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Guiseley are getting used to being 'shot at' - Steve Kittrick
Having overcome Evo-Stik Division One North side Bamber Bridge 1-0 last Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, Guiseley have been handed another testing away trip.
They will travel to fellow Blue Square Bet North club Colwyn Bay on Saturday, October 6.
“Our record over the past four or five seasons means we are there to be shot at,” confessed Lions boss Steve Kittrick after the draw was made on Monday.
Guiseley’s Supporters’ Club are running a coach, setting off at 10am from the Station pub at £13 for members and £15 for non-members.
Guiseley have two important league matches before then, however, making the 362-mile round trip to Oxford City on Saturday before hosting Stalybridge Celtic next Tuesday.
Kittrick, baffled as to why Oxford are even in the Northern section, said: “I think some people reckon the North starts at Watford.”
His real worry, however, is that the southern-based referees might show a bias towards the home side.
“All we are asking is for a fair crack of the whip but southern-referee bias is something that I have experienced myself and something that a lot of Northern managers have mentioned to me.”
Matches against Stalybridge Celtic have sometimes been tasty in recent seasons but will have even more resonance for the three Guiseley players recently signed from Bower Fold – left back Andy McWilliams, defender or midfielder Rhys Meynell and midfielder Jack Rae.