Guiseley AFC: Kittrick calls for level heads in drive for play offs

Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick admits he did not expect his side to be joint top of the Blue Square Bet North table at Christmas.

The Lions – who are scheduled to face local rivals Harrogate Town at the CNG Stadium on Boxing Day – lie in second place, locked on 37 points with former Bradford City manager Nicky Law's Alfreton Town.

Guiseley are in their first campaign in the Blue Square North and their success is mainly due to an incredible run of 15 games without defeat.

Kittrick is both delighted and surprised to be joint top and revealed that meetings have been taking place about a possible second consecutive promotion.

The Lions board and Kittrick are keen to be ready for a possible rise to the Premier and are trying to avoid the fate of Farsley Celtic, who went bust 18 months after spending a season on non-league's top table.

"It's a massive thing and I'm sure if someone asked us in August, we would have brushed it off and said 'no we won't be'," said Kittrick.

"We need to take our form into 2011 and I think that the teams who prepare properly over Christmas will be all right.

"We seem to be on target for the play-offs as planned and it would be fantastic to get there and win it.

"We just need to keep level-headed.

"There has been discussions about next year for if we get promoted or stay where we are.

"There are a lot of things to talk about like learning the lessons of what happened to Farsley when they went up.

"There have been a few discussions because we have to prepare in case we do go up."

With the Wetherby Road pitch frozen solid, Guiseley are extremely unlikely to make the short journey to Harrogate.

It will mean Kittrick's men have not played a league game since November 27 when they were beaten 1-0 at AFC Telford United which ended

the impressive stack of Blue Square matches without defeat.

Kittrick will still see his players as he's arranged a training session and claims they have no problem with the decision, despite it being Christmas.

"The game is looking doubtful and it's a big blow for both teams," said Kittrick. "We haven't played for so long.

"It is frustrating for every manager and every player and it's likely

we will be having to play Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of the season.

"It would have been a big game, but we're training instead.

"We've been coming in early in the morning which doesn't really affect anyone.

"When we said we were training, the lads said 'can we come in the morning', so that's what we're doing and hopefully we will be able to get rid of the turkey from the previous day."

League rules dictate that games affected by the weather should be called off on the morning of the fixture, but officials are hoping for

a decision on the Harrogate-Guiseley match today.

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