ADAM Lockwood’s first game in permanent charge of Guiseley ended in defeat as two first-half goals gave Macclesfield Town a 2-1 success at Nethermoor.
The result means Guiseley remain winless after 12 games and bottom of the National League table.
Lockwood, who has former Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Penney as his assistant, saw his side fall behind after Macclesfield scored with their first chance of the game after 14 minutes. Chris Holroyd was able to lift the ball over an on-rushing Jonny Maxted and give the away side the lead.
Town then grabbed a second just 12 minutes later through former Guiseley midfielder Ollie Norburn, who from six yards out made no mistake with a simple finish.
But Guiseley were soon back in the match when a good passing move found Jordan Preston who from 20 yards out saw his effort fly into the top corner.
Guiseley’s Leeds United loanee Alex Purver then nearly produced a moment of magic when he produced a powerful run and beat three Town players but he was denied by Scott Flinders.
For Macclesfield, Norburn almost added a third straight after half-time but his powerful effort from just inside the area was clawed away by Maxted.
The Silkmen were happy to keep possession while looking threatening with Danny Whitaker delivering dangerous set-pieces although they did not produce any significant chances. Guiseley then thought they had levelled when a Nicky Clee cross was headed in by Reece Webb-Foster, but the effort was ruled offside.
Lockwood admitted: “This defeat hurts. We know we have to get points and wins soon if we are to stay up, so things need to change and I’ve made sure that they know that is the case. We have got a lot of work to do here.
“On another day, though, Webb-Foster’s goal stands and we leave with a point and that would have been something.”
Guiseley, who are eight points adrift of safety, are back in action on Saturday at 13th-placed Sutton United.
In National League North, high-flying Harrogate Town continued their fine start with Saturday’s 3-1 success at home to Gloucester City.
JP Pittman, Andi Thanoj and Dominic Knowles all netted for Town who return to action on Saturday at fifth-placed Chorley.
Bradford Park Avenue remain bottom after a 4-0 loss at FC Halifax Town who are up to eighth. An Alex Simmons double was supported by strikes from Tom Denton and Jordan Sinnott. Avenue next host 17th-placed Telford on Saturday while Halifax visit seventh-placed Gloucester the same day.
BRIGHOUSE Town moved top of First Division North as Luke Parkin’s double inspired a 2-1 success at Saturday’s hosts Droylsden.
Parkin fired Brighouse ahead after just two minutes but Droylsden levelled 19 minutes later through a Sam Hewitt own goal. But Parkin bagged the game’s winner two minutes after the hour with Brighouse then learning that former leaders Bamber Bridge had been held to a 2-2 draw at Hyde United. Brighouse lead Bamber by a point, and also have two games in hand.
Farsley Celtic – who have played the same number of games as Brighouse – are a further point away in third after romping to a 5-0 success at Burscough. A James Walshaw double was supported by strikes from Richard Marshall and Jacob Hazel after Burscough’s Ryan Schofield’s first-minute own goal.
Scarborough Athletic – who have played two games more – are another two points back in fourth after beating visiting Colne 1-0 thanks to Adam Bolder’s 87th-minute penalty.
Tadcaster Albion are ninth after beting visiting Radcliffe Borough 2-1. Joshua Greening bagged a first-half double for the Brewers before Frank Van Gils replied for Radcliffe.
Ossett Town are 11th after obliging 2-0 at Mossley. Devonte Morton’s 39th-minute opener was followed by an Anthony Mackie strike 20 minutes from time.
But Ossett Albion are third bottom after a 1-0 loss at home to Lancaster City whose Jordan Connerton bagged a 70th-minute winner.
Goole AFC are now bottom after being trounced 6-0 at Trafford whose Aaron Burns blasted in a double hat-trick. In the Premier, Frickley Athletic moved up to 15th with a 2-0 triumph at home to Marine. Noel Burdett scored the opener after 20 minutes before Luke Hinsley added the home side’s second six minutes after the hour.
HEMSWORTH Miners Welfare will face a replay at home to Glasshoughton Welfare tomorrow night after Saturday’s 2-2 draw after extra-time in the FA Vase second qualifying round.
Brice Tiani gave Hemsworth a 58th-minute lead but Bradley Kilner levelled 17 minutes from time.
A Samuel Jones penalty put Hemsworth back in front five minutes into extra-time but Nathan Keightley equalised just five minutes later.
AFC Emley moved into the first round with a 3-1 success at Ashton Athletic.
After going 1-0 down to an Isaac Kusaloka strike, efforts from James Hurtley and Jordan Coduri sent Emley through.
Pickering Town also progressed with a 3-1 triumph at Consett.
A Ryan Blott double and Nathan Kamara strike put Pickering in the hat for round one.
But Harrogate Railway were dumped out after a 3-1 loss at home to Charnock Richard. A Brandone Deane strike was in vain for the hosts.
Nostell Miners Welfare were also sent packing after an 8-1 hammering at Hallam. Stephen Smith hit the solitary Nostell strike.
In the NCE Premier Division, fourth-placed Thackley had to settle for a 3-3 draw at Maltby Main.
Thackley led 3-1 at the break through a Patrick McGuire brace and Daniel Broadbent strike. Garforth Town climbed to 15th with a 4-2 success at Albion Sports.
In Division One, Knaresborough Town moved into the play-offs in sixth with a 4-1 success at Brigg Town.
Knaresborough’s Brad Walker and Fraser Lancaster both hit doubles.
Third-placed Pontefract Collieries drew 2-2 with visiting Winterton Rangers as Kane Reece and Michael Dunn notched for the hosts.
Elsewhere, ninth-placed Selby Town obliged 4-1 at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic while eighth-placed Eccleshill United shared a 3-3 draw with visiting Campion.
Yorkshire Amateur are 11th after obliging 1-0 at Ollerton Town.