Non-League: Boss Lockwood still not getting right response from his Lions

Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood.
Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood.

Guiseley left the Bank Holiday weekend with two losses after being defeated 1-0 by Hartlepool United.

Guiseley boss Adam Lockwood speaking after the loss said: “It’s obviously disappointing to lose, we had chances early and late on but I have called on the lads to be more ruthless and we just didn’t do that today.

“We know that every game in this league is tough and we have given every player a chance now, they need to be making impossible for me not to pick them, that isn’t the case right now.”

It means Guiseley stay on five points with seven games now gone.

This first-half saw neither side create many chances.

Alex Purver crossed for Frank Mulhern who hit the crossbar with a header that looked set to go in, that was after only four minutes but the game was very much played in the midfield areas throughout the early stages.

Hartlepool failed to have a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

But that changed right at the start of the second half when Devonte Rodney beat the offside trap but was stopped by Joe Green who made himself big to save it.

Hartlepool though scored moments later when former Guiseley forward Jake Cassidy crossed for Jonathan Franks was calmly converted.

This gave the visitors a big boost as it was the first time this season they had been ahead in a game.

Guiseley should have levelled when Danny Lowe had a shot saved it fell to Kayodi Odejayi who headed it on target but Scott Loach somehow made the save and tipped it away.

The hosts continued to push forward but just were not able to get another key chance.

Guiseley starting 11: Green, Lowe, Lawlor, Palmer, McFadzean (Molyneux 11), East (Hurst 80), Purver, Rooney, Hatfield, Mulhern, Correia (Odejayi 62). Subs not used: Brown, Atkinson.

Hartlepool starting 11: Loach, Magnay, Harrison (Richardson 70) Watson, Hawkins, Featherstone, Deverdics, Woods, Rodney (Donaldson 70), Franks, Cassidy (Simpson 80). .Subs not used: Munns, Newton

Referee: Alan Young.

n Harrogate Town’s impressive start to the National League North season continued with a 2-0 win on the road at Blyth Spartans.

Goals from Josh Falkingham and Terry Kennedy kept Simon Weaver’s men at the top of the table, ahead of Brackley Town on goal difference.

Bradford Park Avenue were held to a goalless draw by Chorley.

Ten-man FC Halifax Town kept their fifth clean sheet in seven games as they held Neil Aspin’s Gateshead to a 0-0 draw yesterday.

Matty Kosylo was the hero in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Guiseley, but saw red midway through the second half having hit the woodwork earlier in the match.

Adam Morgan also hit the frame of the goal as Halifax produced a battling display but showed some moments of quality, and were good value for at least a point in the north east. Four points out of six represents a very good return from their Bank Holiday double-header.

After his outstanding goal on Saturday, Kosylo nearly produced an even better effort which belied a dour opening to the game as he dinked in-field before unleashing a thunderous shot from 35 yards that crashed off the post. Tom Denton then won a free-kick that Adam Morgan was unlucky to strike the crossbar with from 25 yards.

Ex-Town man Jordan Burrow had a free header six yards out that Sam Johnson did brilliantly to tip over, but that was the sole chance the hosts created in an underwhelming first-half from Aspin’s side.

Kosylo’s second booking for a foul on Callum Williams looked harsh, but Gateshead’s numerical advantage changed little, with substitute Ben Tomlinson nearly scoring from Macdonald’s cross shortly after the dismissal.