Lions to welcome Bromley

For this weekend’s game against Bromley we’re offering 1,500 free tickets for local schoolchildren as well as holding a collection for Otley Food Bank.

Saturday’s game is sponsored by Asset Finance Solutions

By Richard Potter

Ahead of this Saturday’s Vanarama National League fixture with Bromley at Nethermoor, Guiseley manager Mark Bower believes the Lions have learned valuable lessons after a tricky spell against some of the league’s more established sides.

After the late defeat at the hands of Tranmere, Guiseley welcome the National League South champions for the first time – the sides having endured differing fortunes since their promotion to non-league’s top tier.

“We’ve had three tough games with Cheltenham, Eastleigh and Tranmere, I think those three teams will finish in the top five. Two of them were away from home, so it’s been a tough run,” Bower said.

“I’m disappointed not to pick up any points from the three games but there are plenty of positives to take from the performances, despite the defeats – we’ve had a few lessons in being ruthless.

“We’ve not played Bromley before but we’ve done our homework, we’ve had them watched and we go in there knowing what to expect from them. They have come up and done really well.”

Bromley quickly announced themselves to the rest of the league at the start of the season with victory over Wrexham and since then have enjoyed memorable wins over the likes of Gateshead and Torquay and currently sit 11th.

However, the Ravens’ flying start has stuttered in recent weeks, with November returning three defeats on the spin against Boreham Wood, Altrincham and Macclesfield.

“They are going to be a real tough test for us and we can’t go into the game thinking we’ve played three of the fancied sides and now we’ve got Bromley that its going to be any different, it’ll be just as tough, if not tougher,” Bower added.

“But we know from what we’ve shown in the last few games, the Welling and Barrow games included, that we can create chances and score goals.

“We’ve got to take that into the game and try get back on track, break this little run and get some points on the board again.”