Guiseley wrapped up their pre-season preparations in a triumphant manner, clinching a 2-0 victory against Brighouse Town through goals courtesy of Jameel Ible and Leigh Whelan.
As they ventured into Calderdale, The Lions aimed to maintain their ongoing surge in form as the start of the league season drew closer. This objective was aptly achieved against a formidable Brighouse side.
Right from the outset, the visitors asserted their dominance, reaping the rewards of their control within 11 minutes. A corner taken by Joe Stacey located the head of Ible. Although the keeper initially thwarted his attempt, Ible managed to swiftly capitalise on the rebound and secure the lead for Guiseley.
Their ascendancy remained undiminished, with the returnee Ollie Brown making his presence felt. In the 15th minute, his strike thundered against the crossbar, followed by a bold effort ten minutes later that troubled the goalkeeper but fell short of the mark.
Bailey Conway also came close in the 28th minute, sending a shot that kissed the crossbar—an incident that marked the climax of the first half. The Lions’ advantage was well-deserved, providing a solid foundation to build upon in the subsequent half.
The second half mirrored the latter stages of the first, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut opportunities on the challenging field, particularly after numerous substitutions had taken place.
The long-awaited decisive moment materialised in the 64th minute. Guiseley’s captain and seasoned goal-getter, Liam Tongue, found himself in a promising position, only for his shot to veer off target.
Finally, the Lions solidified their lead in the 86th minute. Whelan seized upon the goalkeeper’s mishandling of the ball, effortlessly slotting it into an unguarded net. This victory further bolsters Guiseley’s prospects, setting their sights on the imminent league opener against Hyde United.