By Shaun Moloney
Guiseley AFC forward Kevin Holsgrove is set to miss the crucial Blue Square Bet North playoffsafter being sent-off in the 1-1 draw with play-off hopefuls Altrincham.
Holsgrove will not be available for selection during the play-off period that Guiseley, currently sitting second, are already guaranteed to be involved in.
The game was full of incident and refereeing decisions were met by raucous reactions from both dugouts.
It began with large spells of Altrincham domination, where the hosts looked lethargic and were forced to soak up pressure.
Prolific striker Damian Reeves, who has scored 35 goals this season, came close after just three minutes and Guiseley goalkeeper Steven Drench was forced into action consistently.
Against the run of play Guiseley took the lead, as former Vauxhall Motors midfielder Josh Wilson deftly slotted the ball under Altrincham’s Stuart Coburn just after half-hour mark.
The Altrincham squad depth was tested as Duncan Watmore limped off the field before the break and midfielder Simon Richman never emerged from the tunnel for the second half.
After 65 minutes the sending off occurred reducing the Lions to ten men and Altrincham capitalised when Jake Moult drilled home an equaliser from the edge of the 18-yard box ten minutes later.
Guiseley nearly threw away the point when Drench conceded a late penalty – bringing down striker James Lawrie.
Altrincham continued their horrific record from the penalty spot as Drench redeemed himself by saving the Ryan Brooke’s spot-kick.
Speaking after the game Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick said that his goalkeeper would be playing in the Premiership were he taller.
Guiseley host newly-crowned champions Chester on Saturday.