Guiesley AFC: Kittrick's plan to beat the big freeze

Guiseley's County Cup tie with Brighouse this evening has already come a cropper but boss Steve Kitrrick is working tirelessly to keep his high-flying Lions as fit as a fiddle in the run up to Christmas.

With Guiseley's Nethermoor pitch under a foot of snow, tonight's scheduled cup game was scratched yesterday morning with every other second round County Cup game likely to follow suit given the sub-zero temperatures.

However, it is in Blue Square North where Guiseley's priorities lie with the newly-promoted Lions amazingly sat second in the table and only behind leaders Alfreton Town on goal-difference.

Guiseley's next league game is not scheduled until a week on Saturday when Stafford Rangers are the scheduled visitors with this Saturday's planned FA Trophy trip to Barrow next on the agenda, weather permitting.

That game too could be in doubt too, but even amidst the current big freeze, Kittrick is taking every step to ensure his side's training goes undisturbed.

"There's a foot of snow on the pitch and people are struggling to get out their drives, never mind anything else," said Kittrick of the

current weather problems.

"I live in Barnsley and we've had about 18 inches, almost two foot of it.

"I don't know about this weekend as I don't know what Barrow have had but the important thing is that you have got to make provisions for training, they have got to keep training and got to keep fit.

"Hopefully we have got something sorted at venues in Bradford today and Thursday."

Guiseley's Blue Square North rivals Harrogate Town were also due in County Cup action tonight at Goole AFC but that game was also called off yesterday – now re-arranged for next Tuesday – and Town are due back action on Saturday with their FA Trophy tie at home to Telford.

Simon Weaver's side then visit Hinckley in the league the following Saturday when they will look to improve their current league position of 12th, some ten places below Guiseley who have taken the league by storm.

Kittrick has led the Nethermoor side to their highest league position in history at present, but the Lions boss feels Guiseley are second on merit.

He is also glad his side managed to fit six games during November and stressing that leaders Alfreton may struggle to cope with their three games in hand.

"To be honest people ask me can you believe where you are but I don't really analyse where we could be, where we should be and we actually are," said Kittrick.

"I just say that to be there or thereabouts coming up to Christmas is great and it's all about how you come out of Christmas.

"If we come out of Christmas and we are still there then we have got a good chance.

"I didn't realise how many games we had played in November and we actually played six if you include the cup game.

"I'm glad we've got those games in and it could work in our favour though I didn't realise how many games we had over the Christmas period.

"We play in the 26th, 28th, the 1st, the 3rd and the 8th and we could have a County Cup game in between."

Tonight's other scheduled County Cup games pair AFC Farsley with a trip to Harrogate Railway, Thackley with an away tie at Eccleshill United, Pontefract Collieries over at Liversedge and Ossett Albion at Garforth Town though all four games are very doubtful.

Leeds Carnegie were also due to visit Askern Villa in the County Cup but that game was called off yesterday while in the EvoStik League, Wakefield are scheduled to host Mossley in First Division North.

In the NCE Premier, Scarborough Athletic's planned tie at Arnold Town has already been postponed.

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