Vixens Draw With Rivals Bradford City

Guiseley Vixens painstakingly draw 2-2 against rivals Bradford City Women in a hotly contested derby.

Bradford took the lead early on but goals from Emily Scott and Danica Roberts saw the Vixens go into the break in the lead.

A goal from Laura Elford in the 70th minute drew the game and rescued a point for the visitors.

For a bright start to the game, Guiseley were unlucky to be caught off guard when Charlotte Stewart took the ball, spotted Beth Davies off her line and shot from 25 yards, with the ball dipping under the crossbar to put the away side ahead.

Nikki Berko showed her class through a few opportunities when she danced around players and got a few shots off but they were to no avail.

The twentieth minute saw Guiseley get their first goal. Alarna Fuller played a beautiful ball from defence out to Jess Heald on the far side. She crossed into Berko who chested it down to Scott who bent it past the keeper to put it all level.

The game was stopped just before half-time when Katy Woodcock went down with a nasty looking injury forcing her off via a stretcher.

In an extended period of injury time, a  corner was swung in. Fuller headed it goal bound before Roberts steered it past goalkeeper Natalie Saunders to take the Vixens into halftime 2-1 up.

The second half was a feisty affair. With both sides keeping the other at bay.

On the hour mark, manager Glen Preston was sent to the stands for an apparent aggressive tone aimed at referee Tyler Clayton.

Ten minutes later Elford got her head on the end of a loose ball in the box and put it home to draw level.

Debs Hastings was substituted on and had a chance almost immediately. She burst down the wing, charged into the box past her marker but the shot went wide.

Both sides had half chances to win the game but none which trouble either of the goalkeepers as the game finished with the teams sharing the spoils.

Photo: Alex Daniel

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