Daggers will be a lot sharper – Bower

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MARK BOWER has warned his Guiseley side not to view Dagenham and Redbridge as anything resembling ‘big time Charlie’s’ ahead of tomorrow’s National League test.

MARK BOWER has warned his Guiseley side not to view Dagenham and Redbridge as anything resembling ‘big time Charlie’s’ ahead of tomorrow’s National League test.

The Daggers, relegated from the Football League along with York City at the end of last season following a nine-year stint in the league, are being fancied by many for an instant return, although food for thought has been provided during a mixed first week of the new campaign .

The season started well enough with a 3-0 win over Southport only for John Still’s side to promptly lose by the same margin to Chester in midweek.

It represented a rude awakening on their travels for the Daggers, although Bower is more concerned about keeping his own house in order after witnessing Guiseley produce two game performances, but come away with nothing following losses to Eastleigh and Wrexham.

Bower, whose Lions side were within 17 seconds of a hard-earned point against Wrexham on Tuesday night, only for a late wonder goal from Paul Rutherford to break their hearts in a last-gasp 3-2 reverse, said: “I think Dagenham have built their own reputation on being an unfashionable club punching above their weight, so I don’t think we can expect them to turn up like fancy-dans and see our ground and think: ‘oh, we don’t fancy this’.

“They didn’t have a great result (in midweek) and will be bang up for it.

“They have got a very experienced manager and I am sure he won’t be allowing that to happen again.

“The manager knows what he is doing in terms of getting out of this league and they will be very effective and another team looking to get back out of the league.”

Meanwhile, Bower has called on his side to be more clinical ahead of their second home assignment of the week – and they seek to rediscover the predatory edge which served them well in some vital Nethermoor games at the end of last season.

The one plus point has been experienced forward Michael Rankine, who followed up his weekend goal at Eastleigh with a scorching free-kick on Tuesday.

Bower, who will assess Nicky Clee (hamstring) ahead of the weekend, added: “We need to take more of our chances. You look at the wins in our past two home matches of last season when we took chances early on and got in front and ultimately won those games.

“We feel that we have added a few more goals this time and we have been creating chances. If we keep doing that, I am sure we will get some wins and surprise a few people.

“Dagenham will be another difficult test for us.

“We have to take the positives from our two games into it and hope for a bit more luck maybe and a bit more of a clinical cutting edge in the box maybe and hopefully we can start picking up some points.”

Guiseley’s line-up on Tuesday night included ex-Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and Farsley midfielder David Syers, 28, who has linked up with the club on a short-term deal after leaving League 1 Rochdale at the end of last term.

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