UNITED continued their poor away form losing 2-0 to Guiseley at Nethermoor Park.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson made one change to the 1st eleven that lost to Southport on September 29th at Plainmoor. Midfielder Joe Ward made way for Sam Chaney as united lined up in a traditional 4-4-2. New loan signing David Fitzpatrick, having only joined the squad at the match, took a place on the bench. Goalkeeper Jamie Robba didn’t make Gibraltar’s final squad for their friendly against Cyprus tomorrow and wasn’t able to get back in time to make the match.
United didn’t get to grips with Guiseley in the first half. The warning signs were evident in the early minutes. The Gulls were lucky not concede earlier than they did.
In the 14th minute Connor Brown’s chipped cross caught United out at the back for Jordan Preston to finish at the far post.
Just five minutes later Will Hatfield was allowed freedom and space to pick out Cassidy who was unmarked to nod the ball into the net for their second of the game.
The rest of the first half was difficult to watch for the travelling Yellow Army. Guiseley seemed to take United apart at will and the Gulls were lucky not to concede more, many more in the first half.
The one bright point came as a result of more indecisive play by the Gulls. Luke Young had little option but to take Will Hatfield down inside the box as Guiseley overloaded United once again.
Cassidy looked confident of scoring his second of the game but Moore had other ideas. Our stopper made it four penalty saves in a row when he dived slightly to his right to keep Cassidy’s effort out.
However, the momentum didn’t change, United were still very much second best for the rest of the first half.
Guiseley were guilty of throwing away a clear chance to score their third. Hatfield’s run caused chaos, and his ball to Cassidy was wasted when the striker fired wide.
New loan signing David Fitzpatrick was introduced at half-time, midfielder Sam Chaney making way.
The second half saw an improvement in United’s all-round play, but the deficit between the two sides was still too much to come back from. Guiseley were still a goal-threat and nearly caught United on the counter-attack at numerous points.
Fitzpatrick made a difference. His pace and direct running took United further up the pitch, and pushed Guiseley back when they threatened to overrun the Gulls once again.
With the damage done early in the first half by Guiseley, there was little onus on them to come out and let United back into the game. Still, they threatened and could have had a few more goals in the second half. The Gulls were lucky when a header from Robert Atkinson was eventually cleared by Luke Young.
United’s first shot on the goal with conviction came in the 90th minute. Jamie Reid forced Jonathan Maxted into a diving save, but the Guiseley stopper wasn’t tested convincingly.
Moore had to be alert just before the final whistle. His touch from a shot from Alex Purver took the ball onto the post.
We’d like to thank the travelling Yellow Army for their support at the match. The Gulls look to make up for that performance at Plainmoor, against Wrexham in seven days time.