Guiseley AFC v Accrington Stanley (FA Cup 1st Round Preview)
The magic of the FA Cup returns to Guiseley this weekend as manager Paul Cox and his squad welcome Sky Bet League Two high flyers Accrington Stanley to Nethermoor Park as the Lions look to cause an FA Cup first round giant killing.
Accrington Stanley are currently second in Sky Bet League Two having won ten of their first sixteen games and they will be looking to continue their good start to the season with a run in the FA Cup. It won’t be easy for Stanley as Paul Cox’s squad have now gone five games unbeaten following their first away win of the season at Woking last weekend and with a full house at Nethermoor Park anything can happen in the FA Cup.
The home side will have a number of former Accrington Stanley players in their squad this weekend including Will Hatfield, Lee Molyneux and Kayode Odejayi. Whilst the visitors are expected to have former Guiseley youth player Kayden Jackson in their starting eleven having already scored seven goals for the Stanley this season.
Earlier this week, I spoke to the former Guiseley striker to ask him some questions about his time at Nethermoor Park and his thoughts on this weekends FA Cup match.
1. Accrington Stanley have had a great start to the season, what do you think the club can achieve this season in terms of league position ?
From the first day of the season up until the very last day everyone at the club will be working hard towards achieving promotion, that has been the aim since the first day back in pre-season.
2. An excellent start to the season personally with seven goals, what can you achieve this season and what targets have you set yourself ?
The only target I ever set myself is to perform as well as I can every time I go out onto the pitch, it’s been great to get seven goals so early and I will be working hard to add as many goals as I can to that tally before the end of the season.
3. An FA Cup first Round tie at your old club Guiseley AFC this weekend, what does this game mean to you and is it a special match for you ?
It’s a special match for me as I had a couple of brilliant seasons at the club in the youth ranks, I played under some very good coaches and played with a top bunch of lads on and off the field. Murray Watson who was my captain during my time at the club, sadly passed away in 2013, but I will always hold many great memories of playing alongside him for Guiseley.
4. John Coleman is back at the club after being away for a few season, what type of manager is he and how does he get the best out of you ?
He is a very tough manager and one that is not shy at letting his feelings be known, he’s got a winning mentality which he drills into all his players from the very first day and I feel that is what I have thrived off. He is very easy for all the players to get along with which is very important too.
5. What memories do you have about playing for Guiseley AFC ?
I had some very good memories from me younger days playing for the club, I had a couple of very successful seasons where I won numerous trophies and scored plenty of goals. I have also enjoyed playing against them in senior football, I have enjoyed scoring against them too scoring 3 goals for Tamworth and Oxford City so hopefully I can add to that tally on Sunday. However after the game I will be wishing the club all the best for the season and following them closely.