Gabriel Johnson’s looping effort secured three points for Guiseley AFC on the road against high-flying Warrington Rylands.
The Lions started brightly, earning a flurry of corners and applying pressure on the Rylands backline. A couple of set pieces, one awarded for a harsh challenge from Scott Bakkor, also found their way into the hosts’ box, but Rylands held firm in the first twenty minutes.
Rylands gradually gained momentum with a period of possession in the middle of the first half. Touray’s powerful long-range shot troubled Ollie Battersby, but Guiseley responded with some promising chances of their own. Opportunities came for Jameel Ible and Johnson, but neither could convert. Jordi Nsaka had a chance to score just before half-time, but keeper Luke Pilling kept the Lions at bay.
The hosts continued to dominate in the second half. Joe Piggott beat goalkeeper Battersby, but Tom Pratt was there to clear the ball off the line. Four minutes later, the Guiseley keeper made a crucial save at his near post.
Just as it seemed Warrington were gaining control of the game, Johnson found himself with the ball at his feet and took advantage of a stranded goalkeeper Pilling, lifting the ball over his head to give the Lions the lead.
The Lions held off a fatiguing Rylands side for the remainder of the match, weathering the pressure, winning every battle on the pitch, and even creating a few chances of their own. Liam Tongue came closest when he headed towards goal, but couldn’t find the target.
Ultimately, neither team managed to add to the scoresheet, and the game ended 1-0, much to the joy of the travelling Guiseley supporters. The result elevates the Lions to seventh place, within striking distance of the playoff positions.
Final Score: Warrington Rylands 0-1 Guiseley AFC.