Non-League: Lions boss Lockwood looking for right response after mauling

Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood. PIC: Tony Johnson
Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Adam Lockwood is backing Guiseley to bounce back from their heaviest-ever defeat in the top tier of non-League football when hosting Tranmere Rovers tonight.

The Lions crashed to a 6-0 defeat at Aldershot Town on Saturday – prompting the club’s manager to issue an apology to the travelling fans.

Tranmere, last season’s beaten play-off finalists, will provide another stern test but Lockwood believes his players can find the right response to the weekend mauling.

“We need to bounce back from setbacks,” he said. “That is life. You have to deal with those things.

“Don’t feel sorry for yourself and get yourself up.

“The games come thick and fast, and you have to bounce back.”

Michael Duckworth and Matt Kosylo are both major doubts as FC Halifax Town go in search of their first goal and victory of the campaign at the fourth attempt.

The Shaymen, who host Dover Athletic, have taken two points from a possible nine since returning to the fifth tier via back-to-back goalless draws on the road at Barrow and Chester.

The injuries to defender Duckworth and midfielder Kosylo were sustained in the second of those stalemates on Saturday. Martin Riley and Cliff Moyo, sidelined at the Diva Stadium, are again out.