manager MARK BOWER says Guiseley can forget the maths and seal a place in the Skrill North play-offs in style with three wins in the next eight days.
The Lions roared back into the top five with Tuesday night’s 2-0 success at Harrogate Town and are now three points clear of sixth-placed Boston United with three games remaining.
Boston – Guiseley’s only realistic dangers for a play-off spot – also have a tough looking run-in with tomorrow’s trip to 13th-placed Leamington followed by Monday’s hosting of leaders North Ferriby United and a final day trip to mid-table Worcester City.
But Bower is distancing himself from the thought of Boston blowing it and calling on Guiseley to pick up the seven points needed to mathematically guarantee a spot in the next eight days, or better still a perfect nine points out of nine.
Guiseley entertain tenth-placed Colwyn Bay tomorrow before visiting bottom club Workington on Monday. The Nethermoor outfit then end the regular season at 16th-placed Gloucester a week on Saturday – by which time Bower hopes his men will need just a point to guarantee a play-off spot, even in the event of Boston winning both of this weekend’s games.
“We know for a fact that seven points will do it for us,” Bower told the YEP.
“But we are more than capable of going out and winning all three games on the spin so that’s the target – then we don’t have to worry about anybody else. We might get five points and get in the play-offs, we get six and miss out but the one way we can guarantee getting in there is by getting seven and we’ll start by trying to get three on Saturday.”
Guiseley certainly looked in the mood to do just that on Tuesday evening when first half-goals from Jake Lawlor and Adam Boyes sunk Harrogate Town. The success put Guiseley back in the play-offs and Bower says there can be no complaints whatsoever with three games to go. “There’s a good mood in the camp and everyone is pleased with the position that we are in,” he said. “Coming into the last week of the season with three games to go, if anybody would have said our destiny was in our hands then we would have definitely taken it because we were so far behind with five, six, seven games in hand. We’re in a decent position but we can’t rest on our laurels yet and we’ve got three more games to get some points from. We’ve got to guarantee our spot in that top five.”
Bower has injury concerns over Kevin Holsgrove (hamstring), Alex Johnson (ankle) and Wayne Brooksby (ankle) tomorrow. Tuesday night’s victims Harrogate will be looking to bounce back when they visit North Ferriby tomorrow. Eighth-placed Town then welcome Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday. Barrow are tomorrow’s hosts for 12th-placed Bradford Park Avenue who welcome second-bottom Stalybridge Celtic on Monday.