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Guiseley are gearing up to face Leeds United
Guiseley manager Terry Dolan has been thwarted by the weather as he attempts to assemble his squad for the showpiece friendly with Leeds United game and the coming UniBond Premier Division season.
Last Saturday's original pre-season friendly at Goole was called off by the host club to protect their pitch. A game was quickly re-arranged at Eccleshill United but that too fell victim to the weather.
Dolan had hoped to put out six or seven triallists and he was hoping that the game at Hall Road Rangers last night, Wednesday, would go ahead so that he could get some match action view of players vying for a place in his squad.
Dolan has yet to make a pre-season signing but among those he is casting an eye over in training are midfielder Dominic Krief whose previous clubs include Bradford Park Avenue, Stalybridge, Southport and Farsley Celtic, and former Whitby striker Aaron Wilford, who played at Blyth Spartans last year.
Dolan also hopes to have a look at defenders Dominic Riordan (from Ossett Albion) and Paul Rickers (Goole). Dean Walters from Thackley AFC has also been training with Guiseley.
Dolan said: "I have seen them all in training and they've all got the right attitude. I want to have a look at them in a game now. It's an opportunity for them to show me what they can do.
"I want to have a look at everybody in the next couple of games at Hall Road Rangers and then at Retford Town on Saturday.
"One or two more have said they'd like to come and join us but I need to have a look at them. I think we need probably four or five new signings, one of which I would hope will be cover for Steve Dickinson in goal."
Tom Marsden (to Goole), Paul Collins (Leeds Metropolitan University) and Scott McNiven (Farsley Celtic) have all left the club.
On the credit side however Steve Dickinson, Nathan Hay, Sam Denton, Danny Ellis, Simon Sturdy, Richard Dunning, Craig Hall, Mark Bett, Brice Tiani, Marc Smith, Gavin Knight, Rob Pell and James Hanson have all re-signed.
l The visit of Leeds United to Nethermoor Park on Monday, August 6 has sparked considerable interest and the UniBond club are pushing the boat out for the arrival of Dennis Wise's team.
The Guiseley club are organising a VIP package which will include a pre-match meal at Harry Ramsden's, parking at either Harry Ramsden's or the Guiseley ground, a pre-match chat with Terry Dolan and Leeds United management, a centre seat in the main stand, half-time drinks and after the match in the clubhouse. The cost of this package is £25 and applications should be made to Keith Hanvey on 01484 315141.
Normal match prices will be in force for this game at £7 for adults and £3.50 for concessions. Payment will be on the turnstiles only, no advance tickets.
l The Guiseley club was saddened to hear of the death on Tuesday night in Wharfedale Hospital of Phyllis Stocks. The 94 year-old had given over 60 years service to the club at which her husband, the late George Stocks, had served as an official for many years.
Her son Michael was at one time a centre-forward with the club and was also captain of the Guiseley Cricket Club which Mrs Stocks also served as a dedicated helper.
Mrs Stocks also leaves another son Barry and a daughter Susan.
Mrs Stocks was presented with the Leeds Sports Federation award for long service for her work as a volunteer at Guiseley AFC.