Guiseley take another shot at upsetting FA Trophy odds against Aldershot

Mark Bower is hoping for another upset

Danny Forrest is fit to return

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Mark Bower is hoping his Guiseley side can sping another FA Carlsberg Trophy upset at Aldershot on Saturday.

At stake is a place in the last eight and the Lions’ boss would love his men to upset the formbook again.

They did it in the first round when they defied the odds to win 1-0 at Halifax, now they have the chance to claim a second Skrill Premier scalp.

When Guiseley’s Skrill North game at Brackley was called off last Saturday – their third successive postponement – Bower and his assistant Danny Boshell took the unexpected chance to watch Aldershot play at Wrexham.

Bower said: “Aldershot have a good mix of experience and youth. They were only relegated from the Football League last season so it is going to be a tough test.

“I will be pointing out their strengths and weaknesses to my players, but I will be encouraging them to go out and play their natural game.

“We are unbeaten in 15 games and I am sure we have enough experience not to be overawed.

“If we can get into the last eight it would be a tremendous boost for the club and the many spectators who are making the trip to Aldershot.”

The Guiseley squad, who haven’t played since Boxing Day, will be travelling down on Friday and staying in a hotel overnight.

They will be boosted by the return to full fitness of defender Danny Hall and striker Danny Forrest.

Bower said: “They have benefitted from the recent games being off and are now fit and raring to go.”

Hall’s return is timely as centre back Adam Lockwood has joined League One side Oldham Athletic.

He was on the bench for their FA Cup third round defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.

Bower said: “We made Adam a good offer to stay but he goes with our best wishes.

“I am grateful for the way he came in and helped us when we were short of centre backs.

“His attitude was first class and he was a real leader on the field.

“We always knew he wanted to get back into the Football League if the chance arose and it can’t be bad going to Anfield for your first game.”

Guiseley will not be looking for a replacement.

Bower said: “Jake Lawlor and Ben Parker have proved that they can slot in there while Danny Hall is now back to full fitness and Danny Ellis is just a couple of weeks away from being ready to play again.

“In the coming weeks we face a hectic schedule with so many games to fit in so we need to have as many options available as possible.”

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