Paul Cox is banking on new striker Dayle Southwell providing Guiseley with a ruthless attacking edge in their National League survival quest.

The former Boston United marksman has joined the Lions on an 18-month deal from League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers and is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s crucial Roses trip to AFC Fylde. He is assigned with firing the goals to spark another Great Escape mission for Guiseley, who badly need to find their shooting boots if they are to have a realistic chance of staying up for the third year on the trot.

Grimsby-born Southwell, 24, a former England C international, certainly has the pedigree after scoring 54 goals in two seasons in the National League North with Boston, with his exploits earning him a move to the Chairboys in June 2016. After a difficult spell in Buckinghamshire, he is now seeking redemption at Nethermoor.

Lions manager Cox told the YEP: “I tried to sign him when he was at Boston and he went into the Football League at Wycombe. He is a player who can score all kinds of goals and is a natural goalscorer.

“I think we have signed an excellent addition when you look at the fine lines of our recent results. You look at the Aldershot game when the game should have been out of sight after we had a lot of chances at 1-0 and the Chester game when we drew at home when we should have won.

“Even at Eastleigh, where at 1-1, we had two one-on-ones and one effort cleared off the line, we just needed to be a little bit more ruthless. It is fine lines of three points or no points at the minute and we have got to do something about it, simple as.”

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