Guiseley AFC wary of a Stalybridge Celtic backlash – Kittrick

Guiesley AFC boss Steve Kittrick hopes Stalybridge Celtic's visit tomorrow for the FA Trophy second round clash will not turn into the remake of the battle of Nethermoor.

Tensions could be high at the game as Stalybridge had Lee Elam and Callum Warburton dismissed during a 3-1 defeat in the league game, back in November.

Kittrick believes Stalybridge will want to rectify the past, but his mind is on a place in the hat for the last 16.

After beating holders Barrow in the last round, Guiseley are favourites for the Celtic clash and Kittrick wants to get as far as he can in the competition.

Last season, Guiseley did exceptionally well to reach the third round until bowing out against Tamworth and Kittrick hopes to do better this time around – but beating Stalybridge is the first task.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"It was an even game last time around, but both teams will be wanting to progress.

"I am fearing a little backlash, but we'll be up for the challenge.

"We have a good record in the Trophy for the last couple of years.

"We made it to the last 16 last season and hopefully we can improve on that.

"They will want revenge, but we're going to give our best shot and hopefully we will get the right result."

Last week Guiseley were on cloud nine after climbing to the top of the table.

Currently, the Lions sit second following Saturday's dramatic 2-2 draw at Corby.

They had been losing 2-0 at the interval, but gained a valuable point thanks to Joe O'Neill and Danny Ellis' late strikes.

However, Guiseley faced a Corby team that had been devastated by the death of their club chairman Peter Mallinger, 24 hours earlier.

The game had only been allowed to go ahead after permission was given from the Mallinger family.

Although unhappy at dropping points at Corby, Kittrick isn't worried about losing pole position.

"I'm not disappointed to be knocked off top spot," he said.


"We're picking up results on our travels and if you're winning your home games like we are – you are going to be there or there abouts.

"Telford have played the same amount of games, Nuneaton have played one less, while Alfreton still have to play us twice.

"But, we will all drop points somewhere along the way.

"The bereavement played a part at Corby and they played in the first half and were well worth the 2-0 lead.

"I was disappointed at half-time to be 2-0 down, but at full-time I was disappointed not to have won the game.

"However it is not an easy place to go to and a lot of teams have struggled there."

While the Lions suffered a minor setback on the pitch, off the field Guiseley were given a boost after Leeds City Council approved planning permission for new turnstiles and adjustments to the changing rooms at Nethermoor.

The improvements are just the first part of the club's grand plan to turn their ground into one fit for Blue Square North and Premier football.

In March, Guiseley are also due to find out if they have been successful with their application to build a new new 200-seater stand next to the existing one.

A yes from the council will allow them to compete in the league play-offs, should Kittrick's men qualify.

Kittrick is delighted that the wheels are in motion for the renovation

of Nethermoor.

"It's fantastic news and it moves us towards where we want to be," he said.

"The dressing rooms will be the maximum capacity they can be and it's just stage one of what we are trying to achieve."

Meanwhile, Harrogate Town host Nuneaton Town in one of four Blue Square Bet North fixtures taking place tomorrow.

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