MARK BOWER has revealed that goal poacher Adam Boyes could hand Guiseley a boost by returning in tomorrow’s Vanarama North home clash with Lowestoft at Nethermoor.
The Lions top-scorer, who has hit nine goals in the league this term, had aggravated an ankle injury in the recent FA Cup loss at Grimsby Town and missed last Saturday’s clash at Barrow.
But the frontman could now be ready to return to the fray, with a run without a midweek game having served Guiseley nicely.
Bower said: “It has probably come in useful to us, to be honest.
“Alex Johnson will have done another week’s training and benefited from the hour he got at the weekend and hopefully we will have Adam back as well.
“It is good to be getting some of the bodies back.
“Adam is a goalscorer and we created chances at Barrow on Saturday and if Boyesy was on the end of one or two of those, we might have been talking about a different result as he is definitely a key player for us.
“We want to get him back, but want to make sure he is back right.”
Eighth-placed Guiseley, two points off the play-off pace, head into tomorrow’s game with their Suffolk visitors without a win in four matches in all competitions in their first home league match since October.
But Bower is confident that his side can manufacture another unbeaten streak after a 10-match run without defeat ended in the cup defeat at Blundell Park on October 25.
Bower said: “I thought we played really well in the first half at Barrow and passed it really well and created chances. But then we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit, with the goal we conceded.
“We went in at half-time having been the better side, but with them scoring near half-time, it was a massive boost for them.
“They came out and were the best side for 10 or 15 minutes, but after that, we had a one-on-one with the keeper and should have had a penalty with 10 minutes to go through a foul on Danny Forrest.
“I don’t know how that wasn’t given and think we were a little bit unlucky.
“We worked really hard against the team who will be the ones to beat. But we can take positives from it.
“It seems like a long time since we were at home and it’s important having the defeat that we bounce back and get the three points on the board as we don’t want to be getting too far away from the teams at the top.
“We need to get results in our home games. Lowestoft will be a test as they are a big, strong and physical side. They had a poor result last weekend and will be looking to bounce back from that.
“They will be looking for a reaction. But we must make sure we go about our game and when we do get the chance, we should take them, which will go a long way towards getting a result.
“We have had three or four really good runs last year and hopefully, Saturday can be the start of another one.
“The Grimsby and Barrow away games were probably the two hardest ones we will play all season and there’s no disgrace in losing and there were good aspects in both and we will take those into the games coming up.
“If we take our chances, we should be picking up points again.”
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