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Guiseley hoping for no hitches at Hinckley
The odds will be heavily stacked against Hinckley United getting a home win against Guiseley in Blue Square Bet North on Saturday.
The home side are rock-bottom of the table and will have to work incredibly hard to keep third-placed Lions at Bay.
Guiseley are one of the clubs challenging for the title, while a home victory would do little to improve Hinckley’s situation.
After 16 starts for both clubs this season, Guiseley have registered 34 points more than their hosts, who have just three from a solitary victory. Hinckley have lost 15, drawn none and have a minus-44 goal difference.
Lions boss Steve Kittrick’s main concern, despite injuries to two key defenders, is that his squad may have lost a little of their momentum after having their midweek derby fixture called off.
The Lions were due to host neighbours FC Halifax Town but were thwarted, while Chester FC had a home win the day after to open up a six-point gap over Guiseley.
Kittrick said: “We have to keep working and doing things properly, so when the weather intervenes it’s always going to be difficult. When things are going well the next game can’t come quickly enough.
“Mark Bower is going to be missing for a few weeks because he will be suspended for three games after his sending off against Worcester City but he is also suffering with a hamstring injury, and we don’t know how bad that is.
“The only other injury worry is Andy McWilliams, and he will be out for a while as well. He had a little problem with his ankle and we wanted to treat it carefully but he told us he was okay. He played on it and made it worse so he didn’t do himself any favours there.
“I hope he has learned from that and will be honest with us in the future because we don’t want to be without players of Andy’s and Mark’s quality.”
Guiseley will also be hit by a two-game ban for Danny Boshell, who was sent off in the same game as the Lions saw a 3-0 lead evaporate after going down to nine men.