Conference North: Bower out to sabotage Chorley’s momentum

Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower.
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GUISELEY boss Mark Bower would be forgiven for thinking he should not have bothered checking out tonight’s opponents Chorley at the weekend.

With his Lions side without a game, the Nethermoor chief checked out the in-form Magpies on Saturday and witnessed their 6-0 destruction of Tamworth in a one-sided Vanarama North fixture at Victory Park.

It has provided him with plenty of food for thought ahead of tonight’s key clash in Lancashire, with Garry Flitcroft’s fourth-placed side level on points with Guiseley, having played a game more.

All told, Chorley have won their past three matches and drawn with AFC Fylde, and Bower is under no illusions about the stiff task facing his side.

Bower said: “There’s no worse time to be facing them after the run they have been on. They have built up some momentum.

“We went over and watched them on Saturday. To beat anyone 6-0 is impressive, but to do it against a promotion rival makes it doubly so and they have reeled in some of the top five.

“Obviously, it will be a difficult one and we are still missing some players as well.

“But we are also up there for a reason due to our performances this season and it should be a good game between two decent sides. We will know their best strengths and respect that.

“But we will obviously be going over to try and win the game ourselves.”

While the weekend break has enabled Bower to rest a few bodies, he must still make do without several key players for tonight’s Roses tussle.

Danny Hall, Wayne Brooksby, Gavin Rothery and Ben Parker remain sidelined for the Lions, who are also without the suspended Liam Dickinson.

He added: “We have got a lot of quality missing, but the lads who have come in have done well and we know we have got a good squad.

“We are being tested, but the squad have come good for us in the past few weeks.

“Under normal circumstances, you just want to be playing games at this time of year. But with the injuries we’ve had and a long trip last weekend, we have had a heavy schedule ourselves and having the break hasn’t come at a bad time.

“The weekend has enabled us to rest a few bodies and work on the ones who are coming back in training.”

Frickley and Tadcaster Albion face key cup dates tonight, with Karl Rose’s Blues visiting Handsworth Parramore in the semi-finals of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup. Frickley, beaten finalists last year, will face Nostell in the final if they win.

Tadcaster Albion visit Lincoln Moorlands in the fifth round of the NCEL League Cup.

Pontefract Colls can move three points clear at the top of NCEL Division One with victory at Hallam tonight. Yorkshire Amateur, in fifth, visit fourth-placed Clipstone, while Knaresborough Town host Penistone Church. Premier Division basement boys Glasshoughton Welfare are in home action against visiting Parkgate.