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High stakes leave Guiseley boss Kittrick nervous
Mid-table Evo-Stik Premier Division club Buxton will obviously be treated with the utmost of respect when they visit Guiseley on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.
But Lions boss Steve Kittrick did allow himself to daydream as he approached another tilt at getting through to the first-round proper.
“It is my third or fourth time at this stage, either with Ossett Town or Guiseley, and it is nerve-wracking.
“But if we win on Saturday, get a big club in the first round and are on television, then we could make £100,000 – but Buxton will be tough.”
The Lions, who lost 2-0 after a patchy performance at Solihull Moors last weekend in Blue Square Bet North, are set to be at full-strength, apart from the suspended Danny Boshell.
Kittrick has done his homework by going to watch Saturday’s opponents beat Hednesford Town in a third-round replay as Buxton edged past their league rivals 2-1. Lee Morris struck the winner in the first half of extra time.
Guiseley director Stuart Allen said: “I’m sure Steve will get the right reaction from the players after last week.
"There were no injuries in that game, any changes were tactical, and the full squad was available.
“Obviously with no midweek match anyone who may have picked up a little knock will have had a full week to recover so we don’t expect any problems."
Forward Josh Wilson was on duty with the England C squad in midweek but, like the senior side, the C team were thwarted by a waterlogged pitch so their game in Albania did not go ahead. Wilson was due to be on the bench but former team-mate Simon Ainge would have started.
Ainge has had his loan deal with Luton extended to January, when they will decide whether they want to buy him permanently.
Should they do so, Guiseley could receive a five-figure fee from the Blue Square Premier outfit.