Guiseley AFC: Spoiling tactics frustrate jubliant Lions ace - Kittrick

Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick was feeling a mixture of delight and disappointment after his side moved into today's FA Trophy third round draw with a 2-1 win over Stalybridge.

Kittrick, who has masterminded the Lions' incredible first season in football's sixth tier, was pleased his team progressed thanks to Liam Needham's last-minute header.

But he's becoming increasingly unhappy with the way that sides visiting Nethermoor Park seem intent on using negative tactics to try and grind out a result.

Saturday's game was no different. The teams had engaged in a bitter league match in November which saw three players sent off and again the visitors tried their hardest to turn the match into a battle.

"It was tasty before and it'll be tasty when we go and play them again," stated Kittrick. "That's because teams are giving us a lot of respect and they want to do all they can to stop us playing our normal game.

"Stalybridge are full-time professionals so I'm disappointed in them. Jim Harvey's teams are supposed to play football but all they tried to do was make it horrible. A lot of teams sit deeper and deeper against us. We got it last week and everywhere we go now. The supporters are going to get frustrated more than anything else but we've got to keep playing.

"We've got to be mentally strong to keep chipping away at teams, break them down and then get a chance like Liam's goal."

In the first half Stalybridge's tactic of breaking up play before trying hit the Lions on the break worked when a rare foray forward won them a free-kick and the resulting cross was bundled in at the far post by Connor Jennings.

Minutes later Guiseley were level. Joe O'Neill coolly rounded visiting goalkeeper Jan Budtz but with the goal gaping was upended by covering defender Glenn Rule.

Rule was given his marching orders and leading marksman James Walshaw fired home the spot kick.

The hosts created a string of chances in the second period and thoroughly deserved their winner from Needham on 89 minutes.

But the penalty decision and subsequent red card had set the tone for the match as it forced the visitors further into their shell and stopped the game being a spectacle.

"I don't like playing against 10 men because they get what I call 10 men syndrome," said Kittrick.

"Thankfully we're through to the next round and we've got a chance. Crawley are out of it as well so that's good enough for me."

Meanwhile, Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is telling his team to move on from Saturday's last minute 2-1 defeat to Nuneaton Town and concentrate on tomorrow's home game against struggling Stafford


Kyle Storer's injury-time penalty snatched all three points for the visitors after Town's debutant keeper Jordan Myers had been red-carded for a challenge leading up to the penalty.

Harrogate had levelled Mark Noon's earlier strike, with only nine minutes remaining through Graeme Armstrong's spot kick – a moment that saw Nuneaton stopper Danny Alcock also dismissed.

Weaver said: "It's very hard to take when we justifiably got back into the game.

"It's disappointing to lose in the last minute but we're looking forward to the Stafford game already.

"I believe with this team now we can go from strength to strength. It's a positive mindset in there and there's a belief.

"I think we can press on. We need three points on Tuesday and we're going to go full out for the three points."