Lions’ striker buoyed by fightback ahead of replay

Guiseley goal scorer Adam Boyes.
Guiseley goal scorer Adam Boyes.
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After Saturday’s exceptional fightback at The Shay, Guiseley host FC Halifax Town tonight to see which side will reach the first round of the FA Cup.

The game between the two sides finished 2-2, with Guiseley coming from two goals behind to force the tie into a replay.

Guiseley’s goalscoring hero on the day was Adam Boyes, who has called on his side to play like they did in the second half on Saturday from the first whistle of the replay.

He said: “We know tomorrow we need to start better. In the first half we were very poor – [manager] Mark [Bower] said that at half-time. We’ve done that a few times this year.

“Sometimes we start games poorly and the other team gets on top and we struggle a bit. We need to start games better. Against Halifax, we need to start well and then go from there.”

Boyes bagged his all-important brace after being moved up front from the wing, and admitted that he likes playing in that role, although he’s keen to operate wherever Bower selects him.

He said: “That’s my preferred position, but if the manager asks me to do a job elsewhere, I’m happy to do a job.

“I don’t know if it was just a fluke that I went up front and scored two.”

While Boyes admitted he is excited by the potential first-round tie, he said his side have to perform and ensure they are in the next round – where the winners will host League Two side Wycombe Wanderers – before thinking about it.

He added: “We’ve played them three times already this season, and they’ve all been quite even games.

“I was at York with Nicky Wroe, who they’ve just signed, he’s a good player.

“We need to go out and do a job first, because Halifax fans will also be thinking exactly the same as us.”

Bower admitted that the first-round tie will be a “nice surprise for whoever gets through”, and agreed with Boyes, saying his team will try again tonight after a good second-half display that involved some tactical innovation from the Guiseley boss.

Bower said: “We had a couple of really good chances to end up nicking it, but overall, they were probably better first half and we were better second half. We’ll go again.

“We went to a back three, got two up against their two centre-halves – two players we know have not played much football – and they tired as the game went on. It worked from that point of view, we got ourselves a couple of chances, and we took two of them.”

Meanwhile, Garforth Town host Thackley tonight in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Garforth climbed up to eighth in the table after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Staveley Miners Welfare.

Town have the potential to rise up to seventh on the league ladder with another win, and they are only three points behind Clipstone in sixth with a game in-hand.

Nostell Miners Welfare, meanwhile, could do their local rivals a favour when they host Clipstone.

In Division One, Yorkshire Amateur host seventh-placed AFC Emley, but could leapfrog them with a win.

The FA Cup first round draw: Burton v Peterborough, Port Vale v Maidenhead, Barnet v Blackpool, Bristol R v Chesham U, Cambridge U v Basingstoke, Mansfield v Oldham, Altrincham v Barnsley, Crewe v Eastleigh, Northwich Victoria/Chorley v Boreham Wood, Coventry v Northampton, Brackley v Newport, Grimsby v St Albans City, Hartlepool U v Havant & Waterlooville/Cheltenham, Salford City v Notts County, Dover Athletic v Stourbridge, Stevenage v Gillingham, Millwall v AFC Fylde, Aldershot v Bradford City, Walsall v Fleetwood, Bury v Wigan, Portsmouth v Macclesfield, Sheffield United v Worcester City, Barwell/AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Grays Athletic/Welling United, FC Halifax Town/Guiseley v Wycombe, Crawley v Luton, Doncaster Rovers v Stalybridge Celtic/ North Ferriby U, Didcot Town v Exeter City, Dagenham & Redbridge v Morecambe, Leyton Orient v Staines, Gainsborough v Shrewsbury, Maidstone v Yeovil, Braintree v Oxford U, Whitehawk v Tranmere Rovers/Lincoln City, Accrington Stanley v York City, Scunthorpe United v Southend, AFC Wimbledon v Forest Green Rovers, Plymouth Argyle v Carlisle, FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield, Rochdale v Swindon Town, Wealdstone v Colchester.