Guiseley AFC: Kittrick confident Lions can end their barren run

James Walshaw races for the ball with Crawley Town's Pablo Mills.

James Walshaw races for the ball with Crawley Town's Pablo Mills.

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THE net was bulging for Guiseley at last on Tuesday night – the next target for manager Steve Kittrick is securing a return to the Blue Square Bet North play-off zone.

James Walshaw struck twice as the Lions drew 2-2 with Workington at Nethermoor to end their barren run of four league games without scoring.

Guiseley are currently on a five-match winless run, which has seen them fall out of the top five and drop six points behind fifth-placed side Solihull Moors.

Kittrick, whose team travel to Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow, is determined to end the bad run.

“We need everybody’s support to get back into the play-offs and I have reminded the players how well they were playing earlier on in the season,” he said.

“Every team has a blip at some point and this is ours, but we need to get back on track.

“Although we’ve got games in hand (on the teams in the play-offs), I’d rather have the points.

“But we have to keep chipping away and I think the season is unfolding like last season.

“It’s been interesting this year as we weren’t expected to do well, but we have made the first round of the FA Cup, the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy, the final of the West Riding County Cup and we’re in contention for the play-offs, so it’s been a good season so far.

“We have five or six important weeks to come and we have to step up to the mark and get back into the play-offs.”

In midweek, Guiseley led twice, but gifted Workington a point with two unforced errors.

Kittrick was left frustrated, but accepted the improved effort from his players.

“It was disappointing because we made mistakes, although anyone who watched the game will know that we made two mistakes and they scored from them,” he said.

Mistakes

“But at this level, if you make mistakes, you get punished for them.

“I felt we deserved to win the game and one of the criticisms around the place in the last couple of weeks has been that we haven’t been scoring goals.

“Well on Tuesday, we scored two and that should have been enough – but we committed suicide.

“On 49 minutes we should have cleared our lines and they went on to score and then when it was 2-1 our defence broke down and they got their equaliser.

“The pleasing thing though is that it was a good performance.”

Keeper Steven Drench returns from suspension tomorrow, while midfielder Liam Needham is racing against the clock to recover from knee ligament damage incurred against AFC Telford United two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Harrogate Town face a tough task at Boston United tomorrow when boss Simon Weaver hopes to record a second successive league victory.

Harrogate hope to build on last week’s 3-1 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

But Town will have to be at their best and will know what to expect from a Boston side that beat them 6-3 at the CNG Stadium back in August.

Liam Hardy will be available for Town again after making his first return since breaking his ankle in October.

Jake Cassidy.

Last act in a tumultuous season for Guiseley