Bradford PA 1 Guiseley 3

GUISELEY cruised into the final of the West Riding County Cup with this comprehensive victory over a Park Avenue side that contained six former Nethermoor players.

It was a good all-round team display from Terry Dolan's men - in sharp contrast to Saturday's performance - with Marc Smith leading the line with aplomb and playing intelligent balls off to his colleagues.

Skipper Richard Dunning, subbed on Saturday, never stopped running in the midfield and capped his display with a fine goal whilst the back four of Nathan Hay, Sam Denton,Danny Ellis and Paul Collins barely put a foot wrong.

With a stiff breeze at their backs Avenue started in lively fashion but it was Mark Bett who had the ball in the net for the visitors only to have it ruled out for off-side.

Avenue took the lead mid-way through the first-half as Neil Grayston floated a cross in from the left and as Steve Dickinson came out Avenue's recent signing Stephen Downes ran across the 'keeper to head the ball home.

Guiseley levelled through Marc Smith a few minutes later after Nathan Hay fed Bett on the right and the former Farsley man cut inside Chris Clarke to deliver a teasing cross that Smith hooked home from eight yards.

Downes then brought a good save from Dickinson at the foot of the post. Former Guiseley favourite Richard Chattoe replaced another former Guiseley player Andy Shuttleworth at the start of the second-half as Avenue sought to bolster their midfield. However it was their defence that was found wanting from an inswinging corner. The ball was not cleared and centre-back Sam Denton shot past Piotr Skiba to give Guiseley the lead.

Skiba then made a good stop from Bett who had latched on to a good lay-off from Smith but never really had the ball under control. Collins delivered a telling cross in from the left but Smith just nudged the ball over the bar before Chris Clarke, Lee Connor and Skiba all left the ball for each other on the edge of the area.

The ball eventually found its way to Dunning who drilled a shot past the despairing Skiba from 20 yards.

Bett tried a similar shot minutes later but this time Skiba redeemed himself by pushing the ball round the post at full stretch.

Dunning again tested the home 'keeper who parried his shot and then recovered well to foil Bett's follow up before denying Bett again shortly before the end with another fine save.

As Guiseley made their class tell Chattoe whipped Bett's legs from under him and was lucky to receive only a yellow card.

Guiseley now meet the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Harrogate Railway and Goole AFC at the County HQ at Woodlesford on Wednesday, April 11.

Guiseley: Dickinson; Hay, Denton, Sturdy, Ellis, Collins; Hall, Dunning, McNiven; Smith, Bett. Subs. Knight, Husband, Marsden, Trueman, Platt.

Guiseley 1 Lincoln United 1 THIS was a dismal performance which Guiseley's supporters didn't appreciate.

Their play-off hopes took a huge dent with a below par performance in which it took a goal from new signing Brice Tiani to get them a share of the spoils.

Granted Guiseley were without strikers Rob Pell, James Hanson and Mark Bett but even so it was a lack lustre effort until the three young subs - Tiani, Tom Marsden and Craig Hall - were thrown on. Big Marc Smith came back after a lengthy injury absence and was obviously lacking in fitness but he did win most things in the air.

The big disappointment was seeing Scott McNiven in a forward role with again a lack of fitness leaving Guiseley desperately short of punch up front.

Gavin Knight had a number of chances to give Guiseley the lead but he struggled after getting a cut right down the back of his leg.

Lincoln showed the way when Sam Mullarkey netted in the 18th minute with Guiseley boss Terry Dolan left disappointed by his side's defending.

After the interval the home team were better, creating clear chances but it was not until the 85th minute that they finally broke through. It was two substitutes who combined to produce the moment the home fans had waited almost the entire game to see. Craig Hall, who had injected some passion into the performance after coming on, battled through and laid the ball to Brice Tiani, who executed the finish.

Young Congo midfielder Tiana has recently been on trial with Nottingham Forest and Bradford City and Guiseley have swooped to secure the services of this potentially talented player.

Whilst coming from the Congo he has also lived in Cameroon and France. He is currently studying in Leeds at Park Lane College and was previously at Thomas Danby College, where he caught the eye of Guiseley assistant manager Mark Ellis.

Ryan Serrant has ended his loan period at Guiseley. The Leeds United Academy player is to now have a month's loan with Farsley Celtic.

l On Saturday Guiseley face another cup semi-final, this time in the UniBond League Chairman's Cup, when they entertain Ashton United with a 3pm kick-off. Bridlington Town play Cammell Laird in the other semi-final.

Guiseley U-19s 5 Liversedge 4 Guiseley AFC U-19s produced what can only be described as a mixed performance in beating a young and hungry Liversedge side 5-4 on Tuesday.

Guiseley showed flashes of brilliance but this was disappointingly overshadowed with a performance lacking sharpness and drive at times; probably connected with a frustrating period of weather affected postponements.

Guiseley's goals came from Luke Harrop (2), Liam Robinson (2) and Mark Trueman.