Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick had a close look at Saturday’s opponents Oxford City and the Lions’ main Blue Square Bet North title rivals at the same time.
Kittrick was an interested spectator on Wednesday evening when leaders Ches-ter FC hosted Oxford and won 2-0 to re-establish their 13-point gap over his second-placed side.
Kittrick’s men had done what they could by winning at home against Corby Town the night before.
The Lions’ boss said: “It is important we keep the pressure on Chester because mental strength could come into it before the season ends.
“That is what we spoke to the players about before the Corby game and the one before that at Bishop’s Stortford.
“You have to play these games and take the three points because if you don’t it will come back on you and you will be looking at wasted opportunities.
“It isn’t easy winning games because every club in this division is capable of beating anyone on their day – it’s packed with quality this league.
“It will be the same on Saturday because I thought Oxford were a really good side when we went down there. I took the opportunity to watch them play Chester in midweek because you have to. We don’t stand still and the other clubs don’t either.”
Guiseley won the reverse fixture 3-0 at Oxford, with Wayne Brooksby, Josh Wil-son and Nicky Boshell all on target.
Wilson is in top form at the moment, Brooksby has just returned to the squad from injury and Boshell could also be back in contention.
Kittrick added: “There were no new injuries from Tuesday so the squad will be the same apart from the addition of Nicky Boshell because he may be fit enough. It is a massive plus to get him back because we have missed his goals.
“But Josh has stepped up to the plate and done very well. He is not just scoring at the moment but also causing opposition defences a lot of problems.”