Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick picks from strength for the scheduled Boxing Day clash at Harrogate Town.

Should the sub-zero temperatures relent in time to get the game on, the Lions welcome back three players into the fold.

Kittrick said: “We have Liam Needham fit again after his ankle injury and Darryn Stamp has served his three-game suspension for getting sent off against Chorley in the FA Trophy.

“We also have James Cotterill back from his loan spell at Bradford Park Avenue, so we are strong.”

With his side joint top of the Blue Square Bet North, the Nethermoor chief is champing at the bit to get back to action but admits more frustration could be on the cards.

He said: “We just want to get our campaign back into line really because we have had enough disruption, but even these games over the holiday period look very doubtful.”

Having played 17 league games so far, Kittrick’s men have not been as badly affected as some of their rivals.

League leaders Alfreton – who are managed by former Bantams boss Nicky Law – have three games in hand on them.

The formbook for their trip to Harrogate suggests Guiseley can bank another success.

They have won six games on the road so far while their hosts, who are currently in 13th place, have managed just two victories at home.

The Lions have also progressed in the FA Trophy and the West Riding County Cup over the last few weeks, while Harrogate have been dumped out of both knockout competitions.