Aram Soleman at the double to extend Guiseley’s impressive away run

Guiseley made it eight games unbeaten away from home for the first tome since 2012 thanks to a 3-0 victory at Darlington in the National League.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 3:40 pm
Guiseley 's Aram Soleman.

There were few chances during the first half, with both sides having one big opportunity each.

Guiseley’s new loan keeper Brad Wade was made to work early on in his debut, after he made himself big to block Sean Reid who had been put through on goal.

The Lions took the lead through captain Hamza Bencherif, after an indirect free-kick was awarded. He took the pass by Brad Nicholson and fired in a low, driving effort into the bottom corner.

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Guiseley started the second brightly and were handed a fortunate penalty, for a challenge that didn’t look to have occurred in the box. Aram Soleman stepped up and made no mistake with his spot kick.

Darlington so nearly scored immediately afterwards when Adam Campbell flicked a header on and his effort went just wide of the right-hand post.

The home side kept trying to push forward but the visitors’ defence held firm, with a Jarrett Rivers effort from the halfway line going just over, in what was their best chance.

Guiseley though wrapped the points up with the impressive Soleman cutting inside in the area and placing an effort expertly into the bottom corner of the net.

This impressive victory sees the Lions sit just one point below the play-off places ahead of next Saturday’s home clash with AFC Telford United.

Guiseley joint-manager Marcus Bignot was delighted with what he saw. He said: “It was a fantastic performance. We knew after facing them last week how good they are. We can be proud of ourselves and how we got the result.

“I know about the potential Aram (Soleman) has and I’m delighted with the goals he scored today.”

Farsley Celtic enjoyed their first victory in 2020 after a dry January had seen them win-less in six contests.

Adam Clayton got the only goal of the game at Brackley, netting from a Jack Higgins flick-on, with the hosts’ Matt Lowe rattling the frame of the goal in the second half.

Bradford Park Avenue claimed only their second point from a possible 27 during a six-goal thriller at Southport.

Lewis Knight scored direct from a corner with the aid of a strong wind before George Newell levelled for the home team on the stroke of half-time.

Early in the second half, Tom Clare nudged the visitors’ ahead again, only for Brad Bauress and Newell to turn the tables.

But Billy Priestley headed in an Oli Johnson cross to make it 3-3 on 83 minutes and, despite Stelios Demetriou being sent off for hacking down Newell, Avenue might have still stolen victory deep into stoppage time when Clare hit a post. Elsewhere, York City moved to within a point of table-toppers King’s Lynn following a pulsating 4-2 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Chester.

January signing Kurt Willoughby bagged a brace while Sean Newton and Kieran Green were also on target at Bootham Crescent, while York’s Wembley 2012 play-off final hero Ashley Chambers was on the scoresheet as Kidderminster secured a surprise 2-0 triumph at the league leaders.