HAVING their top goalscorer back from a three-match ban will give depleted Guiseley a timely boost, according to joint-manager Marcus Bignot.

Guiseley welcome back 14-goal striker Aaron Martin after he served a suspension when they host Darlington in the Vanarama National League North at Nethermoor on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Lions will also be looking to break away from a bunched top 10.

They are aiming to bounce back from a 4-1 league defeat at AFC Telford United last weekend against their next opponents from the North East.

The heavy loss saw Guiseley slide down to eighth in the table, joining Brackley Town and Hereford either side of them on 21 points. Meanwhile, Alfreton Town and Southport, in fifth and sixth spot, are only a point ahead on 22.

Guiseley may well fancy their chances against the Quakers at Nethermoor on Saturday, as they are 15th in the table on 17 points, but with six defeats from their opening 13 games of the season.

Bignot accepts his side are missing a number of key players through injury and suspension, but Martin's return will be a plus for them.

He said: "We have got to turn these results around. For us, it's an important week. We've got to work hard.

"Things have been put in place for the players to take on board.

"We are down to the bare bones, but it's an opportunity for players.

"The supporters understand the situation we are in. We have always had a young group. We started on a high, had a blip and all of the injuries and suspensions have come at once.

"Aaron Martin being back is really important for us. Take his amount of goals out of a team and anybody would miss that.

"Take away his goals and the way he applies himself and how he goes about working hard, his mentality, physicality and tactical awareness, he is a player that the younger ones can learn off.

"We are going to be a young team, we've just got to find our way.

"It was a disappointed dressing room after the Telford game. It's important we do learn from that experience. It's a very young group and they need to take on the experience and put it right in the next week.

"If you don't do the things that are required, you don't win football matches. They have got to compete. You've got to have the desire and mentality."

Meanwhile, Guiseley will show their support for the Prostate Cancer UK charity with a one-off home kit for Saturday's clash.

The specially-commissioned home kit will be auctioned off following the Darlington game. The kit numbers eight and 16 will be marked differently to highlight the number of men affected by this disease.