Ugly Lions sitting pretty in the final play-off place

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guiseley MAY have won ugly at the weekend, but Mark Bower admits he would gladly take several more scrappy and dog-eared victories between now and season’s end.

The fifth-placed Lions, occupying the final play-off spot in the Vanarama North, make their second lengthy trip in the space of four days tonight when they head to Worcester City.

It follows their hard-fought 1-0 win at Solihull Moors at the weekend when the Lions shrugged off the controversial dismissal of Liam Dickinson to triumph thanks to Wayne Brooksby’s strike.

It was not a vintage showing from Guiseley, but manager Bower didn’t care a jot – as he won’t if his side can chisel out a few more wins of a similar ilk between now and late April.

Bower, still without Gavin Rothery, Oli Johnson and Ben Parker this evening, said: “I was really pleased that we won ugly on Saturday. We have not done that enough times this season and if we had done, we’d be in a lot healthier position.

“The lads can take belief in not playing particularly well and winning the game. That’s the important thing if you are going to be successful.

“We have got the quality in the side, no doubt about that. But we have got to make sure when we can’t play with fluency as we’d like to and come up against the conditions that we can keep getting results.”

Tonight’s opponents have flattered to deceive a little since stunning Coventry City in a major FA Cup upset in the autumn, with selection problems – something Guiseley also know a bit about – hitting them at times. But Bower has sounded a note of caution, adding: “It’s always a difficult place to go to. They have always given us a tough time down there.

“They have been up and down since their FA Cup exploits. They had a really good run and picked up some impressive wins and put in some really good national headline-catching performances with some good players there.

“But one or two have moved on and because of all the fixtures, they have picked up some injuries as well, like ourselves.

“They will probably be a few bodies off their best 11 and it’s that time of year where you have to patch yourself up and grind out some very good results.”

Elsewhere tonight, Harrogate Town visit Gainsborough and in the Vanarama Conference, FC Halifax go to Southport.

In the Evo-Stik Premier, Frickley head to Barwell and Brighouse visit Warrington in Division One North.

NCEL top-flight action sees leaders Tadcaster welcome Thackley and Liversedge entertain second-placed Worksop Town. Nostell visit Pickering.

Selby head to Rossington in Division One.

Guiseley loan signing from Blackpool, Raul Correia.

Non-League: Blackpool striker Correia snapped up for six months by Guiseley