In a riveting display, Reece Kendall’s magnificent first-half goal proved pivotal as Guiseley triumphed 2-0 over Bamber Bridge, propelling The Lions to the 4th spot in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The breakthrough occurred in the 12th minute when Kendall left Bamber Bridge’s goalkeeper, Aiden Hunt, stranded with an audacious strike, placing the ball into the top-right corner from midway inside the visitor’s half.
The defender came close to doubling Guiseley’s lead in the 21st minute with another powerful shot that narrowly missed the opposite corner. Aiden Walker’s last-minute header, capitalizing on Hunt’s error after dropping a Leigh Whelan cross, sealed the victory against the mid-table opponent.
Guiseley asserted dominance in the first half, with Jordi Nsaka nearly connecting with an impressive cross from debutant Michael Afuye in the 18th minute. Jameel Ible’s 26th-minute shot grazed wide, while Gabriel Johnson’s close-range header hit the post before falling into Hunt’s grasp.
Nsaka continued to threaten, almost reaching a Kallan Murphy cross in the 38th minute. The home defense remained resolute in the second half as The Lions pursued a decisive goal.
Visiting striker Mark Cullen’s attempt flashed across the goal in the 53rd minute, and defender Chris Churchman’s effort veered wide 15 minutes later. Prince Ekpolo’s splendid tackle thwarted a Brig attack in the 76th minute, and he later deflected Cullen’s shot in the closing stages.
Although The Lions’ attacking efforts were met with resilience, the much-needed three points secured Guiseley’s first home win of 2024. Their ascent to the 4th position was further boosted by fellow playoff contenders dropping points following Marske United’s decision to resign from the league due to financial issues.
In a compelling match, Guiseley emerged victorious, solidifying their standing in the competitive Northern Premier League.