There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves – Lions chief

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Mark Bower has ordered his Guiseley side not to feel sorry for themselves ahead of tonight’s home encounter with Skrill North leaders AFC Telford.

MARK BOWER has ordered his Guiseley side not to feel sorry for themselves ahead of tonight’s home encounter with Skrill North leaders AFC Telford.

The Lions have licked their collective wounds for a few days after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at lowly Oxford City, with the hosts rallying from a 3-1 deficit to score twice and take an unlikely point.

It cost Bower’s side two priceless points in their play-off chase, although they are still very handily placed in eighth spot, trailing fifth-placed Boston by a solitary point but with a game in hand.

If results go their way tonight, the Nethermoor outfit could find themselves in the final play-off position and despite lamenting the concession of two points in the aftermath of their weekend fixture, Bower is now keen to draw a line under the episode.

Bower, who will again be without key defender Danny Ellis this evening, said: “Saturday was really disappointing after being 3-1 up so late on and cruising. We had the chances to be out of sight.

“When it happened at Stockport, maybe their quality told and we had to put our hands up.

“But on Saturday, it was hard to take as we were so comfortable and in control and couldn’t see it coming. But we warned players about it.

“That said, if you look at the bigger picture, it’s 10 games unbeaten now with seven wins in there and we had to look at the positives and have to keep it going.

“We have had such a heavy fixture list with five midweek games on the spin and weekend games as well. But we’ve no time to feel sorry for ourselves and have got to move on against a very good team.

“Telford have done well. I know people will say they are direct and put balls into your box. They do that very well but have some very good players as well and have come good at the right time and have made good additions to the squad.

“They are an all-around good side. We played them not too long ago and were 2-1 up late on until we had a man end off and they came through to see us off.

“We know plenty about them and it will be two good teams coming up against each other.”

Bower says he would gladly take a repeat of the performance and result in their last Nethermoor outing, when they produced a fine battling performance to down another high-flying side in North Ferriby United 1-0, thanks to an early strike from Gavin Rothery and excellent rearguard display.

He added: “We would certainly like a repeat of that Ferriby result. You read things about the game and hear some people say we were lucky and held on. But we had three great chances in the first half and one in the second and played well and defended well. Maybe people didn’t give us credit.

“There’s no reason why we can’t get another good result like that.

Tonight is also a big one for Farsley and Brighouse in their respective promotion quests.

Neil Parsley’s side visit fourth-placed Ramsbottom in the Evo-Stik First Division North, mindful that victory would see them go level on points with the Lancastrians with a game in hand.

Also in action tonight are Lancaster City, in sixth, with Farsley hoping they slip against Northwich Victoria.

NCEL Premier high-fliers Brighouse can move within five points of leaders Tadcaster with three games in hand if they triumph at Lincoln Moorlands.

Nostell and Liversedge visit Heanor and Retford and Thackley host Athersley Rec.

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