Non-League Football: Lions are aiming to repay their home fans’ faith

Adam Boyes in pre-season action for Guiseley against Leeds United. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Adam Boyes in pre-season action for Guiseley against Leeds United. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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mark bower HAS called on Guiseley to provide a bit of payback to home supporters at Nethermoor this evening.

The Lions ended their three-match winless dip in fine style by way of an impressive 3-0 away-day win at Brackley Town at the weekend. And they entertain eighth-placed Colwyn Bay at Nethermoor this evening, with memories of their last two home matches at the forefront of their minds.

Defeats to Gloucester City and Gainsborough Trinity were as heavy as they were unexpected, especially after virtually everything on the home front having turned to gold so far this calendar year.

After witnessing his side show their mettle to produce a fine display at Brackley, Bower wants his troops to step up to the plate and impose themselves thoroughly on proceedings from the off against Bay tonight. The Welsh outfit head into the game in decent shape on the back of a brace of away wins in their last two outings, at Leamington and Hyde.

Bower said: “It was disappointing losing the two home games by such heavy scorelines and it probably came as a bit of a shock to everyone after not conceding many goals.

“But if you take your foot off the gas however slightly, you get punished, no matter who you are playing against in this league.

“We have also had chances and if you don’t take them, you get punished too.

“I am not saying we deserved to win either game, but we were certainly hurt for every mistake we made and we know we have got to get back on track at home.

“Obviously, Colwyn Bay is a difficult game and with the defeats in the last two home games, we have put a bit of pressure on ourselves to get result on Saturday and the same pressure will apply on Tuesday.

“Hopefully, it will bring the best out of us again.”

Also conscious of the importance of persepctive on the home front, especially after a largely peerless run during his time in charge aside from the recent dual setbacks, he added: “We had good support in the two home games, especially in the one on Bank Holiday Monday against Gainsborough and after cheering everybody up with some many good performances there this year, it has been disappointing to get turned over.

“That said, we were not going to go on a winning run forever and as we have said before, it is how you react from it and we did that really well against Brackley when players stood up and were brave and got on the ball. It is easy to get on the ball when you are winning games and we needed people to step up on Saturday and they did.”

Saturday was notable for the second debut of Josh Wilson, with the game also seeing striker Adam Boyes end his four-match scoring drought.

The former Gateshead man has netted just twice this term – after plundering a predatory haul in his goal-laden loan spell at Guiseley in the second half of 2013-14. But Bower is confident that the goals will soon be flowing again with regularity for the frontman.

He added: “We are always going to create chances. Boyesy got on the scoresheet on Saturday and once he settles down and gets his feet under the table, he will get himself on a good run again.”

Elsewhere this evening, Simon Weaver’s Harrogate Town are in home action against visiting Stalybridge Celtic at the CNG Stadium.

Third-from-bottom Town can leapfrog 15th-placed Celtic with victory this evening.

Bradford Park Avenue visit AFC Fylde.

In the Conference Premier, FC Halifax Town, joint leaders at the top with Barnet, head across the Pennines to Macclesfield Town, seeking to continue their excellent start to the campaign.

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