Andy Holdsworth free-kicks are decisive as Guiseley win lively derby

Holdsworth free-kicks are decisive as Guiseley win lively derby

Bradford Park Avenue celebrate Danny Holland's opening goal

Tempers fray at Haorsfall Stadium in the Bradford Park Avenue v Guiseley derby

Bradford Park Avenue's Tom Corner beats Guiseley's Jack Rea on the outside

Guiseley goalkeeper Steve Drench plucks this ball off the head of Bradford Park Avenue's Paul Walker

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Bradford Park Avenue 1, Guiseley 3

Two fiercely struck free-kicks from Guiseley skipper Andy Holdsworth ensured Bradford Park Avenue did not get revenge over their nearest neighbours in the second of their Blue Square Bet North Division derbies.

Avenue had been the better side despite losing 1-0 at Nethermoor on Boxing Day but the Lions turned the tables on them by being the dominant side at Horsfall Stadium.

With the visitors edging a game that was poised at 1-1 going into the last quarter, Holdsworth’s strikes ensured it was the Lions who started 2013 with another maximum.

Bradford boss John Deacey was aggrieved by a refereeing decision midway through the first half, and by his keeper at the two set-pieces.

He said: “The game swung on three key points - how their lad has stayed on the pitch I do not know. You usually get sent off for throwing a punch but he threw two and didn’t.

“I really thought our keeper could have done better with both free-kicks. Once again we have played a full part in the game and got nothing - that’s football.”

The incident that had Deacey fuming was in the 26th minute and it seemed to come out of nothing.

A Guiseley attack petered out in the Avenue area and the referee had given a goal kick before the Lions’ Wayne Brooksby reacted.

A free-for-all ensued as other players became involved but the referee, his assistants and several players acting as peacemakers soon had the situation under control.

The result was a yellow card for Brooksby and Avenue’s on-loan defender Jordan Snodin.

Guiseley opened the scoring in the 35th minute when a clearance from Rhys Meynell found Josh Wilson just onside, and he controlled the ball before curling a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Just before the break, visiting keeper Steve Drench raced wide out of his area to clear but his hack went straight to Paul Walker.

He could not get a shot at the unguarded net but he found Rob O’Brien, whose shot was deflected for a corner.

Jamie Price whipped in the flag-kick and three efforts were blocked before the ball rebounded to Danny Holland, who drilled in off the inside of a post.

Holdsworth got his first chance from a disputed 74th-minute foul in the inside-left channel, and the Lions skipper was at least 30 yards from goal on an angle but his low drive found the target.

Four minutes later, from almost the same spot, he repeated the feat.

Lions boss Steve Kittrick said: “I think we deserved this one but we had to work hard. Avenue may have had five players suspended but they proved what a good squad they have by testing us yet again.”

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11:17am Thu 3 Jan 13

Scoular's left boot says...

5 players suspended.5 defeats on the trot and only 1 goal.We must snap out of this poor run, and quickly as other sides now gaining on us in the league.Watch out to for Harrogate, with all their games in hand. We need to get back to winning ways, because it would be a great shame to drop further down the league. A play off spot would be fantastic, and 5 games ago looked more likely than it does now. Come on Avenue, you can do it...
5 players suspended.5 defeats on the trot and only 1 goal.We must snap out of this poor run, and quickly as other sides now gaining on us in the league.Watch out to for Harrogate, with all their games in hand. We need to get back to winning ways, because it would be a great shame to drop further down the league. A play off spot would be fantastic, and 5 games ago looked more likely than it does now. Come on Avenue, you can do it... Scoular's left boot
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3:15am Sat 5 Jan 13

alfucham says...

Worry not Scoular.

The book will not lie.

But the story behind these past 5 games is all about lack of luck and finish.

After 3 games where they all went in.

The tide will turn again with this set of players and those returning from injury.

In time we hope for an exciting last 20 games
Worry not Scoular. The book will not lie. But the story behind these past 5 games is all about lack of luck and finish. After 3 games where they all went in. The tide will turn again with this set of players and those returning from injury. In time we hope for an exciting last 20 games alfucham
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