Bower wants a response from his wounded Lions

Mark Bower
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IF ANY side are anxious for a weather break tomorrow, it’s Guiseley.

Mark Bower’s side have been the equivalent of bears with sore hands this week after an embarrassing 5-1 Vanarama North reverse at Boston United and they are desperate to fly out of the traps with intent against basement boys Hyde tomorrow.

It was arguably the most dismal result of Bower’s tenure, with grave shortcomings at both ends of the pitch both contributing to a damaging loss.

On paper, tomorrow’s scheduled home clash with Hyde, boasting a pitiful two wins from 28 matches, with the Cheshire outfit nailed on for the drop after another desperate campaign, looks a totally gimmie.

Many would suggest the visitors are on a Hyde-ing to nothing, weather permitting, at Nethermoor, but Bower is just concerned with his side getting their act together again after a rare aberration in a consistent and strong campaign, regardless of the opposition.

He said: “Sometimes, you get these wake-up calls and kicks up the backside that show when you drop your standards just a touch, you will get punished.

“But you look at some of the other results over the weekend where other teams were guilty of not being quite at the races and got well and truly punished for it too.

“It was no way near our standards and was very humbling and embarrassing. We have had a good chat and are working on being positive now.

“We need to put that to bed and show it’s a one-off.”

Determined to show Hyde the upmost respect, regardless of their placing, he added: “We have got to treat it like we are playing any team in the league. It is only a couple of weeks ago that Hyde drew 4-4 with Barrow.

“They might be bottom of the league, but have not struggled to score goals and if we defend like we did last weekend against a team who can score goals, we’ll be in trouble again.

“We must make sure we learn our lessons from last week and treat Hyde with the upmost respect.

“I expect a desire from our players to put right what went wrong last week.”

Adam Boyes in particular is desperately hoping the game goes ahead, with postponements ensuring his three-match ban from Boxing Day has lasted a month.

Ben Parker and Andy Holdsworth remain sidelined.

Harrogate visit Gainsborough and Bradford Park Avenue go to Stalybridge, weather permitting.

FC Halifax host Conference leaders Barnet in a Shay humdinger.


FARSLEY AFC international striker Adam Priestley has handed the club a boost by signing a new deal.

The Gibraltar forward, who has netted 17 goals this term, was the subject of a recent bid from an unnamed club, but has elected to pen fresh terms.

He said: The support I have had from everyone at the club made this an easy decision. I really love the club.

“At this time, I don’t want to be playing anywhere else.

“I’ve had a good run in the team and the management have been supportive throughout.

“Hopefully I can repay everyone with continuing to score the goals to get Farsley where they want to be.”

Farsley are due to visit Mossley tomorrow, in the EvoStik First Division North, weather permitting.

Other scheduled games see Harrogate Railway welcome Prescot and Ossett Town entertain Northwich.

Brighouse go to Droylsden and Scarborough visit Burscough (2.30pm). Ossett Albion go to Clitheroe.

Frickley host Halesowen – check the league website for any postponement news.


THE match of the season, let alone day, takes place at the Welfare Ground tomorrow, weather permitting.

Second-placed Hemsworth MW have the incentive of going top of NCEL Division One if they triumph at leaders AFC Emley, the last team to beat them in the league in late September.

Every thing Hemsworth has touched since has turned to gold, with Wayne Benn’s side, despite scant resources, providing a story to savour.

Promotion is now a serious prospect and if Hemsworth continue, their bandwagon will take some stopping.

Benn said: “Last year, we only lost seven games in a calendar year, which for a group of players so young is an unbelievable achievement. To finish 16th last season and do what we are doing is crazy.

“Even if we don’t get promotion, the progress we has been unbelievable, almost bordering on the ridiculous,” he said.

A host of games are expected to affected by the weather tomorrow, please check the NCEL website for further details.