Lions boss hoping to add extra firepower

Gavin Rothery, left.
Gavin Rothery, left.
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GUISELEY boss Mark Bower is hoping patience proves to be a virtue in his quest to boost the Lions’ attacking options with a couple of key signings.

GUISELEY boss Mark Bower is hoping patience proves to be a virtue in his quest to boost the Lions’ attacking options with a couple of key signings.

The Lions host Welling in the National League tomorrow, with Bower without several of forward-thinking players, including Liam Dickinson, Wayne Brooksby and Oli Johnson.

Bower has cast the net in his bid to augment his numbers, also shorn by George Maris being back involved at Barnsley.

He has been working on two deals, but it remains to see if any business can be concluded before the weekend – with Bower acknowledging that a number of other rival clubs can offer the carrot of full-time football.

Bower said: “We find in this league now that we are competing with teams who can offer players full-time football as opposed to part time.

“That is hard to deal with, but there’s a couple of players that we have been working on for a couple of weeks that we might be able to get over the line – if not by this weekend, then certainly the weekend after.

“They are players who will offer something different and can hopefully make a difference for us before Christmas.

“With two, we are looking to have them long term until the end of the season and they can help us moving forward.

“A few bodies back and new players in would help as we have been short at the top end.

“In the Halifax games, we had five or six attacking players out who might just have made a difference over the two games.”

Some welcome news sees Gavin Rothery available again after serving a three-match ban.

Ben Parker also stepped up his comeback with a hour in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay loss to neighbours FC Halifax on Tuesday, but a couple of injuries sustained by a couple of players against the Shaymen, including Will Hatfield, means that the Lions injury plight is far from easing with Nicky Boshell also out.

While disappointment was abound after Guiseley failed to book an FA Cup first-round home tie with Wycombe, Bower feels tomorrow’s game against a side in the mix around them in the bottom half of the table is a bigger proposition.

On the importance of the game for 18th-placed Guiseley, two points behind tomorrow’s opponents Welling, Bower added: “It is a much bigger game.

“But in our last four games, we have not been beaten in ninety minutes, so we are there or thereabouts and just need that little bit of extra quality in the final third and to be a bit more clinical.

“We just need to get a win as opposed to the draws we have been having recently.

“With the run we are on and the fact they are a team in and around us and it’s a home game, it’s a big one; a massive game.

“Too many times this season, lads have come into the dressing room after the game and I have said we have not got quite what we have deserved and it is hard for the lads. But I am sure it will turn.”

Halifax visit Eastleigh. In Conference North, Harrogate host Worcester and Bradford Park Avenue welcome Lowestoft.


OUTGOING Garforth Town boss Graham Nicholas says that proving himself at a higher level was pivotal in his decision to become John Reed’s successor at Ossett Town.

Nicholas takes charge of the Miners for the last time in their FA Vase tie with Hebburn Town tomorrow – after two-and-a-half years at the helm at the Genix Healthcare Stadium.

After completing his commitments, he will then link up with Ossett, with Reed having stepped down after last weekend’s draw with Kendal Town following a low-key start to the Evo-Stik First Division North campaign.

Nicholas has done a steady job at Garforth, taking the club to two mid-table finishes in the NCEL Premier and also reaching a West Riding County Cup final.

But the lure of moving to Ingfield, a post he has coveted and had his eye on for some time, represented a strong one.

Nicholas said “This is a job I have been looking at for some time and I am delighted to be joining the team at Ossett Town.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Garforth Town, but I am an ambitious manager and want to test myself at the highest possible level.

“Ossett Town is a great club run by good and committed people and I will be inheriting a good squad of players many of whom I know well. I will though want to put my own stamp of things and can’t wait to get started.”

Ossett chairman James Rogers added: “After the departure of John Reed we sat down and considered what qualities we wanted in the next manager of this football club.

“Graham is a highly respected and ambitious young manager and was the unanimous choice of the selection panel to be installed as Ossett Town’s new manager.

“Graham will work closely with the coaching staff we already have in place, with Dave Merris continuing in his role of Assistant Manager and John Francis as Development Coach”.

Garforth are seeking applications for the first team manager’s role and interested parties should contact

The Miners want to have their new man in place by the visit of Parkgate on November 7.

Other Vase first-round action tomorrow sees Hemsworth host West Auckland and Selby welcome Hallam.


FRICKLEY ATHLETIC must make do without suspended midfielder Simon Lenighan in tomorrow afternoon’s FA Trophy first-round qualifying tie against Buxton at Silverlands.

The former Leeds academy player has amassed five cautions and misses the tie.

Elsewhere in the trophy, Farsley Celtic visit Shaw Lane Aquaforce, riding high in second spot in the Evo-Stik First Division South.

Brighouse Town’s impressive six-match unbeaten run will be given a severe examination at First Division North leaders Warrington Town.

In the league, Ossett Albionwill be seeking to get back on track at Bamber Bridge. Meanwhile First Division North strugglers Harrogate Railway hit the road to Clitheroe.

NCEL Premier action sees Billy Miller’s Tadcaster Albion play host to Albion Sports.

Lowly Nostell make the trip to Bridlington and Liversedge host Barton Town Old Boys.

Thackley – extremely unfortunate to see their game at Garforth abandoned in midweek after 75 minutes with the Dennyfielders winning 4-0 – will be eyeing better luck at Parkgate.

The Tuesday abandonment was particularly harsh on Tom Dugdale, who had helped himself to a hat-trick.

Pontefract Colls host Rainworth, while Glasshoughton Welfare face a tough Division One trip to AFC Mansfield.

Eccleshill play host to Worsbrough Bridge, while Yorkshire Amateur entertain Penistone Church.