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Guiseley bid to crank up the pressure on leaders Chester
Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick is aiming to leave the league’s sponsors with egg on their faces but he knows the enormity of the task his club are undertaking.
Kittrick was more frustrated than any of the Nethermoor outfit’s supporters when his side took just two points from a possible nine.
But, after being held to two draws and suffering a rare defeat, the Lions earned a maximum last time out - a 1-0 win at play-off hopefuls Worcester City last Saturday.
Conference League title sponsors Blue Square Bet have already paid out to punters who backed Chester FC to win the North Division crown.
The Lions go into this weekend trailing Chester by a huge 19-point margin - but they do have four games in hand.
Kittrick said: “We have to make sure that Blue Square Bet paying out on Chester winning the title is a little previous.
"It won’t come back to bite them in the backside because they will have gained from all the publicity but I want us to show them that they took our challenge too lightly.
“There is a big points gap at the moment but we have games coming up and we have to make the most of them.
"If we win our games in hand it would be seven points, and that’s what we want. Get it down into single figures and crank up the pressure.
“It is all about holding our nerve but we’re not the club under pressure - that’s all on Chester. They have had a few draws here and there but Neil (Chester boss Young) is a good manager and a strong character and he will be taking each game on its merit.
“We have a midweek fixture and then a free midweek after that but then we are heading into Easter and a few games in quick succession so let's have a look at it when we get past that period.”
The situation with the Boshell brothers Danny and Nicky is still not resolved, and Kittrick admitted that he does not know what the outcome will be.
After a disagreement with Danny, neither of the Bradford-born brothers have featured in the squad and the manger insists they will not during his tenure.
The boss said: “I don’t know what their intentions are because I haven’t had the conversation with them. There may be clubs in for them but I have not heard anything - that’s up to the board.”