Timely return for Brooksby as Guiseley progress

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Guiseley are through to the play-off final after defeating North Ferriby United 3-0 on aggregate and 1-0 on the day with former Ferriby winger Wayne Brooksby scoring the only goal in the second leg.

Guiseley manager Mark Bower was delighted to see his side make the play-off final and said: “The last time we were leaving this ground, we were just outside the relegation zone so the journey we have gone on since then has been great and all the credit goes to the players.”

Host manager Billy Heath said: “I think we have had a great season and we gave today a good go and I want to wish both sides the best of luck for the play-off final, I have just told Bower I wish him the best.”

After the first leg it was Guiseley who held the advantage after defeating North Ferriby 2-0 at Nethermoor, and that advantage gave Guiseley a clear edge.

North Ferriby pushed forward from the off but the first chance came after 35 minutes when former Guiseley player Matt Wilson headed just wide.

In first-half stoppage time, Anthony Wilson had two chances. He was involved in a goalmouth scramble but Danny Ellis was able to clear and then Wilson was put through on goal and scored but was offside.

On the first real attack for Guiseley, Brooksby took advantage of a slip by Peat and he cut in from the wing and fired the ball past Adam Nicklin.

Ferriby pushed forward but they were only able to create two real chances with Danny Clarke’s low drive from just outside the area being saved by Stephen Dickinson.

Then Anthony Wilson was one on one with Dickinson but the veteran goalkeeper was able to block the striker’s shot with his legs.

Guiseley are one game from Conference football next season as they face a trip to Altrincham on Saturday in the play-off final. Altrincham edged out Hednesford Town 4-3 on aggregate in the other semi-final.