Guiseley AFC 1v 4 Huddersfield Town (Pre-Season Friendly)
Huddersfield Town were today the second Championship team in three days to visit Nethermoor Park and the third Yorkshire derby in nine days as Guiseley stepped up their pre-season schedule.
Town had a mixed starting line-up with five internationals including Martin Paterson, Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) and Joel Lynch, Tommy Smith, Harry Bunn (Wales) along with a number of development squad players.
The first ten minutes of the game were fairly slow as Huddersfield kept the ball and passed it around their back four without making any attempt to put pressure the Guiseley goal.
Huddersfield then started to control the game playing some excellent passing football around the defence and midfield area, but they failed to create any clear cut chances in the opening thirty minutes
Then on thirty-five minutes, Huddersfield took the lead following an excellent pass from Harry Bunn, his pass landed at the feet of Duane Holmes who placed the ball passed a committed Steven Drench to give Town a 1-0 lead.
Martin Paterson then had an excellent chance to double Town’s lead just five minutes later, when he raced through the Guiseley defence only to see his effort beat Drench before hitting the Guiseley post and going to safety.
Guiseley were forced into a change at half-time as Connor Crossley replaced the injured Steven Drench in goal, unfortunately the young keeper was picking the ball out of his net five minutes later as Harry Bunn found himself on the end of a Holmes pass before smashing the ball past Crossley to make it 2-0.
Guiseley responded well and for the next fifteen minutes they controlled the game with some excellent passing moves which created a number of chances, then on sixty-three minutes Adam Boyes scored an excellent goal from an impressive snapshot which left Allinson in the Town goal with no chance to make the score 2-1.
Huddersfield then hit back and nine minutes later Oliver Norwood hit a first time shot from the edge of the box following a one-two with Jordan Sinnott which gave the terriers a 3-1 lead.
Mark Robins then made a number of changes including former Bradford City loan player Jon Stead for Martin Paterson up front, this brought a fresh pace to the Huddersfield team just as the Guiseley players started to look a little short of energy.
On eighty-three minutes Town scored a fourth goal when first year professional Jake Charles powered the ball between the goalkeeper and the near post following a surging run and pass from the impressive Matt Crooks, to make the final score 4-1.
Speaking after the game Huddersfield manager Mark Robins said, “It was a really good workout. I thought all the lads that played were excellent; they put a good shift in, ran well and passed the ball well.
Guiseley is a good side; they gave us a really tough game last year (a 2-2 draw). However, this year we did a lot better; we moved the ball, created our chances and taken some really good ones. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, he kept them in the game and to be fair they scored a really good goal as well.
There was some good finishing and some wasted opportunities, but that is pre-season for you. Hopefully we can get that flow going, but I’m generally pleased with how things are progressing. This has been another game where we’ve managed to score four goals.”
Guiseley AFC -Drench, Toulson, Parker, Stockdill, Lawlor, Lowe, Brooksby, Holdsworth, Boyes, Forrest, Rothery (Subs) Crossley, Hall, Ible, Harrison, Marshall, Johnson, Pilkington, Lee, Walker, Scott
Huddersfield Town – Allnison, Lynch, Crooks, Smith, Carroll, Billing, D.Holmes, Norwood, Sinnott, Bunn, Paterson (Subs) Boyle, Bojaj, Wilkinson, Atkinson, Charles, Wright, Tronstad, B.Holmes, Carr, Stead
Goals – (Guiseley) Boyes (63) (Huddersfield) Holmes (35) Bunn (40) Norwood (74) Charles (83)