Guiseley in good spirit despite end to win run

Mark Bower.
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MARK BOWER insists the last thing that Guiseley will be doing is beating themselves up after relinquishing their proud 11-game unbeaten Skrill North record.

The Lions went down 1-0 to Barrow at Holker Street on Tuesday – their first league defeat since October 5 – and must now regroup ahead of tomorrow’s tough trip to third-placed AFC Telford.

While acknowledging he was bitterly disappointed to see his side’s fine sequence end, Bower is firmly keeping things in perspective and says it is all about the reaction from his side in Shropshire tomorrow.

Bower said: “We have got to get our chins up now. There was no way we were going to carry on an unbeaten run from October all the way through.

“We have got to pick ourselves up and go again at Telford and react now.

“”They are one of those teams who are up there who we are looking to compete with. It’s important we go there and put on a good performance and pick up points. We need to do soon to close that gap.

“We have had them watched a few times and they are fairly well organised and put you under pressure with quite a direct style. But we’ve come up against that a few times this season and dealt with it and prove a threat ourselves at the other end.”

Guiseley find themselves in tenth spot in the table and playing catch-up in a big way with at least four games in hand on the teams above them who harbour top-five designs and two on sixth-placed Altrincham.

Once again, they hit the road again this weekend and they have to wait until tomorrow week for their next home league match against Worcester, weather permitting, with the last time they took the field at Nethermoor being way back on Boxing Day.

With a bottleneck of fixtures over the coming weeks, Guiseley’s squad strength will be tested to the full and while their fixture schedule is just about manageable at the minute, Bower is desperate to avoid it worsening with further additions through postponements.

He said: “We are really playing catch-up now. We have only played around half of our league fixtures and are going to have to play half our league games between now and the end of the season.

“The hope is that we don’t have to play Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday and we really don’t want any more called off. At the moment, we can just about deal with it, but it’s the time of year now where we don’t want any more games called off.

“I suppose that we haven’t played means we haven’t picked up many at the minute. Everyone looks sharp in training, but we will be well tested in the coming weeks.

“I have the BBC weather app on my phone and am checking it every hour. We were okay last year and it was Harrogate who had the games off. But you just have to get on with it.

“We don’t have a home game now until the second week in February and it’s going to be a fair old gap between home games, which is disappointing.

“We thought we were all right last Saturday ahead of the Stalybridge game, but had a deluge an hour or so before kick-off and it meant there was no chance of playing. There was nothing we could do about it. Everyone did their best to get it on.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, weather permitting, eighth-placed Harrogate Town visit the side just below them who are level on points in Colwyn Bay in another key fixture for Simon Weaver’s troops.

Bradford Park Avenue, in 11th spot, entertain Solihull Moors, in seventh.

In the Skrill Premier, Neil Aspin’s FC Halifax, two points outside the play-off positions, head to Lincoln City, seeking to further cement their top-five credentials.

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