John Rooney had quite a day. In the morning it was announced the younger brother of Wayne had turned down the offer of a new contract at Wrexham to sign for Guiseley. In the evening he grabbed a last minute winner for Guiseley to help them climb out of the bottom four.
Rooney was the Dragons leading scorer, and Dean Keates had been keen to keep him at the club. Instead he opted to move to Guiseley, and hours after signing he rammed home a winner against FA Cup heroes Sutton United. It’s not the ideal preparation for a visit from Arsenal, but Guiseley won’t care one bit.
Elsewhere former Cowley protege Michael Cheek scored twice for Braintree as they looked to effectively end any lingering hopes Eastleigh had of upsetting the play-off challenge, and Saturdays opponents Woking pulled themselves away from the drop zone by beating Solihull Moors 2-1.
It is the Guiseley result that should please City fans. The signing of Rooney, and earlier in the season of James Wesolowski, shows a real statement of intent and the win tonight hopefully signals an upturn in fortunes for the Lions. They’ve lost just twice in the league since November 26th, one of those to Lincoln and the other to a John Rooney brace for Wrexham just ten days ago.
Particularly interesting is that their next opponents are Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, and before the end of the season they also meet Forest Green, Tranmere, Dover and Barrow. If they’re finding a good run of form and fighting for their lives it certainly makes for tricky tests for some of our rivals, in particular FGR and Tranmere who both travel to Nethermoor Park. Guiseley are unbeaten there since October 26th, when none other than Lincoln City beat them thanks to a Theo Robinson brace.
In other news Theo was on the score sheet for Southend tonight as they won 2-0 away at Oxford. He came on as a 68th minute substitute, and 20 minutes later powered home a header to register his first goal for the Shrimpers.