Bradford Park Avenue have cutting edge as they knock Guiseley out of FA Cup (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Park Avenue have cutting edge as they knock Guiseley out of FA Cup
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Guiseley 1 Bradford Park Avenue 2
Bradford Park Avenue will be in today’s draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after edging a close and keenly-contested derby at Nethermoor on Saturday.
A goal on the stroke of half-time from Richard Marshall turned out to be the one that tipped the balance in the visitors’ favour.
They had taken the lead through the tricky Alex Davidson before Marshall’s deflected strike came as a real hammer blow to the home side.
Jake Lawlor pulled one back after the break but Avenue’s resilient defence held out.
Lions boss Mark Bower said: “I thought individual errors let us down.
“It was a tight game but Park Avenue have taken their chances while we had two in the first half that were just as clear but didn’t put them away.
“The effort was there from our players and they really gave everything but I wasn’t as pleased with this one as much as I had been with the previous two performances. We could have done more and been better in certain areas.”
Bradford City striker Louie Swain, who ended a one-month loan spell at Avenue just over a week before this tie, is now a loanee with the Lions.
Swain was lively and caused problems for his former team mates.
Avenue suffered a blow when they lost left back Jamie Price to injury just 12 minutes into the match.
It was midway through the first half before they started to get into the game.
Once they had settled they took the lead, Davidson netting with a terrific strike, and they went on to create a couple more decent chances, with skipper Nathan Hotte and former Lions forward Nicky Boshell both going close.
A strong finish to the first half led to Avenue forcing a corner in the last minute and, when the ball was only half cleared, Marshall lashed it in via a slight deflection that saw home keeper Steve Drench unable to react.
Bower made a change during the interval, with Andy Holdsworh introduced for Michael Burns.
It proved to be a good call as the former Huddersfield Town man provided the assist for Guiseley’s goal. His well-delivered corner dropped at the back post and Lawlor won the tussle with Avenue centre back Steve Mallory to fire home from four yards.
There was a rash of yellow cards and more substitutions as the game went on but the Lions did throw everything at it in the closing stages.
Swain almost earned his new club a replay but Avenue keeper John Lamb grasped his low shot at the second attempt in the last of the four minutes of stoppage time.
A delighted Bradford boss John Deacey said: “It is a hard place to come to get a result but I think we just about deserved it.
“The FA Cup doesn’t mean anything to me because I’m never going to win it as a manager but it means a lot to the club because of the financial rewards.
“It was a close game but unlike the league game a couple of weeks back when we won without being the better side we edged this one.
“It is still not happening for Mark but it will, and soon, because he has got all the qualities and his attitude is spot-on.”
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