APART from wanting to establish Guiseley as a Vanarama National League club, new manager Paul Cox has another itch that he wants to scratch.

The former Barrow boss would love the Lions to get into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time.

He admitted: "I didn't realise that Guiseley had never been beyond the first round.

"That's a challenge, and I love it when people challenge me, I love it when the chips are down, when you can prove people wrong, and that is why I wanted to come here – to create something."

In order to create something in the world's most famous cup competition, however, Cox and his team have two rounds to negotiate, starting with Saturday's home match against Shildon in the fourth qualifying round.

If that seems like a good draw, facing a team from the Ebac Northern League First Division, then maybe the Lions should think again.

Shildon's home league form may be moderate (one win, four draws, one defeat), but their away form is nothing short of staggering.

They have won all six of their league matches on their travels so far this season, scoring 18 goals while conceding only five, and three of their five FA Cup victories have also been on the road.

Starting in the extra preliminary round on the first weekend of August, the Railwaymen have beaten Morpeth Town 2-0 at home, Guisborough Town 5-1 away, Bottesford Town 1-0 away, Altrincham 1-0 at home and Banbury United 3-2 away.

If these statistics do not shake off any complacency among the Lions squad, then nothing will, and Cox is certainly taking nothing for granted.

He said: "They are always tough games, you have to go and earn the right to play football, set your stall out.

"Shildon will be no different to any other, and I am hoping that my players are chomping at the bit.

"It's a game I am looking forward to because once again it will test the mindset of the players. I've been on both sides of a cup upset, and it is all about mentality.

"The FA Cup, if you approach these games in the right way, then you get all the nice things – games against big clubs and the TV cameras, the adulation from your supporters.

"We have had them watched and it will be a tough game, but you have to earn the right to play."

Cox, who is set to be without Rob Atkinson (hamstring), added: "We want to play on the front foot and attack the game, but to be in the next round we have to got to stop committing 'suicide' in little parts of the game and be a bit more telling in the final third."

Season tickets are not valid for Saturday's fixture, and tickets are available on the turnstiles at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, £5 for 12-18 year olds, with under-12s free if they are accompanied by a full-paying adult.