Lockwood handed the reins at Guiseley

Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood.

Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood.

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FULL-TIME Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood has pledged to leave no stone unturned in his quest to improve the fortunes of the Lions after being appointed as the club’s permanent boss.

FULL-TIME Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood has pledged to leave no stone unturned in his quest to improve the fortunes of the Lions after being appointed as the club’s permanent boss.

Lockwood’s appointment was confirmed last night and he will be assisted by former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney as the pair bid to salvage Guiseley’s season after a horror start and somehow haul them away from the National League basement.

Penney – who originates from Wakefield like Lockwood – arrives with vast experience, having won the National League twice with Darlington and Doncaster Rovers and has Football League managerial experience at Bristol Rovers, Oldham, and Southend, while also playing over 400 games in the Football League.

On his appointment, Lockwood, 34, whose first game in full-time charge will be against visiting Macclesfield Town at Nethermoor tomorrow, said: “It is really positive for me to be named as manager and everyone is learning every day and trying to improve and I am no different.”

“You have to work extremely hard and I have known that ever since I have been a player, but it has been good and I have enjoyed it and there’s a lot of good people around me which is very important and I would like to thank everybody who has helped me out and hopefully they will continue to do that.

“We will keep putting the effort in and improving.

“We are going to get knocks and we have had a few already – you think you have cracked it and are getting there and then you get a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“But you still love football and you keep going and believe in what you are doing and hopefully we will get there with Guiseley.”

Guiseley chairman Phil Rogerson said that the package that Lockwood and Penney brought to the table tipped the scales in their favour when it came to deciding upon their new permanent manager – and believes they can forge a ‘dream ticket’.

Rogerson said: “Adam has got a passion for the job and having been a player, he has had the chance to have a look and let’s hope he hits the ground running. He has an experienced head alongside him in Dave with a lot of contacts and it’s a dream ticket really.

“Adam is a good fit for the club and has a vision that is in line of where we want to go in terms of developing young players and bringing them through and he can bring a young slant to it as opposed to all those people who have been around the non-league circuit for a while.

“In terms of other candidates, we looked at it and shortlisted people and spoke to some on the phone and then considered the situation as you don’t want to be wasting people’s time.

“But the appearance of Dave with Adam has swung it as it seems a match that fits.”

Leeds United loanee Billy Whitehouse could be handed a debut against the Silkmen tomorrow.

Meanwhile, ex-Guiseley manager Mark Bower has been named as the manager of National League North outfit Bradford Park Avenue.

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There’s a Yorkshire derby in the FA Vase second qualifying round tomorrow as Glasshoughton Welfare welcome neighbours Hemsworth Miners Welfare, writes Ben Law.

The hosts are 12th in NCE League Divison One, a division below Premier outfit Hemsworth.

Glasshoughton were unbeaten in their previous five matches in the league, before they went down 2-1 against Grimsby Borough on Tuesday night.

Hemsworth on the other hand have stuttered, losing two of their last three.

Other FA Vase fixtures this weekend see AFC Emley travel to Ashton Athletic, Pickering Town playing at Consett and Nostell Miners Welfare visiting Hallam.

In addition, Harrogate Railway Athletic host Charnock Richard and Liversedge travel to Newcastle Benfield.

There are also some league fixtures this weekend.

In the NCE Premier, Garforth Town have a tricky away fixture at Albion Sports who are currently third in the division.

In Divison One, Knaresborough Town are away at Brigg Town and will have a chance to leapfrog their hosts as Brigg are one place above them in the league.

Mid-table Yorkshire Amateurs face Ollerton Town who are lingering in the relegation zone. Pontefract Collieries are up against second-placed Winterton Rangers, with Selby Town away to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

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Harrogate Town will go into Saturday’s home match against Gloucester City on a high following their midweek progression in the FA Cup.

Town have started the season in terrific form and are currently second in National League North after seven wins and just one defeat from their opening 10 games.

Their good league form coupled with progression in the cup thanks to a late winner to earn a 3-2 win over Bridlington on Tuesday night, will surely mean that confidence is flowing through Simon Weaver’s side.

Despite this, Harrogate are likely to face a difficult challenge as they face Gloucester City at home, who themselves have enjoyed a good start to the league campaign and sit sixth, just three points behind Town.

In their last league match Harrogate cruised to a 3-1 victory over Stalybridge at Wetherby Road, and with Gloucester dropping points against a struggling Nuneaton side, the hosts will go into the match as favourites.

Elsewhere in the league, there is a Yorkshire derby as FC Halifax Town host Bradford Park Avenue at The Shay.

Avenue last night appointed former Guiseley manager and Bradford City defender Mark Bower as their new manager in succession to Alex Meechan, who will continue to work with the club’s academy.

In the Evo-Stik First Division North, Farsley Celtic will have the chance to close the gap on leaders Bamber Bridge as they travel to Burscough tomorrow.

Farsley beat Scarborough 2-1 after two late goals in mid-week to stay three points off the top of the league with two games in hand.

Second-place Brighouse Town travel to Droylsden, looking to continue their impressive start.

Ossett Town face a trip to Mossley in a mid-table clash. Struggling neighbours Ossett Albion host Lancaster City as they attempt to move away from the relegation zone.

Tadcaster Albion welcome Radcliffe Borough and although they are 13th in the league, Albion have at least one game in hand on most teams above them in the division.

Whitby Town travel to Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik Premier Division where a victory could put them top of the table. At the the other end of the ladder, struggling Frickley Town host Marine.