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Guiseley seek some home comfort
Mark Bower is hoping his side will finally get their first home game of 2014 played today.
The last time the Lions ran out in front of their own fans was against another former Bantams defender’s current side.
Guiseley hosted Altrincham, managed by Lee Sinnott, on December 21 when the clubs played out a 2-2 draw.
They have had three Nethermoor fixtures called off since then and an away league game also postponed, leaving the Lions with a glut of midweek fixtures. All of that means frustrations are running deep in the camp.
Bower said: “You are always going to get games called off in winter in England and we all expect that. But it’s frustrating because it’s happened to us so many times while most of the other clubs are playing.
“If it was a really severe winter like the last two then there would be loads of games off every week and all the clubs would be in the same boat. As it is, the other clubs are not affected and might have one or two outstanding games to fit in.
“We are going to be playing Saturday/Tuesday for the next six weeks at least and it is going to be difficult managing that workload and keeping the players fresh. We are going to have to prepare as best we possibly can for this demanding period.”
Bower drafted in a new signing – former York City and Scunthorpe United striker Adam Boyes – yesterday and the Guiseley boss might land more recruits if there are suitable players on the market.
Boyes joins on loan for the rest of the season from Conference Premier outfit Gateshead and Bower knows that although you cannot beat the weather, you can stay ahead of the game.
He said: “We are going to need a lot of players because the 11 who played so professionally at Solihull on Tuesday might not be the 11 who start tomorrow – weather permitting – and tomorrow’s might not all start at Barrow on Tuesday.
“You have to be careful with this many games because we are still playing for a place in the play-offs and we need points.
“It was important to win at Solihull because we had put no points on the board since Boxing Day. That was only because we hadn’t played any league games but we needed to get that winning feeling back.”