MARK BOWER has revealed his delight after Wayne Brooksby had the last laugh against former side North Ferriby United – with the Guiseley winger subject to some roughhouse tactics from the hosts on Saturday.
The ex-Villagers player, who joined Guiseley last year, was targeted by the home players in the second leg of the Skrill North play-off semi-final, but had his moment by netting the only goal of the game as the Lions booked their place in the final, courtesy of a 3-0 aggregate success.
Bower said: “I think it was disgraceful the way Wayne was targeted in the game.
“The challenge on him which left him with a lump the size of a golf ball on his jaw was just not what is called for.
“But every time Wayne got the ball, he was kicked at, hacked and elbowed. But he just kept picking himself up off the ground and if there was one player deserving of a goal, it was Wayne because he just kept going.
“It was a fantastic performance from Wayne with a great goal, which was the final nail in their coffin.”
The Lions are now hoping to write the final chapter of a truly captivating season at Altrincham on Saturday, with the prize at stake for the victors being Conference football.
It’s a level that the Robins have played at for a number of years, while Guiseley are aiming to create history.
Bower insists that Alty are favourites for the final, but his Guiseley side go into the game undaunted by the challenge and aiming to play the underdog card successfully once more at a venue where his side were swept aside in the regular season.
Bower said: “When we came to Ferriby six months ago, if anyone would have said that the next time we were there we would be winning the game to get to a play-off final after beating Ferriby for the fourth time in a row, people maybe would have thought we were crazy.
“But it’s a fantastic achievement by this bunch of players, we stuck to our game plan well in the first half and restricted them to very little and when our chance came, Wayne took it magnificently.”
On the final, he added: “It will be fantastic. There’s connections on both sides and they have had a really good season and we will go there as underdogs away from home against a team who finished above us in the league.
“We know what happened the last time we went there, but it’s strange how things have worked out – we pipped Boston to the last spot in the play-offs, which was my first game in charge and we have now beaten Ferriby where our turnaround started.
“Altrincham is now a game to go where a few months ago was probably my lowest point certainly and the club’s lowest point of the season.
“Hopefully, we can go there and get a result this time.
“We are in good form and have only lost once in 18 or 19 games, but likewise, they are in good form.
“But if we go out there and play the way we are capable of, we’ve got a chance of winning. It should be a closely-contested game. The play-offs have been tight this year with only six or seven points separating all four teams.”
Meanwhile, NCEL outfit Selby Town are on the look-out for a new manager following the departure of Jimmy Reed by mutual consent.
A club statement said: “Selby Town would like to thank him for his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future. An announcement will be made later regarding Mr Reid’s replacement.”