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Mark Bower’s first game at Guiseley helm not what he hoped
Boston United 3, Guiseley 0
There was no dream start to Mark Bower’s tenure as Guiseley manager as they slumped to defeat at promotion hopefuls Boston United.
Bower named himself on the team-sheet and his side had good spells in the goalless first half at the Jakemans Stadium.
But the Pilgrims got the better of the Lions on the overall balance of play and cruised to a comfortable victory in the last half hour of the contest.
Boston finally broke the deadlock on the hour when Carl Piergianni thumped in a firm header to convert a free-kick.
Bower was replaced by Jameel Ible soon after that and Phil Marsh came on for Craig Hobson up front.
But the changes made no impact as Guiseley conceded another goal just six minutes later when Marc Newsham netted with a long-range header.
The scoring was wrapped up in the last minute when Newsham grabbed his second, this time from close range after Lions keeper Steve Drench could only parry a shot.
It was a tough welcome to football management for Bower, who was placed in charge on Wednesday when the club sacked Steve Kittrick.
The previous boss had been in the hot seat for six years and although Bower has not been confirmed as a permanent successor, he has the board’s backing to show his credentials.
In his first post-match interview, the interim boss said: “It is a tough place to come and try to get a result.
“I thought in the first half we soaked up what they had but our final ball let us down, not just in the second half but all afternoon.
“There were a couple of defensive mistakes and that’s game over against a side as well organised as Boston.
“The three times this season we have come up against teams that will be up there (challenging for promotion) – Solihull, Brackley and Boston – we have been well beaten.
“I think that is a lesson for everyone. We need to better in both final thirds of the pitch and that’s obvious.
“They (Boston) are a well organised unit and we tried to get Gavin Rothery on the ball in that little hole behind the forwards. I thought there were some positives to take from it but it was difficult.”