GUISELEY boss Mark Bower has fired out a National League warning – by declaring his belief that some rival sides are going to get a beating in the not-too-distant future.
The Lions head into Saturday’s Nethermoor clash with Aldershot Town on the back of a three-match unbeaten streak which has yielded seven points from the last nine, but Bower believes his side are yet to fully hit their straps.
Chances have been spurned in single-goal victories over Altrincham and Kidderminster Harriers when goals from Rob Atkinson and Adam Boyes proved decisive.
Guiseley also failed to convert several opportunities in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barrow, on a night when one point could easily have turned into three, with their only reward coming courtesy of a Nicky Boshell strike.
For his part, Bower is relatively relaxed, given that his side are showing a propensity to create chances – and feels that if it continues, Guiseley will reap a harvest sooner or later. Bower said: “I am sure the goals will come. The bigger concern is when you are not creating chances.
“I don’t like to say it, but sooner rather than later, someone will get done by three or four.”
On the last occasion that Guiseley faced Aldershot, the Hampshire side sent them packing in a 3-0 FA Trophy win in January 2014, a result which brought an unceremonious end to a fine 14-match unbeaten run in the opening months of Bower’s tenure.
Now the sides are at the same level and while Bower is under no illusions that Aldershot will be a tough nut to crack – despite their modest start to the season – he is emboldened by his side’s encouraging start to National League life.
He added: “Aldershot are a well-established Conference team and before that, a Football League team.
“It is one of those where it is a nice change for us at the club as we have played the likes of Barrow and Altrincham over the years and it’s a bit of a change for Aldershot to come up.
“It will be a tough challenge similar to Kidderminster, I would have thought. The lads’ fitness levels look good, they were still pushing forward in the 94th minute (at Barrow) and I think we’ve looked strong and fit over the three previous games as well.
“We’ll look forward to it and hopefully we can finish off this little spell of five games in the first two weeks with a good performance and a good result.”
Meanwhile, Bower says he is happy with his squad options as it stands and is not envisaging a raid on the transfer market.
He added: “I think we look okay at the minute. We’ve cover for each and every position.
“If the opportunity does come up where we can strengthen, we will certainly try and take it. But I don’t want to be looking at bringing too many players in, as that creates problems in that everyone wants to play (regular) football.”
Elsewhere, rock-bottom FC Halifax will be seeking some respite after a poor start to the season at home to Bromley at The Shay.
Two games into the new season, Karl Rose will be the first to admit that his Frickley Athletic side haven’t got off to the ideal start, writes DYLAN COYMN.
With two losses from two games, Athletic will be desperate to claim their first Evo-Stik League Premier Division victory this weekend, when they make the trip to Sutton Coldfield Town.
Frickley are currently sitting at the foot of the table – albeit at a very early stage of the season – but fans and players alike will be optimistic of a change of fortune this weekend.
For the strikers though they will take great encouragement after seeing this weekend’s opponents concede five goals. Sutton Coldfield were beaten 5-1 at home to Barwell on Tuesday night, suggesting they may be frail at the back, something Rose will want his team to exploit.
Athletic will also have to sharpen up their own defence. Last Saturday they conceeded a late stoppage-time goal which saw them lose to Matlock Town. On Tuesday they came up against Darlington 1883, where they suffered a 3-0 loss.
There will be a Yorkshire derby this weekend in the First Division North as Brighouse Town face Harrogate Railway Athletic.
Brighouse will be hurting after they conceded a last-minute winner in a 2-1 defeat against Ossett Town on Monday night, and will be looking to repair those wounds tomorrow.
Railway had a similarly frustrating midweek experience when a late equaliser from Spennymoor Town’s Liam Henderson meant they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. With both teams looking to go for it, this local derby has the potential to be an exciting affair.
Ossett Town have a tough challenge with a trip to Cumbria to take on Kendal Town.
Their opponents are yet to drop points this season.
When Farsley Celtic go to play Shaun Reid’s Warrington Town, they will be hoping to find the net for the first time this season.
Other fixtures in the First Division North include Ossett Albion hosting Burscough and Scarborough play Trafford at home.
Like Kendal, Scarborough haven’t dropped any points yet and will be looking to keep their excellent start going.
In the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Garforth Town host Pickering Town tomorrow, and will go in the game with great confidence, with two wins already under their belts.
Liversedge will fancy their chances when they go up against Athersley Recreation. Liversedge are currently nine places above their opponents.
High-flying Tadcaster Albion face Brigg Town at home. They will be eyeing up three points against the side currently at the base of the table.
Thackley, who have lost their last two games in the league take on another struggling side, Retford tomorrow.
In only their second game of the season, Pontefract Collieries are at home to Worksop Town – a tough challenge as they currently sit third in the table, whilst Nostell MW take a trip to Handsworth Parramore.
In the First Division, Selby Town travel to Dronfield Town, and they will be attempting to carry on their good form which has them well placed in third spot.
There also is a local derby as Eccleshill will make the short trip to take on Yorkshire Amateur.
AFC Emley will travel to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, and will be expecting a full three points as their opponents occupy the bottom spot in the division. Hemsworth MW are at home to Hull United. This will be a tough game for the home side as they will be attempting to end Hull’s 100 per cent record.