FA Cup: Favourites tag is a little misleading insists Lions’ boss Bower

Mark Bower. PIC: James Hardisty

Mark Bower. PIC: James Hardisty

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MARK BOWER insists Guiseley will not be taking forthcoming FA Cup opponents Halesowen Town lightly, despite being handed a favourable looking home draw against the Midlanders in the third qualifying round.

The Lions booked their place in the hat for yesterday’s draw with a 1-0 win at Droylsden in the second qualifying round of the competition at the weekend, with Wayne Brooksby netting the only goal of the game.

Their reward has come in the shape of a home draw at Nethermoor on October 11, with the winners earning £7,500 and moving to within one win of the first round proper which will be staged in November.

Guiseley have faced Halesowen twice before, in the FA Trophy, winning their tie in 1998-99 and losing the other in 1994-95. The Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit booked their place in the third qualifying round after a 7-1 hammering of minnows Ellistown and Ibstock United.

The game was notable for a remarkable six-goal haul from former Mansfield and Kidderminster Harriers marksman Iyseden Christie and despite Guiseley being big favourites for the tie next month, Bower is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “We know they play in the league below us and towards the bottom end. But we will do our homework on them and make sure we know as much as we possibly can about them.

“Having seen some of the results from this weekend with some of the teams in our league being beaten by teams two or three leagues below them, we will certainly not be taking it lightly at all.

“It is a good draw in terms of us being at home, which is all you can ask for and playing a team who are from a division below gives us an opportunity to progress, but we must be on our guard as well and must be on our game to get through.”

Bradford Park Avenue will host Buxton in the third qualifying round – but only if they vanquish AFC Fylde in their replay tonight.

The Lions are also on cup duty tomorrow night in the opening round of the West Riding County Cup at home to FC Halifax Town when Bower will field several fringe players ahead of the weekend league clash with Tamworth in Vanarama North.

Alex Johnson could feature against the Shaymen as he steps up his comeback from injury.

Bower said: “People maybe do not pay the competition enough respect, but it is a competition we can use to give players match practice.

“Some players could do with a bit more game time and we will also have a look at some of our young players in the academy who have started the season really well.

“We will be putting a team out good enough to win the game, but also looking after some of the lads who have played a lot of games.”

County Cup fixtures tonight see Farsley AFC, knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday, visit Glasshoughton Welfare and Garforth Town visit Knaresborough Town.

Liversedge welcome Ossett Town, Selby entertain Ossett Albion and Yorkshire Amateur are at home to Albion Sports.

Action in the Evo-Stik Premier tonight sees Frickley head to Witton. Scarborough Athletic host Droylsden in Division One North.

NCEL Premier leaders Tadcaster visit Parkgate, with Thackley visiting second-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Joint Division One frontrunners AFC Emley go to Teversal and Hemsworth MW also hit the road to Shirebrook.

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