Guiseley AFC eased their way into the West Riding County Cup Third Round, with a convincing victory against Bradford (Park Avenue) at Nethermoor Park.
Within the first two minutes, the home side took the lead. The Lions’ winger Zack Dale passed the ball into the feet of Kevin Holsgrove, and his flick found former Avenue midfielder Nicky Boshell, who placed the ball into the bottom corner from ten yards.
Furthermore, Zack Dale continued to cause problems for the Bradford defence, escaping the attention of Craig Radcliffe, but, the winger’s right footed effort skimmed the far post from 10 yards.
Five minutes later, the home side doubled their lead. The Avenue goalkeeper Ben Higginson brought down Nicky Boshell inside the penalty box, giving the referee Ricky Wootton no option, but, to award a penalty. The Lions’ Josh Wilson stepped up, and his shot was initially saved, but, the ball bounced off inside the post and over the line.
The night got worse for Bradford after nine minutes, as Guiseley AFC scored their third. A long ball from Jack Rea found the striker Kevin Holsgrove, and the number nine finished with his left foot from eight yards.
Despite the one sided scoreline, the pace of the game slowed down, as Bradford were trying to get back into the game. The attacking trio of Jackson, Greaves and Davidson were looking to combine together, and even had an attempt on goal. A ball from Nathan Hotte was aimed towards the penalty spot for the Avenue striker Tom Greaves, but, his bicycle kick went wide.
The Avenue created another chance, which went on target. Bradford loanee Craig Radcliffe cut out a pass in the centre circle and threaded a through ball into the path of Alex Davidson, but, the former Lions’ player fired a shot straight at Jacob Giles.
A minute later, Steve Kittrick’s men came close to scoring their fourth. Guiseley’s striker Kevin Holsgrove struck a low shot from ten yards underneath Ben Higginson, only for Craig Radcliffe to clear the ball off the line.
Further to the clearance from Radcliffe, Guiseley AFC had a goal disallowed by the linesman. Again, Holsgrove found space behind the back four, and his cross was struck first time by Nicky Boshell from eight yards into the top corner, but, he was offside from the delivery.
Nevertheless, the Avenue’s Jamie Jackson, returning from an hamstring problem showed glimpses of his talent, and despite dribbling past Rhys Meynell, the number seven side footed his shot wide from eight yards.
HALF TIME: GUISELEY AFC 3-0 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
After the break, the visitors introduced Paul Walker and Rob O’Brien in place of Jordan Deacey and Alex Davidson. The changes had an effect for Bradford, with Walker getting on the ball, and crossing for Greaves, but, his shot was blocked from close range.
Again, the Avenue looked brighter, and Jamie Jackson narrowly struck a powerful right footed effort from 25 yards, which whistled past the far post.
Despite the Avenue searching for a goal, the home side looked dangerous in the opposition half. Again, Kevin Holsgove muscled his way past Craig Radcliffe, however, his cross was not connected properly by right back Macaulay Parkinson and the ball trickled wide.
Three minutes before an hour was played, Bradford’s winger Paul Walker received the possession on the left flank, and struck a shot from 25 yards that grazed the post.
Again, Walker was the architect of the Avenue attack. After playing a neat one-two with Nathan Hotte, the substitute held off the challenge of Andy Pearson, but, failed to hit the target from 12 yards.
However, the away side looked to be coping with any pressure from Guiseley AFC, and were looking stronger in the midfield, and with Richard Marshall brought on, the Avenue substitute had two efforts on goal, but, they failed to trouble Giles.
Furthermore, John Deacey’s men forced a corner, and an inswinging delivery from Craig Radcliffe, was, somehow, missed by Tom Greaves in front of goal.
With seven minutes remaining of the game, the home side scored their fourth. Bradford’s centre back Craig Radcliffe conceded possession to Nicky Boshell, and the winger drove forward to cross for Kevin Holsgrove, but, his effort was pushed away by Higginson, only for the Lions’ substitute Luke Robinson to fire the rebound into the net from close range.
However, the visitors scored a late consolation. The Avenue striker Tom Greaves had possession of the ball, and his right footed effort found the bottom corner from 20 yards.
FULL TIME: GUISELEY AFC 4-1 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Guiseley AFC: Giles, Parkinson (Clarke 60), Meynell, Rea, Ellis, Pearson, Wilson (Robinson 68), D.Boshell, Holsgrove, N.Boshell, Dale (Holdsworth 60).
Subs not used: Walshaw, Drench.
Scorers: N.Boshell (2), Wilson (7 pen), Holsgrove (9), Robinson (83)
Bradford (Park Avenue): Higginson, Duckworth, Drury, James, Knowles (Marshall 63), Radcliffe, Jackson, Hotte, Greaves, Deacey (O’Brien 45), Davidson (Walker 45).
Subs not used: Hume, Holland.
Scorer: Greaves (89)