Non-League: Bower still has plenty left on his ‘to-do- list

Mark Bower
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GUISELEY fans may still be cock-a-hoop following a derby date to remember in midweek, but the reality of management is that you are never afforded that luxury for long.

While the adrenalin rush in the immediate aftermath of a sweet Nethermoor win over FC Halifax Town was potent for Mark Bower, he soon moved on, as you have to as a manager.

The Lions chief’s focus from late on Tuesday night onwards has been ticking off another box on the ‘to-do’ list, namely securing a first National League away win of the season in tomorrow’s game at 10th-placed Dover.

No-one can say that the 16th-placed Lions have not been knocking on the door given draws at Chester, Barrow and Torquay, with it all being about pushing that extra half-yard.

Bower said: “Beating the neighbours was nice with a number of ex-Halifax players in the team, while if the fans could pick one team to beat in the course of the season, it would probably be Halifax.

“But for me, getting three points was more important as we had been playing reasonably well without picking up the wins.

“Now the next thing is picking up an away win. We have been getting close and we have only lost one away game, so we have not been far away.

“Probably with a bit of luck and one or two decisions going our way, we probably would have a couple of wins.

“But it is a decent start from us. We are four unbeaten now and the lads can take confidence from that, especially from those three points on Tuesday.”

For the Lions players embarking on an epic trip to the south coast, confidence is a welcome travelling companion for the long coach journey down to a Dover side who are unbeaten at home this term, with four wins from five outings.

Bower added: “We will go down to Dover where no-one is expecting too much from us and hopefully we can surprise a few.”

“We spend a lot of time on the coach and if you a winning team, it is a lot better place to be than a losing one.

“So getting a win is good for the journey and I am sure we will be in good spirits on the way down and the lads are looking forward to the game.

“When you are on a decent little run, you want to get out on the pitch and play again straightaway and I am sure we will go down there confident we can play our game.

“They are a physically strong side with good players in there and like every team at this level, it will be a difficult game.

“We know they are well-organised and a big, strong unit and we must impose ourselves.”

Managerless FC Halifax, who yesterday sacked Neil Aspin. host fellow strugglers Southport, while in Conference North, Harrogate Town, in third, host Nuneaton, two places behind them in the table.

Lowly Bradford Park Avenue visit fifth-placed Tamworth.


FRICKLEY ATHLETIC boss Karl Rose is sweating on the fitness of striker Luke Hinsley ahead of tomorrow’s Evo-Stik Premier Division home clash with Halesowen Town.

Hinsley was forced off in Saturday’s FA Cup game at Maltby Main with a knee injury.

Rose is hoping that Luke Hornsey will return to the squad, while Louis Bruce is back in the equation after not being given permission to play in the cup by parent club North Ferriby last weekend.

Rose’s blossoming Blues head into the game boasting a seven-match unbeaten record and a victory at the weekend could propel them into the top three.

In the First Division North, Neil Parsley’s Farsley Celtic, whose midielder Luke Nightingale has turned down a move to divisional rivals Scarborough Athletic, face a toughie at home to unbeaten leaders Northwich Victoria.

Ossett Albion entertain Droylsden and neighbours Ossett Town visit Clitheroe.

Brighouse, in sixth, go to Radcliffe and Harrogate Railway visit Burscough.

Goole head to Stafford in the First Division South.


LEADERS Tadcaster Albion are aiming to end a near-perfect week in style at home to Rainworth in the NCEL Premier Division tomorrow.

Billy Miller’s side are two points clear, with confidence high after derby wins over Liversedge and Pontefract Colls, which has seen them hit six unanswered goals.

Tuesday night was Colls’ first match without joint-manager Duncan Bray, who has left the club for personal reasons with Russ Eagle now supporting boss Nick Handley.

Colls play host to Barton Town tomorrow, while Sedge visit Armthorpe.

Nostell, seeking to hit back after a triple whammy of defeats, go to Staveley.

Garforth welcome Albion Sports and Thackley host Handsworth Parramore.

In Division One, Selby play host to Glasshoughton Welfare in a derby encounter.

And the game of the day sees fifth-placed Hemsworth entertain leaders AFC Mansfield.

Yorkshire Amateur host Worsbrough Bridge and AFC Emley make the trip east to Westella VIP.