Ben Parker: Time for league focus

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Ben Parker believes his Guiseley team-mates need to concentrate on improving their league position, following their FA Cup exit against Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

The Lions were two goals down at the break against their Skrill North rivals and, while Jake Lawlor pulled a goal back, Mark Bower’s side were unable to prevent John Deacey’s men progressing to the next round.

The former Leeds United defender has called on his team-mates to maintain their workrate and help Bower pick up his first points as Guiseley boss.

“At the end of the day the league is your bread and butter, that is how you are judged,” Ben told Tom Feaheny.

“The previous two performances had been very encouraging, we have really worked hard for Mark, but Saturday was not acceptable by our standards.”

Guiseley face high-flying Altrincham at the J Davidson Stadium on Saturday, with Ben eager to bounce back.

“We will now work really hard in training on Tuesday and Thursday and try our best to get the three points on Saturday.”

Similarly, striker James Burgess felt Guiseley lacked a cutting edge and believes his team-mates need to start taking their chances if they are to punish teams.

“We let ourselves down in the first half by making a few silly mistakes,” he explained to Francis Grainger.

“We improved a bit in the second half but we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

“We are in a bit of a bad rut at the moment but I think the win is going to come if we keep it up. Once we get that win under our belts, we’ll be up and running.”

Away travel to Altrincham is being run by the Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club.

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Guiseley’s away match against North Ferriby United has been moved to Tuesday, October 22nd.