RUSS O'Neill insists Guiseley are recharged and ready for their weekend cup clash after an extended break from action.

The Lions are set to play their first game for two weeks on Saturday when they host AFC Telford United in the FA Trophy third qualifying round (3pm kick-off).

This will be Guiseley's first game since they crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to Kettering Town on November 9.

Guiseley will be looking for revenge against the team from Shropshire this weekend after they fell to a 4-1 loss to them in Vanarama National League North on October 19.

Joint-manager O'Neill said: "After the defeat to Kettering it would have been nice to have had a game straight afterwards, but it is what it is.

"We have had a couple of good weeks training. We are going into a tough game. It is a cup competition that we want to go as far as we can in.

"It's possible that we will have one or two back for the Telford tie. We are looking to go into that more or less 100 per cent.

"There is a little bit of revenge on it (against Telford for then earlier league defeat). We want to turn that scoreline around.

"We have seven players in our starting line-up that had never played Conference North football before this season. The lads are learning on the job.

"It can help playing in the cup against a team from your league. The main thing is we have a home tie. We're really pleased to get a home tie.

"We have only spent five days out of the play-off places this season.

"We have a more settled-looking squad. We want to come back to a run that we had previously in the season. We are playing against different types of teams."

Meanwhile, Guiseley had an international among their ranks during midweek.

Goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst lined up for England Under-19s in their 4-1 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina on Tuesday.

O'Neill praised Dewhurst's step up to playing for his country, adding it further helps his future career being on loan at Nethermoor from Premier League side Sheffield United.

O'Neill said: "It's fantastic. The feedback we get is that it is helping his development being at Guiseley.

"It makes us really proud to have someone playing at that level. Hopefully he will come back even better."

Meanwhile, Guiseley's home clash with Kidderminster Harriers has a new date.

The game will now be played on Tuesday, December 10 (7.45pm).

The fixture was initially postponed following international call-ups for a number of the Harriers’ playing squad, including former Lion Cliff Moyo who represents Zimbabwe.

A new date is still to be confirmed for the league visit of Darlington.

Guiseley have also received a bye into the third round of the West Riding County Cup after Brighouse Town were removed from the competition.