Guiseley AFC: Kittrick not getting carried away yet

It's been one of the best seven days in Guiseley's 101-year history after two wins over the new year period propelled the Lions to the top of the Blue Square Bet North.

AFC Telford United and Alfreton Town's failure to take maximum points from their respective New Year's Day matches meant Guiseley's 1-0 victory at Harrogate Town's expense them on top of the pile.

Then Monday afternoon's win at Hyde saw Steve Kittrick's men keep pole position for at least another five days.

Guiseley are scheduled to travel to Corby tomorrow and Kittrick admits his team deserve to be where they are, but is aware that his role has become more difficult as he bids to stop his troops from getting carried away.

"To be top of the league is very good and pleasing," he said. "However, there is a lot of football still to be played.

"But, it does send out a warning to the league because no-one will treat us lightly again.

"We have worked hard and I think the difference is that we have trained as much as anyone in the league.

"Being top does make my job harder as I have to keep everyone's feet on the ground.

"Luckily, we have no-one who thinks they are above their station.

"I've said before that I have chosen my players well."

The Lions' rise raises the mouth-watering prospect of a second consecutive promotion and place on non-league's top table.

To do so, the club have a number of challenges ahead.

Chairman Phil Rogerson revealed in the matchday programme for the

Harrogate game that plans are afoot for a new stand – subject to planning permission – to satisfy Conference ground grading regulations.

New turnstiles are also being erected and although looking to the forward to the future, Kittrick believes the club has to be careful.

"There are plans for the ground which have got to be done for the league," Kittrick said.

"I don't know too much, but it is an exciting time at the moment.

"But, we also have to know the pitfalls and we have got to be sensible.

"We have to learn from the lessons of happened to Farsley and that's with no-disrespect to anyone."

While, Guiseley are enjoying ruling the roost, Harrogate are

celebrating a first win in five league games.

Town beat Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 on Monday, courtesy of Richard Pell and Graeme Armstrong's goals, much to the delight of manager Simon Weaver.

Weaver had issued a final warning to a number of his under-achieving players following two defeats in December and he admitted he was pleased they had listened.

"When you've lost a few games, you worry," Weaver said.

"If you are a manager or a supporter, you think 'we really need a win'.

"It is a relief, but we need to be careful as we don't want to think, 'oh we've made it'.

"We haven't made it and the win on Monday was all about graft and there were players on that pitch on Monday and against Guiseley that looked like different players because they have a rocket up them.

"They have been threatened with the end of their careers here and they have responded well.

"But, it's no good having a part-time attitude here because me and John

McDermott want players that are up for it all the time."

Harrogate are due to travel to Eastwood Town tomorrow.

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