GUISELEY boss Mark Bower is seeking a major improvement when his side travel to Altrincham in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.

The Lions were dumped out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night in a third-round replay after a sluggish display saw them lose 3-0 to Dover.

Attention now turns back to league matters and an Altrincham side who lie just one place and four points below Guiseley in the National League.

Bower, whose side would give their survival prospects a huge boost with victory at Moss Lane, said: “A lot of players in the dressing room need to look at themselves and improve for Saturday in what really is a massive game for us against one of the teams in and around us.

“I thought the players pulled their fingers out and put in a better performance in the second half.

“They worked hard and kept going for us, but overall it was a bitterly disappointing night.

“We will go there with confidence because we’ve showed we can match teams in this league.

“We’ve drawn twice at Dover this season, we had a good win at Woking recently and yes, we are going to lose games because it’s a tough league.

“However, the important thing is that we bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat in the right way and look forward to Saturday.”

Midfielder Will Hatfield is facing a three-match ban following his dismissal in Tuesday’s defeat to Dover, although Bower is considering appealing the red card.

Defender Ryan Toulson also departed early on in the Dover defeat and Bower said: “He felt something in his hip and started to feel a bit sick, so it was a bit worrying at one point.

“We will assess him in training. Emile Sinclair was carrying a bit of knock on Tuesday night, so we will get everyone patched up and see where we are.

“Adam Smith and Oliver Norburn are coming back into contention, which gives us the option to change things.

“When you see performances like Tuesday night, that’s something we will look to do.”