4:30pm Friday 1st February 2013
By Ian Whiting
Guiseley were rewarded with a double as the Blue Square Bet North Division awards for January were announced, with Steve Kittrick picking up the manager of the month while forward Josh Wilson was named player of the month.
The Lions won all four of their league games and progressed to the final of the West Riding County Cup for a third successive season.
Wilson has been in fine form and notched important goals - he is the Lions’ leading scorer with 12.
Kittrick was more delighted to be in the final of the most prestigious non-league trophy West Yorkshire has to offer as they try to defend their crown after winning the last two finals at Valley Parade.
He said: “It was a very tricky semi-final against Harrogate Railway but I thank the weather for playing into our hands.
"Because we have a break of almost a fortnight, I needed to get a full first-team squad involved in the game.
“There was nothing to be gained by making changes to get people who have spent a lot of time on the bench recently or who are coming back from injury or suspension some time on the pitch. Our regulars needed game-time after three postponements.”
Kevin Holsgrove was the star of the show after coming off the bench to grab a second half hat-trick, impressing the manager.
Kittrick added: “Kevin grasped his chance with a nine-minute hat-trick but his overall contribution was fantastic, never mind the goals.
"Fair play to the lad if he is that hungry and willing to show us he wants a start in the next game then that can only by a good thing.
“The only down side was that Danny Ellis tweaked his groin in the game and we finished with ten men because it was after we had made all three substitutions.
"But I would be surprised if Danny isn’t fit for tomorrow because he is a tough old boot. It would take a tank to stop him.”
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