GUISELEY boss Mark Bower insists the Lions’ outstanding midweek win at North Ferriby can prove the catalyst to reignite their Skrill North campaign.
Bower’s first victory in charge of the Nethermoor outfit arrived by virtue of a fine 3-2 success at big-spending high-fliers Ferriby – achieved thanks to goals from Gavin Rothery, back from suspension, and Wayne Brooksby (2).
It followed on from Saturday’s draw with Histon, which stopped the rot after six successive defeats for Bower in all competitions, with the only frustrating thing for the ex-Bradford City defender being that his side are without a game this weekend.
On Tuesday night’s success kick-starting the current campaign for Guiseley, who went into the game in the bottom three, Bower said: “We came off the back of getting our first point (under my management) on Saturday and we played with a lot of confidence, to be honest.
“Although to be fair, the performances before had been there recently and we did go to Ferriby with a bit of confidence.
“Tuesday was a well-deserved win. I think it can be a bit of springboard as well. We’ve had a very difficult run of fixtures in the past few weeks, but wins breed confidence and four points from the last two games is an upturn.
“Unfortunately, we have no game this weekend.
“It would have been nice to carry the form on with another match. That’s not to be, but we will be working on the training ground and we will get some more confidence going into the Barrow game next week.”
Bower equated Rothery’s midweek return from suspension to being akin to signing a new player – and fresh arrivals are something that Guiseley have certainly not been short of in recent weeks with Bower having been pro-active in overhauling his squad in a bid to find a successful formula.
Several signings have arrived, including ex-player Danny Boshell and former Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil defender Adam Lockwood, with the Wakefield-born player coming in from League Two side Bury. Bower added: “We have had a massive injury list and important players injured and suspended such as Danny Ellis and Gavin Rothery. But we are getting some back now and we’ve brought in the likes of Danny and Adam who will make a huge difference.
“We have also managed to complete the permanent signing of Alex Johnson from Halifax, so it’s been a positive couple of weeks really since the Altrincham game and enables us to look forward in the coming weeks.”
Harrogate Town are also without a game this weekend with centre stage going to Bradford Park Avenue, in FA Cup action at home to Kidderminster on Sunday, seeking to book their place in the first round for the third straight season.