Guiseley should fear us, claims Canoville

Lee Canoville
Lee Canoville

BOSTON United captain Lee Canoville believes Guiseley should fear their trip to the Jakemans Stadium.

The Pilgrims host their Blue Square Bet North rivals on Saturday (KO 3pm), with the centre back claiming his side have the mental edge.

After remaining undefeated in their previous three contests against the Lions, Canoville has told the visitors that the pressure is on them to stop their win-less run.

He said: “We are looking for the three points. We’ve not been beaten by them in the past three games.

“They should be the ones thinking that they can’t beat us.”

The two sides earned a point apiece following goalless draw a Nethermoor Park in November.

And last season Boston recorded 3-1 and 2-1 victories over Guiseley.

Victory in Saturday’s crunch clash could see Boston, currently fifth in the standings, leapfrog their third-placed opponents by virtue of goal difference, but defeat could see them lose touch with the leading pack chasing that solitary automatic promotion place.

Victory will also see the Pilgrims gain some revenge after Guiseley pipped them to the UniBond Premier title on the final day of last season, forcing United to earn promotion via the play-offs.

“Saturday’s a massive game and we’ll do everything we can to get the right result,” Canoville continued.

“We want to be pushing up and staying in that top five in the league.

“It will be a tight game, and we know it’s not going to be easy.”

Canoville is currently playing through the pain barrier with an ankle strain as Boston are forced to patch up their injury-ravaged backline.

Anthony Church filled in at centre back alongside his captain during Saturday’s FA trophy defeat to Gloucester, although manager Paul Hurst hopes to have some of his walking wounded available for selection once more.

Cecil Nyoni, Shaun Pearson and Gareth Jelleyman could all be in line for a return to the starting line-up, although Kieran Murphy is definitely ruled out.

But whatever team is selected, Hurst has demanded an improvement on the weekend’s cup defeat.

“It’s a big game and if we play anything like we did against Gloucester then we will be on the end of a big defeat,” he said.

In-form Guiseley – who have former Pilgrim midfielder Chris Holland in their ranks – would certainly love to face an out-of-form United, allowing them to extend their unbeaten run to seven.

Also unavailable for selection for Boston will be winger Harry Deane.

The teenager - who has made four substitute appearances for the first team this campaign – has joined Evo-Stik Division One South outfit Spalding United on a month’s loan.

He has been snapped up by new Tulips boss and ex-United number two Andrew Stanhope, and was expected to make his debut against Shepshed Dynamo last night (Tuesday).