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Guiseley hope hard work brings results
11:13am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Guiseley are hoping that practice makes perfect.
Without a game since they lost 4-1 at Altrincham almost a fortnight ago, new manager Mark Bower has been working his troops hard ahead of two Skrill North matches in four days.
The Lions, who are 20th and in a relegation place, entertain ninth-placed Histon on Saturday, who haven’t beaten Guiseley in four attempts, before visiting second-placed North Ferriby United on Tuesday.
And with five successive league defeats, Bower is keen to stress the importance of concentration ahead of these tests.
He said: “We have been working very hard in training and just because we are playing a side who are in mid-table, we want to translate the hard work in training into a match.”
Bower added: “There are no easy games in this division. We have been working on our fitness on our big pitch and the defenders have been getting used to playing with each other.
“We have also been working on not giving away sloppy goals and we have been working on our shooting.”
Bower also confessed: “We could have additions both on and off the pitch before the weekend.
“We want to make the loan signing of forward Alex Johnson permanent from Halifax Town, and we also hope to bring in one or two players.
“Off the pitch, we also want to bring in an assistant manager. I cannot even think about making a return as a player until that happens.”
Bower has had both Histon and North Ferriby watched recently in FA Cup ties, and said: “Histon are a young side – they haven’t got anyone who is over 22 – and a full-time side so they will be fit.
“North Ferriby have adapted well since coming up from the Evo-Stik Premier Division and will also be a very difficult test for us.”
One constant ray of sunshine this season has been the form of Danny Ellis’ Guiseley’s Academy side, particularly in the FA Youth Cup, where they play Grimsby Town away in the third and final qualifying round next Wednesday (7.00).
Bower said: “If we have been training on the 3G pitch, we watch the second half of our Academy’s team’s matches, and they have been playing well.
“The young lads have been training with us and I would have no hesitation in throwing them into the first-team squad, and that is true whether players are 35, 25 or 17.”
Guiseley came through 4-3 on penalties at home to Hall Road Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.
The Lions led after a counter-attack goal, Luke Porritt getting on the end of a ball over the top to score.
Rangers equalised before half-time and, despite having a man sent off for two yellow cards, held on to force extra time and ultimately penalties.
Guiseley keeper Connor Crossley made two great saves in the shoot-out, where successful spot-kicks from Callum Marshall, Ben Whitfield, Elliot Scott and Porritt put the Lions through.
Bower, chief executive officer Adrian Towers and a first-teamer will attend a Meet the Manager Evening at Nethermoor next Wednesday.
Doors open at 6.30pm and proceedings start with a quiz at 7pm before the question-and-answer session begins at 7.45pm.
A pie and pea supper will also be available.