Kittrick asks Guiseley board to allow him to strengthen his squad

Steve Kittrick

Steve Kittrick

First published in Sport Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Weeklies Sports Editor

Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick is asking his club’s directors to allow him to strengthen his squad.

He wants to bring in a couple of experienced players to give him the strength in depth needed for his club to maintain their Blue Square Bet North title challenge.

The Lions are unbeaten in their last 11 league games after last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Oxford City.

The run stretches back three months. Their last defeat was at Solihull Moors on October 13.

Despite their good form Guiseley are still 13 points behind leaders Chester with three games in hand.

If we are serious about winning the league and keeping on Chester’s shirt tails we need to strengthen the squad.

“We need a couple of players to keep everybody on their toes for the championship push.

“If you look at our bench we often have 17 and 18 year old who are inexperienced and haven’t played at this level.

“I don’t think that is right for us to go and win the league.

“We need to have some strength in depth “ Looking at his club’s main title rival he added: “Chester have got 24 players although they probably have three times the budget we have but we should be able to do that.

“I hope the club will let me bring a couple of players in.

“If we are serious about winning the league and keeping on Chester’s shirt tails we have to do that.”

Guiseley vice-chairman Phil Rogerson shares Kittrick’s desire to win promotion.

“It’s our goal and we have always tried to help Steve strengthen the team whenever the right players come along.

“We do have a fairly strict budget which we try to keep to so that the club continues to operate soundly.

“I am sure that when he has players he wants to sign Steve will come and discuss the situation.”

Kittrick has done a good job rebuilding his squad this year after the disappointment of missing out in the play-offs for the second time last season.

After the Oxford game he was keen to praise his new-look defence which has performed so well recently.

“It must be difficult for our club skipper Mark Bowers. I thought he was playing outstanding before he was injured but now he is on the bench.

“Andy Pearson and Danny Ellis have been superb and Rhys Meynell has done well.

“Aaron Hardy has come in and filled Jamie Clarke’s shoes at right back and looks the good player we know he is.”

Kittrick is hoping his men can complete a quick league double when they visit Corby Town on Saturday.

They made the Lions fight hard for a 2-1 win when they visited Nethermoor last week.

Guiseley had to come from behind with goals from James Walshaw and Josh Wilson to take the three points.

The Lions also have a match next Tuesday when they are home to Harrogate Railway in the semi-fnals of the West Riding County Cup.

Guiseley are the holders and will be keen to secure a place in the final again.

Kittrick, unlike many of his counterparts, places a high value on the county cup and has always been a strong supporter of the competition whatever his team’s commitments in other competitions.

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