Guiseley won’t take it easy against rock-bottom Hyde

Mark Bower
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MARK BOWER is urging Guiseley to show their ruthless streak and pile on a heap more seasonal pain for Vanarama North cellar dwellers Hyde tomorrow.

The Lions, in fifth place in the table and occupying the final play-off position following their midweek draw at Worcester City, have a great chance to fill their boots with a double header against Hyde, 17 points adrift of safety after an at times tortuous season.

Hyde have won just three matches this term and have a goal difference of minus 87 after 33 games, but despite some horror statistics in 2014-15, Lions chief Bower believes their points haul of just 17 is unduly harsh on them.

Hyde actually come into tomorrow’s game at Ewens Fields on the back of a three-match unbeaten run, having beaten opponents Solihull Moors 1-0 last term out.

But while Bower believes they are not as bad as statistics suggest, equally he believes that if his side hit their straps and go about their business in a proper and clinical way, they can provide themselves with a boost for the run-in.

Bower, whose side welcome Hyde at Nethermoor on Tuesday night, said: “Hyde may have won just three games all season, but we can’t see it as being three easy points.

“They have got a manager in there who has been in a couple of months and while they have not managed to get many wins in that time, they have managed to get a few creditable draws and some good performances.

“They probably deserve a few more points than they have actually got.

“They have drawn against Barrow and Fylde and with Chorley as well and we can’t just think it will be six points against them.

“They will win games before the end of the season and we have got to make sure that it is not against us.

“But realistically for us, it is an opportunity for us to put some points on the board. We can’t sympathise with their situation and we have got to be ruthless and go about our business and play to the best of our ability.

“If we do that, we should get two good results and win the games.

“We have had this ‘win one, lose one’ streak for a bit and when you look at the league table this year and results from last year, it is crying out for someone to go on a really good run to take the play-offs by the scruff of the neck or challenge for that top spot.”

Ben Parker, Oli Johnson and Gavin Rothery are expected to miss out again for the Lions through injury.

Bower added: “They are all not too far away, but the weekend might be a bit too soon and we will have to see how we go.”

“We don’t have too options, but that happened at this time of year with injuries and suspensions.”

Thirteenth-placed Harrogate Town – who this week signed ex-York City midfielder Patrick McLaughlin – welcome lowly Gloucester City.

Fourth-from-bottom Bradford Park Avenue make the trip to fourth-placed Tamworth.

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TADCASTER ALBION head into one of their biggest ever home games tomorrow, having experienced a rare seasonal sensation.

Namely, a loss, with the NCEL Premier title favourites losing 2-1 in midweek at Thackley. The Brewers could be forgiven for being a little sidetracked with an FA Vase quarter-final replay looming against Wiltshire outfit Highworth Town tomorrow.

Victory for the winners will put them within two games of Wembley, although standing in their way in the two-legged semi-final are Vase favourites North Shields.

Boss Paul Marshall is hoping home advantage can count against Highworth, with the tie set to attract a bumper crowd to their i2i Stadium.

He said: “I think there is definitely a buzz around the town and a lot of people are talking about the tie here and in the surrounding areas of Leeds, York and Harrogate.

“It’s great for the town because we need to put it on the map.”

Highworth head into the tie, having been forced to play a cup game on Tuesday, much to the anger of their manager John Fisher, whose side played Newbury.

He said: “It’s a disgrace. They said if Newbury agree to it, then we could have moved the game, but the Hellenic League should have called it off and taken it out of Newbury’s hands.

“They should be doing all they can to help us.”

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FARSLEY AFC are seeking to propel themselves firmly into the top-five mix at home to Warrington in Evo-Stik First Division North tomorrow.

Farsley, with games in hand on several rivals, head into the game on the back of 2-1 debut win at Ossett Town which followed a superb 3-2 victory over Darlington 1883.

Farsley have lost just once in 15 league games at home, winning 10.

A derby sees Ossett Town welcome Harrogate Railway, with Ossett Albion heading to Kendal. Brighouse visit Padiham. In the Premier, Frickley host Nantwich.

A key NCEL Premier scrap sees Liversedge welcome Retford. Fellow strugglers Nostell host Albion Sports and Garforth head to Barton Town.

The top two meet in a key clash in Division One with Pontefract Colls, two points clear, heading to AFC Emley.

Hemsworth host Knaresborough and Yorkshire Amateur head to Rossington Main.

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