Guiseley boss Bower is buoyed by recent run of results

Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
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Guiseley will travel to Aldershot brimming with confidence after a four-game run without defeat according to manager Mark Bower.

It was a spell that was extended by Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory against Burscough in the FA Trophy. Guiseley came from a goal down to win and progress to the second round, where they will face Dulwich Hamlet.

Tomorrow’s opponents Aldershot are two points and a place behind the Lions in the National League, although Aldershot possess a game in hand over Guiseley.

Guiseley were beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture on August 22.

But Bower believes improvements to the squad and a greater awareness of the demands placed upon teams in the National League means there are reasons to believe his side can take home a victory.

He said: “Given that they are around us in the league, it’s a game you would hope we can give account of ourselves in.

“If we can go and put in a good performance then there is a chance of getting a result.

“They beat us 4-0 at our place earlier in the season.

“That will be fresh in the players’ memories.

“I do think we have improved since then.

“We have got a bit more used to the level and we have improved the squad as well.”

In retrospect, Bower feels as though the defeat against Aldershot earlier in the season was harsh on his troops and felt as though the four-goal loss was undeserved.

He also believes that it can inspire his players to get revenge tomorrow.

He continued: “It was a game that we were on top of for the first 25 minutes or half an hour.

“Then a refereeing decision went against us and they scored and we saw how clinical their finishing was compared to ours in the first half.

“They got a few more later on, which put a bit of gloss on the scoreline, which they probably didn’t deserve.

“Nobody likes getting beaten by that score, so hopefully we will get that out of the system, get one back on them, get a result and pull away from a team that are in and around us in the league.”

Anthony Dudley had his loan spell cut short by Bury last weekend.

But Bower has no other fears in terms of player availability for tomorrow.

In fact, he may be able to welcome back James Hurst after this weekend’s action.

“The 16 that were involved in the game against Burscough came through it okay,” he said.

“James Hurst is not far from a return, but maybe the weekend might come too soon for him. He should be back for the Christmas games.”

Elsewhere, FC Halifax Town host Tranmere. Harrogate are offering free entry to their game against Brackley Town in the National League North.

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Frickley Athletic will be looking to end a run of four games without victory when they travel to Halesowen Town tomorrow.

Athletic attempted to improve their squad by bringing in Sam Akeroyd and Steven Jeff prior to last weekend, but the duo could not stop the 14th-placed side falling to a 3-2 defeat against Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.

That spirited display against the division’s top side should give Athletic inspiration ahead of tomorrow’s game.

A victory could lift them as high as 10th in the Premier Division.

Meanwhile, in the First Division North, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Ossett Albion face each other in a Yorkshire derby, with both sides fighting battles at opposite ends of the table.

Railway will be looking to pull themselves out of the relegation zone with a victory. They are currently 21st, two points behind Radcliffe Borough.

Albion could climb as high as third with a win or draw, depending on Glossop North End’s result.

Ossett Town manager Graham Nicholas has bolstered his squad with the capture of Brad Riley from Sheffield FC ahead of tomorrow’s game against Farsley Celtic. Simon Rogers has also been made club captain.

Nicholas said: “The squad is forming nicely and the capture of Brad Riley adds good balance to the team.”

Celtic could jump to 14th with a win.

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Tadcaster Albion will look to put their FA Vase disappointment behind them when they visit Parkgate tomorrow.

Albion fell to a huge 4-0 loss against Sunderland RCA on Tuesday night, a result that belied their league form and the hopes that they would be able to progress to the next round.

Speaking after that loss, manager Billy Miller admitted the Parkgate match gives his team an opportunity to bounce back.

He said: “The next stage for us now is to pick ourselves up and move on from this. Football is great for that, because we go again on Saturday.”

The league leaders visit a Parkgate side that are struggling towards the bottom of the table. Parkgate are currently 21st.

A Parkgate win would be damaging for Liversedge, who are a point above Albion’s opposition. Liversedge are not in action this weekend.

Victory for Albion could open up a five-point gap between themselves and Worksop Town in second, should Worksop lose on their travels to ninth placed Clipstone.

Pontefract Collieries will look to climb to 13th with a victory away from home against Maltby Main.

Nostell Miners Welfare, 18th in the league, will be hoping to close the gap between themselves and Athersley Recreation although they will have to beat Retford United, 13th, in order to do so.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare will look to continue their promotion charge in Division One when they face Yorkshire Amateur.

Hull United are currently five points behind Hemsworth, comfortably on top of the league, and Hemsworth could extend that gap with a victory against the ninth-placed side.

They will, however, have to hope that Westella VIP can keep Hull, second, at bay in their clash. Westella are 15th in the league, suggesting the visit of the East Yorkshire club could prove a tough test.

Selby Town may have a more optimistic approach to their game against Teversal. Town are a place and a point behind Teversal, although they have two games in-hand.

Another mid-table clash sees 16th-placed Glasshoughton Welfare host Dronfield Town, who are four places above them in 12th.

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