GUISELEY have bought striker Dayle Southwell in a bid to solve their chronic shortage of goals.

The Lions have only scored 25 times in 27 Vanarama National League matches and they need their new boy to make a big impact.

The 24-year-old was signed from Wycombe on Tuesday and will make his debut at AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Guiseley boss Paul Cox will want Southwell to reproduce the prolific goalscoring form that persuaded the League Two side to sign him in July 2016.

Southwell netted 52 goals in 77 National League North appearances for Boston United.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth said this week: “I had high hopes for Dayle when he came here and unfortunately it just hasn’t worked out how we would have wanted.

“Nobody could ever fault Dayle’s effort and dedication because he worked his socks off in every training session and every game he played, but he hasn’t been able to force his way into the starting line-up regularly.

“He’s a great lad and I’m sure he’ll benefit from regular football at Guiseley. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Southwell made 32 appearances and scored two goals for Wycombe, a figure he will want to improve on dramatically with the Lions.

Last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Eastleigh highlighted just why Guiseley are second from bottom and nine points from safety. They squandered a string of golden chances and conceded another four goals. It took their tally against to 50 – the worst in the division.