23/24 Match Preview: Basford United

The Lions will be looking to overcome the disappointment in midweek when they face Basford United in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday at Nethermoor Park, writes Harry Ware.

Match sponsored by: Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club

Tickets will be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash or card.

It is cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

There will be a minute’s applause just before kick-off as a tribute to our stalwart fan and volunteer John Bridson who sadly passed away in June.

The Supporters’ Club desk will be open in the clubhouse before the game with memberships and pitch squares on sale for the new season.

Previous Meetings

Guiseley will face Basford United for the first time, after Saturday’s visitors were moved from the Southern League Premier Division Central into the Northern Premier League this season.

There will be a familiar face in the opposition dugout with Steve Kittrick in charge of Saturday’s visitors.

Therefore, it is a chance for both teams to claim bragging rights when they clash horns at Nethermoor Park this weekend.


The Lions’ Form Book

An opening day draw to Hyde United could not be built upon after a disappointing result at home to Whitby on Tuesday night.

Connor Simpson, Jacob Gratton and Danny Rowe were all on the scoresheet for the visitors, as they claimed all three points in West Yorkshire.

Tom Denton fired home a consolation for the Lions, who will be looking to respond at Nethermoor on Saturday.


A Look At Basford United

Similarly to Guiseley, Basford drew their opening fixture of the season before being edged out in their midweek game against Ashton United.

After transferring from the Southern League Premier Division Central, Basford began their season with a 2-2 draw against Morpeth Town. Jack Thomas and former Lion Jonathan Wafula were on the scoresheet for the Ambers, who led twice in that game at Greenwich Avenue.

They’ll be looking to better their 15th place finish from last campaign and will set their sights on their first victory of the season at Nethermoor on Saturday.


A Look At The Lions

Paul Phillips has no new injury concerns going into the first Saturday home game of the season.

He may opt to draft Ollie Brown back into the starting 11 after the academy graduate was named on the bench for Tuesday night’s loss to Whitby Town.

The game is likely to come too soon for Prince Ekpolo and Courtney Meppen-Walters who will miss out through injury.


What Are They Saying?

Paul Phillips spoke to us after the defeat to Whitby Town on Tuesday and expressed his disappointment at the first half of that game:

“The first half we were miles off it. The formation we started with probably didn’t suit what we needed to do.”

“It’s a new group. We’ve probably made a similar amount of chances, but we’ve just not been clinical enough in front of goal.”

“I think their keeper has got man of the match. He’s had four or five really good saves.”

“We started the game reasonably well for ten minutes then switched off.”

Ahead of Basford United, Phillips reiterated the aim for this season.

“We’ll work on it Thursday. We’ve got to win games at home.”

“We’ve brought players in, there’s no excuses.”

“We’ve got to be up there because of the size of this club, and we will be.”

Tickets for the game with Basford United can only be purchased at the turnstiles on the day. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside detailed here.

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