Guiseley v Tranmere Rovers: ‘They’re all big games’, insists Adam Lockwood

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GUISELEY boss Adam Lockwood will be expecting another tough test at Nethermoor today when second-placed Tranmere Rovers are the visitors (kick-off 3pm).

The Lions’ run of five games unbeaten away from home in the National League was ended in Essex on Good Friday as two second-half goals from Braintree saw them slip to a 2-0 defeat which left Lockwood’s side just one point above the relegation zone.

And having lost their last two games at Nethermoor, Lockwood knows his side need to be back at their battling best to get the better of Tranmere.

“We’ll get ourselves right,” said Lockwood. “We were always going to have setbacks and look at how we react.

“They’re all big games, everybody knows how hard it is to pick points up in this division.

“If you’re not right at any one time you won’t get anything out of it. Every game that we take part in is as tough as any other. Different names and different clubs mean nothing to me, I just focus on Guiseley. ”

He added: “I’ve said there is a lot of hard work left to do, there’s a long way to go and we’ve got some tough games coming up.

“Hopefully come the end of the season we will be where we want to be.”

Lockwood was frustrated by the manner in which his side conceded their goals on Good Friday.

He said: “I’m obviously disappointed, two set pieces have done us. We pride ourselves on being organised, we need to be brighter, unfortunately on the day it’s cost us.

“We had some chances to take the lead early on, sometimes those things go against you.”

Tranmere are currently five points behind National League leaders Lincoln City having played a game more.

But Rovers have stuttered in recent games with defeat to Forest Green Rovers at Prenton Park last Tuesday and a 2-2 draw with Aldershot on Good Friday. They did, however, defeat Solihull Moors 9-0 the week before so are dangerous opponents for Lockwood’s men.

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH

Warren Burrell’s late strike was not enough to prevent Harrogate Town going down 2-1 at Nuneaton Town.

Greg Mills’ wind assisted free-kick sailed into the net in first-half stoppage time to give the hosts the advantage, before Devon Kelly-Evans’ driven finish looked to have sealed the defeat five minutes from time.

But Burrell’s explosive 25-yard volley with three minutes remaining gave Town hope of rescuing a point, but Nuneaton held firm and claimed the victory.

Town host Yorkshire rivals FC Halifax Town today at the CNG Stadium (3pm).

Halifax were edged out 1-0 at home by leaders AFC Fylde on Good Friday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Bradford Park Avenue drew 0-0 at home to Tamworth. The result moved Avenue up to 16th place in the table – eight points clear of the relegation zone. Avenue face a tough assignment this afternoon when they travel to leaders AFC Fylde (3pm).

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