GUISELEY may be under the full glare of the national spotlight as potential TV stars for the first time this evening, but Mark Bower is not getting stage-struck.
For the first time ever, the TV cameras will descend on Nethermoor to screen a live game, with Lincoln City being the visitors in a match to be shown on BT Sports (7.45pm).
It is a fixture that everyone associated with the Lions has been looking forward to since the National League fixtures were unveiled in high summer, although manager Bower is focusing strictly on taking care of business on the pitch.
Bower, who has Gavin Rothery back in the fray after featuring for the under-21s in the week, said: “It is obviously a big night for the club on live TV and it will show just how far the club have come.
“I am sure a few more fans will come to it. But for us, we just have to treat it as another game of football and getting the three points.
“Obviously, the atmosphere will be good and I am sure they will bring a few fans as well and it will be fantastic and we just want to continue our good run and finish a good week.
“We all work in the week, so that build-up has not been that different. It has just been a case of training as normal.
“We were playing them on a pitch and it’s a game of football and we just need to show the work ethic we have done in the last few weeks, we have a good chance of winning.
“Lincoln have some experienced Football League players in their side and some threats going forward and they are a big, big team at this level and they were be looking at the top five this season and I am sure they will be looking to come and win the game.
“We will just have to our chances when they come.”
The Lions head into the game in a good place after their first away win of the campaign at Braintree and victory tonight would see them leap up to ahead of the Saturday programme, while extending their unbeaten run to eight matches.
And Bower is anxious for that impressive run without a loss to still be intact come 9.30pm.
Bower, whose side could leapfrog the Red Imps and move up to 11th with victory tonight, added: “When the games come so quickly, it gives you a chance to pick a run together and getting a win on Saturday after four draws puts us 13th now and another win puts us in that top half and that’s got to be the aim.
“It was a good win and while we didn’t get a lot of chances, when we got one, we took it.
“We have been solid rather than spectacular so far, but we are on a nice little run now ahead of a key run of fixtures against some of the big teams in the division.”
FC Halifax Town have appointed Darren Kelly as their new manager.
The 36-year-old, sacked by Oldham Athletic last month, succeeds Neil Aspin, with vastly-experienced Jim Harvey his number two.
The Northern Irishman’s first game in charge will be at home to high-flying Cheltenham Town tomorrow.
FORMER Leeds United defender Matt Heath has been named as assistant manager at NCEL Premier high-fliers Tadcaster Albion – replacing Mike Morton.
Heath will deputise from the dugout under new Albion boss Billy Miller, who brought the ex-Premier League player to Ings Lane with him when he left Harrogate Railway at the end of last season.
Morton had been Paul Marshall’s assistant at Tad and was retained in the role when Miller arrived at the club.
But he has told Miller that growing work commitments would make it a struggle to continue in the role.
First team coach Si Collins will move to the United States later this month, meaning Morton’s schedule with Albion’s Under 21 side and youth teams as part of Albion’s parent company i2i Sports will intensify.
The decision to pull Heath into the dugout could spell the end of the 33-year-old’s playing career, with Miller saying the defender, who played one season at Leeds, will only play “if we need him.”
Miller said: “Si is going to disappear soon over the pond and is going to be away for a number of weeks.
“That is going to mean it’s very difficult for Mike to commit so it was felt that, although they are not stepping away from it, it’s probably the right time to get another brain in the dugout.
“Matt’s primary role will be to be part of the management team. If there’s a time we need him to play, he can.
“But I always feel it’s very difficult to play as well as manage because you see the game differently.”
League action tomorrow sees Nostell visit Parkgate, Albion Sports go to Staveley and Thackley welcome Cleethorpes.
In Division One, Glasshoughton go to Eccleshill.
The FA Vase takes centre stage elsewhere, with Garforth and Yorkshire Amateur heading to the north east to Whickham and Hebburn respectively.
Hemsworth visit Bacup and Selby go to Westella VIP.
AFC Emley host Congleton.
Frickley Athletic have an attractive home clash with moneybags outfit Salford City in the Evo-Stik Premier, while the FA Trophy takes precedence in other games.
Farsley Celtic welcome Prescot and Ossett Town are at home to Warrington Town.
Scarborough go to Kendal and Harrogate Railway trek to Mossley.
Ossett Albion visit Witton.
SIMON WEAVER has dismissed thoughts of an easy voyage in the FA Cup despite his Harrogate Town securing a routine-looking home draw in the third qualifying round.
Brendan Daniels put Town’s name into the hat with an exquisite free-kick that determined Saturday’s nervy contest at lower league Workington 1-0.
Town’s ball was drawn first out of the cup lottery on Monday to secure a home tie against Evo-Stik First Division North strugglers Burscough.
Weaver’s troops will be heavy favourites to earn a place in the fourth qualifying round when the pair meet at the CNG Stadium on Saturday, October 10.
The winning team will receive a cheque for £7,500 and a place in the final qualifying round, which sees teams from the Vanarama National Premier entering the competition.
But Weaver was wary of underestimating Burscough. Weaver, whose fourth-placed side visit Gloucester City in Conference North tomorrow, said: “It’s very difficult to say anything other than pay respect to Burscough. I went and watched them on Tuesday night and they won 4-1, and missed a penalty.
“They are on a bit of a run, so it’s going to be a banana skin that we have to treat as if we were playing anyone else.
“We will have to do a professional job against a young side, who will have nothing to lose,” he said.
Lowly Bradford Park Avenue play host to Brackley Town tomorrow.