Guiseley play host to Brighouse Town this Tuesday night at Nethermoor Park.
The Vixens are looking to remain unbeaten this season after a draw against Leeds Ladies in their previous game put a stop to their 100% start. Four games into the season, they find themselves second in the league.
In contrast, newly promoted Brighouse have only won one game this season and sit mid-table after a 6-0 win away at Tranmere Rovers last time out.
It’s the lionesses second derby game in as many weeks, and joint manager Kyle O’Reilly had this to say:
“Even though we’ve never played them before we planned as we would usually for them. We always consider the opposition in our approach but we’ll play to our strength’s and fingers crossed do the business!”
After the result last week with Leeds Ladies, this is a great chance to bounce back to their usual form.
“Everybody was frustrated after the Leeds game. After the game was over and we looked at the stats it was evident we were on top for most of the game, but we started slow and were punished for it. The girls have a good mentality to get back and they’re keen to bounce back” he said.
“We just have to start sharper and protect the ball better really. Every game we’ve played, we’ve dominated the ball and are generally doubling the opposition on passes so it’s fine tweaks to improve efficiency.”
This is the Vixens second derby in a row and O’Reilly was keen to express how he felt about them.
“Derbies bring about a different feel. Women’s football is a close knit community so everybody relishes playing against close rivals, it’s great to be involved with them.”
Joint manager Glen Preston delivered the news that last week’s goal scorer Sarah Danby and Chantelle O’Hara have been ruled out of the fixture, but there is a welcomed return for Natalie Brace who Preston described as ‘a class player’.
He said: “We are still gelling as a team and there is still a lot more to come from this team and we are nowhere near achieving our potential.
“I think it’ll be a close game; we will need to compete in order to get a result but I am confident at the same time that if we play like we can we will have the quality which will get us the result.”
The Vixens take on Brighouse Town at Nethermoor Park on 27th September. Kick-Off is at 7:45 pm. Entry is £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions. Free entry for GAFC season ticket holders.