GUISELEY’s weekend opponents North Ferriby United may not be lacking in motivation tomorrow, but neither will the Lions for that matter.
That is the message from Nethermoor boss Mark Bower ahead of his side’s trip east in their Vanarama North clash.
Seventh-placed Ferriby are seeking redress after being humbled four times by the Lions last term, including most painfully in both legs of their play-off semi-final last spring.
Bower admits he is expecting the East Riding outfit to be fired up, especially given recent history, but with his side heading into the game on an unbeaten nine-match run and desperate to maintain that streak, fifth-placed Guiseley have their own dominant issue.
Given a sizeable turn-over of players at Ferriby, Bower feels the revenge factor can be downplayed a little, although there will be some understandable spice from the hosts’ quarter.
For Bower, it is all about being professional and not being dragged into a war.
On the notion of Ferriby having extra motivation, Bower said: “I would have thought so.
“I know if we had lost against someone a few times, you want to put it right and after what happened last season, I am sure there will be a little bit of that.
“For us, we are just wanting to get the three points in exactly the same way as we were last season.
“We might have beaten them in the four games we played, but they will have completely different players now and different situations in that we are above them in the league this time.
“They play at a high tempo and put you under a lot of pressure and get results and have got good players in their side. Last season’s results will have absolutely no bearing on Saturday for us and we must just go about our business as we have been doing. If we do that, we will have a good chance.”
Guiseley were without six or seven players in last weekend’s FA Cup win over Halesowen, but Ben Parker and Danny Boshell could return tomorrow.
Alex Johnson and Danny Hall are sidelined with Josh Wilson also coming off last weekend.
Ex-Farsley and FC Halifax player Jason St Juste returns for Ferriby, but Danny Emerton is out, with the game seeing Lions winger Wayne Brooksby return to his old stomping ground.
But despite injury issues, Bower is confident of Guiseley’s prospects whatever side takes the field, as long as they apply themselves in the same vein as the past few weeks with the Lions piecing together their third substantive unbeaten run in the space of 12 months together.
Bower said: “We are a little bit thin on the ground at the minute. But the lads who played on Saturday did a thoroughly professional job and whatever team goes there, will certainly give them a good game.
“Those runs took us a long way last season with the momentum we built.
“Results have been decent recently, while performances are starting to up a level as well.
“But you are one game away from getting knocked off from that, so you have to carry on with the good habits and if we do that, there’s no reason why we cannot extend the run further.
Three games without a win, Simon Weaver’s Harrogate Town visit Aggborough to face Worcester City tomorrow. Bradford Park Avenue visit Hednesford.
Neil Aspin’s FC Halifax Town, down to fifth in the Vanarama Conference and smarting after last week’s 4-1 hammering at Eastleigh, host Kidderminster Harriers.
OSSETT TOWN may not be having a particularly inspiring time at the moment, but John Reed is vowing to stick to his principles.
The Ingfielders change tack tomorrow from league duties to the FA Vase when they make the short derby trip to Brighouse Town – and the switch of focus is timely.
Reed’s side are without a win in six games in all competitions and have lost four of those matches, the latest coming in a 1-0 home reverse to Mossley.
They face opponents from the Evo-Stik North tomorrow in Brighouse, one place and one point above them in the table.
Brighouse have decent Vase pedigree, having reached the fourth round in a memorable run in 2012-13 when they lost out to Isle of Wight based outfit Newport, but not before swelling their coffers with a tidy sum.
The benefits of a decent Vase run is also something Reed is well aware of for his side and he will go on the attack tomorrow.
He said: “It will be a tough game and we know all about Tom Matthews who scores a lot of goals and they have another lad up front with a lot of pace.
“It will be a very interesting game and at the end of the day, I treat cups like this: We will go there and be very adventurous and play 4-3-3.
“We have done that against the likes of Spennymoor and Darlington and been a bit unlucky and I am going to stick to my principles.
“It would be nice for the club if you earned a few bob as we not a wealthy club. But there are a lot of nice people behind the scenes at Ossett and it would be lovely to have a cup good run for them.
“It gives us a little bit of a break from the league action.”
Reed, who this week signed ex-FC United forward Connor Bower, added: “While on paper, you look at our last five games and see we have lost three and drawn two and it does not look very good, we know we could easily have won three and drawn one of them.
“But we are having to chop and change our team defensively and have no stability at centre-half. Nick Wood has not been able to play a midweek game since the first week of the season and Lee Connor, who has been magnificent after coming out of retirement, missed the game in midweek through injury and is not fit for Saturday.
“But I am still relatively happy. We are 14th, but just three games ago, we were tenth.”
Town’s near-neighbours Ossett Albion also face Vase opponents from the same division and make the trip to New Mills.
Goole AFC visit Burscough, while Harrogate Rail play host to Spennymoor.
CONSISTENCY is the name of the game for Yorkshire Amateur, seeking to follow up their midweek highs – at Hall Road Rangers tomorrow.
It may have been an average NCEL Division One season on paper for the Bracken Edge side, but they have produced a few stand-out results along the way, including their fine 3-2 victory over AFC Emley on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Joel Hughes (2) and Mark Hill.
The pair also found the net in Ammers’ recent home success over another high-flier in Pontefract Collieries.
Ammers have already faced Hall Road twice, sinking the East Riding side 4-0 in the League Cup with Curtis Bernard and Dempsey Smith hitting two apiece, but losing to them 3-0 on home turf in the league.
Ammers’ form in the last month is three wins and four losses, with the campaign’s results against Hall Road almost mirroring that win-lose inconsistency.
Elsewhere in the league tomorrow, Emley – after their derby downing against Ammers in Paul Sykes’ 900th career appearance – visit Eccleshill.
Knaresborough Town make the long trip to Lincoln Moorlands, while Pontefract Colls, on a presentable run of form of late, host Bottesford.
Selby, indebted to Daniel Gray’s hat-trick in midweek, in a 4-2 victory over Knaresborough, host Hallam.
Hemsworth, back up to fifth after successive league victories, go to AFC Mansfield.
In the Premier, Tadcaster Albion, three points clear of Shaw Lane Aquaforce after goals from Callum Ward and Carl Stewart gave them a 2-1 midweek victory over Heanor, visit Athersley Rec.
Fourth-from-bottom Glasshoughton Welfare visit mid-table Cleethorpes, with Thackley heading to Albion Sports.
Garforth and Liversedge entertain Maltby Main and Barton Town and Nostell head to Worksop.
Karl Rose’s Frickley Athletic, unluckily beaten 3-2 at Evo-Stik Premier high-fliers Skelmersdale last weekend, are back on home soil against Belper in South Elmsall tomorrow.
Whitby Town make the lengthy trip to Rushall Olympic.
One game takes place in the First Division North, with fifth-placed Farsley seeking to make further inroads on the leaders when they visit Scarborough Athletic, who they also travel to in the Doodson Sports Cup next month.