Blue Square Bet
Published 23rd March 2012
....are thinking ‘play-offs’.
Manager Steve Kittrick said: “Our ambition was to win the league when the season started and that is still our ambition.
“If we win at Hyde and win our game in hand then we will only be two points behind them and then it will come down to mental strength.
“Saturday’s match is a massive game and we are adopting a positive attitude and going for a win, as we will win at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday.”
Guiseley beat Hyde FC 1-0 at Nethermoor on October 22nd with goals by Lee Ellington and Gavin Allott.
“It was their first league defeat of the season,” said Kittrick, “but it will have no relevance this weekend as they have one or two new players and we have several new players.”
One of Guiseley’s newcomers is former Bradford City striker Jason Price.
Kittrick didn’t expect the Welshman, who will be 35 on April 12th, to hit the ground running. The Guiseley boss said: “He hasn’t played much in the past month. He played for Morecambe reserves and joined us a few days later and has played twice for us in a week.
“He was fatigued when he came off for us when we beat Harrogate on Tuesday night but he’s done well.”
Also rejoining ahead of yesterday`s transfer deadline as experienced defender Jerome Fitzgerald.
The former Morecambe, Darwen, Rossendale United, Stalybridge Celtic, Southport and Fleetwood Town player originally joined Guiseley in 2008/09 and the following season won another Northern Premier League Premier Division championship medal when the Lions’ won promotion to the Conference North.
He played in Guiseley’s Conference North play-off Final against AFC Telford United in 2010/11 and then left Nethermoor and joined Bamber Bridge at the end of August 2011
Meanwhile, Guiseley should know more about Danny Boshell’s ankle injury by now – he was injured in the 2-1 home win against Harrogate – but it has been confirmed that they will be without Gavin Rothery for the rest of the season.
The midfielder broke a toe in the West Riding County Cup victory over FC Halifax Town on January 31st and Kittrick explained: “It hasn’t healed as expected and he’ll be out for eight weeks.”