National League: Guiseley buoyant while Aspin deals with Halifax injury doubts

Guiseley manager Mark Bower. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Guiseley manager Mark Bower. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Guiseley chief Mark Bower takes his Lions side to Plainmoor to face Torquay United today.

Guiseley are buoyed by a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Chester after a run of two consecutive home defeats to Gateshead and Aldershot.

Bower said: “I know we’ve got one point from two games but the performances against two established Conference full-time sides are ones we can take a lot of heart from, going down there.

“If we play like we have done over the two games, there’s no reason why we finally won’t get that win again.”

Bower, whose side required a late goal from Adam Boyes to draw 1-1 at Chester on Bank Holiday Monday, said of the long trip: “It’s good; it gets the lads together with a long bus journey and there’s always a bit of fun on the bus.

“Hopefully, on the way back, it will be a buoyant one having gone there and got a result.

“We go there with confidence.”

Simon Cox’s Gulls are seeking to hit back after a winless streak of four matches, which has included successive home defeats to Woking and Cheltenham Town.

FC Halifax Town manager Neil Aspin has a couple of injury doubts heading into today’s game at Aldershot.

Aspin, whose side claimed a much-needed first win of the season in Bank Holiday Monday’s 3-1 triumph over Barrow, will run fitness checks on a couple of players.

Scott McManus suffered a knock in the closing stages of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Wrexham and was forced to sit out the victory over the Bluebirds.

He will hoping to be back in time for this weekend’s game, which would be his 200th appearance in Shaymen colours.

Another concern is Matty Brown, who felt a hamstring tweak last week and who has subsequently missed the last two games.

Aspin confirmed: “Matty will get treatment this week and is looking at 7-10 days out”.

Richard Peniket remains a long-term absentee as he continues rehabilitation from his knee injury.