Guiseley are through to the Skrill North play-off final against Altrincham after defeating North Ferriby United, 3-0 on aggregate and 1-0 on the day with former Ferriby winger Wayne Brooksby scoring the goal.
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 before the match had even started.
The opening to the match emphasised how important this second leg was as both side’s players showed their nerves, with only half-chances being created and most of them by North Ferriby who tried to push a few more players forward from the off.
The first real chance came after 35 minutes when former Guiseley player Matt Wilson headed just wide for Ferriby.
His looping header went across goal but didn’t curl in with Stephen Dickinson looking to be in trouble.
Then, in added time, Anthony Wilson had two chances.
First of all he was involved in a goalmouth scramble but Danny Ellis was able to clear the ball away. Then, Wilson was put through on goal and scored but the linesman’s flag was already up as the striker had wandered offside.
In the first real attack for Guiseley, Wayne Brooksby took full advantage of a slip by Nathan Peat and he cut in from the wing and fired the ball past Adam Nicklin and into the back of the net.
This gave Guiseley a three-goal advantage on aggregate and also the lead on the day itself.
After that goal, Billy Heath pushed his side forward but they were only able to create two real chances with Danny Clarke’s low drive from just outside the penalty area being saved well by 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 and ensure he maintained his clean sheet throughout the two legs. But Guiseley were able to hold on to possession and let the clock run down, knowing that the route to the final was secured. The fulltime whistle led to cheers from the away fans, with some of them going onto the pitch to celebrate with some of the players . They know they are now just one game away from Conference football next season as they face Altrincham next Saturday in the play-off final.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower was delighted to see his side make the play-off final, saying: “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.”
North Ferriby United manager Billy Heath said: “I think we have had a great season and we gave a good go. 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.”
North Ferriby United: Nicklin, Robson (Lisles 80), Peat, D’Laryea, Gray, M Wilson, Clarke, Fry, A Wilson, Jarman, Emerton. Subs not used: Wilde, McMahon, Anderson and Pecora
Guiseley: Dickinson, Holdsworth, Parker, Hall, Ellis, Lawlor, Brooksby (Meynell 85), Boshell (Potts 82), Boyes, O Johnson (A Johnson 55), Rothery. Subs not used: Drench and Holsgrove.
Referee: G Fyvie.