GUISELEY joint-boss Marcus Bignot is confident his side can gain a positive points tally in their next two games against local rivals Farsley Celtic and York City.

The 19th-placed Lions have had a tough old ride this season, only picking up three wins from their 11 outings so far.

However, in recent weeks, a 4-2 victory over Southport and a steady Buildbase FA Trophy run has instilled momentum.

Bignot's men were only dumped out at the second stage of the domestic competition after a controversy red card to Hamza Bencherif changed the game at Stockport County.

Jon Wafula put the visitors a goal to the good until the double jeopardy rule did not save their skipper.

This allowed the Vanarama National League side to run riot in the second half, bagging three late goals through Alex Reid (2) and John Rooney.

Nevertheless, it sets up what could be a promising festive period, Bignot only wishes the fans could witness it in person.

He said: "With the way we play, high intensity, having your supporters behind you certainly helps.

"They are getting all the encouragement they can get off the sideline from the staff but nothing can replace the support from the fans getting behind you.

"Since I have been here, we have competed well with the so called top teams in this league.

"Sometimes it brings the best out of you playing these top teams.

"It is a difficult challenge with local bragging rights at stake as well. We will miss the supporters.

"It doesn’t go unnoticed where we are in the league but at the same time it will not define us. We keep our eye on what we have to do.

"The table is not a true reflation on where teams are at this moment in time."

Firstly, neighbours Farsley visit Nethermoor on Boxing Day in good form, having won their last three league fixtures against fancied opposition to put aside a torrid start to the season.

Guiseley boast a great record over the newly-formed club though.

In the only two meetings, which took place last year, they kept a pair of clean sheets and scored three goals.

These results helped them narrowly finish above Adam Lakeland's team in the curtailed 2019-20 campaign.

Although Bignot warns Celtic will have a point to prove, he believes his group of players have what it takes to grab the important result.

"Doing our homework on Farsley in brings back what you did achieve last year.

"It was on a difficult pitch at their place and it was a really good victory.

"Then we won at ours so I am sure they will want to make that right.

"It is a busy period we are going to need all our players to be ready so they can come in and make a good account of themselves.

"A lot of games and points to be won so let's get up to January 9 (where Guiseley will have a week off) with a healthy points return.

"I am more than confident our boys can gain points over this festive period into the new year."