Defensive lapses prove to be the Lions undoing

Adam Lockwood’s first game in charge went the same way as the previous management with defensive lapses largely responsible for Guiseleys heaviest defeat of the season as Bromley rattled in four with Adam Smith providing the lone reply for the home side.

Lockwood dropped Jake Lawlor to the bench and reinstated Dan Atkinson between the posts in place of Tim Deasy. Leeds United loanee Alex Purver also made his home debut.
Jordan Preston’s shot lacked power and then he blazed over from a good position as Guiseley sought to exert themselves.

At the other end Connor Dymond hit a post and Louis Dennis’ cross shot was just wide but in a game of few chances Atkinson produced a first class stop to keep the Lions on level terms just before the break.

Whatever was said at halftime produced the right response as the home side took the game to Bromley and created several half chances but the initial promise was all undone when Blair Turgott was allowed far too much time and space to advance and shoot past Atkinson for the opener on 51 minutes.

Two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead from the spot after Atkinson was adjudged to have brought down Joe Anderton, Louis Dennis converting the spot kick.

Guiseley responded by replacing Rankine, Hatfield and Johnson with Adam Smith, Nicky Clee and Luke Porritt.

Bromley hit the post shortly after before Max Porter scored Bromley’s third with an easy conversion on 71 minutes.

However, with both Porritt and Smith providing some much needed pace up Ash Palmer was unlucky to see his flying header from a corner come back of the post and Adam Boyes shot then hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the line before being cleared.

The Lions fortunes eventually changed as Smith produced an assured finish from eighteen yards through a crowded area after Porritt’s cross had been deflected into his path on with three minutes of normal time remaining.

With the Lions now scenting a comeback substitute Bradley Goldberg took advantage of the gaps at the back to rattle a shot into the top corner in the last minute of normal time.

Next for the Lions is the small matter of a visit to face unbeaten leaders Tranmere at Prenton Park early Monday evening in the televised game.

Team:
17 Atkinson
20 Williams
15 Palmer
22 Purver
4 Vidal
25 Atkinson
10 Johnson (Porritt 70)
9 Boyes
8 Hatfield (Clee 70)
11Rankine (Smith 62)
19 Preston
Substitutes:
1Deasy
6Lawlor
8 Smith
21Porritt
18 Clee

Adam Lockwoods thoughts on today’s defeat

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