Guiseley AFC, Nethermoor Park a home ground for football – too long out of the League maybe this year, the year I cover them they will get promoted.
I have had the fantastic opportunity to speak to Guiseley’s twitter holder (Adam) about the coming season and he duly obliged.
I firstly asked Adam about their hopes for next season and he replied “I hope that we can secure safety a lot earlier than last season, which was an amazing achievement, and maybe go on to push for a midtable finish. Modest ambitions, but Guiseley rode their luck last season but managed to get safe and had a stable start for the next season. Signings are crucial to any club and Guiseley let a lot of talent go including their captain Ben Parker. He added “The signings have been good so far considering the impressive ability of the players we have let go. With the transfer windows no longer taking place in our league it could also give us the time and chance to get the right player in at the right time to bolster the squad when it is most needed. With a couple more signings I am excited to see how far we can go next season”. So in Adam’s eyes what do Guiseley need to do “I think that we really need to be more ruthless and take the chances when they are presented to us” this is a major issue as the conference is a cut throat league were the clubs want to get out as quick as they can. However they have done well in pre season for example when they played Leeds United who are in the championship nearly saw defeat in a epic 4-3 win to Leeds but I think Guiseley can take everything from that as they were the better team for the most of that match.
Now to the important bit who do we need to look out for. Adam had a few suggestions. “, Javan Vidal” , “Dan Atkinson” and “Will Hatfield” . Javan Vidal has “has looked really sharp in pre-season and could go on to be a really big player for us” and a promotion for Dan Atkinson to the first choice goalkeeper and Hatfield “has been as dependable as ever and never gives up”. Dan looks good as Adam tells me “Dan turned in a particularly impressive performance in our recent friendly with Bradford City and did well when called upon last season”.
So what about the league they play in “The National League (As it is now called from last season) is very entertaining to watch, the abilities of the teams vary so much but you just do not know what is going to happen and some of the games both home and away were a real treat to watch last season” the conference is a competitive league even though people bemoan the quality of it as “we beat Wrexham 3-1 at Nethermoor and managed to hold Tranmere and Grimsby to 2-2 draws on our own patch”.
And now about Guiseley Afc “ Guiseley AFC delivers a lot to people who choose to watch their football at Nethermoor, it is a real family club with players who sit and have drinks and food with the fans in the clubhouse after every home game. You can get really close to the action on and off the pitch which is rare at our level. Also it can offer you friends, enjoyment and laughter which is particular on awaydays with the Supporters’” in my personal opinion Gusieley is a traditional club with the fans and players at one with each other which is a far cry from the clubs higher In the division. And one I have a soft spot for.
With thanks for Adam with the help.
Article written by Tobias Parry