Guiseley boss Mark Bower sets his sights high with points target

Guiseley boss sets play-off target

Guiseley boss Mark Bower

New striker Oli Johnson

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Mark Bower has his sights on the Skrill North promotion play-off places.

The Guiseley boss has set his players a target of 34 points from their remaining 17 games.

Buoyed by Tuesday night’s impressive 2-1 win at fourth-placed Brackley Town, which ended a run of three defeats, Bower is now aiming high.

The Lions are currently 11th, and are 12 points behind Boston who occupy the fifth and final play-off spot, but they do have five games in hand.

Bower said: “I know it is a tough ask given the fact we have so many games to play, but if we can average two points a game then we will finish the season with a total of 72, and I reckon that could give us a good chance.”

He added: “After this Saturday’s trip to Histon, we have ten of our remaining 16 fixtures at Nethermoor.

“That will be a help because the one thing we don’t have is a lot of Tuesday night away trips.”

Guiseley will also be hoping that improved weather conditions will provide them with playing surfaces that better suit their style of football as they embark on their schedule of two games a week for the remainder of what has been a somewhat frustrating season to date with all the postponement they have had.

After visiting Histon - a young side who Bower praises for playing a similar style of football to Guiseley - the Lions have three successive home matches against Leamington on Tuesday, Vauxhall Motors next Saturday and Stockport County on March 11.

“It is going to be a real test of our squad because we will get niggles, injuries and suspensions and the odd player losing form, but I believe we have the numbers and the quality within our present squad to put together another good run.

“We came through the Brackley game with no knocks. Apart from Danny Hall, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, we have a full squad to pick from.

With nine matches coming up in March, Bower is expected to rotate his squad – particularly his strikers.

He is also keen not to push Tuesday night’s match-winner, former Norwich forward Oli Johnson, too hard.

Bower added: “He scored a brilliant goal after coming on as sub but we have to be aware of his injury problems and make sure we look after him because he is a real talent.”

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