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Louie Swain makes good first impression at Guiseley
New boss Mark Bower is hoping Louie Swain enjoys a successful loan spell at Nethermoor after being encouraged by his debut.
The young Bantams striker decided to move to Nethermoor after declining an extended loan at Bradford Park Avenue. Ironically, he made his Guiseley debut against Avenue in last week’s FA Cup second qualifying-round tie.
Bower said: “I thought Louie did well in the cup match. He gave us a different option up front and he caused Park Avenue problems. I’m sure it will get even better for him after he settles in a bit.
“He hadn’t really got used to the players before his first game but it was still a very positive one and that will set him in good stead for his loan spell here. It is initially a one-month deal but we will see how it works out and if City want to allow him to stay for longer.”
The Lions are yet to win under former Bantams skipper Bower ahead of his fifth game in charge today at Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham – who are in the leading pack.
Bower knows the Conference North is a tough division and every game is a big one but he was disappointed to have come up against neighbouring rivals Avenue so soon in the FA Cup.
“I would have thought that both clubs would have been disappointed when the draw was made,” said Bower.
“You would hope that when your club joins the competition you would be up against a team from a lower league. But the draw was unkind to both clubs and Park Avenue will be delighted to go through, and good luck to them in the later rounds.
“It was a close game and they took their chances while we didn’t. It’s fine margins when you play a game like that and they are the kind of matches that go your way if you’re on a winning run and against you if you’re on a losing run.”
That proved to be the case as in-form Avenue won 2-1 to progress and bank £4,500 in prize money.
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