Guiseley AFC Start New Season At Home to Play-Off Winners
Guiseley AFC return to Vanarama National League North action this weekend as newly promoted Kings Lynn Town visit Nethermoor Park. The Lions have made a number of signings over the summer, including George Cantrill, Hamza Bencherif, Brad Nicholson, Dylan Barkers, Aram Soleman, Aaron Martin and Gabriel Johnson.
Having finished last season just above the relegation places the Lions will be looking to get off to a winning start against Kings Lynn Town. Both sides have had different pre-seasons with the Linnett’s going unbeaten, whilst Guiseley have lost four, won three and draw one, however three of the defeats came against Football League opponents in Bradford City, Leeds United and Scunthorpe United.
Joint managers Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot have now got the club on a stable financally footing and have recruited the players that they want at the club, so this season they will be judge on performance and the club’s league position.
Making the trip to Nethermoor Park this weekend as part of the Kings Lynn Town squad will be the former Clarets striker Harry Limb. He joined the Premier League club at the same time as former Lions defender Harry Flowers, both played their part in a successful Burnley U23 side. Chadwick Media spoke to the Linnotts striker this week about his career and his thoughts on the coming season.
Having won promotion from the Southern Premier League via the Play-Offs last season how do you think Kings Lynn Town will compete in the Vanarama National League North this season?
We finished last season strongly losing just one game out of the last seven matches of the season, whilst gaining promotion via the Southern Premier League Play-Off Final against a strong Warrington Town. The squad that we now have at the club I have no doubt that we will do well this season.
Before joining Kings Lynn you spent two seasons with Premier League club Burnley, in terms of developing as a player what did you learn and has the experience at Turf Moor improved you as a player?
I learnt a lot from my time at Burnley, stepping up to full-time professional level and working with the U23 manager Danny Cadamarteri in training on a daily basis, whilst watching and playing alongside Sam Vokes, Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes means you learn and add to your skills. I also spent time on loan which gave me more first team experience and I definitely became a better player. Ive struggled to find form recently, so when I can find it again hopefully I can show what I’ve learnt.
Kings Lynn have had an excellent unbeaten Pre-Season campaign, what do you think the strengths are in the squad and who are the players to look out for at Kings Lynn in the coming Vanarama National League North campaign?
It’s difficult to pick out just one thing as we have a strong all round squad and we are full of confidence from last season. Although if I had to pick one thing it would definitely be Michael Gash and Adam Marriott in attack they were unplayable at times last season.
In terms of this season, what will be a successful campaign for you and have you set yourself any targets for the season?
Obviously, I’m working hard in training with manager Ian Culverhouse and as always I am doing things to improve as a player. I do have different targets for different things. However I won’t tell you what they are.