keeper Michael Luyambula failed to connect properly as he punched a free-kick. The ball dropped just yards from him and although his centre back Theo Street was behind him to hack Chris Sang’s shot off the line, the rebound was rifled in by Kennedy Digie.

Brad Wade was making his home debut for the Lions and the young keeper on loan from League One outfit Rochdale looked assured. He dealt with all of the regulation duties and made two fine saves from snap shots so Guiseley deserved their half-time lead.

The Bucks started asking questions of the Guiseley defence ten minutes into the second half, and as the pressure mounted the home side’s back line seemed to switch to panic mode.

Dinanga had two attempts and Wade made a good save to deny James McQuilkin before the visitors finally levelled. A moment of confusion led a ball being played back into their own area and as Wade came off his line, Dinanga beat him to it and netted a simple header.

Wade made another excellent save to deny Dinanga inside the last ten minutes but the keeper was left exposed yet again late on. Although he got a foot to the striker’s low shot, the ball hit the roof of the net.

The defeat dropped the Lions one place to tenth but the Bucks climbed to 13th and there are now just five points separating the clubs.

Guiseley joint manager Russ O’Neill said: “We were in a good position at half-time and we had a couple more chances in that first half so if one of those goes in you wouldn’t expect to lose from there.

“But I don’t want to paper over the cracks. In all honesty I thought we were fortunate to be in the lead at half-time and we looked unrecognisable from ourselves and I don’t know why that was.

“The score was turned on its head in the second half and that’s very disappointing after being a goal up at half-time to come away with nothing.

“I don’t want to point at any individuals because we were off it as a team and it went wrong all over the pitch. We’re a young team and a dynamic team with lots of energy and if we don’t hit those levels it can go wrong as it did on Saturday.

“We were on the wrong end of the result and I thought deservedly so. We were in a fantastic position before the game, looking at those top seven places and the play-offs and we’re further away again and that’s the big disappointment for me.”