Bower urges Lions to claim revenge over Altrincham

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BOSS Mark Bower has called on his thriving Guiseley side to claim overdue revenge against Altrincham tomorrow.

The Lions are unbeaten in 13 games and last tasted defeated on October 5 – against the side who visit Nethermoor in Skrill North this weekend.

And Bower pulls no punches in admitting Guiseley are relishing the opportunity to settle the score.

The Lions boss is aware that victory will not come easy against an Alty side two places and four points above Guiseley in seventh.

The visitors also feature former Lions striker James Walshaw in their ranks – a player who caused havoc in October’s tie with a hat-trick.

Yet there is no denying the fact that Bower and his men will be hell bent on revenge tomorrow afternoon.

“Altrincham are the last team that beat us when they beat us 4-1 at their ground back in October,” Bower told the YEP.

“The second-half performance we put in that day is something that anyone involved in it would want to put right.

“They were gifted goals and after dominating the first half we were beaten easily and so anyone involved that day – myself and my staff included – will be hoping we can put it right but they are a good side are Altrincham.

“We know a couple of their players very well including the likes of James Walshaw who served Guiseley very well and we know the strength that he will pose.

“They have been quite fortunate with injuries so they have managed to pick a pretty settled side throughout the season and they are obviously up there towards the top of the league.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game but we have got to go there and do our jobs and and take it from there.”

Guiseley themselves have injury problems tomorrow with Danny Forrest joining longer term absentees Jack Rea, Adam Lockwood and Danny Ellis on the sidelines.

Forrest injured his hamstring in last weekend’s FA Trophy win against Bradford Park Avenue and the Lions will also be without Danny Boshell who is ineligible through the terms of his signature from Altrincham.

But Guiseley will still approach tomorrow’s game on the crest of a wave with Bower seeing no reason why his men cannot develop into title contenders, never mind play-off pushers.

Bower reasoned: “I certainly think that any team in the top ten in the league at the minute would fancy their chances of getting in the top five. And I don’t see any reason why any of those top ten teams can’t look at it and think there’s a chance to finish top of the pile. We know it’s going to be very difficult from the position we are in to do that but we’ll certainly be pushing to do that.

“We’re in a good position. We are unbeaten in 13 games, we’ve been keeping a lot of clean sheets and we are moving in the right direction in the league. Plus we are into the third round of the FA Trophy as well.

“We’re on a good little run but it’s important that we keep our feet on the ground and realise where we came from at the start of that run.”

Also in fine form are sixth-placed Harrogate Town who will be looking to make it four successive league wins when they visit third-bottom Worcester City.

Tenth-placed Bradford Park Avenue will be looking to end a run of three games without a victory when they visit sixth-bottom Histon.

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