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Guiseley AFC: Kittrick’s fixture fears over second cup delay

Steve Kittrick.
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Boss Steve Kittrick admits Guiseley are facing up to a fixture frenzy with tonight’s FA Trophy clash at Cambridge United postponed for the second time in four days.

Having fallen victim to the weather on Saturday, the last-16 clash had been moved to this evening but the Us quickly called the game off yesterday afternoon due to a frozen pitch.

It means the fixture will now be played next Tuesday when Guiseley – who have already played four games fewer than Blue Square North title rivals Hyde – were due to tackle FC Halifax Town in the league.

Draw next Tuesday’s fixture – should it go ahead – and the Lions will face even more fixture congestion given a replay and Kittrick admits his men are desperate to get the Trophy game fulfilled.

“We are desperate to get the game played and we could certainly have done without it being off again,” said Kittrick.

“We were supposed to be at Nuneaton yesterday in the league so we have dropped another game behind and now we will fall another game behind next Tuesday when we are supposed to play Halifax.

“It takes us back to this whole thing of why didn’t we play twice a week in September and October?

“I’ve also discovered that Hyde don’t play in the last week of the season. Their season finishes a week before everyone else’s and I don’t know what all that is about – it’s madness.”

When Guiseley’s Trophy tie is finally fulfilled – the winners will host either Dartford or Wealdstone in the quarter-finals, with the game optimistically scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 25.

Kittrick’s side are due back in league action on Saturday at home to Solihull Moors.

Battling it out alongside Guiseley for promotion from Blue Square North are FC Halifax Town and Neil Aspin’s side are set to welcome fellow play-off hopefuls Nuneaton tonight.

Only two points separate the promotion protagonists with Halifax fourth and Nuneaton sixth, having played one game more.

Halifax captain Tom Baker is expected to return after coming out of last Tuesday’s West Riding County Cup defeat against Guiseley unscathed although top scorer Lee Gregory is a doubt due to a back injury.

Games are also due to take place in the EvoStik League’s Doodson Sport Cup this evening, but at the time of going to press, two matches had already fallen victim to the weather.

Bradford Park Avenue’s scheduled to visit North Ferriby United in the quarter-finals is off and will be played next Wednesday, February 15.

Frickley Athletic were also set to welcome FC United of Manchester – also in the last eight – but the game was cancelled yesterday afternoon.

That tie will now be played next Tuesday with Frickley boss Peter Rinkcavage excited for when the fixture finally gets fulfilled.

“We’ve won three games to get this far so we’ve had a good run,” he said. “If you can get on a bit of a run it brings confidence.”

Elsewhere tonight, in the NCE League, Liversedge are down to host Barton Town Old Boys in the Premier Division while Yorkshire Amateur’s trip to Worksop Parramore in Division One is also in doubt.

Two games are scheduled to take place in the third round of the NCE League Cup – AFC Emley welcoming Brighouse Town with Selby Town travelling to Nostell Miners Welfare, subject to a pitch inspection at lunchtime today.