Strikers out as Guiseley face long trip for opener

Wharfedale Observer: Dominic Krief is tackled by former Guiseley striker Danny Forrest Dominic Krief is tackled by former Guiseley striker Danny Forrest

GUISELEY open their UniBond League Premier Division campaign with a long trek to Stamford on Saturday.

Manager Terry Dolan has assembled a squad of 20 players which he feels is the number who will be required if the side is to press for promotion to the Conference North.

His squad will be tested from the outset with strikers Marc Smith and Rob Pell set to miss the early games. Smith was injured at Harrogate Railway on Saturday.

Dolan's major signings have been Dominic Krief, Aron Wilford and Paul Rickers while young left-back Leon Henry, who initially came to join the Reserve squad, has forced his way into the reckoning after a good performance in the friendly against Harrogate Railway last Saturday.

Dolan knows all about Wilford, 25, who played under him at York City. The big central defender or striker (Dolan has preferred him in the former role in the pre-season games) started out with Middlesbrough and has also seen service with Scarborough, Whitby Town and Blyth Spartans. He has impressed in the pre-season games in a back three alongside Danny Ellis and Simon Sturdy.

Dominic Krief looks set to be a Guiseley crowd pleaser in the Vinnie Brockie mould but will probably pick up a few bookings along the way with his robust style.

The 23 year-old started his career with Leeds United and has since played for Farsley Celtic, Stalybridge, Harrogate Town and Southport as well as having a loan spell at Bradford Park Avenue whilst with Stalybridge. He was at Southport with Guiseley goalkeeper Steve Dickinson.

Paul Rickers has probably not been at his best in pre-season having suffered from a flu virus but he has a good pedigree behind him having played for Oldham Athletic along with the likes of John Sheridan, Lee Duxbury and Scott McNiven, who was with Guiseley last season but has since joined Farsley Celtic.

Rickers, 32, joins Guiseley from Goole having impressed for them in last season's County Cup final win over Dolan's men.

Rickers has plenty of experience on the league and non-league scene and includes a spell in Ireland on his cv.

Younger players Dolan has cast an eye over in pre-season games include Paddy Mumbley, Dean Walters and Scott Reid.

Having already signed UniBond forms midfielder Mumbley, 19, joins Guiseley from Bradford Park Avenue, his home town club.

Another to sign UniBond forms is right winger Dean Walters, 20, who joins Guiseley from Northern Counties East club Thackley. He lives in nearby Idle.

Goalkeeper Scott Reid, 23, has joined the club from Barnoldswick Town and he has figured in the Reserves pre-season games.

The squad has been run out in a series of pre-season friendlies, the most competitive of which was the game against a Leeds United side - Guiseley's only home game pre-season - which they won 2-0 and attracted a crowd nearing 3,000.

Following their trip to Stamford on Saturday Guiseley make their home bow on Tuesday night when Ossett Town are the visitors to Nethermoor Park for a 7.45pm kick-off.

The Reserves and U-19 youth teams have been re-vamped with a much younger look about them. The Reserves have played five games winning all of them: 5-1 against Old Headingley, 4-2 against Rothwell Athletic, 4-3 against Pool AFC, 2-0 against Steeton and 1-0 against Ilkley Town.

They start their Lancashire League programme on Saturday at Ossett Albion.

The U-19 side had a 3-3 draw at Harrogate Railway and then took part in Thackley AFC's Arthur Hylton Memorial Competition where they defeated Thackley 4-1 in the semi-final before losing 4-1 to an excellent Bradford Park Avenue side in the final.

Newcomers to these two squads include defender Joe Hendrie, son of former professional star John Hendrie, and former West Riding County player Thomas Dibb from Silsden AFC, who joins along with his ex Silsden teammate Aaron Hollindrake.

The Under-19 team has seen a number of last season's successful Under-17s squad promoted including centre-back Tom Sinnott, son of Farsley Celtic manager and former Bradford City star Lee Sinnott.

The newly promoted Guiseley Ladies side start their campaign in the Women's North East Premier Division at Darlington Railway Athletic on Sunday, August 26.

Their first home game is on Sunday, September 2 when they entertain Leeds Carnegie at Nethermoor Park

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