Wakefield managers ready to lock horns

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THERE IS no room for sentiment for Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood tomorrow.

THERE IS no room for sentiment for Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood tomorrow.

Lockwood returns to one of his former clubs in Forest Green Rovers, where he spent a brief, but eventful spell on loan early in his career, appearing in the Forest of Dean-based outfit’s FA Trophy final appearance in 2001.

The sole concern of Lockwood, who pits his wits against a fellow Wakefield-born manager in Mark Cooper – son of Leeds United great Terry – tomorrow, is league points and not renewing old acquaintances.

Although it is fair to say that no-one has to convey the size of the task in hand to him against Rovers, unbeaten in six National League matches and two points clear at the summit ahead of Dagenham and Redbridge.

Guiseley may have picked up in recent weeks, but a trip to Gloucestershire to face a side who have not seen their colours lowered on home soil, represents a step up as Lockwood will probably venture.

Lockwood, who saw defender Connor Brown dismissed in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay exit at home to Lincoln City, said: “It has been a while since I have been there.

“I had a good time when I was there. But the club is a bit different now from when I was there when we managed to get to the Trophy final, which was a great experience for me as a young boy.

“Those times have helped me throughout my time and while I would like to thank Forest Green for having me there at the time, it is not about me but going there and hopefully getting a result.

“It will be very tough as they are a good side. But we will prepare as we always do and see how we get on.”

Lockwood utilized several members of his squad in the midweek reverse to the Red Imps including goalscorer Adam Boyes, Marcus Williams and Nicky Clee, and several have come into his thinking for the weekend trip on the league resumption.

Lockwood added: “I have always said since day one that I want all my squad involved and push each other to drive standards.

“The lads who came in who had not played for a while gave me a good shift and that will stand them – and the squad – in good stead for the rest of the season.

“I want to get my squad all competing to give me some tough decisions to make.

“We want to win every football match we take part in and, unfortunately, we didn’t on Tuesday.

“But we now look to the next game.

“It is always difficult going to 10 men and Lincoln were a good side who kept possession.

“But we created the better chances in the game and there was application to try and get back into the game with 10 men against a good side.

“It was not to be on the night. But if we keep those application levels up, then we will win more than we lose.”

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FOLLOWING their FA Cup exit to FC Halifax Town, Harrogate Town will be looking for a response when they travel to National North leaders AFC Fylde tomorrow.

Fylde beat Simon Weaver’s Town in the play-off semi-finals last season before losing the showpiece final to North Ferriby United. The Coasters have carried their form into the new campaign and sit top of the table on 34 points – seven points clear of Town.

Sixth-placed Halifax are also on their travels at Boston United, while bottom-of-the-table Bradford Park Avenue play at Gloucester City.

In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, third-from-bottom Frickley Athletic face a difficult trip to fourth-placed Rushall Olympic tomorrow.

In Division One, league leaders Brighouse Town will be looking for another three points when they make the short trip to Colne.

Town have re-signed winger Callum Charlton after a two-year gap which saw him sign a one-year contract with Huddersfield Town and then, more recently, move to National League club Altrincham.

Fifth-placed Tadcaster Albion host 10th-placed Kendal Town, while ninth-placed Farsley Celtic travel to Prescot Cables.

Mid-table Ossett Town face a tricky trip to third-placed Lancaster City and next-to-bottom Ossett Albion host mid-table Radcliffe Borough.

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SECOND-PLACED Liversedge will be looking to keep the pressure on Northern Counties East League leaders Cleethorpes when they host mid-table Clipstone tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Liversedge missed a chance to go back to the top of the league when they lost 3-1 at Worksop Town on Wednesday.

Garforth Town host Athersley Recreation with the aim of putting some breathing space between themselves and the bottom end of the table following Tuesday night’s 5-0 reverse at home to Handsworth Parramore.

Elsewhere in the top division, fifth-from-bottom Harrogate Railway Athletic host Maltby Main.

Railway saw their four-match unbeaten streak end in midweek when they went down 3-0 at Rainworth Miners Welfare, having had Chris Ovington sent off in the first half.

Fourth-placed Knaresborough Town travel to fifth-placed Grimsby Borough in the game of the day in Division One.

Town go into the game in good form after their 2-1 victory over Ollerton Town on Tuesday night.

Tom Wollard scored both goals for Town.

Sixth-placed Pontefract Collieries will be looking to build on their impressive 5-3 midweek victory over Eccleshill United when they host Rossington Main tomorrow.

Seventh-placed Selby Town travel to Ollerton Town with the aim of breaking into the play-off positions.

Mid-table Glasshoughton Welfare are without a game this weekend but claimed an impressive 2-0 victory over Brigg Town on Tuesday thanks to goals from Nathan Keightley and Ashley Scothern.

Yorkshire Amateur travel to Teversal tomorrow while rock-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare host Dronfield Town.

AFC Emley are flying the flag for West Yorkshire in the first round of the FA Vase as they host Chadderton.

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