Non-league football: Bower has opted for pragmatic approach

Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
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MARK BOWER says he will congratulate FA Trophy winners North Ferriby when they visit Nethermoor tonight – before turning his own sights to silverware glory come seasons’ end.

Guiseley clinched a top-five spot with an excellent victory over Chorley at the weekend ahead of tonight’s clash against the East Yorkshiremen, who they defeated over two legs in the play-offs last season.

The Lions will be embarking on another Conference North play-off crusade for the fifth successive campaign shortly.

And Bower admits he will take a pragmatic approach to selection and rest players who aren’t at optimum fitness to ensure they are fresh for the play-offs.

He said: “We had some good battles with them last season and a 4-4 earlier this season as well.

“They have certainly been eventful games.

“They will certainly want to get one over on us, and at this time of year people are playing for contracts.

“But also having that pressure off as a team might allow them to play with a bit more freedom.

“We will obviously be looking to win the two games left, but will have to make one or two adjustments to make sure we are fresh.”

He added: “It was a fantastic achievement by North Ferriby in winning a trophy and beating a full-time Conference side in extra time speaks volumes for how well they have done.

“Everyone talks about character and everything else, but they actually showed some real quality as well and deserved to win it as well.

“It was a remarkable achievement for a club at our level and something which will live in their memories for a long, long time.

“Billy and Mark (Carroll) have done a terrific job and congratulations to them and we certainly will when we see them on Tuesday.

“We won’t be going into it thinking they are in second gear and waiting for their holidays. We know we will be in for a tough game.”

It’s a huge night for Frickley Athletic, who can clinch Evo-Stik Premier safety for another season with victory at fellow strugglers Ramsbottom United.

Blues boss Karl Rose, whose side need three points from their last two matches to be mathematically safe, said: “We all realise what a huge game this is and we will be doing everything possible to get three points.”

It is also a big evening for Tadcaster Albion, whose NCEL Premier title hopes were given a surprise boost at the weekend with Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Worksop Town slipping up.

Taddy – four points behind frontrunners Shaw Lane – welcome Staveley, hoping that Albion Sports can also do them a considerable favour by taking points off the leaders.

After clinching promotion to the first division for the first time since 2000, Pontefract Colls can take a giant step to the title by winning at Hallam this evening.

Yorkshire Amateur visit Louth.

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