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Easy does it as Guiseley give Whitby a whipping
Buy this photo » James Walshaw receives the plaudits from Nicky Boshell after one of his three goals
Guiseley 7 Whitby Town 0
Guiseley brushed Whitby Town aside with a seven-star display to knock their North Yorkshire visitors out of the FA Trophy in emphatic style.
James Walshaw led the charge with a hat-trick but he could have had half a dozen and the Lions could have hit double figures.
In truth Whitby were a beaten side at the break as they trailed 3-0 and were then blown away by an early second-half onslaught.
The landslide victory will not just fill the Lions with pride but also boost their confidence ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup first-round replay at Barrow.
There was no hint of the carnage to follow when Guiseley broke the deadlock after just five minutes.
The home defence robbed Whitby of the ball and, in the blink of an eye, Wayne Brooksby threaded it to Walshaw on the halfway line, who found Holsgrove in space in the middle and he raced through before slotting home.
Whitby had chances after that and they could easily have been on level terms.
But when Holsgrove could not get a shot away just inside the area, he kept possession and laid the ball to Andy Holdsworth, who curled in Guiseley’s second.
Just before the break it was another Holsgrove assist, this time a pass across the edge of the visitors’ area which presented Walshaw with his first.
With the Barrow replay in mind, boss Steve Kittrick made two changes at the break, Brooksby and Hols-grove making way for Danny Boshell and Josh Wilson.
With two more hungry forwards on, the Lions gobbled up another three goals in quick time. Once Wilson’s drilled shot had found the back of the net in the 51st minute, Guiseley went on a goal spree that saw them move 6-0 up by the 58th.
Wilson was set up by Gavin Rothery, Walshaw volleyed in his second and soon after Boshell thumped in from outside the area.
Having scored his first in the 44th minute, Walshaw netted in the 88th to claim his treble. He took a neat crossfield pass in his stride and raced on before slotting in a low shot.