Shot-shy Guiseley saved by Drench

Blue Square North: Guiseley’s winless run stretched to six matches with a goalless draw at Stalybridge Celtic which further damaged their prospects of reaching the play-offs.

Steve Kittrick’s men are eight points behind fifth-placed Solihull Moors, but it could have been worse, goalkeeper Steve Drench saving a 55th minute penalty from Celtic’s Lloyd Ellams after bringing down Phil Marsh.

Guiseley managed just five shots in a match punctuated by the referee’s whistle. Drench, Dave Merris and Simon Ainge collected yellow cards for Guiseley, while Rhys Maynell was booked for the home side.

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Kittrick replaced Gavin Rothery and Warren Peyton with Danny Forrest and Luke Sherry at the start of the second half but they could not break the deadlock and Joe O’Neill had a volley well saved.

Boston United’s equaliser deep into stoppage time robbed Harrogate Town as they settled for a 2-2 away draw.

The high-flying Pilgrims made the early running and Marc Newsham forced Marc Cook to make two fine saves.

Harrogate, with Chilaka and Phillips prominent, began to dominate and took the lead after half-an-hour when Adam Nowakowski scored from close range.

Richard Marshall soon made it two, blasting home from Phillips’s centre.

The Pilgrims brought on all three substitutes and Spencer Weir-Daley reduced the arrears after 66 minutes with a low drive.

Harrogate absorbed increasing pressure until the fifth minute of stoppage time when Weir-Daley forced home the equaliser.

Gregory’s goals enough for Halifax

Evo-Stik: Ossett Town remain in deep relegation trouble but they are much happier on their travels and they recorded a seventh away win of the season at Burscough.

Daniel Sheriffe’s 15th minute goal, scrambled home after a corner, was enough to earn the points and put the pressure on Hucknall Town, who put up a brave struggle before losing 2-1 at home to runaway leaders FC Halifax Town.

The Shaymen had a penalty saved but Lee Gregory headed the them in front after 14 minutes and, although Fabian Smith equalised in the 66th minute, Gregory nodded the winner with five minutes left.

Two penalties by Rob O’Brien helped Bradford Park Avenue to a 3-1 home success against Matlock Town, for whom Ross Hannah struck after only three minutes. Tom Greaves levelled matters six minutes later and O’Brien scored from the penalty spot on 21 and 59 minutes.

Another man on the spot was Alex Davidson, whose 54th-minute penalty gave high-flying North Ferriby the points at Ashton United. The home side had Liam Dawson sent off for handling as he conceded the penalty.

Stocksbridge Park Steels were also 1-0 winners at Northwich Victoria, Jack Muldoon’s 24th-minute goal proving the decider.

A second half overhead shot from Kevin Burgess earned Whitby Town a draw at Chasetown, who had led through Ben Jevons’s ninth-minute goal.

Frickley Athletic crashed 4-0 at second-placed Colwyn Bay who led 3-0 at the break.

Harrogate Railway, third from bottom of First Division North, looked like taking all three points off Witton Albion with Colin Hunter’s first half effort, but Josh Hancock equalised with nine minutes remaining.

Garforth Town’s six-match unbeaten run ended at Skelmersdale where Ryan Wade scored the 79th-minute decider, and Wakefield went down 2-1 at home to Salford City, Danny South heading the losers’ consolation goal.

Lowly Ossett Albion were hammered 5-1 at Cammell Laird.

Bridlington close gap on leaders

Northern Counties East: Craig Hogg fired home his 29th goal of the season to keep Bridlington Town on course to retain their Premiership title.

Although Rob Eeles had put Town in front just before half-time, bottom club Hallam put up a feisty display after the break and Hogg’s 84th-minute penalty calmed a few home nerves.

With leaders Farsley having no fixture, the win puts Bridlington to within six points with three games in hand.

They also climbed into second place above Parkgate, who crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Long Eaton despite going ahead through Christopher Wood early in the second half. Michael Martin equalised and Harry Lord grabbed the winner with two minutes to go.

Ryan Blott took his season’s tally to 29 with two goals that gave Scarborough Athletic victory at Brighouse Town despite going behind to Lee Burgess’s strike.

Liversedge extended their unbeaten run to four matches and pulled further away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Selby thanks to a goal in each half from Andy Philp and Jack Garside.