Bower: No more sob stories

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Following Tuesday’s FA Cup disappointment against FC Halifax Town, Guiseley are back in Vanarama National League action this weekend with the visit of Welling United.

A deflected James Bolton strike late on at Nethermoor brought an end to the Lions’ cup campaign with focus returning to the league on Saturday as Mark Bower’s side seek to pull further clear of the drop zone.

Bower’s men were beaten 1-0 at Welling on the opening day of the season as the Lions were punished for not taking their chances – a theme that has continued throughout the campaign to date.

“We went down there the first game of the season and I don’t think anyone could argue that we didn’t deserve to win the game,” Bower said.

“We should have won that game but we can’t keep coming off the pitch with another sob story. We’ve got to be ruthless, we’ve got to be clinical – because that’s a bigger difference now than it has been in the leagues we’ve been in.”

Gavin Rothery returns for Guiseley this weekend following suspension but Liam Dickinson, Wayne Brooksby and Oli Johnson are set to miss out with injuries.

Following back-to-back league draws and without a win since the trip to Braintree, Bower called on his patched-up side to make amends for their opening-day defeat.

“We’ve had some mixed performances since [Braintree] but you could argue we’ve probably deserved to win one or two of the games we’ve played,” he added.

“But it’s not been that way and that fine line, that cutting edge we’ve lacked, has been the difference between being able to turn draws into victories.

“Certainly at the top end of the pitch we’ve got a few issues we need to address – one with the injuries we’ve got and two we probably need to strengthen there anyway.”

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