Guiseley boss Mark Bower avoids play-off fever

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Bower Mark Bower

Guiseley boss Mark Bower says it is too early to start analysing the play-off race ahead of leaders North Ferriby’s visit to Nether-moor tomorrow.

Tuesday night’s 3-1 home victory over Stalybridge Celtic not only put his side through the 50-point barrier in Skrill Conference North, it also lifted them to ninth place.

They are currently five points off the play-offs but, despite them having games in hand on seven of the teams above them, no-one at the club is getting play-off fever yet.

“I know it’s a cliche but we are just taking things one game at a time,” confessed the Lions manager.

“Maybe if we are still up there in three or four weeks’ time, we might start looking at our rivals’ fixtures, but for the moment we are just concentrating on ourselves.”

A 15-game unbeaten run, which included a 3-2 victory at North Ferriby, propelled Guiseley from relegation candidates into mid-table, while their current seven-match streak without defeat has lifted them into the top ten.

Bower said: “There are no easy games in this division and, even with games in hand, you cannot expect teams to win them all.

“We are going to have the odd draw or the odd defeat.”

Bower said of front-runners North Ferriby: “They have had a couple of great seasons, including winning the Evo-Stik Premier Division last season, and it will be a difficult game but we had an excellent result there in October.”

Guiseley must do without striker Craig Hobson, who has joined Skrill Premier side Chester.

Bower said: “Craig has been unlucky and wanted regular first-team football, which we couldn’t offer him.”

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