Blyth Spartans 0 Guiseley 0

A CROWD of 459 watched the final Blue Square Bet North game of the season at Croft Park and, despite a lack of goals, spectators enjoyed an entertaining afternoon.

A CROWD of 459 watched the final Blue Square Bet North game of the season at Croft Park and, despite a lack of goals, spectators enjoyed an entertaining afternoon.

There were several chances at both ends and from the kick-off,Guiseley almost took the lead.

Gavin Rothery struck the crossbar from close-range before visiting goalkeeper Steve Drench was extended, saving from Alan White.

Guiseley made several raids down both flanks and only a brilliant save by Dan Lowson denied James Walshaw.

Blyth almost paid the penalty for poor defending.

A ball out of defence was played straight to Walshaw who rounded Lowson, but Chris Swailes was back to clear from the line.

Walshaw then had an effort disallowed for offside before Spartans hit back towards the end of the half.

Nicky Deverdics and Liam O’Mahoney threatened but the visiting defence was equal.

There was no respite and Neal Hooks and Stephen Turnbull almost found a way through.

Deverdics dragged a shot from 25 yards wide, but the best chance came in the 40th minute.

A great ball from Hooks found Brayson whose first touch was superb, but his shot hit the top of the crossbar.

Early in the second period, Drench made a superb save from Deverdics following a good move by Turnbull and Swailes and on 73 minutes Guiseley breathed a sigh of relief as Drench saved from his own player Dave Merris.

Blyth were piling on the pressure and Hooks found O’Mahoney whose back-post header was saved.

Turnbull made a surging run into the penalty area, but again Drench came to his side’s rescue – and right on the whistle Guiseley almost clinched all three points as Simon Belory headed the wrong side of the woodwork.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Lowson; Buchanan, Cave, Tait, Swailes, White, Hooks, Turnbull, Brayson, Deverdics, O’Mahoney. Subs: Alexander, Groves, Dale, Ridley, Cunningham.

GUISELEY: Drench; Toulson, Merris, Sharry, Ellis, Ainge, Balory, Boshell, Rothery, Walshaw, Peyton. Subs: Holland, Fitzgerald, Spivack, McEneaney, Coates.

Referee: Mr Turner.

Attendance: 459.

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