Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lions players up for latest Gigg

10:30am Thursday 29th January 2009

By Ian Whiting

Guiseley enjoyed the euphoria of a win in midweek and they would like to transfer that form to the league on Saturday to get their UniBond League Premier Division promotion push back on track.

Assistant manager Wayne Benn says the players will certainly be motivated, as they will be the first side since Bradford City to take the stage at Gigg Lane.

The Bantams lost to Bury on Tuesday but the Lions will be hoping tenants FC United of Manchester do not make it a double.

“We will go there looking for a win, as at this stage of the season we are not interested in draws,” said Benn.

“The League Cup win against Ashton on Tuesday was nice; we felt we were overdue one. We scored three goals, kept a clean sheet and it was a good performance, so it all came at once.

“We won’t be shouting from the rooftops that it is a turning point but it was a step in the right direction. We know it will be a tough game at FC United but it is a great place to go and play football.

“If playing at a ground like that, on a surface like that, in front of two thousand-plus fans doesn’t excite you, then there is something wrong with you. As ever though, we won’t be getting carried away.

“Our lads will know they are up against a very good passing side. When they came to us they played really well and outpassed us at times. They are the only side we have faced this season to manage that.

“We sneaked a draw, at home, thanks to an Anthony Lloyd rocket. On that occasion I think we got more than we deserved. We say it when it happens the other way round, so we have to be honest.”

Midfielder Steve Burton is doubtful after lasting only 25 minutes of the midweek cup win with a groin injury. Utility man Simeon Bambrook returns to the squad after being rested on Tuesday.