Guiseley AFC: Kitterick urges fans to back Lions glory

Match action from Guiseley v Eastwood Town.
Match action from Guiseley v Eastwood Town.
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Boss Steve Kittrick wants the football public of Leeds to pack out Nethermoor this evening for the club’s play-off semi-final first leg with Boston United (kick-off 7.45pm).

The newly-promoted Lions have been the surprise package of Blue Square North and are now just three games away from sealing a second rise up the ranks to the Blue Square Premier.

Non-league big guns Boston are, however, strong 1-2 favourites to progress to the final but the underdog tag suits Kittrick fine who is hoping home advantage can be utilised ahead of Sunday’s trip to York Street.

“Boston are fancied, we are not fancied but that suits me fine,” said Kittrick, whose two league clashes with the Pilgrims this season ended in draws.

“As long as we can get something out of the game I’ll be happy as our away form has been good. We’ve just not got to lose.

“Boston are a good side and a very capable team. But we’ll see what happens – if Boston get through then they will deserve it but if we do it then we’ll deserve it.

“I just hope the local people come out to support us. We want as many bums on seats as possible and as much help as we can from the stands.”

Kittrick insists that win, lose or draw in the play-offs, season 2010-11 will be seen as an over-riding success with the club having also made the FA Cup first round and FA Trophy quarter-finals, not to mention winning the West Riding County Cup.

“At the start of the season we set out for two targets and we’ve hit those two,” said the Lions boss.

“The first one was to get into the first round of the FA Cup and the second one was to get into the play-offs so we’ve done that.

“Another bonus was getting into the quarter-final of the Trophy as was winning the County Cup final.”

Not that the Guiseley manager is not now backing his side to go all of the way. “I just think now that we’re there we can push on,” he said.

“We’ve been beaten once in I think it’s 13 matches so we are playing well and it’s a bit of a lottery when you get into the play-offs.

“The form book goes out of the window and it’s all about who can hold their nerve on the two nights.”

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