Skrill North: Angry Lions have their tails up for visit of derby foes

Danny Forrest. PIC: Gerard Binks
Danny Forrest. PIC: Gerard Binks
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GUISELEY boss Mark Bower has ordered his side not to get mad but even at Nethermoor this evening.

The Lions head into tonight’s Skrill North derby clash with visiting Harrogate Town with a sense of indignation still burning after two refereeing decisions massively contributed to their demise in a 3-2 at fellow high-fliers Hednesford.

The upshot was that Guiseley’s superb 13-match unbeaten streak ended in controversial circumstances, with the Nethermoor outfit having to pick themselves up against Harrogate.

In the reverse fixture at the CNG Stadium, another highly dramatic clash saw the visitors awarded three penalties in a 3-2 Christmas success, with ex-Town player Gavin Rothery netting a hat-trick of penalties.

Despite seeing their play-off quest flounder in recent weeks, pride is massively at stake for Harrogate, while for Guiseley, it represents a chance at an early juncture to propel themselves back into the play-offs.

On tonight’s clash, Bower, whose side are in sixth place in the table, one spot behind Boston United – who occupy the final play-off position and lead the Lions on goal difference – said: “We have got to look at Saturday in the bigger picture and bounce back on Tuesday night now.

“It is a disappointment, but we have got to get over it. It was not from our own doing, but things beyond our control.

“It was hard to be too critical given the things that have gone against us.

“We’ve got to respond with how we played last Tuesday night and the Tuesday before that. Because we haven’t been used to losing, it felt like a deflated dressing room. But we have to put that to one side now. It’s gone and we can’t do anything about it.

“If we play the way we can, there’s no reason why we can’t get a result and use that game in hand we’ve got to get back into the top five and open up a little gap again. We’d have certainly taken this 14 games ago to be where we are now.

“Our destiny is in our hands and the lads musty pick themselves up now. We have had a good chat and it’s about getting it out of your system now.

“It’s gone and it’s how we bounce back now.

While drawing a line under Saturday, Bower still retains a sense of injustice and insists that even players involved at Hednesford felt that Guiseley were harshly done by.

Bower, who will be without striker Kevin Holsgrove, who could miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, added: “You couldn’t go away from the game thinking we were anything other than done over by some decisions that I struggled to believe. How he never gave a foul on Drenchy for the second goal, I will never know; their substitutes came past us ad they were warming up and were laughing and saying they couldn’t believe he (referee) gave that. Tow minutes later, their lad scored from the goalline. How he has not given offside, I will never know.

“We were disappointed with things that went against us. I think we could have played better, but it’s a difficult place to come.

Joe Ironside, Chris Hall, Shane Killock and Leigh Franks are missing for Town, with Adam Nowakowski also likely to be sidelined.

The game sees Rothery and Danny Forrest line up against their former club.

Elsewhere, it could be a significant night in the Toolstation NCEL title race with Brighouse able to open up a four-point gap at the top on Tadcaster, with a game in hand, if they dispose of basement boys Lincoln Moorlands.

A derby clash sees second-from-bottom host Thackley.

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