Four-some Bradford Park Avenue net FA Cup date at Doncaster Rovers

FLYING THROUGH: Bradford Park Avenue's Alex Davidson stays ahead of Ossett Albion's Aaron Guiry.
FLYING THROUGH: Bradford Park Avenue's Alex Davidson stays ahead of Ossett Albion's Aaron Guiry.
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Bradford Park Avenue stormed into the first round of the FA Cup with Saturday’s 4-1 success at home to Ossett Albion.

Their prize was one of the most lucrative draws they could have landed – away at League One outfit Doncaster Rovers.

Albion took a shock 32nd-minute lead on Saturday when an Adam Hayton corner was headed home by striker Tom Corner.

But their advantage lasted just three minutes with Avenue levelling through James Knowles who volleyed home after Martin Drury’s corner was flicked on by Paul Walker.

The hosts then took the lead just before the hour mark when Alex Davidson found the bottom corner following Richard Marshall’s assist.

And Avenue’s passage to the first round was made safe four minutes from time when Albion’s Tyrone Gay diverted a Drury corner into his own net.

Albion’s Adam Hayton almost immediately replied but Avenue grabbed a fourth in injury time when Marshall fed Davison to smash home his second from 12 yards.

Also through to the first round are Guiseley following a hard-earned 2-0 win over Buxton.

The Lions will now entertain Barrow in the first round.

The Lions have traditionally struggled against sides from lower leagues in recent seasons but they got off to a strong start, moving the ball well and causing Buxton problems.

Josh Wilson and James Walshaw were the first to have efforts on goal while the visitors threatened with corners and free-kicks.

It was Walshaw who eventually opened the scoring in the 30th minute from a pinpoint Wayne Brooksby cross.

The in-form striker leapt above the away side’s defence to emphatically head home into the top corner and settle any nerves there had been at Nethermoor.

The home fans would have fully expected their side to push on and it looked as though this may be the case in the first period of the second half.

Mark Bower headed just wide when it looked as though Guiseley would put it beyond doubt quickly but Buxton proved resilient and had plenty of the ball for large parts of the half.

A number of headers trickled wide and goalkeeper Steven Drench was forced into some good saves and catches.

There was always the feeling that Guiseley may be able to take advantage of Buxton’s desperation to equalise and so it proved.

Kevin Holsgrove applied good pressure to force a Buxton defender into a mistake before squaring to Nicky Boshell who finished things.

“We go through a 20 minute period in most games where we become raggy and don’t do the good things we did in the first half,” manager Steve Kittrick said after the game.

“Once we do that and start getting 70 or 80 minutes out of people, and they start doing the things we ask of them, we’ll be more successful.”

Elsewhere, Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town both face final qualifying round replays with Simon Weaver’s Harrogate drawing 1-1 at Hyde.

An eighth-minute Phil Jevons penalty had Town heading out of the competition but Leon Osborne salavged a Tuesday night replay with just two minutes left.

Victory in tomorrow night’s replay would set up a repeat of the 2005-06 first round with hosts Torquay United awaiting the winners.

Neil Aspin’s FC Halifax Town, meanwhile, will entertain Lincoln City tomorrow evening following Saturday’s goalless draw at Sincil Bank.

Halifax goalkeeper Matt Glennon has lit the touch-paper ahead of tomorrow night’s replay by saying: “I think we are fine anyway as all the pressure is still on them.

“They tried to give it that it was our cup final on Saturday which is an absolute joke as they aren’t even as big of a club as Halifax anyway. All the pressure is on them and we should go out and beat them on Tuesday.”

Victory tomorrow night would book Halifax a first round date at home to Walsall.

Kevan Hurst.

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