A frustrating outcome from a game Guiseley should have won by a good margin but unable to find the back of the net with a number of very good chances.
The game started slowly with Harrogate moving the ball well but Guiseley well organised in defence. On 10 minutes, though partly down to the long grass, after a tackle from Joe G the ball holds up and the Harrogate team react the better for a cross into the box and a good finish unmarked in the box.
There was lot of hard work and physical play in the first half without a lot of chances being created, although when called into action Callum made an excellent save low to his right. On 41 minutes Joe C holds the ball up well and puts a good pass in behind the defence for Josh to run onto – one on one with the keeper but hits the post and Harrogate are able to clear the ball.
Guiseley started the second half a lot better – more movement and possession. Almost immediately Luke is put in by Harry G but pulls the shot wide with just the advancing keeper to beat. Almost immediately a ball out of defence from Joe G finds Rory and a good link up with Harry G but the shot is wide. A few minutes later and Josh plays a good short through ball to Harry G to beat the first man then the advancing keeper but hits the defender on the line with the shot and Harrogate clear. There are further good chances for Luke and Josh and from a corner Harry G’s header forces a great save from the keeper. Eventually Luke does find the net but is adjudged off side.
The second half is equally as physical as the first half and there is plenty to keep the referee busy – although his decision to ask their coach to sub a player is a bit odd – either book him or give him a final warning. Still, in his own way the ref made the game entertaining for the neutral I’m sure?!
There are further good chances for Harry G and Josh but today we just couldn’t score.
The team played really well in very tough game – very happy overall. Harrogate didn’t really make many clear cut chances in the second half. We must be more clinical with the finishing though.