Trialists to be handed chance to impress

With pre-season in full swing, Lions manager Mark Bower will use Saturday’s friendly with Brighouse Town to offer younger players and trialists an opportunity to impress.

The Lions travel to the Dual Seal Stadium for the third time in as many years on Saturday – kick-off is scheduled for 2pm.

Both previous encounters between the sides have witnessed comebacks with Guiseley overturning a 1-0 first-half deficit to win 3-1 back in 2013 before Brighouse repeated the trick with a 2-1 win last summer.

Going into Saturday’s match, Guiseley will be buoyed by a solid outing on Tuesday against League One side Barnsley, who they held to a goalless draw in an even contest at Nethermoor.

After the game against Brighouse, the Lions face boss Bower’s former side Bradford City, also at Nethermoor, on Tuesday, July 21st.

Speaking ahead of the Brighouse match, Bower revealed that Saturday’s test is a chance to get more minutes across the squad, having given game time to a number of trialists so far in pre-season.

“We’ll play some of the younger lads and trialists just a bit longer than we have done,” Bower told Sandy Beeson.

“The lads that played more against Barnsley will play less on Saturday and vice versa. It’ll be a chance to see the trialists for a bit longer.

“It’ll be a completely different test to what we’ve faced against Huddersfield and Barnsley but we’ll prepare properly for it and treat it in the same manner that we’ve treated the last two games.”

Brighouse have seen plenty of goals in their friendlies, thrashing Eccleshill FC 7-1 in their pre-season opener before losing 5-0 at home to FC Halifax Town.