Non-league round-up: Halifax and Guiseley secure point, Gray off to winning start at York

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Adam Morgan came off the bench to earn 10-man FC Halifax Town a point as they drew 1-1 at Boreham Wood.

After an awful start, The Shaymen produced some good football and another hard-working, disciplined display, limiting the hosts to few clear chances; a defeat would have been scant reward on the balance of play.

Heath was keen to see Town keep a clean sheet on the road again after doing so in their first five away games, but his side were caught napping when, after a foul by Matty Kosylo, Andrade went for goal when everyone must surely have been expecting a cross, and disappointingly beat Sam Johnson at his near post.

Andrade, the hosts’ biggest threat by far, had the ball in the net soon afterwards but that was ruled out for offside, although Heath didn’t look happy that Johnson had parried Dan Holman’s shot straight into Andrade’s path after the visitors had stood off the hosts.

Thankfully the visitors weathered the early pressure and worked their way into the game; Kosylo was Town’s brightest spark and enjoyed his free role in a 3-5-2 behind Ben Tomlinson, making his first start since the opening day, and Tom Denton, twice testing Grant Smith from range.

Holman and Keiran Murtagh both went close with headers from inside the box as Town’s threat tapered off.

But after Kosylo’s shot across goal was only parried by Smith, Morgan was left with a tap-in to equalise.

That was before Denton was dismissed for an alleged elbow on Stephens.

Guiseley gained a late point away at Maidstone United after drawing 1-1.

With the game looking to have been lost the Lions were awarded a penalty that was conveyed by Frank Mulhern.

Afterwards Guiseley boss Paul Cox said: “It is a good point considering when we scored, in terms of performance, we had chances and more chances then they did, we showed a good attitude to keep on going.”

“It is another case where wwe need to be a little better in both boxes but it is something to build on.”

Guiseley started brightly and should have been a goal up in the opening minutes, Mike Fondop who scored on his debut on Tuesday forced Maidstone keeper Lee Worgan into a smart save.

The hosts though with their first chance of the game took the lead, when a misplaced pass was picked up by Zevon Hines he was able to round Jonny Maxted and opened the scoring.

Despite going a goal down, Guiseley again had another fine chance when a Rob Atkinson effort was deflected and looked set to go in but somehow went wide of the goal.

A scrappy start to the second half meant chances were few and fair between in the opening stages, but when the game opened up a bit again it was Guiseley with the better opportunity as Atkinson again saw an effort well blocked, this time by Worgan who did well to get his body in the way.

After soaking up pressure Maidstone should have doubled their lead when Hines was well placed but missed his opportunity to get his second of the game.

But Mulhern’s penalty ensures Guiseley didn’t leave empty handed ahead of a week off from League action due to the FA Cup.

In National League North, two goals from Jon Parkin gave Martin Gray off to a winning start as York City manager, with a 2-1 win over Brackley.

North Ferriby United and FC United of Manchester shared six goals in a 3-3 draw.

Harrogate Town won 2-1 at Curzon Ashton, thanks to Mitch Curry’s 87th-minute strike.

Bradford Park Avenue were held 1-1 at home to Kidderminster Harriers.