Fylde v Guiseley: Pressure is off us, claims Bower

Guiseley manager Mark Bower. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Guiseley manager Mark Bower. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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MANAGER Mark Bower insists the pressure will be firmly on the shoulders of hosts AFC Fylde in their pivotal Vanarama North play-off semi-final second leg today (3pm).

Guiseley head west with a slender 1-0 advantage, thanks to Jake Lawlor’s first-half goal in Wednesday’s first leg at Nethermoor.

It promises to be another nervy early May afternoon for the Lions faithful in the club’s fifth successive foray in the end-of-season lottery at this level but Bower feels the hosts will be under the microscope more.

Fylde finished 15 points above Guiseley in the regular season and lost just twice at home with their tally of 51 goals in 21 games being the best in the division.

Most in the non-league fraternity will be expecting them to progress, according to Bower, but he is hoping to confound those beliefs.

Bower said: “In front of the home fans and finishing second, there will be pressure.

“I think there’s very little expectation on us from anyhere outside our club that we will do anything and people will look as the team in second place as the favourites to go up.”