DON’T panic – that’s the message from Guiseley boss Mark Bower after an abrupt reality check administered to the Lions’ encouraging start to the campaign last weekend.
The Nethermoor men, who welcome Gateshead tomorrow, were entitled to be feeling pleased with their opening to National League life, that is before Saturday’s 4-0 home humbling to Aldershot Town.
It was a blow that Guiseley could admittedly have done without, but Bower is remaining focused – and has echoed the famous words of Dad’s Army’s Lance Corporal Jones as a way of keeping things in perspective.
Bower said: “It was our fifth game in 15 days and competing against a full-time side probably told, especially when we were trying to get back into the game.
“But that is what we signed up for and we must make sure we deal with it.
“When we go behind in games, we have got to make sure we don’t panic too soon.
“We are going to come up against some quality sides and just need to make sure we are solid.
“You have to put it into perspective really. We’ve had four good performances early on and we actually started well on Saturday, only to be hit by an absolutely diabolical refereeing decision. But we just got carried away trying to get back into the game and we were the architects of our own downfall and kept giving the ball away.
“Aldershot being the experienced and quality side they are, punished us, although the score was a bit harsh on us.
“Hopefully it will be a wake-up call.”
Adam Boyes will face his old club in opponents Gateshead.
And Bower, whose side visit Chester on Bank Holiday Monday, added: “In the last couple of years, Gateshead have been right up there and are a good footballing side and have had a decent side as well.
“But there are quality sides to face week in week out.
“We just have to take confidence from our performances at the start of the season and maybe take a few more of the chances we are creating to get back on track.”
With an eye on his side’s schedule, Bower may freshen up his side tomorrow, with a number of players featuring in a practice game organised this week that included Ben Parker, who came through well.
Bower also said he is relaxed ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, mindful that the loan market opens the following week to provide potential insurance.
He added: “There’s so many games at times and it’s a strain on the squad.
“But we will deal with it and lads would rather train than play games and we will get on with it.
“I am hopeful we can get on a good run again.”
Elsewhere tomorrow, FC Halifax, without a league win this term, visit third-placed Wrexham.
Fifth-placed Harrogate Town visit Chorley in Conference North.
Bradford Park Avenue welcome North Ferriby.
FRICKLEY ATHLETIC are seeking to round off an encouraging week in fitting fashion when they visit Ramsbottom United.
The Blues claimed their first league win of the Evo-Stik Premier season on Tuesday, with Luke Hinsley and Royale Johnson on the mark in a much-needed 2-0 fillip against Mickleover Sports in South Elmsall.
Manager Karl Rose handed starts to defender Sam Topliss, signed on dual registration forms from North Ferriby United and Tyler Williams, who made his first start for the Blues.
Rose’s side had earlier claimed a last-gasp weekend point in a an entertaining 2-2 draw at Sutton Coldfield with John Cyrus netting a late leveller.
Beaten 1-0 at home to Brighouse on Tuesday, with Leon Henry netting a second-half winner, Farsley AFC, without a win in the First Division North, are hoping for better fortune when they switch attention to the FA Cup.
Neil Parsley’s side visit Stocksbridge Park Steels.
The Ossett teams had contrasting midweek fortunes with Ossett Albion winning 4-1 at New Mills and Ossett Town crashing 5-1 at home to Spennymoor.
Tomrrow, Albion are in cup action at home to Maine Road and Town visit AFC Blackpool.
Brighouse welcome Atherton Collieries and Harrogate Rail host Spennymoor.
Goole host Sheffield and Scarborough visit Consett.
GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE are hoping to avoid a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show in tomorrow’s Toolstation NCEL Division One clash at home to Hall Road Rangers.
Mick Norbury’s side secured a fine 5-0 success over Rossington Main on Tuesday night to clinch their first league win of the campaign in style.
The victory was also noteworthy for recording the club’s first clean sheet since way back in April 2014, with Steve Palfrey leading the way for Welfare with a brace.
Elsewhere tomorrow, Yorkshire Amateur make the trip to Knaresborough Town.
Another all-Yorkshire affair sees seventh-placed Selby Town entertain Hemsworth MW, one place below them in the table.
Eccleshill welcome Dronfield, while in the Premier Division, Liversedge welcome Parkgate.
Garforth Town, well placed in fourth spot after an encouraging start to the season, make the trip to Retford.
The Miners head down the A1 with a spring in their step after an excellent 4-0 away win at Brigg on Wednesday.
Garforth were rewarded for their long trip with Mark Simpson taking pride of place with a hat-trick with Luke Mangham netting the other goal from Graham Nicholas’ side.
The treble took Simpson’s seasonal tally thus far to six.
Nostell go to Bridlington and Albion Sports host Brigg.
A number of sides are also in FA Cup preliminary round action, including Pontefract Collieries.
Colls are seeking to follow up a landmark win on Wednesday when they claimed their first Premier Division win in 16 years after a 3-0 victory over Athersley Rec at Beechnut Lane in midweek, thanks to goals from Liam Radford and Luke Danville.
Tomorrow, Colls switch focus and head across the Pennines and visit Runcorn Linnets in the cup.
Tadcaster Albion, going great guns in the league again, welcome Colne.
The Brewers maintained their fine start to the league season on Tuesday with goals from Andrew Milne and Andy Baker gave them a 2-0 midweek home win over Staveley MW.
AFC Emley make the trip to Burscough, while Thackley journey to renowned cup fighters Ashington for another tough trip.