Rivals looking for momentum

TOWN will be looking to build on the momentum of Saturday’s win at Bishop’s Stortford when they face Guiseley at the Shay tonight.

Boss Neil Aspin knew that the West Yorkshire derby would always be a big game.

But with both teams in the thick of the promotion race it takes on even greater importance.

And both will be looking to build on big wins at the weekend, the Shaymen in Hertfordshire and Guiseley at leaders Hyde FC.

“Guiseley had a massive win at Hyde which keeps alive their chance of winning the league,” he said. “That could have been a pivotal result for them.

“But our win at Bishop’s Stortford was a massive boost in confidence.

“In football, momentum is a big thing and if you can get on a winning run now is the time to do it.

“You want to be winning games at the end of the season.

“I think this was one of the stand out games at the start of the season.

“Guiseley were successful last year getting to the play off final and are doing well again.

“It is an important game and we are looking forward to it - you want to be involved in games that influence what is happening at the top of the table.”

James Walshaw will be making his first appearance at the Shay since deciding to return to Guiseley from Darlington rather that extending his stay at the Shay to the end of the season having been on loan from the Quakers.

But Aspin does not foresee any problems between any of the Shaymen and the Lions’ striker.

“There is no added edge for me,” he said. “I only want players here who want to play for the club. If they do not then they can move elsewhere.

“We did everything properly as a club and that is all you can do.”

Walshaw will not be the only player involved tonight who has played for both clubs.

Liam Needham and Ryan Toulson are former Guiseley players while the visitors include not only Walshaw, but Simon Ainge, Danny Forrest, Chris Senior and Mark Bower in their ranks.

“Players we have have played at Guiseley and the same is true the other way round,” said Aspin.

“Some of our squad have friends playing in the opposition tonight and the two sides know each other well.”

Aspin’s major injury worry is over left back Scott McManus who pulled out of the team 10 minutes before kick off at Bishop’s Stortford.

“Scott McManus has to be a major doubt,” he said., “He rested the injury for a week sand pulled up so there is obviously a problem.”

Luke Ashworth replaced him at the weekend but could face competition from Aaron Hardy tonight.

Simon Garner has also been used on the left at the back in an emergency and could come back into contention after missing the trip south due to work commitments.