Avenue test awaits Lions

Caretaker Guiseley manager Mark Bower will hope his three new recruits can help gather his first points in charge at Nethermoor, when the Lions face Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday.

Speaking after the 3-0 defeat to Boston United on Saturday, Bower said: “We have brought two new players in effectively, with (Michael) Burns coming back and Matt Clarke joining.

“Burnsy will certainly be available, Clarke is awaiting international clearance and Paul Ennis has looked good in training.”

Bower’s first game in charge saw his side go down to three second-half goals at York Street, while Tuesday’s opponents extended their unbeaten run to five matches against AFC Telford United.

After a slow start to the season, John Deacey’s side have gained six of their nine points during their last two games after defeating Worcester City and Telford.

Last season, the Lions defeated Avenue on three separate occasions, winning both league encounters and also winning in the West Riding County Cup.

A win for the Lions would see them overtake Avenue and could move them back into the top half of the table.

The match is kindly sponsored by Blue Octopus

By Tom Feaheny

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