Managers happy with a share of the points

James Walshaw
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SATURDAY’S West Yorkshire Derby between hosts Bradford Park Avenue and Guiseley produced a dull 0-0 draw in Vanarama North.

The strong wind played a big part in breaking up play for both sides throughout the whole 90 minutes but Guiseley’s play-off prospects remain in their own hands.

The first half saw both sides have their best chance of the match with Guiseley’s Adam Boyes taking down an Oli Johnson header but his angled shot across the goal was saved well by Avenue’s keeper John Danby.

Then, near the end of the opening 45 minutes, Avenue’s Ryan Qualter was found in the area from a corner but his goal-bound effort hit Guiseley keeper Steve Drench who did well to collect the rebound quickly in the crowded area. The second half involved both sides looking to create the opening which would lead to the first goal of the afternoon but neither side was able to find the correct pass.

The game wandered towards a draw, which on the balance of possession and chances created was probably a fair result.

Avenue drop to 15th and are safe from releagtion now, but they can play a big part at both ends of the table and host second-placed AFC Fylde tonight.

Guiseley are still in the play-off places and can ensure a spot in the top five with two wins out of their last three games.

The Lions return to action on Saturday at home to third-placed Chorley.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “We came for three points but the pitch was so difficult to play on.

“The game really was a non-event and I can’t remember any real chances that took place.”

Avenue manager John Deacey said: “I felt both teams did well in the conditions but it wasn’t the most attractive game of football.

“But we take positives which we can use for next season.”

Harrogate Town did Guiseley a favour by denting seventh-placed Oxford City’s play-off hopes when they battled to a creditable 1-1 draw away from home.

In an even first half, both teams found it hard to master the dry pitch and swirling breeze.

Town’s Peter Crook made two excellent one-handed saves to deny Oxford while at the other end James Cadman volleyed straight at Salva de la Cruz and Jack Emmett shot narrowly over.

The opening goal arrived on 50 minutes when Oxford’s Tom Winters turned in a deep cross at the far post.

It took only eight minutes for Town to level when James Walshaw intercepted Jeremy Balby’s loose pass and raced through to shoot past de la Cruz. Town, welcome second-placed AFC Fylde on Saturday.

FA Trophy winners North Ferriby United were defeated 4-2 by relegation-battling visitors Colwyn Bay.

Jason St’Juste and Tom Denton struck for the hosts.

Ferriby, who sit 11th, travel to leaders Barrow tomorrow.

In Vanarama Conference, FC Halifax Town were sunk 3-0 at leaders Barnet.

The ninth-placed Shaymen welcome sixth-placed Eastleigh tomorrow evening.

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FARSLEY AFC’s miserable end to the season continued in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at First Division North relegation battlers Prescot Cables.

Having already fallen way off the play-off pace, Farsley were undone by a Neil Prince penalty followed by a 69th-minute James Jenkins which preceded a late Jack Phillips brace.

Harrogate Railway slipped to a 1-0 reverse at home to Radcliffe Borough – another team fighting relegation.

Sam McMahon (64) bagged the winner.

Ossett Town endured late frustration in a 2-2 draw at home to Burscough.

Karl Exton gave Town a 14th-minute lead but Edward Toner levelled just four minutes later.

The hosts regained the advantage through Samuel Akeroyd’s 63rd-minute penalty but Toner bagged Burscough a share of the spoils by netting his second in the last minute.

Ossett Albion were sunk by a last-minute winner in a 1-0 loss at bottom club Padiham.

Daley Woods was the late goal-getter after 90 minutes.

Brighouse Town held Warrington Town to a goalless draw while Scarborough Athletic enjoyed a fine 3-2 win at third-placed Northwich Victoria.

Ryan Blott, Gary Bradshaw and Thomas Corner all struck for the Seadogs.

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FRICKLEY Athletic kept themselves out of the Premier Division dropzone, but not without a big scare in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph at already relegated Premier Division hosts Trafford.

Two goals from Reece Thompson and a well taken free-kick by Bradley Riley put the Blues 3-0 up, but John Pritchard began a Trafford fight-back with four minutes left and Mark Derbyshire struck their second in added time.

Whitby Town registered their 16th draw of the season with a 1-1 draw at lowly Stamford who led with a 34th-minute goal from Dan Clements. Whitby’s Ibrahim Hassan was sent off for a second yellow card when he brought down Tom Batchelor but the equaliser came courtesy of Richard Jones’ own-goal with 14 minutes left.

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AARON Moxam’s late strike gave Pontefract Collieries a 1-0 success at home to Knaresboropugh Town that kicked them four points clear at the top of NCE Division One.

Saturday’s clash was heading for a goalless draw until Moxam netted five minutes from time with Ponte’ then learning that title rivals Clipstone – who have a game in hand – had been held to a goalless draw at Eccleshill United.

AFC Emley have played two games more than Clipstone and dropped back to being a point away in third after an agonising 1-1 draw at fifth-placed Shirebrook Town. Max Leonard fired Emley into a 65th-minute lead but Keiron Watson levelled with a last-minute penalty.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare went fourth with a 2-1 triumph at Rossington Main.

Goals from Jack Steers and Lee Swift put the visitors in control before Lee Holmes caused a nervy finale with his goal three minutes from time.

Selby Town rose to 11th with a 4-0 beating of tenth-placed visitors Yorkshire Amateur.

Selby’s Craig Muirhead, Chris Jackson, Jamie Forrester and Jack Binns all notched.

Tadcaster Albion moved back to third in the Premier Division with a 1-0 win at Albion Sports.

Josh Greening hit a 64th-minute winner.

Second-placed Worksop Town were felled 2-0 by visiting Barton Town Old Boys but Tad are five points behind leaders Shaw Lane who have a game in hand.

Pickering Town won by the same score at Garforth Town with Robert Hawkes the solitary scorer after 23 minutes.

Thackley obliged 2-0 at Parkgate thanks to goals from Joe Brown and Doug Stevenson but bottom club Glasshoughton Welfare were seen off 4-1 at Retford United. Nathan Perks for Welfare.

Nostell Miners Welfare bagged a 1-1 draw from their clash at Heanor Town thanks to James Kitson’s 53rd-minute leveller.

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