Guiseley '2-0 up' over North Ferriby but that means nothing, says Bower

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kevin Holsgrove in action ain the victory over North Ferriby at Nethermoor in March Kevin Holsgrove in action ain the victory over North Ferriby at Nethermoor in March

Guiseley manager Mark Bower has warned that their league double over North Ferriby will count for nothing when the clubs go head-to-head in tonight’s Skrill North play-off semi-final first leg.

The Lions beat their rivals home and away in the regular season, winning 1-0 at Nethermoor as recently as March 22.

Bower said: “Anyone thinking that because we beat them twice we are favourites for this is very much mistaken.

“Ferriby are a very good side with a couple of strikers who scored a lot of goals over the season.

“The two games we had against them in the league have no bearing on tonight.

“I think the Altrincham against Hednesford ties in the other play-off will also be very closely contested.

“I can’t see any of the four clubs running away with it so the second legs will go right down to the wire.

“We face a difficult task but we are on a very good run. We have had just one defeat in 18 games, which is a remarkable achievement, and now that we are in the play-offs we have to believe we can win promotion.”

Bower is sweating on the fitness of his strikers. However, the midfield and defensive units are strong and Ben Parker’s return from injury is a bonus.

Bower added: “Adam (Boyes) came off with an injury on Saturday and he is struggling. Alex Johnson and Danny Forrest are also doubtful and unfortunately all three are up front.

“Adam has a chance but he took a kick to the lower abdomen against Gloucester and had to substituted. Because it’s in a delicate area we can’t be too careful.

“AJ is still troubled by his ankle knock and Danny is out with the calf injury from the Colwyn Bay game. But Oli Johnson and Kevin Holsgrove have come into the side and done really well so whoever is fit and available we will have a competitive squad.”

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