FA Cup Preview: Potential banana skin for Guiseley

GUISELEY manager Steve Kittrick has labelled Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round clash at Ashington as being a “banana skin” for his outfit.

Kittrick, who has guided his side to third from top spot in the Blue Square Bet North League this term, said: “I’m very much looking forward to the tie and I’m expecting a tough game with both teams expressing themselves.”

Kittrick was in the crowd last Tuesday night when Andrew Johnson’s strike proved decisive to send Ashington through 1-0 in a replay against Vauxhall Motors at Ellesmere Port.

He added: “I’d rather go and see opponents instead of relying on receiving reports from other personnel and I was impressed with Ashington.

“They were organised, played to a system and played football.

“We also like to play football so it should be a good tie – although it is a banana skin for us because we have everything to gain and Ashington have nothing to lose.”

Guiseley are nicknamed the Lions, but Kittrick heard the roar of the Colliers supporters last Tuesday.

“Yes, I heard them and I like it when fans get behind their team,” he said.

“This will be Ashington’s biggest game of the season but I’m not sure how many fans we will be bringing us with us on Saturday.”

Kittrick said the decision to call off the Colliers’ league game against Bishop Auckland should be commended.

“I think on that score, it speaks volumes for the league,” he said, “but I also know why the STL Northern League is what it is.

“Players could play at a higher level but due to other commitments they don’t want to travel.”

Striker Joe O’Neill is ruled out through suspension but Kittrick has no other worries with a couple of players returning from injury.

“I’m a very honest chap,” said Kittrick.

“If we come and deservedly win, I shall say so. Likewise if we lose I will not be making excuses.”