Underdogs Guiseley aim to shake off rust and extend unbeaten run

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WITH a place in the FA Trophy fourth round at stake today, Guiseley’s preparations for the trip to Aldershot have been hampered by the wet weather.

Mark Bower’s side have not played since Boxing Day thanks to three postponements, hardly ideal ahead of taking on full-time opponents.

The Conference North side will, though, travel in confident mood thanks to not only a 15-game unbeaten run but also the memory of their first round win at FC Halifax Town, who have scored more goals on home soil than any other side in senior football.

Bower said: “In each draw in the Trophy, we have drawn a side a league above us. So, we will have to do things the hard way.

“It will be a good chance to see how far we have come and how we stand up against another Conference team.

“We put in a good performance against Halifax and we will say to the players, ‘You went out and matched them on that day, there’s no reason why we can’t do the same against Aldershot’.

“They have a good mix of players with a lot of Football League games under their belt and young players on loan from the Championship. They also have one of the Conference’s top-scorers in Brett Williams and a really good home record.

“So we know it will be very, very difficult and we are the underdogs going into the game. We’ll tell the lads to enjoy the occasion and do what they have to do and if they do that, they have got a chance.

“There’s no real pressure on us, other than the pressure we put on ourselves to put in a good performance.

“We are taking a few fans down there, too, so it should be a good occasion, although it will be a better one if we get a good result.”

North Ferriby United, Guiseley’s fellow Conference North outfit, are Yorkshire’s only other representative in today’s Trophy third round and they travel to Lincoln City.

The Villagers are without suspended Anthony Wilson, meaning 18-goal top scorer Nathan Jarman is likely to be partnered by Ryan Kendall at Sincil Bank.

Paul Robson is also a doubt for the Lincoln encounter with a slight hamstring strain.