TWO successive road trips, including a fairly lengthy one, in the middle of November would not be greeted with much relish by too many Vanarama North managers.
But for Guiseley chief Mark Bower, the forthcoming league games at Gainsborough Trinity and Gloucester City are certainly timely in the extreme.
Both sides came to Nethermoor in late August and departed with three points, scoring a combined total of seven goals, with the Lions managing just one and left with plenty to ponder.
The setbacks represented unwelcome and thoroughly surprising developments, with Bower glad to have the opportunity of squaring the ledger at an early juncture, starting this evening at the Northolme against Trinity.
Guiseley head into the game on the back of a solid 2-0 home success over Lowestoft Town on Saturday, thanks to goals from Wayne Brooksby and Oli Johnson, which took them to within one point and a place of the side currently occupying the final play-off spot in Boston United.
Trinity also breached the wins column at the weekend in a 2-1 success at basement boys Hyde, with Bower more mindful of another away statistic, the Lincolnshire outfit’s 3-1 win at Nethermoor on August 25.
Bower, hoping his side can emulate their feats in Gainsborough last season when they triumphed 2-1, courtesy of goals from Brooksby and Gavin Rothery, said: “It is funny how the fixture list has worked that we are playing Gainsborough and Gloucester this week for the second time this season where we still haven’t played about half of the sides in the league yet.
“But when you get beaten by anyone, you do like to get another shot at them quickly and we have had that soon enough in playing Gainsborough and Gloucester after they both beat us.
“That will certainly be part of what we talk about before the games, that’s for sure with the two games having given us the chance to put right a couple of defeats.”
Specifically on Gainsborough, Bower, whose side can go third with victory tonight, added: “They beat us at our place and looked a confident side and had a game plan which they stuck to and they were obviously really pleased with the result that they got.
“So we have got to overcome that and maybe we will try something a little bit different for that one to try and get a win.
“They got a good win at Hyde at the weekend and are a tough side and have done a bit better than a lot of people maybe expected.
“They are a solid unit who will cause you problems.
“But I think the lads are just starting to get a bit of momentum going and went to put right the result in August.”
Bower admits to being delighted with the impact made by new loan signing Shane Killock on his debut against Lowestoft, with the Harrogate Town stopper producing a strong performance against physical hosts alongside fit-again Danny Ellis.
He added: “I thought Shane has come in and settled in there as we expected him to as a central defender at this level, slotting in alongside Danny Ellis.
“Danny has also come back into the side after being out for a few weeks and looks like he has been playing every week.”
Elsewhere tonight, FC Halifax, fresh from their spirited FA Cup showing against Bradford City, travel to Grimsby.
New Nostell manager Paul Lines, who has been joined at the Crofton-based club by Simon Turfrey – who takes over as chairman – leads Welfare for the first time in their League Cup second-round clash with visiting Handsworth Parramore at the Welfare Ground.
In the NCEL Premier, Paul Marshall’s Tadcaster Albion can move nine points clear of second-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce with victory at lowly Armthorpe Welfare.
Selby Town play host to Louth Town in Division One.
Several sides are action in action in the first round of the Doodson Sport Cup, with Frickley visiting FA Cup kings Blyth Spartans and Brighouse at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Ossett Albion entertain Spennymoor Town, while Ossett Town travel to Sheffield FC.
Farsley head to Scarborough Athletic.