Walshaw’s double blast puts former side Guiseley to the sword

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Guiseley suffered a 3-1 pre-season loss to an impressive Bradford Park Avenue side, writes TOM FEAHENY.After the match Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “During the first half we were excellent we had chances, we’ve hit the post, it was disappointing to concede the goals we did and then in the second half we’ve made a lot of changes, the wind was against us, and it became a bit of a non-event.” Tom Craddock who has played for Oxford United and Portsmouth, signed for the club just before the game and had the first chance when his curled effort was tipped onto the bar by Park Avenue’s keeper Jon Stewart.

Avenue took the lead when a neat passing move resulted in James Walshaw a former Guiseley striker getting put through on goal and calmly slotting the ball past Steve Drench. Walshaw soon doubled his goal tally and the lead when he was found from a cross and he found the back of the net with a free header.

Guiseley were able to halve the deficit when Nicky Boshell fired in a free-kick from just outside the area, a fine goal which flew into the corner – and also the last kick of the half.

The second half saw many changes, with captain of Guiseley, Ben Parker, getting his first run out after returning from injury, one of the other swaps saw Chib Chilaka come on and he scored the third and final goal for Park as he was able to use his strength in the area power the ball past Drench.

The last chance of the match saw Danny Boshell’s well-struck effort saved by Stewart as the visitors tried to get another goal. Next up for Guiseley is the final pre-season game and it takes place against Curzon Ashton next Saturday in another away match.

Farsley Celtic travelled to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Friday evening and won 3-2 with goals from Lewis Nightingale (2) and an Aaron Hardy penalty.