Guiseley are gunning for a ‘Super Tuesday’ re-run

Gavin Rothery.
Gavin Rothery.
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MARK BOWER is eyeing another ‘Super Tuesday’ re-run for his go-ahead Guiseley side this evening.

Everything that the fifth-placed Lions are currently touching on the pitch is turning to gold with Bower’s side seeking to extend their magnificent unbeaten Skrill North run to 13 matches home to struggling visitors Gainsborough Trinity.

Much of that is down to their exemplary home form, which has seen them win their last six games at Nethermoor, including four on Tuesdays and for Bower, it’s a case of long may it continue.

Bower, whose side have wracked up 11 goals in their last two outings, said: “It can be difficult at this level of football playing on a Tuesday night after the lads’ have worked all day and with a heavy run of recent fixtures as well.

“What we are doing says a lot about the fitness and character of the players, who have got themselves in the right shape to see these games through.

“With most of the games being at home, it has helped with not having as much travelling to do as the opposition with all the home games called off in the winter. But the majority is down to the players and their attitude in how they go about their work.”

Guiseley are currently in the midst of their second outstanding unbeaten sequence of the campaign, having enjoyed a 15-match sequence without defeat in all competitions from mid-October until early January.

Given his side’s gruelling schedule, Bower feels their current run eclipses that earlier streak, given that their resources have been tested to the full.

That said, Guiseley were afforded the luxury of resting a few players in their 5-0 weekend slaying of Vauxhall Motors, with Gavin Rothery and Alex Johnson handed breathers in the second half with the game won thanks to a deadly first-half show.

Bower, hopeful that Jake Lawlor will be available this evening following illness, with Ben Parker a couple of weeks away from a return, said: “I think this run is probably better, moreso with the fact we have come back from a few disappointments when, while we have not been beaten, we have drawn 3-3 after leading.

“They felt like defeats at the time, so to come back after those with a couple of wins has been really pleasing and bodes well.

“But we have got to keep things going. We haven’t achieved anything yet because if we think we have, other teams around us will punish us.

“The effort we have put in over these last seven or eight weeks to get ourselves in this position has been great.

“But if we start thinking we have achieved something already, we will be in for a shock.”

It promises to be a massive evening in the campaigns of Frickley Athletic and Brighouse Town tonight with both facing seminal games in their season.

Karl Rose’s relegation-threatened Blues visit Witton, mindful that victory would see them move within two points of fifth-from-bottom Marine, albeit having played a game more.

Meanwhile, Paul Quinn’s Brighouse Town can move to the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with a win over near-neighbours Liversedge at the Dual Seal Stadium.

Town are currently two points behind leaders Tadcaster Albion, having played fewer games.

Elsewhere, Garforth, Glasshoughton and Nostell head to Heanor, Retford and Worksop Parramore.

Knaresborough visit Shaw Lane Aquaforce in Division One.

Scarborough Athletic go to Sheffield in the First Division South.

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