Guiseley boss Mark Bower says cash crisis can Motor-vate Vauxhall

Ilkley Gazette: Mark Bower  fears siege mentality Mark Bower fears siege mentality

Guiseley boss Mark Bower is warning his players of the added threat that Saturday’s opponents Vauxhall Motors will present at Nethermoor.

The Merseyside club revealed this week that it plans to quit the Conference North at the end of the season due to its financial difficulties.

It is understood that its players will be allowed to seek other clubs and Bower believes it could actually act as an additional motivating factor for the Motormen.

“I know from my experience at Bradford City that situations of adversity like this can create a siege mentality and strengthen team spirit,” said Bower.

“Vauxhall Motors are a small club who have always punched above their weight. They have consistently produced good teams who play football the right way.

“I have seen them play twice recently at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday and at Stockport. On each occasion they have played in a similar style to us and are a match for anybody. I already knew we were in for a tough test, but the news that has come out this week will, I am sure, make them all the more determined,” said Bower Guiseley will be at home again on Tuesday when they face former Football League side Stockport County for the first time, before visiting Edgeley Park for the return four days later.

“The fixtures are coming thick and fast now and we have nine of our remaining 15 games at home so we have to make them count if we are to challenge for a play-off place.

“It seemed strange to be back at Nethermoor on Tuesday and it was good to beat Leamington 2-1 to give our fans something to cheer.

“They had followed us in good numbers on our two long away trips to Brackley and Histon last week so I am sure they enjoyed being back at Nethermoor.

“Obviously the pitch is still very soft and cut up badly. It is strange because if you stand at the side of the pitch and look at it there is plenty of grass.

“Hopefully with the better weather it will dry up and provide us with the sort of surface we like best to play our passing game.

“However, I am fully aware that we have to adapt to whatever surface we are presented with in our remaining games.

“I am happy that we are better equipped as a squad to cope with the different conditions that we will encounter than six weeks ago.

“The return to full match fitness of Danny Ellis has been a huge plus as he is a dominant figure in the air at the heart of the defence.

“Our new signings have given us additional options at a time when we have to manage our players carefully.”

An X-ray has revealed that defender Rhys Meynell suffered neither a break nor ligament damage to his ankle against Leamington.

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