Cox Looking Forward to Another Lions Challenge

Shildon visit Nethermoor on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round qualifying with kick-off at 3pm. 

Lions boss Paul Cox is looking forward to another challenge of propelling Guiseley into the first round and beyond for the first time in the clubs history.

Saturday saw a 1-1 draw at Maidstone thanks to Frank Mulhern’s late penalty to secure our third away point of the season so far.

Shildon have enjoyed a great start to the campaign having tasted defeat for the first time when Marske United visited on Saturday.

So far in the Emirates FA Cup they have seen off Morpeth Town, Guisborough Town, Bottesford Town, Altrincham and Banbury United on a run stretching back to the opening weekend in August.

Talking after the trip to The Stones on Saturday Cox said “I think if you look at the whole of the game, Maxted has not had a save to make apart from the one that went in.”

“The lads have worked really hard, I think a point is at least what we deserved, we build into next week now.”

Rob Atkinson left the field early on Saturday to be replaced by Jake Lawlor, Paul confirmed the injury “Yes, Rob’s injury was his hamstring.”

When asked how close the club and team are to being 100% Cox gave an honest answer “We are a million miles away from where I want us to be. I think we will start to see a hell of a lot more player movement.”

Paul was also quick to thank the travelling 33 Lions supporters “The fans have been brilliant, I think they showed their appreciation of how hard we worked.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s visit from The Railwaymen the boss said “They are always tough games, you have to go and earn the right to play football. Shildon will be no different to any other game.”

“It’s a game I am looking forward to because once again it will test the mindset of the players. I’ve been on both sides of a cup upset, it is all about mentality.”

Talking about the style of play he hopes to see he said “We want to play on the front foot and attack the game. We want to see ourselves in the next round, to do that we have to got to stop committing suicide in little parts of the game and be a bit more telling in the final third.”

Colin Robertson told Paul that we are yet to reach it past the first round of the famous competition “I didn’t realise that Guiseley had never gone past the first round, that’s a challenge and I love it when people challenge me.”

“I love it when we can prove people wrong and that is part and parcel why I wanted to come to this club in the first place.”

“It’s the best cup competition in the world.”

Season tickets are not valid for this fixture and tickets are available to purchase on the turnstiles priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, £5 for 12-18 year olds and U12’s go free with a full paying adult.