King's Lynn Town suffer Guiseley defeat on opening day of new National League North season
Guiseley 3 King's Lynn Town 0
The Linnets opened their Vanarama National League North campaign with defeat in Leeds on Saturday.
A first-half header from Aaron Martin and a second-half brace from Jamie Spencer secured the points for the home team in a match where Town enjoyed good periods of play, but were unable to breakdown a stubborn home defence.
It could have been different had Chris Henderson’s lobbed effort not been cleared by a backtracking home defender early in the game as both teams enjoyed an equal share of possession.
Spencer forced Alex Street into a palmed save resulting in a corner which came to nothing.
However from another corner on 19 minutes Guiseley took the lead as Martin dispatched a powerful header past a rooted Street.
Lynn responded well and found Henderson in space who again lobbed keeper George Sykes-Kenworthy with the ball this time falling inches wide of the left hand post.
Street foiled Gabriel Johnson’s header and Sykes-Kenworthy denied Henderson yet again, this time with a fantastic one-on-one blocking stop.
The visitors were forced into a change at the break as Jordan Richards replaced Rory McAuley who was suffering the effects of a sickness bug, but this didn’t seem to effect the Linnets.
Adam Marriott was denied an equaliser from two yards by the left boot of Sykes-Kenworthy.
The match ebbed-and-flowed but it was the hosts who took full control with the second goal on 58 minutes.
Full-back Reiss McNally intercepted a Lynn pass and ran almost half the length of the pitch before picking out Spencer whose precise shot left Street helpless.
Ten minutes later, any hopes of a Lynn comeback were extinguished as Spencer quickly closed down Chris Smith and drilled the ball into the net to seal the home victory.
Guiseley: Sykes-Kenworthy, McNally, Nicholson, Cantrill, Bencherif, Garner, Felix (Shaw 75), Spencer (Barkers 82), Martin, Soleman, Johnson. Subs not used: Allinson, Digie, Clayton.
Goals: Martin 18, Spencer 58, 68.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Smith, Fryatt, McAuley (Richards 46), Clunan, Jarvis (Kelly 65), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Hawkins 76). Unused subs: Payne and Carey.
Booking: Nathan Fox.
Referee: Mr Paul Brown.