Pressure is off Guiseley as they face daunting task at The Shay

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GUISELEY manager Mark Bower admits his side could not have been handed a tougher FA Trophy draw than a trip to FC Halifax Town.

The Shaymen have been in imperious form on home soil, taking 29 points from 11 games since winning promotion to the Conference at the end of last season.

Guiseley, who play a division below Neil Aspin’s Halifax, today have the unenviable task of ending Yorkshire’s only remaining unbeaten home record in the top six divisions of English football.

Bower said: “We probably couldn’t have pulled out a harder draw when you consider how well Halifax are doing at home this season.

“But it is one that players will look forward to and it should be a decent crowd. The pitch is also good.

“We also know a lot about them and it will be a good occasion. It will take the pressure off us as it is not in the league and that means we should be able to play with a bit of freedom, while also doing our jobs.

“You never know, we could come away with a result.

“They are unbeaten at home and when you consider some of the sides that they have beaten at home, it shows how difficult it is going to be for us.

“They strengthened really well in the summer and I know Neil and some of the players they have taken, including the ex-Guiseley players along with a few others.

“So we know plenty about them and how they play. They are a good side and it will be a really difficult game.

“Six months ago, we were playing each other on an even level in close games. But with them being promoted, they have strengthened considerably and are a very good side, while we are going through a bit of a transitional period trying to get back to where we were in the past.

“They will be hot favourites, but we will go there with confidence that if we play as we can, we can certainly cause them problems.”

Elsewhere, Bradford Park Avenue host Kidderminster Harriers in a repeat of the FA Cup fourth round qualifier that the Conference club won 2-1 after a replay while North Ferriby United travel to Hyde hoping to pile on the misery for the Conference’s bottom club.