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Guiseley need to regain that winning habit
Buy this photo » Guiseley striker James Walshaw, in action against Bishop's Stortford last Saturday, will be free from suspension if the Lions reach the play-off final
Guiseley’s final fixture in the regular Blue Square Bet North Division is a dead rubber as they travel to Boston United on Saturday knowing they have secured runners-up place in the league.
With just one round of fixtures remaining, the Lions are five points behind leaders Hyde FC but 13 ahead of their own nearest challengers who, by coincidence, are Guiseley’s neighbours as FC Halifax Town are currently third.
The Lions will be without suspended striker James Walshaw but manager Steve Kittrick does have options.
He saisd: “Wally will miss three games so he would be available if we reach the play-off final.”
All three of the divisions within the Conference League structure have two legged semi-finals in the play-offs.
Walshaw will be ruled out of Saturday's final league game, plus both legs of the play-off semi-final which, as it stands, would be against Nuneaton Town.
The boss added: “But we have Jamie Price and Danny Forrest back in contention for places up front and I’m hoping Mark Bower will be available.
"Pricey has missed the last couple of games with a hamstring injury but the others have been out a bit longer.
“We had hoped to take the chase for the title right to the last game (Guiseley lost 1-0 at home to Bishop’s Stortford last weekend, while Hyde were crowned champions after a 3-0 win at Boston) but that has gone now.
“That doesn’t mean our season is over - quite the opposite because we have to pick it up and go again, starting on Saturday.
"Just because we don’t need the three points doesn’t mean we can switch off. It’s all about winning habits and momentum now.”