Guiseley boss Mark Bower relishing catch-up challenge

Mark Bower will rotate his squad during the upcoming congested period

Mark Bower will rotate his squad during the upcoming congested period

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Guiseley have a fixture backlog after suffering five postponements recently but manager Mark Bower is looking forward to the challenge of making ground up.

It is Bower’s first season in management but the former Bantam has been involved in the game all his adult life so he knows the business inside out.

He said: “It has been frustrating but I think the decisions (to postpone) have been right.

“Quite a few of the games have been rearranged so we have seven weeks on the spin now when we have midweek games.

“There was no one added to the injury list after we played at Barrow on Tuesday and that is the most important thing looking at our upcoming schedule.”

Bower feels there are a lot of positives, despite the congested run-in they face in the coming three months. The negative side is that, while he leads his club on a charge for a play-off finish, most of their rivals already have points on the board.

Bower said: “We have got a lot of the long midweek trips out of the way, with the exception of Brackley Town.

“We have played Solihull, Worcester and now Barrow, among others, so a lot of the midweek games we have left are at home, which is better for us.

“The pitch should be fine as well, once it dries out properly. It’s February now and we haven’t played on it since late December when we played Altrincham at home.

“All you can ask is that you are playing on a decent surface with a strong squad.

“With seven weeks on the spin playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday I hope we can steer clear of injuries.

“We need to manage it well, recognise when players need a breather and rotate the squad. If we can do that there’s no reason why we can’t pick up a lot of points.”

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