BRADFORD (Park Avenue) and Guiseley played out a pulsating 2-2 draw at Nethermoor in the National League North this afternoon, but the scoreline does neither team any favours.

Only one team will be relegated this season, but the result between the two West Yorkshire rivals means Avenue sit just four points off the foot of the table, and Guiseley five.

Jake Hull headed the hosts in front after 25 minutes, but former Bradford City winger Dylan Mottley-Henry equalised for Mark Bower's side just after the break.

And Avenue thought they had turned things around to claim a crucial victory when Brad Dockerty gave them the lead with eight minutes to go.

But it wasn't to be, as a Regan Hutchinson thunderbolt in injury-time saw Guiseley claim a share of the spoils.

It was a quiet start, but Bradford came close to opening the scoring on 21 minutes, when a scramble in the Guiseley box led to Andy Hollins having to head the ball off the line.

And the Lions made the most of that reprieve moments later, when a free-kick was whipped in for Hull to plant a lovely header into the back of the net.

Owen Mason made a fine save to keep the hosts in front, before, at the other end, Jamie Spencer danced past multiple defenders before seeing his shot saved by George Sykes-Kenworthy.

Prince Ekpolo fired just over as Guiseley looked to make it 2-0 just after the interval, but instead, Avenue levelled after 51 minutes.

They broke away from a Guiseley free-kick, and Dockerty fed Mottley-Henry, who put the ball beyond Mason to equalise.

The Guiseley stopper made a fine save with 20 minutes to go to keep his side in front, but he was powerless to prevent Dockerty from giving Avenue the lead soon after.

It was a brilliant run from the tricky winger, who left several defenders in his wake before slotting the ball past Mason and into the net.

Adam Nowakowski thought he had clinched it for the visitors, but his late goal was ruled out for offside.

And that proved crucial, as Hutchinson's deflected late screamer ensured both teams went away with a point apiece.

After the game, Avenue manager Bower said: "We're gutted that we've not managed to see it out.

"I thought they dominated the ball in the first half, without really causing us any problems, except the set-piece goal that we didn't defend well enough, while we missed so many chances on the turnover.

"We started really well in the second half, and possession became a bit more even.

"I thought we always carried the greater threat and we got those two goals to go in front, and it will be interesting to see how close to offside Adam's goal was, as one or two around it felt it might have been on.

"That one they hit right at the end got a little deflection which took it away from George, and we're gutted to lose two points."

He added: "We only really had 13 or 14 players fit for the game, so I thought the lads were outstanding in terms of their effort and work-rate, carrying out jobs that were unfamiliar to some of them at times.

"But we'd got in a position to win and we were comfortable in that second half, so it's a hard one to take."