Deacey rues key decision going against side as Guiseley knock Bradford Park Avenue out of FA Trophy (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Aggrieved Deacey rues key decision going against side as Guiseley knock Bradford Park Avenue out of FA Trophy
Guiseley 3 Bradford Park Avenue 0
It will be Guiseley who are in tomorrow's FA Trophy third-round draw after some late drama in Saturday’s derby encounter at Nethermoor.
Avenue were denied a strong claim for a penalty and then ended the game with ten men.
The Lions – who are now unbeaten in 13 games – were good value for what was a deserved win but two goals in stoppage time was harsh on Bradford.
A depleted Avenue side had Alex Davidson as stand-in skipper against his former club, who made a whirlwind start.
Home defender Ben Parker had a header cleared off the line following a second-minute corner and Gavin Rothery saw his wind-assisted long-range shot saved by John Lamb.
All that action came before the Lions took a ninth-minute lead. Left back Parker got his goal when he followed in to stab home from close range after Rothery crossed into the goalmouth following a set-piece.
Avenue’s first attempt on goal followed a slick passing move from Jordan Deacey and Nicky Boshell, culminating in the latter trying his luck from an acute angle. Lions keeper Steve Drench got down at the foot of his post to collect.
Midway through the half Lamb had to be alert to fingertip a Wayne Brooksby free-kick over the bar. From the resulting corner Danny Hall headed just over as Guiseley continued to create clear openings.
Avenue’s chances were few and far between but they forced two corners in the 36th minute and when the second was only half cleared, Jason St Juste sent in a cross that was deflected into the safe hands of Drench.
Drench was beaten minutes later when Chib Chilaka, who had been picked out by a superb crossfield pass, sent in a low centre that Davidson stabbed in from close range but the ball had gone out of play before reaching the Avenue captain.
Guiseley should have doubled their lead soon after when they came close three times in the blink of an eye. Craig Hobson, who had come on for the injured Danny Forrest in the 36th minute, got a good downward header on target but St Juste scooped it off the line.
A corner to the home side was the outcome and from that Hall fired in a shot that cannoned back off the crossbar. The pressure was still on and Brooksby curled a shot from just outside the area that whistled just wide of the angle.
The second half was more even in terms of possession and Guiseley could have come to rue their earlier profligacy when Paul Walker appeared to be fouled inside the Lions area three minutes from time.
The referee waved play on and Guiseley broke away, Richard Marshall ending the break with a challenge that the referee deemed worthy of a yellow card. As the midfielder had been booked two minutes earlier, he was shown a red card.
As Avenue pushed for the goal that would have taken the tie back to Horsfall, Rothery got on the end of a superb Danny Boshell through ball to make it 2-0. Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Alex Johnson netted a third.
Avenue boss John Deacey said: “For me the sending off was a turning point. From us having a man fouled in the area they break and we go down to ten men.
“Guiseley were much the better side in the first half but I thought we improved after the break.
“We are struggling though. We are down to the bare bones of the squad. When you have to bring the assistant manager (Mark Hume) on its embarrassing.”
Opposite number Mark Bower had a different view. He said: “I had a good view of the penalty claim and I didn’t think it was one. I thought he went to ground very easily. It was very theatrical and he wasn’t going to get the ball anyway.”
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