Preview | Guiseley AFC (A)

Blyth Spartans open up their National League North campaign with a trip to Guiseley on Tuesday evening. 

Michael Nelson’s men travel to West Yorkshire on the back of a 4-2 win at Whitley Bay in the FA Cup Second Round Qualifying. 

It will be Blyth’s first league game since March after the coronavirus outbreak saw the 2019/20 season suspended. 

THE OPPONENTS 

Joint-managers Marcus Bignot and Russell O’Neill led the The Lions into play-off contention last season before the season was suspended. 

Since then, Guiseley have lost top goalscorer Aaron Martin to Harrogate Town but hit the goal scoring trail during their FA Cup tie. 

Kaine Felix could be the man to watch after he scored two in their 4- 0 win against Atherton Collieries. 

WHAT WE’RE SAYING 

Speaking after his hat-trick against Whitley, captain Simon Heslop said: “It’s all about recovering and going again on Tuesday. 

“It’s been a heavy pitch and there is going to be a lot of Saturday/ Tuesday games, so it’s important we recover as quickly as possible and refill the tank.“

You can watch the full interview with our skipper here.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING 

“It’ll be a tough game,” joint-manager Russell O’Neill told Guiseley’s website.

“We don’t know what to expect. They’ve got a new manager, a load of new signings. 

“From what I can gather, they play high intensity and have young players so they’ll bring a lot of energy.

“Conference North games are so difficult it’s untrue, but we’ll look forward to it and hopefully get another clean sheet and three points.”

LAST TIME WE MET

The Lions left Croft Park with all three points as a brace from Aaron Martin contributed to a 4-1 win. 

In Blyth’s last visit to Nethermoor Park however, Spartans claimed a 3-1 away victory courtesy of goals from Dan Maguire (2) and Aaron Cunningham. 

Spartans: Harker, Horner (Evans, 78), Scott, Hutchinson (Orrell, 44), Ritson, Devitt, Wrightson, Robson, Fenwick, Mouanda, Dale. Sub not used: Foden.

Goal: Dale (69)

Guiseley: Sykes-Kensworthy, McNally, Nicholson, Barkers, Bencherif, Garner, Shaw (Scrivens, 87), Spencer, Martin, Soleman, Johnson. Subs not used: Clayton. Allinson, Starcenko, Digie.

Goals: Shaw (38), Martin (58, 74), Ritson OG (67)

MATCH PROGRAMME

The match programme is available to download via Guiseley now, priced at £2.99.

BLYTH LIVE 

Blyth Live will return for the first time this season, as Niall Bromley and Phil Castiaux take you through every kick in West Yorkshire. 

Coverage will begin from 7:35pm, featuring pre-match interviews and chat ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off.

Alternatively, Guiseley are live streaming the game free of charge on YouTube.

Posted by Jordan Cronin