GUISELEY'S joint-manager Russ O'Neill accepts that his side feel the impact when hotshot striker Aaron Martin is out of the team, but insists that every player needs to spearhead their play-off push.

Martin returned from suspension to score in Guiseley's last game, a 2-2 draw with Gateshead on February 22, where the Lions blew a two-goal lead in the final five minutes.

Having had last Saturday's game at Kidderminster Harriers postponed due to the bad weather, Guiseley will hope to bounce back from the Gateshead disappointment with a home win over Leamington this Saturday.

Leamington have struggled for goals since losing star forward Josh March to League Two side Forest Green Rovers in the January transfer window, but O'Neill believes they will get over it soon enough.

He said: "They're a club with a similar stature to us, that gets players from lower down the leagues but often loses them to teams higher up.

"Just like when we lose Aaron Martin (to injury and suspension this season), you feel the impact of missing players like that.

"It will probably be an easier game for us without the goals of Josh March but we have nothing but respect for Leamington.

"Their manager (Paul Holleran) has done a fantastic job for years there and he'll find the next one (like March) as he always does.

"It still could be difficult against them on Saturday, as it usually is."

Speaking about Martin ahead of Guiseley's end of season play-off push, O'Neill said: "We're looking for everyone to spearhead it, not just Aaron. It's no good him scoring three if we concede four.

"We have a young squad, with potential, but we're still teaching them to see out games and have that winning mentality, rather than being 2-0 up in the 85th minute (against Gateshead) and not seeing it through.

"Both ends of the pitch will continue to be key going forward, and we'll have to then see where we're at at the end of the season."

Things could have looked rosier if Guiseley had held out against Gateshead, but O'Neill said: "We were massively disappointed but they're a really good team who went out and beat Boston United 3-0 a few days later.

"It just shows where we're at that Gateshead celebrated a 2-2 draw like they'd won the World Cup and we were left disappointed. On reflection though, it was a fair result."

He added: "We were disappointed not to go straight into the next game against Kidderminster, especially because nearly everyone else played and we had teams pulling away, catching and overtaking us (Guiseley are now 11th, eight points from the play-offs).

"But it is what it is, and the weather's been horrendous for everyone."

Despite that, O'Neill expects this weekend's home clash to go ahead. Praising the club's staff, he said: "The groundsman has been outstanding.

"We've had a couple of home games, Kidderminster and Gateshead, that nobody expected to go ahead but they did. I'm expecting no problems this Saturday either."

O'Neill said midfielder Aram Soleman, who came off injured against Gateshead, is touch and go for Leamington, but that there is a clean bill of health otherwise.

And there has been further good news heading into the weekend, with the announcement that goalkeeper Brad Wade's loan from Rochdale, and striker Chris Sang's from Barnsley, have both been extended until the end of the season.