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Mark Bower believes his Lions will roar
New Guiseley manager Mark Bower is convinced that the labours of everyone at the club will bear fruit but he admits results need to start coming soon.
The former Bradford City defender was confirmed as permanent boss ahead of last Saturday’s clash with Conference North leaders Hednesford Town following two games in caretaker charge.
All three games ended in defeat for the Lions but Bower said: “We certainly haven’t had the best of luck since I took over. But I think it is a temporary thing because we have been playing well.
“If we hadn’t been creating chances and making teams think it would have been more of a concern.
“But we have been causing problems for the opposition and the effort from the players has been there.
“In the two home games we have done well, especially in the first half against Hednesford but they gave us a lesson in finishing. That underlined just why they are top of the league.”
Bower brought a deal over the line that predecessor Steve Kittrick started when Matt Clarke finally signed for the Lions but he is yet to make his debut. Ben Parker, the former Leeds United full back, and Alex Johnson, who is on loan from FC Halifax Town, have also been drafted in.
The new boss said: “I am trying to introduce new players and a couple of them have settled in really well but, typically for us at the minute, we have had a bit of bad luck with other players.
“Matt is a possible for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie (at home to Bradford Park Avenue) but the lads at the back on Saturday did a good job for us so I don’t see him coming straight in.
“Danny Ellis (knee) picked up an injury in the Park Avenue game and is still out. It could be a while before he’s back as he has spoken to the specialist but is waiting for a scan to see just how bad the damage is.
“That is a blow because Dan is a big, big player for us. He is a leader at the back.
“We are very disappointed that Craig Hobson has been handed a longer ban. He was sent off for a second yellow card at Colwyn Bay (a 2-2 draw that Hobson and Ellis both scored in) and he served his one-game suspension.
“But the FA looked at it and they deemed it was worthy of an extra two games for not leaving the field quickly enough.
“We were a bit stunned when we found out he would miss another two games because we didn’t think he had done anything wrong.”
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