GUISELEY'S fine away form continued on New Year's Day with a 1-0 win at Farsley Celtic, and joint-manager Russ O'Neill is hoping they can start to replicate that back at Nethermoor.

They host Chester there in the Vanarama National League North tomorrow, having broken a run of three successive home league defeats with the 2-0 victory over Farsley on Boxing Day.

O'Neill believes there is a simple explanation for why their home form has dropped off, and says his team need to adapt to the tactics regularly deployed by visiting teams.

Speaking about their struggles at Nethermoor, he said: "Sometimes it's a mentality thing, sometimes it's tactical.

"Early on in the season, teams thought they could dominate, and attack at us quickly. It meant we scored a lot of goals from counter-attacks.

"But now teams are showing us more respect and they often come here and sit deeper. It means we have to break them down.

"We need to learn to win that way. If we can turn it round at home, and keep our away form going, we're in with a chance of the play-offs."

Those prospects are looking much better after Guiseley's festive fixtures, thanks to a double over sixth-placed Farsley and a superb away win at high-flying York City.

It means Guiseley are now just two points outside the top seven, but Chester, who sit third, will prove a tough ask tomorrow, especially after they thumped Southport at home on New Year's Day.

O'Neill said: "Chester are good all-round. They're big and powerful all over the pitch. To beat Southport 4-0 is no mean feat either.

"It will be different again from the games against Farsley and York. That's why Football League teams want players like (on-loan Barnsley striker) Chris Sang to come down to this level.

"Every game is a different challenge. It will be a mighty task to to beat Chester but we're in good form and we'll tackle it head on."

The aforementioned Sang had adapted well to this level since arriving at Guiseley on December 21.

He scored a goal in both victories over Farsley, with the New Year away game one that O'Neill said Guiseley had highlighted as a particularly difficult task going into the festive period.

Sang's winner at Farsley was a simple finish, whereas his goal in the home fixture was a long-range screamer.

Discussing the striker, O'Neill said: "He scores all types of goals, but a 35-yard strike gets you one goal and so does a three-yard tap in.

"It's not about the quality, it's the amount. We've spoken about learning how to win different types of game, as York away and Farsley at home are both worth three points, they're no different.

"And it's the same with scoring different types of goals. Our side is young and they're still learning all that."