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Victorious Bradford Park Avenue deepen Guiseley's woes
Buy this photo » Guiseley's interim player-manager Mark Bower looks thoughtful as Danny Ellis is helped off the pitch, the Lions having already lost fellow central defender Matt Clarke
Guiseley 0, Bradford Park Avenue 2
Bradford Park Avenue won the big Skrill Conference North derby tonight to heap more woes on nearest neighbours Guiseley.
The Lions sacked manager Steve Kittrick last week but interim boss Mark Bower has not been able to turn the club's fortunes around just yet.
Tonight was the former Bantams skipper’s second game in charge but it ended in a second defeat.
Problems began for the home side before kick-off when new signing Matt Clarke, who had been named on the teamsheet, had to be replaced by Jameel Ible.
Their misfortune was compounded when former Bantam Clarke’s central defensive partner Danny Ellis picked up an injury and was substituted a little over ten minutes into the game.
The opening goal came from the penalty spot, conceded by Ible. Just over a minute from the break. Ible fouled Chib Chilaka in the area, Richard Marshall firing the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.
Avenue went close in the second half when an Alex Davidson effort hit the woodwork but they cemented their win ten minutes from time.
Chilaka did well to get a shot in and, though Guiseley keeper Steve Drench parried it, visitors’ substitute Louie Swain fired the loose ball home.
Thackley’s imperious start in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division ended when the leaders dropped their first points in a 2-0 defeat at fourth-placed Tadcaster Albion.
The home side took the lead against the out-of-sorts Dennyboys in the 37th minute, and a penalty three minutes from time sealed their victory. Josh and Daniel Barrett were on target for Taddy.
Brighouse Town improved their placing in the table with a 3-2 home win over Pickering Town.
An early strike from Tom Matthews put Town in front but the visitors soon levelled through Joe Danby.
Ryan Hall restored the home side’s lead before half-time and made it 3-1 in the 67th minute but Pickering’s Robbie Hawkes added a late consolation for the visitors.
There was also a positive result for Liversedge as they earned a point from their trip to sixth-placed Garforth Town.
The home side dominated the opening period but Sedge keeper Jamie Abbott was in top form.
Gibril Bojang opened the scoring very much against the run of play, but Steve Simpson equalised before half-time.
Garforth went in front for the first time just after the hour, with Logan McDaniel on target, but Sedge were not finished and James Riordan struck two minutes from time.
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