THEIR first trip on the road for relegation-threatened Guiseley in 2022 saw them lose 2-1 at Spennymoor Town on Saturday in the National League North.

Spennymoor opened the scoring when Rob Ramshaw netted in the first-half but the Lions responded with a much improved second-half performance.

They equalised through Jordan Thewlis, but Spennymoor's Ryan Hall came off the bench to net the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Skipper Hamza Bencherif returned to the side and he was joined in a back three by academy graduate Ollie Brown, making his sixth successive start.

The Moors had the better of the first-half and showed early intent when Jude Oyibo struck the side netting after just two minutes and Brad Abbott fired over from the edge of the box.

Guiseley battled on and they created an opportunity of their own but Thewlis shot well over the bar.

Prolific striker Glen Taylor came close on a couple of occasions for the hosts, but he was denied by first the speed of Lions goalkeeper Owen Mason (pictured) and then a brave last-ditch block from Andy Hollins.

Guiseley then had a chance of their own, when Brad Nicholson’s cross found young striker Josh Stones, but he was unable to connect properly with the ball and the chance was gone.

From a scramble in the box neither Bencherif nor Hollins could convert and those missed chances proved costly on 33 minutes when Spennymoor took the lead, with Oyibo’s ball finding Ramshaw, who netted nicely.

Three minutes after the break, Thewlis found half-time substitute Adam Haw at the near post, but his shot went just wide.

It was all Guiseley in the opening stages of the second-half as Hollins and Haw came close to equalising.

But the latter got a second chance to impress on 66 minutes when he remained calm to tee up Thewlis, who slotted past Dale Eve from close range.

Guiseley pressed for a winner, but Hall produced a clinical finish to win the game with his first touch off the bench.

The defeat leaves Guiseley just five points above the relegation zone, the same as Farsley Celtic, who suffered a humiliating 6-0 home defeat to Darlington on Saturday.