MARK BOWER is under no illusions about the extent of tomorrow’s task against Skrill North leaders North Ferriby, who will be gunning for revenge when they call in at Nethermoor.
The Lions have not looked back following their stunning victory in East Yorkshire in the autumn, the maiden win of Bower’s tenure at the club and while they required points to pull away from a relegation fight on October 22 , they require them for different reasons tomorrow.
Namely maintaining the pressure on the play-off pack and on keeping their hopes intact, with the Lions eight points behind fifth-placed Harrogate Town, with three games in hand.
Bower said: “We have probably had a lot of expectation on us in our past few fixtures and now we face the top of the league team on a decent run.
“We got a very good result against them there and there’s no reason why we can’t go into the game thinking we can win again.
“The win at North Ferriby was a bit of a turning point and our results have spoken for themselves since then, despite a little dip in January.
“If we’d had that points tally since North Ferriby all season, I think we’d have been challenging for top spot and not a play-off place.
“It’s been a good turnaround since then, but we’ve a long way to go to get in those play-offs. It will take some achievement to get in there.
“If we drop points, it’s going to be difficult. But when we started this run four or five weeks ago, we’d have taken where we are now.”
Ninth-placed Guiseley were indebted to second-half goals from poachers-turned-gamekeepers Danny Ellis and Danny Hall in midweek, with the defenders finding the net to help the hosts prevail 3-1 after trailing at half-time to Stalybridge.
Bower admits he was delighted with the resolve shown by his side – and the sharing out of the goals – and feels it could prove a key point in the season. Bower added: “We struggled in the first half and that’s probably as poor as we have been for a long time.
“But we made a few adjustments and turned it around. It was a good performance in the second half. It’s always good if you are struggling to create chances to pop up with a few set-pieces, and they were excellent finishes from both Danny’s and good deliveries from Wayne Brooksby as well. We showed our character, asked people to stand up and be counted. We got last Saturday out of our system.”
Simon Weaver’s Harrogate Town, who dropped to fifth after last weekend’s draw at Bradford Park Avenue, play host to Colwyn Bay, seeking a sport of revenge with the Welshmen the only team to beat them so far in 2014, while also knocking them out of the FA Cup.
Mid-table Avenue can do both Harrogate and Guiseley a favour by winning at play-off chasing Brackley.