21/22 Match Preview: Guiseley v Kidderminster Harriers

The Lions are back at Nethermoor for the second Saturday on the spin with Kidderminster Harriers the opponents in the Vanarama National League North.

Match sponsored by: Allen Engineering

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here or on the day at the turnstiles with payment being by cash only, it is also cash payments inside the ground for programmes, food and drink and 50/50 cash draw tickets.

After a Bank Holiday Monday defeat in the North East Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s men are back at Nethermoor looking for a return to winning ways against another full time side in Kidderminster Harriers.

So far The Lions have won one, drawn one and lost two of their opening four fixtures whilst Kidderminster have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the campaign with three wins and one draw.

They have seen off York City, Blyth Spartans and Chester with a draw against Southport last weekend.

Harriers bring with them two of the second highest goalscorers in the league so far with Sam Austin and Ashley Hemmings both netting three times but former Lion Cliff Moyo will miss out through injury.

The Lions are expected to have Jordan Thewlis back available and Oli Metcalfe could be in line for his home debut after making his first senior start at Gateshead.

Speaking after the the defeat at Gateshead Joint Manager Russ O’Neill said to Colin Robertson “I think we could have nicked a point in the end after a battling second half performance which put them under some pressure, in all honesty after the first half performance if we had have done it would have been a travesty on Gateshead.”

“We had every excuse in the world available to us because of our late arrival after traffic on the A1 because of Leeds Festival, for some lads it took them 4-5 hours to get here. There were too many of our players who didn’t start well and that put us on the back foot and we could have been further behind than 2-0 in the first half.”

“It has been well documented the start we have, four full time professional sides in our first five games but there’s no point complaining.”

Speaking of Bailey Thompson’s first Lions goal Russ said “He has been unlucky this summer with covid etc, it was nice to see him get back in and get on the end of a scruffy goal. That might be what needs to kickstart him and hopefully it is the first of many.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game O’Neill added “It was a fantastic atmosphere at Nethermoor on Saturday after a great win, if we can make it as daunting for Kidderminster as we did for Gloucester then I think we have every chance to get a result.”

Fresh after scoring his first goal for the club Bailey Thompson spoke to Tom Feaheny and said “It is a good feeling, it is good to get off the mark hopefully we keep getting some wins now but we go again on Saturday.”

“I just want to show Marcus and Russ what I can do, just to make sure I get that strikers spot and hopefully I get it. I just do my best each week and try and get that top spot but it’s hard as there’s a few strikers in this team.”

Looking ahead to Saturday the striker said “I like playing the full time sides, it is a good experience with me being a young player but it is going to be another tough game.”

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