MARK BOWER is confident that new loan winger Adam Smith will bring a ‘different dimension’ to Guiseley’s attack – and will look to turn his move into a permanent switch if he impresses at Nethermoor.
Huddersfield-born Smith, 30, who counts FC Halifax, York City, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town among his former clubs, has joined from Wrexham until January – and could make his debut, subject to international clearance, in tomorrow’s National League home match with Barrow.
Bower says he tried to sign the wingman in the close season before he opted for Wrexham, so it’s a case of second time lucky for the Lions chief.
Bower said: “He is a player we contacted in the summer. Coming up, we looked at local sides such as Halifax and you need local players who are used to playing in the Conference as part-timers.
“But he got a very good offer from Wrexham to go full-time and it was something he was looking to explore again.
“I think part-time suits him better. The move is a good one for him. He will bring a bit of know-how and experience at the top end of the pitch at this level, which is something we have probably lacked a little bit of.
“He has electric pace as well and adds a different dimension for us and hopefully, he can enjoy his time with us and make an impact.
“He has been a bit in and out at Wrexham and had a couple of injuries in pre-season which left him behind and the move suits both parties.
“We will be looking to do something permanently in January definitely, if it goes well. We will get to know each other, hopefully it will go well and we can do it in January.”
Smith’s arrival follows on from the arrival of striker Anthony Dudley on loan from Bury, with the teenager – who Guiseley beat off interest from rival clubs to sign from the Shakers – netting two on his debut against Welling last weekend with Bower hoping there is more to come.
Bower added: “It was a dream debut and he did something we have struggled to do so far this season, which is finishing the chances we have created. It also makes such a difference when you take the lead in games at this level.
“It’s a great start for him. He’s a young kid and we can’t put too much pressure on him because he certainly has potential.”
Tomorrow’s game with Barrow is the first before a run of tough fixtures against the likes of Cheltenham and Tranmere with Bower targetting victory to leapfrog the Cumbrians in the table and breach a significant milestone.
Bower added: “A lot of the other teams are not playing as it’s an FA Cup weekend and we get the chance to go above Barrow if we beat them. So there’s a real incentive there.
“We have some good battles with them in the past few seasons.
“We target 50 points to survive and if we get three on Saturday, we are over halfway there.”
Halifax are in cup action at home to Wycombe on Sunday.
New Garforth Town manager Adie Costello has acknowledged the pressing need of boosting his numbers with new players – with several having already left the club to join former boss Graham Nicholas at Ossett Town.
The Uefa A Licence coach was handed the Miners post earlier this week after formally being interviewed and then offered the job following a lengthy three-hour meeting with club officials.
Costello, who makes his managerial bow in the dug-out at home to Parkgate in the NCEL Premier tomorrow, admits to being ‘over the moon’ at his appointment, but already has plenty of work in his in-tray in a bid to make Garforth competitive after a mini-exodus of key personnel.
Mark Simpson, Simon Rodgers, Josh Moore, Luke Mangham and Ross Shelton have all linked up with Nicholas at Ingfield – with some others set to follow.
Despite that development, it has not diminished Costello’s appetite for the post and he has already been working ‘non-stop’ ahead of tomorrow’s encounter.
On his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be the next manager of a club with such a proud history and a vision for the future.
“I realise that the hard work starts now and I am looking forward to the challenge.
“We will have a decent squad taking us forward into Saturday and Tuesday. But probably in the next few weeks and over time, I will need to find players that want to play football the way I want it to be played.”
Elsewhere in the top-flight, joint leaders Tadcaster Albion go to Handsworth Parramore and Nostell MW welcome high-fliers Worksop Town.
Liversedge visit Pickering and Thackley host Pontefract Colls.
In the Evo-Stik Premier, Frickley Athletic – who have sold Luke Jeffs to AFC Mansfield – visit Matlock Town.
Action in the First Division North sees Brighouse entertain Trafford, while Harrogate Railway, reeling after a 5-0 West Riding County Cup exit to Barnoldswick Town, go to Drolysden.
Ossett Albion, who have signed former Tadcaster midfielder Tom Claisse, host Witton.
Farsley Celtic, who went down 4-3 in a thriller at Shaw Lane Aquaforce last time out, go to Kendal Town.
Selby Town would be forgiven for feeling a fair degree of trepidation ahead of tomorrow’s NCE League Division One trip to freescoring AFC Emley.
The Welfare Ground outfit have plundered an amazing 24 goals in their past two league matches – with a fair few of those notched by predatory goal assassin Ash Flynn. The marksman blasted 42 goals for Emley last term.
But he has already gone one better in breaking his own personal record of 42 goals last season by staggeringly claiming his 43rd strike of a scarcely-believeable campaign in his side’s last-gasp 3-2 win at Glasshoughton in midweek. It was a game in which Flynn also missed a penalty, but it represented a rare aberration in an incredible season thus far.
Flynn hit a hat-trick in Emley’s 11-1 drubbing of Lincoln Moorlands last weekend, a game in which seven different home players were on the scoresheet. In their previous home fixture, Emley rattled in a far-from-unlucky 13 in their remorseless 13-1 annihilation of sorry Grimsby Borough, with Flynn going nap with five goals.
Elsewhere tomorrow, Yorkshire Amateur make the trip to Bottesford.
Knaresborough Town hit the road to Worsbrough Bridge, and Eccleshill visit Hallam.
Glasshoughton Welfare, unlucky in midweek in losing out to Emley, welcome Westella.
And Wayne Benn’s Hemsworth Miners Welfare entertain visiting Lincoln Moorlands.