FA Trophy match preview: Harrogate Town v AFC Telford

Boss Simon Weaver is packing his shovel and heading to the CNG Stadium in a bid to get Harrogate Town's FA Trophy First Round clash with AFC Telford United on.

Weaver will join a willing band of helpers today as they try to clear the pitch and terraces of snow.

Town have already lost two home games during the big freeze – last

week's clash with Alfreton Town along with the visit of Stafford Rangers – and the club is desperate for the Telford match to go ahead to avoid a potential fixture pile-up.

Weaver is unsure if the pitch will definitely be passed fit, but he would like to see his men face former England international Andy Sinton's side.

"Unfortunately I couldn't go down yesterday as I was at a coaching conference down at Wembley," he said.

"I was back late last night, but hopefully I will get down there today with my shovel.

"It's fantastic for the club really to have everyone down together helping to get the game on – we had the same last year when a lot came down. We're hoping it's going to be on.

"There was a foot of snow on the pitch on Wednesday, so we will see how it develops.

"It would be nice to get the game on as Telford are a strong team and it would be nice to see how we fare against one of the best teams in the league."

Last week, Weaver decided not to train due to the conditions on the road. Fortunately, with the weather improving, he was able to gather half of his troops, while the rest trained elsewhere.

Weaver was pleased to have a session before the possible visit of Telford and praised his men for going the extra mile for the club.

"We trained on Wednesday with some of the lads, while the others trained in Hull," he said.

"It is a big plus that we have been able to get them together.

"I've had a few texts from players joking that they have been like Rocky and training through the snow.

"It's good to see them going out and hopefully it will give us the edge on the other teams when we start playing again."

Should the Wetherby Road pitch be passed playable, Weaver has a full squad to pick from as leading scorer Graeme Armstrong has recovered from injury.

Meanwhile, Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick has a contingency plan if their trip to Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Barrow is postponed.

Barrow are doing all they can to get the match on, but should it be called off, Kittrick will be leading a training session.

The Lions manager is unsure of the chances of the game going ahead,

"Apparently, according to our secretary Adrian, they are going to make a decision at nine o'clock tomorrow morning," he said.

"So we've got to prepare.

"I don't know how likely it is as they have had five or six inches on their pitch earlier this week, but the weather has eased over the last couple of days.

"They're desperate to get it on and to be honest we would prefer to go up there on a Saturday rather than a Tuesday.

"We trained on Tuesday along with yesterday because we made provision and tomorrow we will be either playing or training."

The only man missing for Guiseley is front man Darryn Stamp, who is hoping to serve the first of a three- game suspension for his sending-off in the 3-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic last month – Kittrick admits

he wants the ban out of the way.

"Darryn Stamp will miss the game if we go to Barrow as he's got his three-match ban," he said.

"He hasn't served any games yet, so it's frustrating and it's the only blow we have taken because of the weather.

"Although the break has helped us get Liam Needham back from his ankle

injury."