MARCUS Bignot says he will have a better idea of how Guiseley's season is shaping up after his side's Bank Holiday weekend double header.

The Lions joint-manager says he breaks down his side's season into seven-game blocks, meaning this first period of the new Vanarama National League North campaign will be completed after the Lions entertain Alfreton Town on Saturday, followed by a trip to Blyth Spartans 48 hours later.

Alfreton are eighth, three points behind Guiseley, while Blyth, led by former Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark, are bottom with four defeats from their first four games.

Clark has been busy re-shaping his squad this week as he looks to kickstart a change in fortunes for his side. Dale Pearson, Craig Spooner and Jack Butler have all left the club by mutual consent.

After a frantic first three weeks involving five league games, Guiseley have enjoyed a week-long break from action since they grabbed a 1-1 draw at Boston United last weekend.

Bignot admits it was good for both himself, fellow joint-manager Russ O'Neill and their squad to get a break from matches and instead concentrate on training.

Bignot said: "Everybody up and down the league wanted the break. It has been pretty full-on from the start of the season.

"Every manager wanted this break as it gives them an opportunity to recover and do some much-needed work.

"We now have Saturday-Monday, two games in three days. There is no rest between them. We have been working them hard in training.

"The busy Bank Holiday is the same for everyone. They are a young group. They look good physically at the moment. I'm happy where we are. Saturday is a good opportunity as we are in good form."

Guiseley's great start to the season, three wins from their opening five games, has propelled them into second place in the table, three points behind leaders York City. The Lions are also proving free-scoring with 12 goals so far, while only conceded five.

Bignot added: "These two games are important to us.

"We have played five games and I work in blocks of seven games. Once we get over the Bank Holiday weekend, we are into the rigours of the season so far.

"If we come out from the first seven games with a good points return I will be really happy. That's when we will be able to judge our season."

Meanwhile, Guiseley’s Community Foundation has been successful in its bid to take the Premier League Primary Stars Scheme into three local schools.

The Premier League Primary Stars will run throughout the next academic year and the participating schools are Queensway PS, Guiseley PS and Yeadon Westfield.