Non-League: New recruit on target as Guiseley gain emphatic pre-season win

Nicky Matthews scores the winner for Ossett Albion in their friendly with visitors Matlock Town.
Nicky Matthews scores the winner for Ossett Albion in their friendly with visitors Matlock Town.
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Guiseley gained an emphatic 4-0 victory away at Curzon Ashton in a result which saw Tom Craddock get his first goal, writes TOM FEAHENY.

In a battle of two sides who could have faced each other in the National League North this season, had Guiseley not gained promotion after Curzon had, it was the visitors who showed why they will play a league higher than their opponents this season, as they took control of the match from the start to pretty much the last kick of the game.

Craddock, who officially joined the side last week, was able to finish a nice passing move which included Nicky Boshell and Adam Boyes and give the National League side the lead and they didn’t look like losing after the first goal went in.

Guiseley were soon two goals in front when Jake Lawlor, who arrived up the pitch for a corner, was found in the area by a Wayne Brooksby cross and he was able to power his header into the back of the net.

Before it was even half-time Nicky Boshell continued his run of scoring in pre-season when he was found by Craddock and he had a simple tap-in as Guiseley went into half-time pleased with the performance and also the score line.

The second half, like most pre-season games, saw a number of disruptive changes, but it was the visitors who were able to get the only goal of the half although it was scored by a Curzon defender when Ryan Toulson’s cross into the box was put in by Danny Shaw.

Guiseley now have just one pre-season game left before they travel to Welling next Saturday – tomorrow evening’s trip to Ossett Albion, kick-off 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, Guiseley have signed defender Rob Atkinson. The centre-back lists Grimsby Town and Accrington Stanley among his former clubs while he also won non-league’s top tier while on loan at Fleetwood Town.

Elsewhere, North Ferriby wrapped up their pre-season with a hard-fought 3-1 win at Frickley Athletic. Scorers for the Villagers were Tom Denton, Nathan Hotte and Curtis Bateson), while Zeph Thomas scored a 33-minute equaliser for Frickley.

Nicky Matthews netted in a 1-0 win for Ossett Albion a 1-0 over friendly visitors Matlock, but neighbours Ossett Town went down 2-1 at Armthorpe Welfare, Chris Ovington scoring for Town.