Guiseley AFC v Southport: Lions need to kick on now says boss Bower

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Guiseley manager Mark Bower says it is ‘time to kick on’ as his side prepare for the visit of Southport tonight.

The Lions are enjoying a five-game unbeaten run and Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Dover helped open up a seven-point gap between themselves and the bottom four. But Bower insists he is still looking for more from his players: “We’ve had a solid start to the season, we’ve produced a good few results and laid some good foundations, but now it’s time to kick on.

“We’ve had a couple of long trips to Dover and Torquay recently and we’ve managed to take a point from both of those which we’re really proud of.

“A lot of the lads still work during the week so it can be tough for them but we’re looked after well.

“We knew what we signed up for when we got promoted and travelling around the country is just one of those challenges you have to overcome if you want to be the best.”

He added: “We’ve managed to build up a good unbeaten run of late and I’m really pleased with the lads. The Southport game will be a good test to see where we are as a team.”

Tonight’s clash with 2010’s Conference North champions kicks off a run of four games in just 15 days, but Bower, an estate agent by trade, is looking forward to the challenge ahead and reserved praise for the support his side has received so far this season.

“We enjoy midweek games,” he said. “We’ve had some good nights under the floodlights this year and the surface is that bit quicker at night so it should be a good game.

“We’ve found our scoring boots and Southport have been scoring plenty as well.

“They’re a good side and have been a bit unfortunate in the last few weeks. They’re probably in a false position on the table so we know not to take them lightly.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd,” he continued. “There’s a buzz about the club at the minute and Nethermoor is an exciting place to be.

“The fans have been brilliant this year and they’ve all really bought into the new league.

“They’ve been vocal and they always create a great atmosphere which can help us through these busy periods.”

Looking forward, Bower is in confident mood but is keen to stress the importance of avoiding complacency as the winter months arrive.

“We’re happy with where we are but we can’t get complacent.

“We’ve built up a good advantage on the bottom four sides but it’s important for us to start kicking on and then we can start to look up the table.”

Gareth McClelland will be at the helm of FC Halifax Town for a second time tonight when Gateshead head to West Yorkshire.

The Shaymen sacked Neil Aspin last week and are actively scouring the market for a replacement.

Former Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn is understood to be in the running along with Paul Cox, who recently stepped down as manager of Torquay United after just three months at the helm.

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Frickley Athletic will be looking to leapfrog Rushall Olympic into seventh place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division tonight as two of the chasing pack go head-to-head, writes OLIVER ROBY.

Frickley will be looking to get back on track straightaway after Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Halesowen Town.

Elsewhere, winless Farsley Celtic of the First Division North take on ninth-placed local rivals Ossett Town at Throstle Nest. Neil Parsley’s Farsley were edged out 2-1 on Saturday against Northwich Victoria while Town were 2-1 victors over Clitheroe. In the South Division, Scarborough and Whitby host Glossop and Salford respectively as Goole head to Belper.

In the NCE Premier, Garforth Town will be looking for only their second home win of the season when they welcome Nostell Miners Welfare to Wheatley Park, while 17th-placed Pickering could cause an upset when Albion Sports, in fifth place, come to town.

Finally, Division One sees in-form Hemsworth travel to rock-bottom Winterton Rangers, as Yorkshire Amateur face Dronfield Town at home.

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