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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Guiseley game is unlikely to make Moors the merrier

Guiseley manager Paul Cox
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Guiseley have gone ten games without a win in the National League but they can pick up a vital three points in their survival scrap by beating fellow strugglers Solihull Moors at Nethermoor Park.

A lack of confidence is always a concern for teams at the wrong end of the table but Guiseley will be feeling happier after last Saturday's 6-0 success at home to Shildon in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Given Shildon's status as a ninth-tier club – four levels below Guiseley – the outcome was not a major surprise.

But it will have done the world of good for Guiseley, who had been showing signs of improvement since appointing Paul Cox as manager in early September.

Since Cox's arrival Guiseley have drawn five league games and lost two but they have looked a lot more competitive than earlier in the campaign when they suffered heavy defeats at Aldershot (6-0) and Leyton Orient (4-1).

With three points separating them from safety there is work to be done but Guiseley got themselves out of a stickier situation last term – taking three points from the first 13 games and recovering to stay up by one point.

Solihull are two points worse off and have drawn one and lost six of their last seven league games.

They needed a replay and extra-time to overcome eighth-tier Ossett Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round and look ideal opponents for a Guiseley side in desperate need of a victory.

Fylde have found life tougher than they might have expected in the National League but can register their fourth league win of the season at home to Maidstone.

The Coasters are the top scorers in the bottom half and should be fresher than ninth-placed Maidstone, who needed extra-time to register a 3-1 victory away to Enfield in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday.

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Solihull are two points worse off and have drawn one and lost six of their last seven league games
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