Lions Rolled Over By Rovers

After two encouraging displays manager Paul Cox chose to rotate his squad for the visit to Prenton Park to face high flying Tranmere Rovers and despite holding the hosts for just over the hour the visitor’s defensive frailties surfaced once again as the Lions shipped four goals in the closing twenty-five minutes.

Unbeaten in the last five games Rovers made the initial running and had the ball in the net early on but to the Lions relief striker Andy Cook was adjudged to have been offside.

Ollie Banks then saw his delicate chip come back off the bar as Guiseley withstood the early pressure and hit back with Rowan Liburd’s header from  Alex Purvers cross which had Scott Davies palming away at full stretch.

James Norwood fired across the visitors six-yard box on the stroke of halftime but found no takers and the same player should have put the home side ahead just after the restart when he found himself one-on-one with Johnny Maxted but inexplicably pulled his shot wide.

Spurred on by the close shave the Lions had perhaps their best spell of the game, again without creating any clear-cut chances.

Guiseley had held their own up to this point agaisnt a side that  looked anything but top six material first half but all that changed once Alex-Ray Harvey and Purver had failed to get the ball off Norwood as the striker made up for his earlier miss by firing past Maxted into the bottom corner .

Connor Jennings was then allowed two bites and the cherry and took full advantage to double his side’s advantage before further defensive failures allowed Jennings to bag his second wile Cook completed the rout with four minutes remaining.

Team:

1 Maxted

5 Palmer

17 Purver

36 Harvey

34 Holden

33 Koue Niate

35 Liburd (Correia 72)

37 Hughes (Fondop 60)

38 Crookes

39 Roberts (Lenighan 72)

41 Sheppard

Subs:

6 Lawlor

12 Correia

15 McFadzean

28 Lenighan

30 Fondop

Paul Cox thoughts on the game: