Guiseley AFC v Shildon AFC

Guiseley AFC v Shildon AFC (FA Cup – 4th Qualifying Round)

Guiseley AFC entertained Northern League side Shildon in the fourth qualifying round of this seasons FA Cup.  Manager Paul Cox made three new signings ahead of the game with Jean Yves Koue Niate, Chris M’Boumgou and Darren Holden all joining the club.

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Shildon Football Club arrived at Nethermoor Park looking to cause an FA Cup shock as the Northern League Division One side who are three divisions below the Lion’s started the game the stronger of the two sides, in what turned out to be a game of two halves.

In a fairly even first-half, Shildon held their own whilst creating a few chances on Jonny Maxted’s goal.  The visitors had a 4-4-2 formation and kept their shape well as the home side struggled to find a way past the non-league side, due to some poor passing in a lack luster first-half performance.

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The visitors had two chances in the first half to take the lead, the first midway through the half was a headed back pass from Jake Lawlor, which went just past his own post with Maxted well beaten.  The second fell to Gruelich-Smith who shot wide from five yards.

The Lion’s under pressure from the visitors and started to rush their passes, this resulted in them having to hit long ball over the Shildon defence for the strikers to chase.  Haworth did provide a number of crosses into the visitors area but they were either to long or collected by former Burnley goalkeeper Nick Liversedge.

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After a few words from Paul Cox the home side came out fighting in the second half and were the stronger of the two sides.  Just seven minutes into the half, Will Hatfield sent a curling pass across the area to the far post for Mike Fondop, who tapped the ball past Nick Liversedge in the visitors goal to make the score 1-0 to Guiseley.

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Just three minutes later, Mike Fondop turned provider as he drew two defenders before slipping the ball to Andy Haworth who chipped the ball over the advancing Liversedge into an empty goal to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

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The turning point of the game came on sixty-one minutes, as Mike Fondop ran with the ball into the Shildon area only for him to be brought down by defender Kyle May who received a straight red card.  John Rooney stepped up to take the penalty and sent Nick Liversedge the wrong way to make the score 3-0 to Guiseley.

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As the game entered into the final twenty minutes the visitors started to look a little tired and substitute Reece Thompson went close to extending the lead following an excellent run into the area, but his shot went just wide of Liversedge right-hand post.

On seven-one minutes, Will Hatfield extended the home sides lead with an excellent shot from the left-hand corner of the area, the powerful shot left Liversedge with no chance as it kept low across the area and into the far corner of the goal to make it 4-0.

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As the game entered the final ten minutes and the visitors started to run out of steam, Will Hatfield managed to beat two Shildon defenders to the ball and tap it into the goal past Liversedge to make the score 5-0.

In the first minute of injury time, Mike Fondop added his second and Guiseley’s sixth of the match to make it a comfortable victory.  In truth the first fifty-five minutes were a lot closer than the score line suggests and Shildon can be proud of their efforts.

The Lion’s will now be looking for a big club at home in the first round draw which takes place on Monday evening at 7.00pm.  Guiseley will be in acation against Solihull Moors next Saturday at Nethermoor Park in the Vanarama League looking to continue their winning run.

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Speaking after the match manager Paul Cox said, “We know coming into the game that we would have to respect the fixture and I thought our second half performance warranted us going through to the next round.  In the first half we did little with or without the ball, the sending off changed the game and we took control with a much better in the second half.

I have bought in another three players this week to add to the squad, otherwise we would not have been able to fill the bench today due to all of the injuries. Darren Holden had an excellent debut at left-back, having played in the football league with Hartlepool United he is already a top player but he will improve after we have worked together in training.”

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Maxted, Brown, Palmer, Lawlor, Hatfield, Rooney, Odejayi, Lenighan, Fondop, Haworth, Holden (Subs) Green, Wesolowski, Hurst, Thompson, Mulhern, M’Boungou, Yves Koue Niate

Shildon – Liversedge, Groves, Robson, Dodds, Curl, May, Harwood, Hodgson, Burnicle, Moore, Gruelich-Smith (Subs) Rae, Peacock, Fenton, Turnbull, Renyard, Ellison, Preston

Goals(Guiseley) Fondop (52,91), Haworth (55), Rooney (61), Hatfield (71,80)

Attendance – 772

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Skipton Ladies v Hebden Royd United

Skipton Town Ladies 9 v 0 Hebden Royd United (West Riding League)

Hebden Royd United arrived at Engine Shed Lane to face Skipton Town Ladies in their first ever West Riding County Women’s League fixture.  Unfortunately the visitors first game proved to be a very difficult match after losing a number of players to injury they finished the game with only seven players in a heavy defeat.

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Skipton Town Ladies started the stronger of the two sides and controlled the game in the first half with some excellent passing and great attacking runs from the midfielders and strikers.  Skipton took the lead on three minutes, when Annie Riley opened the scoring before Jess Ogden scored the second goal on ten minutes to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

Annie Riley continued her excellent form in front of goal from the previous games as she extended her season’s goal tally and the home sides lead on twenty minutes.  The visitor then lost two players to injury reducing them to just eight players as Skipton continued to press and from a corner Becky Holt added a fourth goal with a tap in from six yards.

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Hebden Royd then fell apart in the final ten minutes of the half, on forty minutes Lawson managed to get in between two Hebden defenders to slot the ball into the corner of the net to give Skipton a 5-0 lead.

Just two minutes later, following an excellent run a Hebden defender had a rush of blood and brought down Ogden in the area for a penalty.  Hatty Midgeley stepped forward and hit a wonderful spot kick with power and pace to the keepers top right only to see Gray in the visitors goal make a world-class one-handed save tipping the ball over the crossbar.

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On forty-four minutes, Lawson added her second and Skipton’s sixth following a great defence splitting ball from Midgeley at the back, Lawson ran clear from defence before rounding Gray and slotting the ball into an empty goal to make the half-time score 6-0.

It was more of the same in the second half, as Skipton continued to work hard and play some excellent football.  Just ten minutes into the half, Riley completed her hat-trick as she skipped past the Hebden defence to slot the ball passed visiting keeper Gray to give the home side a 7-0 lead.

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Just before the hour mark, Hebden Royd lost another player as visiting goalkeeper Gray had to leave the pitch after crashing into the post trying to save a long range effect from Becky Holt which struck the base of the visitors post.

Skipton Town extended their lead on the hour mark as Lawson was one of three Town players to beat the offside trap following a long ball over the top, Lawson got to the ball first and slotted it passed the on rushing Gray to become the second Skipton player in the game to complete her hat-trick.

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Jade Newton, now full of confidence tried her luck from the edge of the Hebden area with an outstanding overhead kick, which unfortunately went over the visitors crossbar. Then on eighty-five minutes Annie Riley manage to collect her fourth goal of the game in the eighty-fifth minute to make the final score 9-0 to Skipton Town Ladies.

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Skipton Ladies will next sunday travel to Calderdale for the reverse fixture against Hedben Royd United as they look to continue their excellent start to the season.

Match Details

Skipton Town – Halliday, Forster, Heyworth, Midgeley, Taylor, Ogden, McLean, Holt, Newton, Lawson, A.Riley (Subs) Thornton, C.Riley, Bathers, Wootton

Hebden Royd – Gray, Watson, Healey, Clegg, R.McMahon, Smith, Henry, Rose, Cragg, Warszylewicz, K.McMahon.

Goals(Skipton) A.Riley (3,20,55,85), Lawson (40,44,60), Holt (35), Ogden (10)

Attendance – 20

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Ex-Claret Quits Football To Save Environment

Richard Eckersley Opens Free Zero Waste Shop In Devon

Former Clarets full-back Richard Eckersley, who made his professional debut for the then Champions Manchester United at Old Trafford has quit football at the age of 26 to set up his own zero waste environmentally friendly food business in Totnes, Devon.

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Eckersley made a total 109 appearances for eight different clubs including Manchester United, Burnley, Bradford City (loan), Plymouth Argyle (loan), Bury (loan), Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and Oldham Athletic before retiring in 2016.

Born in Salford, Eckersley joined Manchester United at the age of seven and worked his way through the youth system before making his senior debut against Tottenham in the FA Cup, he then went on to make a further three appearances for the Old Trafford club that season as they won the Premier League title as well as the League Cup.

Despite being given a taste of first-team action by Sir Alex Ferguson he opted to leave the club after five years with the Red Devils and sign for Burnley in 2009. After a handful of appearances in his first two season loan moves he went to Plymouth, Bradford City, Bury and Toronto FC followed before the move to the MSL was made permanent.

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Eckersley then moved to New York Red Bulls for one season in 2014 before returning to the UK to sign for Oldham Athletic were he spent two seasons before playing his final professional game in December 2015.

Speaking about retiring and his new business Richard Eckersley said, “I was ready to leave football 100%, I think it was the right time for me, after making your debut at Old Trafford I think everything was downhill from that moment.

I had a nice home and a nice car but I would just be on my own, Nicola (my wife) would be at university and I would be thinking what can I do now.  Football wasn’t going great for me at the time, actually I was quite lonely.

I was really annoyed at football when I was in New York and I just started watching lots of documentaries, reading lots of books and it just completely opened my eyes to it all, to be honest. Once I found out football was just a sport and not the be all and end all, I think my passion for it died.

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I am more passionate about the environment than football, so a year after the curtain fell on his football career, I moved down to Totnes with my wife and eight-week-old daughter Willow to open their zero waste shop.

Customers bring their own jars, bags, bottles and boxes and buy raw materials without packaging. I’am sweeping floors, mopping and doing all these other things that generally footballers wouldn’t do and I’am working in the shop full time.

Football’s incredible in the sense that it connects people all over the world, there’s so many fans out there that are so passionate about football.  But if we don’t have a planet to live on and it’s not thriving and healthy, then football doesn’t matter.”

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Vixens Fuller Leads By Example

Alarna Fuller Interview

Guiseley Vixens club captain Alarna Fuller started her career with Leeds United and has gone on to play for Huddersfield Town Ladies, Bradford City Ladies and Guiseley Vixens twice.  The central defender is a feared presences in both areas with solid performances in defence and in attack with an excellent goalscoring record.

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Fuller, lead the Vixens to promotion as champions last season and she believe’s the club can hold its own in the FA Women’s Premier League (North).  Having trained with some of best female players in the country whilst at Leeds United, including England captain Steph Houghton, Jade Moore and Ellen White she is definitely focused on improving the Guiseley Vixens squad alongside manager Glen Preston.

Speaking about his captain Glen Preston said, “I have signed Alarna twice now because she is one of the best professional’s I have ever worked with, she never misses a session, she is a leader on and off the pitch and has a strong winning mentality.  Fuller leaves everything on the pitch and if you want to win a league title then you need players with her character, experience and quality.

Alarna Fuller’s skill as a club captain has definitely come to the for in the Vixens last two games as the team have battled to the final whistle to earn a result. Against Stoke City she lead by example scoring with the last kick of the game to earn a draw and the first point of the season.

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INTERVIEW

(1) Biggest influence on your football Career & why?

My parents, neither have ever played football but the hours they used to put in, at one point when I was at Leeds United I had football six days a week and they would take me without a murmur.  I owe a lot to them, even now they still make it to a lot of the games and wouldn’t miss a final or a semi final no matter where it’s being played.

(2) What is your best football highlight?

Winning the league for the first time with Huddersfield Town was a highlight and one of the great memories of mine.  Not so much the celebrations after but just the togetherness as a team and doing it at home on the last game of the season was fantastic.

(3) What is your football lowlight?

Injuries are always a low point, doing my ACL was a struggle because it was my first big injury, when your watching week in week out and wanting to help the team it’s mentally tough.  Luckily, I have the type of personality that drives me forward and I think I have really come back a lot stronger.

(4) Where & when did you make you league debut?

I made my league debut for Leeds United, but i cannot remember much about the game as it was many years ago.

(5) How has the Women’s game changed from when you started your career?

It’s a lot more professional than it used to be and it was easier to stand out where as now majority are of a high athletic standard making it a lot more competitive.

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(6) Best manager you have played for and why?

I would have to say tactically Glen Preston, I played with him at Huddersfield and only then did I really start to understand positions…half spaces and a rondo, the guy thinks he’s the Pep of women’s football.

(7) The FA Women’s Premier League (North) season has just started, where do you think Guiseley Vixens will finish and what are the goals for the season?

I think realistically the main goal this season is to stay in the Premier League and then look to build on that next season.  I would like to think we can kick on from last year and really look towards competing with the top two or three clubs in the league.  I think once we have our full squad available we can get a good run going and do well this season.

(8) This is your second spell with Guiseley Vixens what made you come back Nethermoor Park?

I really enjoyed it the first time round but it was a whole different situation, league and personal wise…this time I knew Glen and I knew the girls he was looking to get in and I knew we could do something great.

(9) Best player you have played against and Why?

I used to be at Leeds United, when the likes of steph Houghton, Jade Moore & Ellen White were all playing for the club, so playing against them in training was a nightmare.  But in terms of an actual game I would have to say that Manchester City & England midfielder Izzy Christiansen is the best player I have played against.

(10) Best Player you have played with and why?

The best player I have played with is current Birmingham City & England International Ellen White when I was at Leeds United.  She was and still is an all-rounder, with some excellent skills such as ball control, pace, great header of a ball, with an excellent shot.

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(11) You are club captain at Guiseley what do you think is your best leadership skill and how do you motivate the team?

Generally, I like to think that I am a very outgoing and positive person, which I believe assists me on the pitch to keep the girls and the team going in difficult solutions. We also have a lot of new players, so I believe it’s my job as captain to get them settled into the squad as soon as possible.

(12) In terms of football what are your ambitions for the future?

Personally my main aim now is to lead Guiseley to the top of the league, I really believe in the club, management, owner and players. I see myself here for quite a while, I’d also like to see us win the county cup as last year we lost to Bradford City Ladies, I think as a player you always want to win as much as possible.

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Clarets Sign Former United Keeper

Anders Lindegaard Signs For Burnley

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season. Lindegaard is a free agent after leaving Preston North End at the end of last season and signs after spending just over a week training with the Clarets’ squad.

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The former Manchester United keeper, Lindegaard will strengthen Sean Dyche’s squad following the enforced absence of captain Tom Heaton who last week underwent surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

Lindegaard, will wear squad number 22 and brings the number of senior goalkeepers available to Sean Dyche back up to three, alongside Nick Pope and Adam Legzdins.  A former Goalkeeper of the Year with clubs in Norway and his native Denmark, he spent five seasons at Old Trafford, earning a Premier League winners’ medal in 2012/13 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge of United.

He then moved to West Bromwich Albion in August 2015 and joined Preston, initially on loan in January 2016, he spent eighteen months at Deepdale before moving across Lancashire to Turf Moor.

Speaking about signing for the Clarets Anders Lindegaard said, “I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here.  It seems like an honest place and a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it.

I have seen the first two games Nick has played and he’s done very well, I have a lot of respect for that.  I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.

I feel good physically and I still want to play, I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.  I sensed from the first day I came in there was a good atmosphere, that things are in a good place, and it has paid off with a good start to the season.”

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England v West Indies

England v West Indies (Royal London ODI Series)

England returned to Old Trafford the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club for the start of the Royal London ODI Series against the West Indies.  The visitors included Chris Gayle in their starting line-up for the first time in two years, as they look to win all five of the One Day International’s to gain an automatic 2019 World Cup place.

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Despite the bright sunshine, the match was delayed for two hours and started at 2.30pm due to a sodden outfield.  The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis opening the batting at the crease.

England started well and should have taken a wicket with only the third ball of the innings when the returning Chris Gayle edged a Chris Woakes delivery to second slip only to see test captain Joe Root put the chance down.

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Chris Gayle was looking to make the most of his time at the crease hitting three sixes and two fours off Woakes and his new bowling partner David Willey.  Gayle was out going for another six over mid-on which Joe Root held whilst running back from extra cover.

The West Indies struggled to build momentum in the middle overs as they lost regular wickets to some disciplined England bowling, from Stokes (3-43) & Adil Rashid (2-31).

The tourists went from 149-4 to 187-8 and needed captain Jason Holder to stead the ship with an unbeaten forty-one. It was Holder who hit all five of their boundaries in the final 10 overs of the innings, as the West Indies limped to 204 off 42 overs.

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Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales opened the batting for England with Alex Hales the first to be dismissed caught on nineteen by Evin Lewis off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

The wicket brought Joe Root to the crease and the Yorkshire pair went on to break a couple of records, the first being England’s joint highest second wicket stand in an ODI at Old Trafford and the second being the third highest second wicket stand in an ODI match against the West Indies.

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England continued to pressure the West Indies for the rest of the innings with Joe Root hitting 54 runs from 53 balls, Ben Stokes hitting 23 runs from 10 balls and opener Jonny Bairstow hitting 100 runs from 93 balls.  England finished the innings on 210 for 3 from just 30.5 overs.

Speaking after the match England captain Eoin Morgan said,”I thought we came back really well with the ball once we adapt to conditions with the slower balls and variations,  this left us with a relatively not-too-hard target to chase down.

Joe Root dropped Chris Gayle in the first over but he doesn’t drop many catches and you’ve just got to try to give him more chances, the bowling unit put in a really good benchmark for the start of the series.  Then there is Jonny Bairstow who batted through the whole innings and was rewarded with a century, Man of the Match performance.”

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This defeat means the Windies, ninth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings, can no longer automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup and must enter a qualifying tournament in 2018.

The two sides will now travel to Nottingham were the second Royal London ODI match will take place at Trent Bridge as the home nation looks to continue its winning run.

Match Details

England Cricket Club – Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey

West Indies Cricket Club – Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Devendra Bishoo Kesrick Williams

Umpires – Simon Fry, Robert Robinson, Rodney Tucker, Robert Bailey, Javagal Srinath

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Guiseley Vixens v Stoke City Ladies

Guiseley Vixens 3 v 3 Stoke City Ladies (FA Women’s Premier League North)

The Vixens first home game of the season in the FA Women’s Premier League North so mid-table Stoke City Ladies visit Nethermoor Park, as the home side went in search of their first victory and points of the season.

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The home side started the game well and had control of the ball in the first five minutes, keeping the pressure on the Stoke City defence.  Then on six minutes the visitors won a corner which had to be cleared off the line by Vixens goalkeeper Bethany Davies.

Stoke City then had an excellent spell were they created a number of chances, the first fell to Rachel Ball who from 10 yards put a free header over the Vixens bar. Louise Roberts tried her luck from the edge of the area but her shot went wide of Davies post.

The third chance gave the visitors the lead on sixteen minutes, when a ball across the Vixens six yard box was met by Ash Hayes and controlled the ball and then slid the ball passed Davies in the Vixens goal to make the score 0-1 to Stoke City.

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On twenty-four minutes, captain Alarna Fuller was brought down at the edge of the Stoke area for a free-kick.  The resulting set piece hit the Stoke wall and fell to Emily Scott, who drilled an excellent shot at the visitors goal but it took a deflection and went for a corner.

The constant fouls by the visitors seamed to bring the Vixens to life as they controlled the final twenty minutes, with some excellent passing and determination to win every ball.

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On thirty-four minutes, the pressure told as O’Hara collected the ball and then ran into the Stoke City area before curling a shot into the goal from the far side of the six yard box.

Just four minutes later the Vixens took the lead when Ellie Hall was brought down in the Stoke City area and after consulting the linesman the referee pointed to the spot, O’Hara stepped up and hit the keeper with the penalty before tucking away the rebound to make the half-time score 2-1 to the Vixens.

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The Stoke City manager must have given the visitors a few harsh words as they came out for the second half with some real focus. It took the visitors two minutes to draw level as Ash Hayes scored with a bullet header to bring the sides level.

On fifty-four minutes, the visitors took the lead following an excellent run down the right wing and cross into the area which was met by Keryakoplis who header left Davies with no chance in the Vixens goal to make the score 2-3 to City.

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O’Hara went close to bringing the home side level on sixty-two minutes, with an direct free-kick that had Hall in the Stoke City goal at full stretch but the shot went just wide.

On seventy-two minutes, Stanfield brought down the Stoke attacker Hayes on the edge of the box, the visitors driven free-kick forced Davies into an outstanding one handed save low down to her right as she pushed the ball away.

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The Vixens drew level with the final kick of the game, when Emily Scott floated a free-kick into the visitors six yard box, Guiseley captain Alarna Fuller headed the ball passed Hall in the Stoke City goal to make the final score 3-3 and seal the Vixen’s first point of the season.

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Tensions were running high after the full-time whistle with the away side arguing with the officials about the late Guiseley equalizer.  Stoke City defender Emily Owen took the protest to far and was shown a straight red card by the referee for decent.

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The Vixens will now travel to the North-East on Wednesday evening as they taken on high flying Middlesbrough at Teesdale Park in the FA Women’s Premier League North looking for the first win of the season.

Match Details

Guiseley Vixens – Davies, Hall, Fuller, Stanfield, Heald, Griffiths, O’Hara, Scott, Worts, Roberts, Chadwick (Subs) Brace, Blythe, Hastings, Seamans, Clarke

Stoke City Ladies – Hall, Hudson, Gibson, Roberts, Hyde, Ball, Bowyer, Palmer, Owen, Keryakoplis, Hayes (Subs) Wright, King, Tezgel, Richardson, Wellings

Goals(Guiseley) O’Hara (2), Fuller (Stoke City) Hayes (2), Keryakoplis

Attendance – 28

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