Martin’s hat-trick puts Lions on top of the table

Marcus BignotMarcus Bignot
Marcus Bignot
Hat-trick hero Aaron Martin played a big part in what was a fine 5-0 win for Conference North Guiseley at local rivals Bradford (Park Avenue) last night.

Guiseley made it back-to-back to go top of the fledgling table, while after a 5-0 loss at Curzon Ashton at the weekend Avenue would have been hoping for some positives, but it simply didn’t happen.

Guiseley joint-manager Marcus Bignot, said: “This was a fantastic performance, we looked a real unit, we played some great stuff and for Aaron to get his hat-trick, that is a great feeling.”

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“We have won our first two games, put in good performances and we are just delighted with how we have started.”

Guiseley took the lead after just six minutes, when a cross found Martin, the striker took a good touch and fired his effort in.

The Lions continued to attack and made it two, when Aram Soleman beat three defenders with a fine touch and curled an effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

Avenue continued to struggle to get any hold on the ball, Martin got a second with a free header in the area.

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The second-half saw Martin complete his hat-trick, a looping Gabriel Johnson cross found Martin who had a free header from two yards out.

The fifth goal arrived with minutes to go, Jamie Spencer on his return to Avenue, fired a fine effort into the top corner.

The last chance of the match, saw Kaine Felix breeze past a couple of the Avenue defenders, his shot though went just wide of the goal, this though was a fine evening for The Lions.

Second-half goals from Josh Staunton and Tobi Sho-Silva kept unbeaten FC Halifax Town top of the National League table with a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United at The Shay.

Harrogate Town are second after a 3-0 win at Barrow.

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Will Smith (34 and 56) struck in either half for Simon Weaver’s side, with Connor Hall’s effort four minutes from time adding gloss.

York City drew 0-0 with promoted Farsley Celtic in Conference North in front of a crowd of 2,938.

The Minstermen almost snatched all three points when Sean Newton’s effort struck a post in added time.