Guiseley 0 Barnsley 0: Reds held by non-Leaguers

Alfie Mawson heads clear for Barnsley. Photo: Dean Atkins
Alfie Mawson heads clear for Barnsley. Photo: Dean Atkins
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Barnsley’s pre-season campaign continued with a goalless draw at Guiseley.

Lee Lee Johnson’s men looked at their most dangerous at the beginning and end of the match, but were unable to penetrate the hosts’ backline.

Despite their divisional deficit, it was National League side Guiseley that controlled the game for long periods of the match but Tykes’ shot-stopper Adam Davies looked comfortable when challenged.

Sam Winnall provided the early threat for the visitors but the former Scunthorpe hot-shot blazed over the bar in the opening encounters.

Alfie Mawson then saw his thunderous strike tipped over by Guiseley goalkeeper Steven Drench.

But as the first half went on, Guiseley began to take more of a grip on the contest – Davies was called into action to first deny Wayne Brooksby and then Adam Boyes.

The hosts continued to give their higher-ranked opponents problems into the second half and the main source of danger was from half-time sub Luke Porritt. The speedy winger tore down the left wing before firing in a shot from a narrow angle but Davies to palmed the ball behind for a corner.

Then on 79 minutes, Danny Hall squared to Munya Munbaje but the former Leeds youngster dragged his effort wide.

Barnsley began to pose a threat and were gifted a great chance when Guiseley’s centre-half Atkinson fluffed his clearance. The ball dropped to Marley Watkins on the edge of the 18-yard box but Atkinson made a vital block.

Academy graduate Matty Templeton then drove into the Guiseley box but pulled his shot wide of the upright.

Barnsley are at home to Mansfield on Saturday for club legend Bobby Hassell’s testimonial.

Barnsley: Davies, Williams (Scott 66), Roberts, Nyatanga, Smith, Scowen, Maris, Wilkinson, Winnall (Abbott 40), Watkins, Mawson (Templeton 73).

Subs: Dibble, Goodall, Cowgill, Drennan.

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