NEW GUISELEY signing Curtis Morrison has vowed to be ‘a pain’ for opposing National League defenders after signing a permanent Lions’ deal.
The pacy 19-year-old forward could be handed a debut in tomorrow’s encounter at early leaders Aldershot Town, with the former Chesterfield forward keen to make an impact for Adam Lockwood’s troops.
Morrison, who had spells earlier in his career in non-league circles at Gainsborough and Matlock – and who linked up with Guiseley as a trialist in pre-season – said: “I am direct, fast and can beat a man and I like to get at people and get shots off and gets crosses in.
“I just like being a pain for defenders by constantly getting at them all game.
“I am looking forward to a new chapter in my career.”
Confident that Lockwood can get the best out of him, the teenager added: “It has been good so far.
“He is always telling me to play to my strengths and giving me confidence to go out there and do what I like to do.
“Obviously, when I do need a kick up the backside, he is there to give me it. He has got the right balance and that’s what I need and he is a coach who knows football.”
Guiseley head from one end of the country to the other for their second successive away game, but the fact that they are facing teak-tough opponents stays the same.
The Lions were edged out 1-0 at Gateshead on Tuesday – a side that they have never beaten in the National League level – and tomorrow’s opponents also boast a strong record against Guiseley.
All told, the Shots, who won 2-0 at FC Halifax Town last weekend, have triumphed in four of out five games against the Nethermoor outfit and have not conceded so much as a goal in all their victories.
But the Lions did win the last game between the pair in March, with a Jordan Preston strike giving the hosts three points in a 1-0 win in West Yorkshire.
Lockwood’s side are seeking their first victory of the new campaign and while he was happy with aspects of their performance – and certainly the commitment – in a narrow loss in midweek, he is urging his side to take it that little step further in Hampshire tomorrow.
He added: “They are a good side, as Gateshead were a good side and Ebbsfleet were.
“I have always said and reiterated that if we are not right, then we don’t stand a chance of achieving anything, to be honest. I thought we were right (on Tuesday) and approached the game brilliantly.
“But goals definitely change games.
“And you can say whatever you like and ultimately, regardless of different things that went on, we didn’t come away with the points.”
Like Guiseley, FC Halifax are awaiting their first three points of the inaugural season after picking up a solitary point in two matches so far.
After claiming an impressive point at Barrow on Tuesday, Billy Heath’s side visit Chester FC tomorrow.
After securing two wins out of two, scoring six goals and conceding none, Harrogate Town will be looking for more of the same tomorrow when they travel to Stokcport County in National North.
Town kicked-off their first ever season as a full-time, professional outfit with a 4-0 home victory over Nuneaton Town on Saturday and then followed it up with a 2-0 away success over North Ferriby United in midweek.
“I’m really pleased, I don’t think that things could have gone much better,” manager Simon Weaver reflected.
“We wanted four points from our opening two games and we’ve come away with six. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
He added: “Stockport’s going to be a really difficult game, going there and playing in front of around 4,000 people, but it is a challenge we’re relishing.”
Elsewhere in National North, Bradford Park Avenue entertain newly-relegated York City.
In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, Farsley Celtic will play host to Coalville Town (kick-off 3pm) in their opening match of the campaign following promotion last season.
It’s been all change since their play-off triumph with managers Neil Parsley and John Deacey both resigning in May and Adam Lakeland coming in as new manager and Mark Bett as his assistant.
And after a strong pre-season Lakeland feels his troops are in a good position to get their campaign off to a winning start.
He said: “I think it’s been a positive pre-season overall and the players have been excellent. Their attitude, application and effort has been first class throughout. I feel we are going into the Coalville game in a good state of mind and with plenty of optimism.”
Meanwhile, Vill Powell is confident Brighouse Town are ready for a tough start to the Evo-Stik Division One North season.
Town have a home game against relegated Skelmersdale United tomorrow and Powell said: “It’s going be a tough call picking 16 players for the first match and then reducing that to 11, but it is a good problem to have and we have to keep this unit together.”
Elsewhere in Division One, Ossett Albion host Colwyn Bay, Ossett Town travel to Prescott Cables and Tadcaster Albion make the trip to Radcliffe Borough.
In Division One South Frickley Athletictravel to aNewcastle Town.
Fresh from their season-opening 7-2 victory at Clipstone, Hemsworth Miners Welfare host Barton Town in the NCE Premier Division tomorrow.
Samuel Jones grabbed a hat-trick and Richard Collier a brace in Hemsworth’s eye-catching opening game on Tuesday night.
Harrogate Railway got off to a winning start in the league with a 3-1 victory over Athersley Recreation on Tuesday. Tomorrow, Railway make the second trip to Thackley in a week after knocking the Bradford-based side out of the FA Cup last Saturday.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division tomorrow, Garforth Town host Clipstone, Pontefract Collieries host Pickering Town and Liversedge travel to Rainworth Miners Welfare.
In Division One, Knaresborough will look to make it three wins out of three when they host Worsbrough Bridge tomorrow.
Fresh from their 8-1 victory over AFC Emley in midweek when Ashley Flynn scored a hat-trick against his former club, Yorkshire Amateur will be looking for another three points when they host Nostell Miners Welfare.
Elsewhere, AFC Emley travel to play Dronfield Town.