Non-League: Bower quick to put Lions’ defeat into perspective

Mark Bower
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MARK BOWER says that the last thing that Guiseley will be doing is beating themselves up following the end of their seven-match unbeaten sequence on Friday.

The Lions return to action against visiting Macclesfield Town, four days on from a narrow 1-0 defeat to Lincoln City in front of the BT Sports cameras. On a big night for the club, Guiseley failed to get the win they cherished in front of a nationwide audience, although manager Bower is keen for some perspective.

Bower has just passed the second anniversary of his time in charge and narrowly losing out to a former Football League club in front of a four-figure crowd shows just how far Guiseley have come in his two years in charge. He said: “After the Gateshead game, if we’d stood there and said we would go seven unbeaten, then we would have been delighted.

“Friday was a little set-back. But we had the weekend off and the lads have had a little breather to recharge their batteries and then we go again.

“This is a league where we are going to lose games. It is important that when we do, we get ourselves out of any little rut we might be in and get a positive result. If we take large portions of the performance against Lincoln into Tuesday, then we have got every chance.”

Bower says that tonight’s opponents Macc will be a wholly different prospect to the Red Imps: “They (Lincoln) certainly knew how to kick the ball a long way and Macclesfield will play a little bit more. But that is what it is all about. Different teams and different styles of play.”

In the first round of the West Riding County Cup, Farsley Celtic welcome Ossett Town, Garforth Town host Yorkshire Amateur and Selby host Silsden. Tadcaster Albion go to Goole and Eccleshill visit Barnoldswick. Holders Frickley Athletic entertain Millmoor Juniors in the second round of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup.

Ossett Albion welcome Witton Albion in an FA Trophy preliminary round replay.

In the NCEL Premier, Pontefract Colls go to Bridlington and in Division One, Hemsworth can go third if they beat Dronfield.