Guiseley v Gateshead - Match preview

05/08/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jon ShawJust as last year Gateshead complete their pre-season build up at Blue Square Bet North club Guiseley - and they will be looking for a better outcome than on their last visit to Nethermoor.

James Walshaw, now at Darlington, scored twice last August as Guiseley ran out 4-1 winners against a Gateshead side missing injured pair James Curtis and Jon Shaw.

A number of trialists were used including Dutch striker Bernard Quainoo, Gateshead's goal coming from a trademark Martin Brittain free kick.

It will be a stronger Gateshead that heads for Yorkshire this weekend to face a Guiseley side who lost their opening two warm up games against Bradford City and Nostell Miners Welfare by one goal margins.

The Lions, however, have won their last three warm up games against lower ranked opposition, two of them convincingly, with only one goal conceded.

Guiseley were narrowly denied promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier last season when they lost the Conference North play-off final against AFC Telford United.

The free scoring Walshaw will be a big miss for the Lions who have brought in Sunderland-born defender Jamie Clarke from Gainsborough Trinity and ex. Liverpool trainee Michael Burns.

Experienced former Rochdale and Lincoln City midfielder Ciaran Toner is another addition as manager Steve Kittrick looks for his side to bounce back from last seasons setback.

Gateshead are again without injured left back Sam Rents and James Marwood but striker Jon Shaw returns after missing the midweek defeat against a Newcastle United XI.

Young former Hartlepool United midfielder Jonny Rowell, who has been playing in Belgium, is on trial at the club and will be given a run out in the second half at Nethermoor.

Rowell gained Football League experience at Hartlepool and played in a Gateshead XI that won 4-1 at Team Northumbria on Wednesday.

Manager Ian Bogie expects a tough final work out in Yorkshire and has urged his side to end an encouraging pre-season on a positive note.

"You can never read too much into pre-season because it is a totally different ball game when there are points at stake," said Bogie.

"However, apart from the Harrogate game I have been pleased by the quality of football we have produced and Guiseley is the last opportunity for the players to impress.

"We got turned over there last year. We were missing some big players and included a number of trialists that day but that won't be the case on Saturday.

"We are much stronger than we were at this time last season and want to complete our preparations with another good display.

"It won't be easy as Guiseley are a good side who only just missed out on promotion last season and it will be a tough final warm up game.

"After that we have a full week to prepare for the opening day game at Kidderminster. Hopefully Rents will return to training and I'll have virtually a full squad to select from."