Guiseley joint boss Marcus Bignot’s got his sights set on back-to back victories

Guiseley joint-manager Marcus Bignot has demanded that his players pick up where they left off in midweek with another win against fellow National League North strugglers Brackley Town at Nethermoor today.

Saturday, 5th December 2020, 5:45 am
Gabriel Johnson, above left, scored the second goal in Guiseley’s 2-0 victory over Spennymoor Town on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Riding.

Having gone six games without a win, Guiseley picked up a surprise but well-deserved victory at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday evening, courtesy of goals by summer-signing Andy Kellett and talisman Gabriel Johnson.

And Bignot knows his side can go one better today in what will prove to be a testing couple of days for the club, given their trip to FA Cup giant-killers Chorley follows just a few days later.

“We’d been putting in the performances of late, yet hadn’t been getting the rewards and ultimately ended up on the wrong side of fine margins,” said Bignot.

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Guiseley joint manager Marcus Bignot. Picture: Steve Riding.

“Tuesday night was a huge confidence boost as we brought our previous good performances and rolled them into one game, and instead of being on the wrong side of small margins we took advantage when we were massively on top, so that was really important for us.

“To grab the first goal re-emphasised the belief we all have in one another so we’re delighted.”

Their opponents Brackley haven’t fared too well this season either, picking up just one win from eight games. However, this campaign they have been billed as the league’s ‘draw’ specialists – having drawn five of those eight – and Bignot admits they will be a tough side to break down.

He added: “For Brackley Town to be in the relegation fight isn’t normal. I can assure everybody they won’t be down there at the end of the season – they’ll more than likely be pushing the play-offs as they do year-upon-year.

“They have players who are savvy and know their way around this league, so it is going to represent a different challenge to Spennymoor.

“In terms of quality, they have a few match winners who can really hurt us with their physical and technical ability and we can’t afford to let our standards from Tuesday slip.”

Bignot understands it is a tough and tiring league; however, he insists he won’t be rotating his squad too much despite the Chorley game being just around the corner.

“We aren’t in a position to rotate with the depth in our squad,” he said. “Sometimes, we have to make a late decision if there are injuries, but in terms of rotation the boys are being made to withstand the constant Tuesday-Saturday fixture list they face weekly.

“We are managing that well, but there were a couple of injuries on Tuesday which will force us into changes, but that is purely down to the intensity that this league demands and we will always look to field our strongest XI as much as possible.”

Meanwhile, Farsley Celtic will look to continue their stellar form as they take on AFC Telford at The Citadel today.

Having defeated table-toppers Gloucester City last weekend, they went on to claim another vital win against play-off hunters Southport in midweek, thanks in no small part to a sturdy defensive performance by the Celtic backline.

And, with Telford currently sitting in fourth spot in the division, Adam Lakeland’s men will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in a week against top opposition.

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