REPORT: Guiseley AFC 2-3 Leeds United

REPORT: Guiseley AFC 2-3 Leeds United

All the action from an entertaining clash.

Guiseley AFC 2 (Thompson 22’, Hey 86')

Leeds United 3 (Summerville 19’ pen, Greenwood 43’, Allen 84’)

Guiseley XI: Trialist (GK), Trialist, Nicholson (Day 76’), Ekpolo, Bencherif, Trialist, Felix (Spencer 76’), Cantrill, Thompson (Haw 68’), Thewlis (Hey 46’), Mbeka.

Subs not used: Brown, Lambton, Metcalfe, Molokwu, Charles, Parsons, Damba. 

Leeds XI: Caprile (GK), Drameh, McCarron (Moore 57’), Jenkins (Forshaw ), Cresswell, Kenneh, Summerville, McKinstry, Gelhardt (Dean 52’), Greenwood, Miller (Allen 80’).

Subs not used: Van Den Heuvel. 

Mark Jackson was in charge of a youthful Leeds United side as they played their first pre-season friendly, travelling to AFC Guiseley.  

The Whites were given a hard test throughout by the National League North outfit, but came out victorious on the night in what was an entertaining match and first run out of pre-season.

The home side had the first chance of the half, when Hamza Bencherif met a low cross from the right. Elia Caprile managed to smother the effort and clear Leeds back up the pitch. 

The Whites were beginning to find a foothold in the match, with summer arrival Amari Miller showing his pace and flair down the wing.  

Having been tripped a couple of times already by beating his defender, Sam Greenwood was given the opportunity to strike on goal. He did, seeing his effort well saved by the Trialist between the Guiseley posts.

Just moments later though, the tricky feet of Crysencio Summerville down the opposite wing saw him dance into the box and he was also brought down, this time a penalty was awarded. The winger stepped up himself to dispatch the penalty coolly and give his side the lead. 

Three minutes after United went into the lead, the home side broke forward themselves and quickly equalised. Kaine Felix crossed into the box from the wing, allowing Bailey Thompson to stroke home into the bottom corner. 

Two further set-piece chances arrived for Greenwood, following fouls home from the defence of the home side. His first effort was well clear of the bar, with the second nestling on the roof of the net. 

After his earlier sighters, Greenwood produced a stunner of a free-kick to put Leeds back ahead. Guiseley hadn’t taken the earlier warnings signs and when the forward was fouled just outside the box, he curled into the top corner superbly. 

HALF TIME: Guiseley AFC 1-2 Leeds United 

Both teams made a change at the beginning of the second half. The hosts brought on Lewis Hey, replacing Jordan Thewlis. Mark Jackson was forced into his switch, with Joe Gelhardt picking up a knock so he was brought off for Max Dean. 

Moments later, Jackson was forced into another change, replacing Liam McCarron with Kris Moore. A third change from the bench introduced Adam Forshaw to a standing ovation from the sold out crowd, as he came in in place of Jack Jenkins. 

In a second half that was short on chances, another set-piece nearly drew the game back level, as Brad Nicholson fired just over the bar with his free-kick for the hosts. 

Stuart McKinstry whipped in a corner with 10 minutes remaining which saw Charlie Cresswell leap highest and connect well, only to see his header cleared off the line. From the next phase of play, Dean slid his shot narrowly wide of the post. 

Back down the other end, Caprile as forced into action and he saved well from Jake Day’s effort from the edge of the box. 

The third goal did finally arrive for the Whites following superb work from Summerville again. The winger refused to give up on a pass and won the ball back from his defender, then breaking into the box and squaring for the recently introduced Charlie Allen to fire home.

Just like in the first half, the hosts hit back almost instantly. Lewis Hey was on the scoresheet for the Lions as he was quickest to react in the box after Caprile’s initial save. 

That was to be the last action of the match, with Jackson’s side winning courtesy of Allen’s late strike. 

FULL TIME: Guiseley AFC 2-3 Leeds United

Venue: Nethermoor Park

Referee: Jon Moss