MARCUS Bignot says a win for his Guiseley side this weekend will go some way to ensure their survival in the Vanarama National League North.

With four league games remaining, the Lions are fourth-from-bottom in the table on 37 points, four clear of the bottom three.

Guiseley host third-from-bottom Ashton United at Nethermoor on Saturday, followed by an Easter double header with clashes at Blyth Spartans on Good Friday, followed by a home date with Darlington on Easter Monday. Guiseley wrap up their season against Bignot's former club Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, April 27.

Guiseley will be looking for an upturn in form after they crashed to their 15th league loss of the season last weekend when they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Brackley Town.

Joint-manager Bignot said: "Everyone can do the maths now. If we win on Saturday we know how big the gap can be. A win would give us significant breathing space.

"A win on Saturday can go some way to defining where we will be next season in terms of what league we will be playing in. A loss is not the end of the world either, we will still be in the box seat.

"There are still a few teams below us."

Bignot says Guiseley will face a tough task against Ashton on Saturday, who have given their own survival hopes a boost with a 3-0 home win over Spennymoor Town last weekend.

He added: "Up until Saturday Ashton had not been on a good run of form.

"Their win over Spennymoor Town buoyed them and they will be a tough game for us on the back of that win.

"We have just go to concentrate on the Ashton game and need to take it from there. We are playing Good Friday and Easter Monday, but we are not thinking about that yet. Our only focus is Ashton."

Guiseley's bid for momentum suffered a midweek blow when they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Ossett United in the West Riding FA County Cup final.

Bignot said he was disappointed to lose the showpiece. He added: "We fell short and I was hugely disappointed we could not win in a final that we had set about winning at the start of the season.

"We always used the senior cup for our squad players and we always put a team out that we felt could win a game of football. If those players had played well in the final they would have put themselves in the reckoning for Saturday's game. But quite a few of the players have not got the result that has put them at the forefront for Saturday."