We continue our summer study of next term's opposition for Pools and next up is a relatively short trip to West Yorkshire.
Nickname: The Lions
Who’s in charge?
Former Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers defender Adam Lockwood took caretaker charge at Guiseley last August after Mark Bower’s dismissal and was subsequently appointed permanently the following month.
A highly-experienced centre-back during his playing days, Lockwood started out at Reading but really made his name at Yeovil and Doncaster before first arriving at Guiseley as a player in late 2013 following his release from Bury.
His form for the non-league outfit soon caught the attention of other clubs and he returned to the EFL for a brief spell with Oldham before re-signing for Guiseley in 2015.
How did they get on last season?
Guiseley narrowly avoided dropping in to National League North thanks to a dramatic stoppage time equaliser in their last day meeting with Solihull Moors.
With time running out, the West Yorkshire outfit were staring relegation in the face but the last-ditch strike from skipper Danny Lowe ensured their survival and condemned York City.
Having also escaped on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign, last term always looked likely to be another struggle after Guisley lost their first seven league outings.
However, they rallied as the season wore on and five wins from six through February and in to March saw them leap six points above the drop zone – a sequence which gave them the platform for survival despite taking only seven points from their last nine games.
When did we last meet?
Guiseley is another team in this year’s National League that have never before met Pools in competitive action so 2017/18 will represent a first on this front.
Where do they play?
Nethermoor Park is the home ground of Guiseley, and has been since it was opened back in 1909. Its record attendance was 2,486 for an FA Vase semi-final in 1989/90 but it has a capacity of 4,000.
When do we play them?
The National League fixtures are due to be released at 1pm on Wednesday 5th July.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com gives us his insight on Guiseley ahead of the new campaign…
“There can’t have been too many more dramatic escapes from relegation than Guiseley last season.
“They looked set to drop into the National League North, losing at home to Solihull Moors as relegation rivals York City were drawing with Forest Green Rovers.
“However, Danny Lowe’s last gasp equaliser kept the Lions in the National League and condemned York to a second consecutive relegation. Now Guiseley must build on that.
“In Adam Lockwood they have a bright, young manager and he worked wonders to keep them in the league last season.
“It’s been a relatively quiet summer so far for Lockwood, although the addition of North Ferriby United striker Reece Thompson could be a smart move.
“Former Scarborugh Athletic keeper Joe Green has also joined and will provide competition for former Pools loanee Jonny Maxted in goal.
“A number of key players have agreed to stay at Nethermoor so far this season but they may still have work to do in the transfer market if they are to extend their stay in the National League to a fourth season.”