Lowestoft Town looking to stay clear of Vanarama Conference North drop zone
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Lowestoft Town have the chance to take a huge step towards Conference North survival at home to Guiseley this afternoon.
Jack Ainsley's late penalty, which rescued a point against Stockport, ensured the Trawlerboys remained a healthy eight points above the drop zone.
However, Blues joint boss Ady Gallagher admits any Lowestoft fan will be shifting uncomfortably until the club is mathematically safe.
'We are still in a battle and we don't want to get dragged in further down there,' said Gallagher.
'You can never afford to look too far ahead but we know there is still work to do. We want to make sure we don't put ourselves in any danger but just as importantly we want to be applying pressure on the sides above us so we can finish as high as possible.
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'Our position could be better but it could be worse and given what we have had to deal with I'm pretty happy with where we are at the moment.'
Guiseley arrive at Crown Meadow with plenty at stake themselves as they look to cement a play-off place.
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Gallagher hopes this could work in Lowestoft's favour with the visitors equally desperate for the points.
'It makes for a good spectacle when teams at the top come to the Meadow because they have plenty to play for and need the victory as much as we do,' he added.
'It can make it quite an open game and hopefully we can take advantage of that. We know that Guiseley are a very good side but we ran them close at their place earlier in the season.
'We're always confident we can assert ourselves and get the right result against teams at this level.'
Craig Fleming has now officially left his role as director of football at Crown Meadow with Dan Gleeson joining the management team alongside Micky Chapman and Gallagher.
When the news of Fleming's exit for Southampton came out the former Norwich defender took a back seat and Gallagher has been impressed with Gleeson's contribution so far.
He said: 'He has fitted in seamlessly as expected – he has just helped to carry on the work that went on when Craig was with myself and Mick. Ever since Flem made the announcement he was quite hands-off to allow things to settle down and Gleese has really taken to it. He's got his own ideas on how he wants things done and we are trying to build on the good work that has been undertaken before.'
Gleeson could make himself available despite recent back trouble while Robert Eagle should come back into the fold after a calf problem. Danny Crow isn't available after turning his ankle during his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury.