Gabriel Johnson’s stunning late goal in the second half of stoppage time propelled Guiseley into fifth place in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division, overcoming table-toppers Radcliffe FC in a thrilling encounter.

The dynamic forward expertly found the net with a precise finish via a header from substitute Mike Afuye, concluding a fantastic finale to an evenly contested match.

Guiseley’s perseverance paid off as they relentlessly pressed for a decisive goal in the frenzied final moments, earning multiple corners and causing havoc among the opposition defenders.

In a remarkable feat, Guiseley became the first team this season to achieve a double victory over the runaway league leaders, securing consecutive wins for the first time since early November.

The game commenced cautiously, with both teams eager to avoid errors, but opportunities soon emerged for both sides. Kofi Moore’s attempt narrowly missed the left-hand post in the 15th minute, setting the tone for an action-packed match.

Liam Tongue tested Radcliffe’s goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt with a shot in the 22nd minute, while Rick Smith’s half-volley was skillfully handled by Guiseley’s Ollie Battersby midway through the first half.

Defensive prowess came to the forefront as Brown made a crucial goal-line clearance in the 34th minute, denying Olly Thornley’s effort, before Smith’s header sailed over the bar two minutes later.

As the first half drew to a close, Johnson’s ambitious attempt soared over the bar in the 41st minute following a well-delivered cross from Reece Kendall.

The second half started with both teams displaying renewed energy, as Luke Mariette’s shot narrowly missed the target in the 52nd minute.

Battersby showcased his goalkeeping skills by saving a powerful strike from Josh Hancock in the 62nd minute, and Hancock’s subsequent attempt from the edge of the box went wide in the 65th minute.

Guiseley continued their determined pursuit of a winning goal, with Johnson unlucky to see his header deflected for a corner in the 83rd minute. Afuye’s 87th-minute shot, though well-placed, was too close to the goalkeeper.

In a climactic moment, Johnson’s late winner secured three crucial points for Guiseley as they strive to secure a coveted spot in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division play-offs.