FC Halifax Town: Bower loving life in the dugout at Guiseley

Mark Bower
Mark Bower

Mark Bower admits it’s been a big step-up from the National League North but is still enjoying life in the dugout.

The Guiseley boss guided them to promotion last season and The Lions are currently in 16th place in the Conference.

“We always knew the step-up in quality would be a big gulf from where we’ve come from,” he reflected.

“What we’ve noticed is the strikers are finishing, when teams get chances against you, they’re more inclined to punish you and we’ve certainly suffered with that this season.

“We had a game against Gateshead where we lost 2-0 and they had five shots to our 15, zero corners to our 11 but we still lost.

“It’s been a learning curve.”

Bower, who helped Town to promotion in 2011, is enjoying management and being in charge of the Lions.

He added: “It’s just about two years to the day that I took charge of my first game, a 3-0 defeat at Boston.

“It feels like a long time ago - the beard’s got greyer that’s for sure!

“It’s enjoyable, it’s like a drug. You can’t get it out if your head.

“But the highs and the wins are fantastic and I’m working for some great people at Guiseley.

“Not the biggest club at this level by any stretch of the imagination.

“But there’s a fantastic spirit among he lads and that spirit will carry us through and win us points where we might not deserve to.”