Guiseley AFC: Lions must show their teeth - Kittrick

Manager Steve Kittrick wants a cutting edge in front of goal to turn Guiseley's unbeaten run into a winning one ahead of tonight's home clash with Hinckley United (7.45pm).

The Lions are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions with Saturday's 1-1 draw at big guns Boston United keeping the newly-promoted Nethermoor outfit third in Blue Square North.

However, two of Guiseley's last four league games have resulted in draws and Kittrick wants a new-found predatory instinct in time for tonight's visit of 16th-placed Hinckley.

"We are just lacking that little bit of a cutting edge and that's the way it's been the last couple of weeks really," said Kittrick, who will give a debut to Barrow loan striker Danny Forrest tonight.

"We're hoping to rectify that and we'll have a chat about it but we are on a nice run of form – we just need to be more clinical in front of goal.

"We are playing with confidence now, we look a solid side and people are taking us seriously."

And why wouldn't they? The Lions are now undoubted promotion contenders, only five points off leaders Nuneaton with a game in hand and with a 10-point cushion back to the sides outside of the play-offs, headed by Solihull Moors.

Hinckley are only four points clear of the drop zone, but Kittrick watched the Leicestershire outfit see off Hyde 2-0 last Monday and was also impressed that the Knitters almost took three points at Telford on Saturday.

"They were winning 2-1 until Telford equalised in the 88th minute," said Kittrick.

"I also watched them on Monday when they beat Hyde and they look a tidy outfit.

"They are going to come to us and fancy it and we'll have to be on our game."

However, Kittrick makes no bones about his side's ambitions, feeling Guiseley have every chance of even winning the league.

Alfreton are the undoubted favourites sitting two points ahead of the Lions and with three games in hand, but Guiseley's boss feels March will be the crunch time.

"They have got games in hand but in March they are going to be playing every Saturday and Tuesday every week," he said.

"That needs strength in depth and they are not going to win all their games – if they do then they deserve to win the league."

Elsewhere this evening, Garforth Town, Ossett Albion and Wakefield all have home games in First Division North of the EvoStik League with Prescot Cables, Curzon Ashton and Mossley respectively the visitors.

Harrogate Railway visit Belper Town for a Presidents Cup quarter-final while Frickley Athletic travel to Durham City in the third round of the

League Challenge Cup.

In the NCE League Premier, Liversedge host a derby with Brighouse Town while Nostell Miners Welfare stage a tasty home clash with Scarborough Athletic.

Third-placed Tadcaster Albion welcome Arnold Town while second-placed Farsley AFC visit Winteron Rangers.

In Division One, Pontefract Collieries host Louth Town and second-placed Yorkshire Amateur welcome Rossington Main while Glasshoughton

Welfare travel to Staveley Miners Welfare.

Selby Town also host a second round League Cup tie with Bottesford Town while in the quarter-finals of the North Riding Senior Cup, Pickering

Town have a date at York City.

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