GUISELEY caretaker boss Sean St Ledger admits there was one saving grace from Saturday’s home loss to Maidenhead United – namely the chance to put things right at the earliest available juncture at home to AFC Fylde tonight.
A frenetic week for the 33-year-old, put in charge of first-team affairs following Paul Cox’s sacking on Wednesday, ended with a 3-1 reverse, leaving the increasingly-stricken looking Lions with a huge mountain to climb in their National League survival quest.
The loss extended rock-bottom Guiseley’s winless streak to nine matches, with the club reeling following a desperate seven-match losing sequence.
St Ledger said: “The good thing about the situation is that we do have another game on Tuesday and you cannot be too disappointed as there is another game around the corner. It is another chance to pick up three points.
“I said to the lads that they have to stay positive. There are 13 games left and the games are going down. I’m sure the old management said that. So I don’t want to sound like a parrot! But it has to happen sooner rather than later.”
A defender by trade, the former Republic of Ireland is acutely aware that Guiseley’s inability to keep the back door shut is proving a major reason for the club’s torments, with the Lions having kept just one clean sheet in their past 18 matches in all competitions.
St Ledger, who concentrated on dug-out duties as opposed to playing responsibilities at the weekend, added: “Something we have spoken about in the changing room is roles and responsibilities. Speaking as a player, in the games that I have played in, we have not kept a clean sheet yet.
“We keep conceding goals and we need to stop that. We are shipping them in and there are a lot of things to work on.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Hughes has joined Billericay Town for an undisclosed fee.
The Rotherham-born player joined the Lions in late November from Barrow and made his debut in the second round FA Cup tie at Mansfield Town in early December.
FC Halifax, who have dropped into the relegation picture following a poor recent run, welcome Hartlepool in a key game this evening.