Non-league football: Forward-thinking Bower sets sights on hot shots

Rory Boulding.
Rory Boulding.
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MARK BOWER is focusing his energies on bringing in a couple of forward recruits – to add to Guiseley’s goal threat ahead of their maiden voyage in the National League.

The Lions, who kick off the campaign at Welling United on August 8, have been running the rule over several trialists including ex-Doncaster Rovers man Lewis Guy and former Bradford City forward Rory Boulding.

One-time Leeds United and Bradford striker Andy Gray has also been training with Guiseley.

Bower has brought in the likes of much-travelled ex-Oldham and Doncaster Rovers defender Adam Lockwood and ex-Leeds academy player Will Hatfield, and re-signed a host of leading players from their promotion campaign last season including Adam Boyes, Oli Johnson, Gavin Rothery, Steven Drench, Wayne Brooksby, Ben Parker and Danny Hall.

The Nethermoor chief is still hoping to bring in a few more, with strikers being his priority, but says he is ‘not far away’ in terms of finalising his squad ahead of the big kick-off.

He said: “We are not too far away, but could definitely do with at least one or two more bodies in forward positions.

“I’d like a couple more in, certainly in forward positions and most of the trialists have been ones in forward areas and we have one or two other irons in the fire as well.

“We are right at the top of part-time football now and trying to get lads from a higher level from full-time to part-time football.

“We are keeping in contact with quite a few and seeing how many we can get through. We feel we have a good squad and don’t have to add too much to it.

“But if we can get in some really good quality added to what we have got, then we feel we can be competitive in the National League.”

Guiseley manager Paul Cox.

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