Non-League Football: Three is a magic number for Guiseley boss Bower

Danny Hall.
Danny Hall.
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GUISELEY may not have been handed a triple boost in terms of new signings of late, but appearances can still be a little deceptive.

Liam Dickinson, Adam Boyes and Danny Hall all did their bit to help the Lions take the prized scalp of Vanarama North leaders AFC Fylde on Tuesday night – and while only the former is a recent addition, the presence of the other two on deck again is a timely fillip.

Mention that presence of his ‘new signings’ to Lions manager Mark Bower and there’s a fair chance he will know where those who pose the questions are coming from.

An elongated suspension due to a plethora of postponements had ensured Boyes had been kicking his heels for most of 2015 so far, with his predatory goal in the 3-1 win over Fylde reminding supporters of what they have been missing.

Defender Hall had been out with a long-term injury since early August – with Dickinson the only one to transfer in from Stalybridge.

The trio have added to the options of Bower, whose side host sixth-placed Hednesford tomorow, the second instalment of a key run of four successive home games at Nethermoor.

Ben Parker remains sidelined along with Andy Holdsworth, while Oli Johnson is not too far away from a return, according to Bower, who is hoping to be picking from a full deck in the pivotal run-in.

Bower said: “It was a poacher’s goal from Adam on Tuesday and he showed the predatory’s instinct he has got and it is great to have him back.

“With Liam Dickinson coming in and Danny Hall coming back, it’s come at just the right time and it will help us go again and we have got a very strong bench as well and things are looking good.

“We haven’t got a massive squad, but we have some real quality in it.”

Guiseley have proved super-proficient specialists in formulating impressive winning streaks at key junctures during Bower’s tenure, usually after defeats – and that’s the challenge again, according to the Lions chief.

He said: “We have seen this season especially what a big difference a few runs can make and you can see where a run can take you. Equally, you see teams who have been on a good run such as Solihull who are struggling at the moment, so the carrot is there for teams if they keep picking up results.

“It is funny in that we now have Hednesford and Boston and then don’t play too many games against teams who are up there.

“We have got to use this opportunity and it is one of the last few chances we get to take points from the top sides.

“But we know Hednesford are in very good form.

“They had a few injuries at the start, but they have come good recently and it will be a tough game.”

Elsewhere, Harrogate Town and Bradford Park Avenue can do Guiseley a favour by taking points off Fylde and Boston respectively.

FC Halifax welcome Dover in the Vanarama Conference.


STATION VIEW has been a happy hunting ground for Nathan Cartman this term, but he will be aiming to bite the hand that used to feed him tomorrow.

The hot-shot plundered 36 goals in all competitions for Harrogate Railway in a sensational sequence before being transferred to Evo-Stik Premier Division title-chasers Darlington 1883 in mid-January for an undisclosed fee.

The ex-Leeds United junior makes his return with Darlo tomorrow, with the forward leading the way in the divisional golden boot race with an incredible 30 goals.

Elsewhere, Ossett Town host Brighouse Town at Ingfield for a third-game-of-the-season decider.

Ninth-placed Farsley, with several games in hand on sides above them, take the trip to Warrington Town, while Ossett Albion also go on their travels to Mossley.

Action in the Premier Division sees Frickley visit high-flying Ilkeston.


A RARE win treble is the tantalising prize in store for Paul Lines’ improving Nostell MW at home to West Riding County Cup finalists Garforth Town tomorrow.

The Crofton-based outfit claimed succour in a tough campaign in midweek when they booked their place in the semi-finals of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup with a 3-1 home victory over Rossington Main.

That followed an impressive league victory over visiting Athersley Rec and with a plethora of league games remaining at their Welfare Ground home, opportunity knocks for second-bottom Nostell to get out of trouble at the foot of the NCEL Premier Division. But expect the (other) Miners to have something to say about that.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Glashoughton visit Athersley, while Liversedge head to Bridlington.

Thackley go to Pickering and Tadcaster Albion – five points clear – welcome Handsworth Parramore.

The top three are all at home in Division One, with leaders AFC Emley hosting Lincoln Moorlands. Second-placed Hemsworth – 17 unbeaten in the league – host Bottesford and Pontefract Colls, in third, entertain Teversal.

Yorkshire Amateur make the journey to AFC Mansfield, with Knaresborough at home to Grimsby Borough.

Eccleshill are in action at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.