Guiseley successfully appealed against John Rooney’s red card against Halifax on March 20 but their joy quickly turned to frustration as their star midfielder was then hit with a four match ban for his on-field reaction to that dismissal.

The Lions were incensed with referee Andrew Miller’s original decision and video footage seemed to suggest that their man had not committed any offence during a melee between both sets of players. However, the FA ruled that Rooney’s comments towards the referee and fourth official in the aftermath of that dismissal were unacceptable and that they warranted a ban regardless.

The suspension meant that the 27-year-old missed both of Guiseley’s Easter fixtures and he will still be absent when they face two crucial home games against Maidstone and Dagenham & Redbridge, on Saturday and Tuesday respectively. Manager Sean St Ledger claimed that, while the loss of Rooney was not ideal, others have shown him that they can step up to the plate in the midfielder’s absence.

He said: “It’s a blow because since John’s come in he’s been fantastic. He’s notched a couple of goals as well.

“But on the flipside of that, we’ve got good players in the squad that have come in and made an impact.”

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