GUISELEY manager Paul Cox insists that the ‘big decisions’ will continue with his playing squad overhaul at Nethermoor.
The go-ahead Lions started to operate on a full-time level at the outset of this week, although a number of players are currently retaining part-time status – and that is likely to continue for a transitional period.
Cox has already been making his mark on revitalising the Guiseley squad, supplemented by this week’s addition of Stevenage loan forward Rowan Liburd.
Liburd could make his debut in tomorrow’s National League game with visiting Solihull Moors.
Cox had previously brought in seven players – French defenders Jean-Yves Koue Niate, Chris M’Boungo, Darren Holden, Andy Haworth, Luke Freestone, Mike Fondop and Simon Lenighan – and more signings are possible.
Cox, who has a lengthy injury list for tomorrow’s game with Danny East, Callum McFadzean, Alex Purver, Rob Atkinson, Marcus Williams, Danny Lowe and Elliot Green all sidelined, said: “We will keep looking. I am looking for guys who want to play for the club who have the desire to be successful.
“I am not looking for players who have an ambition to finish just above the relegation zone. I am looking for players who want to come here and change the mindset and energy of the club.
“I will not rest until we get that harmony in the dressing room and squad. To move us forward, there has to be a need for energy and freshness of mindset coming into the club.
“The amount of things that have needed to be done with the dynamics of the squad and us evolving into full-time means for me that we have done really well to get where we are.
“There has been a hell of a lot going on. Overall now we have made big decisions on the playing front that things will start to settle down and we can start to get a settled squad.
“The squad is top-heavy at the minute, but it is more to do with the injuries. We have seven or eight sat out at the minute and they are very good players and it will affect our team.”
After last weekend’s thumping 6-0 win over Shildon, Cox is hoping that it can prove the catalyst for his maiden league success at the eighth attempt for his 22nd-placed side tomorrow.
He said: “Now we need to push on a little bit. I understand the excitement about the FA Cup, but the league will always be the priority.
“Our league form has been strange because it really has been fine lines in terms of not winning the games that we drew and not drawing the games that we have lost.
“In terms of the whole thing, it has been interesting.”
Farsley Celtic will hope the effects of their dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat at South Shields won’t harm their promotion-hungry ambitions in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, writes ED WHITE.
Celtic exited the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night after losing 5-3 on penalties, having forced the additional showpiece thanks to two late goals. Shields led 2-0 heading into the final moments before James Pollard renewed Celtic’s cup ambitions and Luke Parkin levelled from the penalty spot.
The visitors were unable to carry the momentum into the penalties as Shields had a perfect record from their five kicks.
Fourth-placed Celtic welcome Mickleover Sports to Throstle Nest on their return to league action tomorrow and are favourites for three points against a team with only two home wins from nine matches.
In contrast, Farsley have enjoyed strong form on home turf with six wins from eight games.
In the Northern section, Ossett Town return to league action after coming close to shocking National League side Solihull Moors with a home outing against Bamber Bridge.
Fifteenth-placed Ossett lost 2-1 in a home replay against Moors on Tuesday as they missed out on a place in the first round.
Town rivals Ossett Albion continue their relegation battle at Droylsden.
Albion have yet to win on the road in six attempts this season and exited the FA Trophy at the hands of tomorrow’s opponent ten days ago.
The two teams played out two 1-1 draws in the competition before Droylsden won through on penalties.
Eighth-placed Tadcaster Albion host Skelmersdale United looking to end a run of three games without a win.
Scarborough Athletic, another team to lose in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend, head to Kendal Town.
Frickley Athletic have raided FA Cup heroes Shaw Lane for young defender Cameron Hough. Hough will go straight into the Athletic squad ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stamford in the Southern section.
Frickley have won just once in six matches and exited the League Cup on penalties to Stocksbridge Park Steels in midweek.
The first step towards Wembley Way awaits a cluster of Yorkshire’s non-league teams on Saturday as the first round of the FA Vase takes place.
Runaway Northern Counties East League Division One leaders Knaresborough Town face a short trip to Premier League Garforth Town having gone 15 league games without defeat.
Despite their strong form, boss Paul Stansfield has warned his outfit that tougher tests lie ahead.
“We’re doing very well, we’re keeping clean-sheets, scoring plenty of goals and keep picking up points, but we’ve been up against some of the sides who are in the bottom half of the table in recent weeks,” Stansfield said.
“It’s not to take anything away from the players, because I couldn’t really have asked for any more from them, but we have more difficult games to come and we have to be ready for them.”
Following a run of six straight defeats, struggling Harrogate Railway will hope for some cup respite at Sunderland Ryhope CW.
Elsewhere, NCEL Premier League promotion hopefuls Pickering Town face the tough prospect of Northern League side Newcastle Benfield while Pontefract Collieries take on Litherland Remyca at Beechnut Lane for a place in round two.
AFC Emley will hope to spark a cup run with a win at home over Thornaby.
In the Premier League, 11th-placed Albion Sports visit Bottesford Town while Thackley welcome Maltby Main.
In Division One, third placed Yorkshire Amateur will hope to put pressure on Knaresborough with a win over Winterton Rangers.
Eccleshill United will look for a promotion boost against league newcomers Ollerton Town.
Should they lose, Selby Town could leapfrog them with a win over Worsborough Bridge Athletic.