Guiseley AFC 0 v 0 Tranmere Rovers (Vanarama National League)
After conceding six goal away at Aldershot Town last weekend, Adam Lockwood and his squad were looking to bounce straight back as they faced Tranmere Rovers this evening at Nethermoor Park. Lockwood made a number of chances for the game including a first team league debut for goalkeeper Joe Green.
Tranmere had the better of the first half and could have gone in front with their first attack, when Adam Buxton’s cross from the right found Andy Cook, but his header went inches over the Green’s crossbar. A few minutes later a long ball forward caught out the Tranmere defence, which left Reece Thompson charging down on goal only to see Scott Davies came off his line and make a save pushing the ball away to safety.
The visitors worked the ball into some good positions without creating too many clear-cut chances, but on the half hour mark Liam Ridehalgh did well down the left and send over a low cross which Andy Cook got on the end of but steered his effort wide. The rest of the half was a bit of a battle in midfield, but the home side were outstanding at the back with a solid defensive performance which saw the game goalless at the interval.
The second half was much the same as the first with both side having some half chances to score and Guiseley standing solid in defence. Reece Thompson had another shot saved by Scott Davies, before Liam Ridehalgh should have done better for the visitors sending a shot way over Green’s crossbar from an excellent position.
As the game entered into the last fifteen minutes there were a number of chances at either ends as both teams looked for the winner. Jack Dunn for the visitors set up Connor Jennings but he slid in and put is shot wide from six yards out. Green was down quickly to deny the lively Andy Cook, before Guiseley’s Reece Thompson headed straight at Scott Davies at the other end.
As the visitors piled on the pressure, Dunn headed another good opportunity wide of the far post. However the best chance of the half came as Andy Cook did well to get hold of the ball on halfway, before threading a through ball to Jack Dunn who raced in on goal but dragged his shot across the face of goal and wide of the target.
Guiseley responded as Atkinson put a header just over Davies crossbar from a corner, before Alex Purver had an opportunity to set Reece Thompson free on goal but he delayed his final pass to long and was tackled and the game finished in a 0-0 draw.
Adam Lockwood will be looking to get the clubs first victory and three points of the season this weekend, as the Lions welcome one of the National League strugglers in Torquay United to Nethermoor Park.
Guiseley AFC – Green, Brown, Lowe, Lawlor, Hatfield, Thompson, Rooney, Purver, Odejayi, Williams, Atkinson (Subs) Maxted, Palmer, Hurst, Mulhern, East
Tranmere Rovers – Davies, McNulty, McEverly, Dunn, Harris, Buxton, Cook, Hughes, Ridehalgh, Jennings, Norburn (Subs) Pilling, Sutton, Alabi, Mangan, Waring
Goals – N/A
Attendance – 1,231