Match preview: Guiseley AFC v Harrogate Town

Experienced former Bradford Park Avenue captain Simon Baldry is poised to make his Guiseley debut in tomorrow's home derby against Harrogate Town.

Meanwhile, Town's players have been challenged to kick-start their campaign by getting a result from what their boss Simon Weaver sees as one of the biggest games on their calendar.

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Baldry – who had been on Avenue's coaching staff – made the move earlier this week.

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The 34-year-old former Huddersfield Town and Notts County midfielder has more than 150 Football League appearances under his belt and is a key addition, according to Kittrick.

"He adds some experience," said the Lions' manager.

"He can play anywhere down the right, from full-back, to midfield to


"He felt he had gone stale at Bradford and he needed a change."

Full-back Anthony Lloyd has joined Park Avenue on loan in a bid to get some game time after a year out due to an horrific knee injury.

Third-placed Guiseley haven't played a league game since a 1-0 defeat at Telford on November 27 – only their second loss of the campaign – though they followed that with FA Trophy and County Cup wins over Barrow and Brighouse Town.

"We want a game," admitted Kittrick, who could welcome back influential duo Darryn Stamp and Liam Needham. We have been training, but what has been missing is a competitive game.

"We trained during the day on Thursday and we trained on an all-weather surface at West Park on Tuesday.

"We had 22 there and we had a good session. The players have been working hard, we've got players based all over – Blackburn, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull – and they've all made it, so that tells you how keen they are.

"I'd like to think it's because they want to be there, rather than because if you don't train, you get fined!"

In their first season at this level Guiseley are 19 points and 10 places clear of Conference North veterans Town.

But Kittrick warned: "Simon Weaver is a canny lad and he knows what it's all about.

"He will get their season going at some point and get a run of wins going. Beating your local rivals is the best way to do it.

"But we want to get back to winning ways and carry on from where we left off at Barrow."

Guiseley could begin 2011 as clear leaders if they win tomorrow and Telford and Alfreton both fail to collect maximum points.

"If at the start of the year anyone had said we'd be in this position, people would have laughed," Kittrick said.

"We are where we are through hard work and the commitment everyone has shown. We are happy with where we are and hopefully in the second half of the season we can kick on.

"Everybody has played us before and they know what's coming, so we have to be smarter in certain areas of the field.

"But if the second half of the season is 80 per cent as good as the first half, we'll be there or thereabouts."

Town have been out of league action even longer, since a 6-0 drubbing at Alfreton on November 13.

"Training has been difficult, as it has for everyone," said Weaver. "But we are keen to get a game of football and to play for some

points again.

"There's no bigger fixture on our calendar than Guiseley away, because they are a well-established team, they have got some cracking players and they are doing superbly well.

"It will be a really difficult game and we will be regarded as massive underdogs, but we have got a game plan which we'll try and carry out."

Weaver feels Town are in better shape than they were a year ago and he added: "It is up to the players to set their resolutions the night before.

"One of them could be to get at least a point at Guiseley – scrap like anything for every ball and contest everything, so we can come away with something."

Tomorrow's match is subject to a pitch inspection this afternoon at Nethermoor.

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