Bradford (Park Avenue) recorded their third consecutive victory in The Skrill North, with a win against a spirited ten-men Guiseley AFC outfit at Nethermoor.
John Deacey named an unchanged side from the 3-1 victory against AFC Telford United. However, Ross Daly returned from injury to replace Jason St Juste on the bench. For the visitors, Jameel Ible stepped in as late replacement for Matt Clarke.
The home side, now managed by former Bradford City defender Mark Bower, started well and were looking to their striker Alex Johnson, on loan from FC Halifax Town to trouble the Avenue defence.
The first opportunity for the Avenue was fired off target by their captain. A run from winger Chib Chilaka allowed the number seven to strike an effort, but his deflected shot was fired over the bar by Hotte from 20 yards.
A foul from the Lions’ captain Danny Ellis saw the defender booked, but also, forced off with an injury and replaced by Spencer Harris. The resulting free kick was deflected for a corner, but, James Knowles was unable to direct a low delivery past Steven Drench from close range.
However, Michael Burns, nearly gave Guiseley AFC the lead. A left-footed free-kick went narrowly wide of John Lamb’s far post from 25 yards.
A minute later, Burns came close to providing an assist from a similar position. The free-kick delivery was headed by Johnson, but Lamb produced an excellent save to push the ball wide.
Again, Mark Bower’s men continued to dominate, but Harris’ diving header from another Burns delivery went wide from 12 yards.
With four minutes remaining, the Lions were not awarded a penalty. A through ball was picked up by Johnson, but the striker was booked for diving inside the penalty area by the referee.
Nevertheless, the Avenue took the advantage. With only one minute left of the first half, they were awarded a penalty. Chilaka received the ball, but, Ible brought the former Harrogate Town man down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot as well as showing the defender a red card. For the second consecutive game, Marshall scored as he fired a low strike into the bottom corner.
HALF TIME: GUISELEY AFC 0-1 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
After the break, Johnson was denied another penalty by the referee, and shortly after, the Avenue responded. A free-kick from Paul Walker was nodded by striker Alex Davidson, but his header struck the crossbar from eight yards.
Despite being reduced to ten-men, the Lions were causing problems for the away side. Firstly, Jake Lawlor forced Lamb into a good save. Also, Gavin Rothery saw his free-kick saved by the goalkeeper from 20 yards.
Nevertheless, the away side kept possession and created an opportunity to score a second goal. However, Hotte spotted Marshall with an inside pass, and his low strike was saved by Drench from 25 yards.
Then, the travelling Avenue supporters were celebrating a second goal. Following good work down the right wing from Chilaka, his powerful shot was pushed from Drench into the feet of substitute Louie Swain, and his left-footed effort found the roof of the net from ten yards.
Two minutes later, the Avenue nearly added a third. Again, Swain was involved, and after positive attacking play, Hotte struck a left-footed shot on the edge of the box, but his effort was deflected wide.
Finally, Swain marked an impressive performance with a fine solo effort that failed to find the net. The striker collected possession, ran past several Lions players, and turned onto his favoured left foot, but his low shot struck the bottom of the post.
FULL TIME: GUISELEY AFC 0-2 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Guiseley AFC: Drench, Rea, Meynell, Potts, Ellis (capt) (Harris 11), Ible, Brooksby, Lawlor, Johnson (Hobson 82), Burns (Priestley 85), Rothery.
Subs not used: Marsh, Dale.
Bookings: Ellis, Johnson, Burns, Rothery, Potts.
Sent Off: Ible
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Howarth, Price, Marshall, Knowles, Mallory, Chilaka, Hotte (capt), Davidson (Swain 68), Boshell (Deacey 57 (Daly 77)), Walker.
Subs not used: Corner, Clamp.
Scorers: Marshall (pen 44), Swain (79)
Bookings: Davidson, Marshall, Deacey, Mallory, Hotte, Daly.