Bower backing Guiseley for a good run of results

Mark Bower
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guiseley MAY be putting their feet up this weekend, but Mark Bower certainly won’t be getting stressed about any developments in the Vanarama North table come 5pm tomorrow.

The Lions, currently third, are without a game due to North Ferriby’s involvement in the FA Trophy final and if results go against them, they may find themselves with just a one-point buffer above the side just outside of the play-offs in Hednesford.

But boss Bower admits he is paying little attention to the league table at the minute, just making sure that his Guiseley side can manufacture a winning streak on their return to action.

Last season, the Lions finished the campaign in express fashion with six league wins from eight games in April and Bower would dearly like a repeat.

Do that again and the table will take care of itself, according to Bower.

He said: “We are just concentrating on ourselves and making sure we pick enough points to stay in the top five.

“And if we can turn two or three wins into four or five, it makes that task a lot easier and you are looking at teams above you rather than the ones underneath you.

“The table keeps changing week on week. Some weeks, it looks like we will do well to get into the play-offs and the next week, some will think we are going to win the league.

“For us, it is about cementing that place in the top five and keep picking up points.

“Teams can look like being in the top five and then struggling to get there and having no chance. But if you string a few wins together, you are knocking on the door again.

“The last month of the season will be a busy time with games to catch up on. But lots of other teams will be in the same boat and this time will enable us to get freshened up and if we win a few, we can build some momentum to the end of the season.

“When you go into the play-offs, that momentum can take you a long way.”

Harrogate Town host Lowestoft tomorrow, buoyed by the news that striker Paul Clayton has signed a two-year deal after being released from his contract at Alfreton Town.

On Clayton’s exit, Alfreton chairman Wayne Bradley said: “What Harrogate have offered Paul is exceptional and we have let him go early, without a fee, for the good of the lad.

“We have also let him go early as a way of thanking him for his sterling efforts for Alfreton Town over the past eight seasons.”

Bradford Park Avenue welcome second-placed AFC Fylde, while FC Halifax are bidding to end their sequence of six draws and claim their first win in nine to ignite their Conference play-off quest at form side Nuneaton.

Boss Neil Aspin admits that run is starting to hamper the Shaymen’s promotion quest and says his side will be under pressure tomorrow.

He said: “Nuneaton’s tails are up, we’re under pressure trying to get a result.

“As long as the players give their all, then I can’t ask for any more.”