Non-League Football: Forwards put on trial by Guiseley boss Bower

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GUISELEY boss Mark Bower will again run the rule over several trialists in tonight’s home friendly with neighbours Bradford City (7.45pm).

Former Bantams forward Rory Boulding and ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Lewis Guy featured in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Brighouse Town and could be handed another chance to impress in the Lions’ final home friendly before the National League kick-off at Welling on August 8.

Bower, who is targeting more forward recruits to boost his squad numbers, said: “We had six trialists on the pitch at the end of the game on Saturday and have brought in a couple more from the weekend as well.

“There will certainly be a few involved on Tuesday and we will look to give them more game-time. We will involve a couple of trialists more with the first team and see how they go with the first-team squad.”

On tonight’s clash against his former club, the Nethermoor chief added: “It’s our last home friendly and it will be a really good test for us against Bradford, who always bring a strong side and always play at a really high tempo and have pace, strength and power in their side.

“It’s a game we are looking forward to and hopefully we can show how far we have come as well and give them a decent game.”

Bower says he has been pleased with Guiseley’s pre-season work to this point.

He said: “It has been decent so far and the lads have come back in good shape and I am pleased with how they have come back, fitness-wise and training has gone quite well.

“We have a couple of niggling injuries, which always seem to happen at this time of year with the amount of work we have been doing.

“But we have put in some decent performances in the games so far and we really need to start pushing on now as the season gets closer.”

A number of local non-league sides are also in friendly action tonight, with Hemsworth hosting Ossett Town in the Steve Kelly Memorial Trophy match (7.45pm).

Yorkshire Amateur entertain Brighouse Town (7.30pm) and Glasshoughton Welfare welcome Shelley (7.30pm).

Harrogate Railway play host to Nostell MW (7.45pm), while Liversedge make the journey to Knaresborough Town. Kick-off is also 7.45pm.