GUISELEY'S professional approach must continue at Boreham Wood if the Lions are to ensure their National League safety.

That's the message from boss Adam Lockwood, who is determined to guard against complacency after three league victories on the spin.

The latest of those successes came against Aldershot on Saturday – a result which propelled Lockwood's men up to a heady 17th in the table.

But with only six points between the Nethermoor outfit and the drop-zone, with nine games remaining, the part-timers must continue to think like professionals.

"You have to be tough to play against at this level, especially in our position," said Lockwood.

"You have to do the right things at the right times and be professional.

"I know we're part-time, but it's a professional league and we've tried to be as professional as possible, doing everything we can in terms of our preparation.

"For every game we play it's a big thing that we have to be better than the full-time teams at that because if we're not we'll get left behind."

He added: "I also asked a lot of questions earlier in the season about our game management and decision-making at crucial times. At times it was poor.

"Now we're giving ourselves a chance. If we manage a game right we've got every chance of getting a result. Luckily for us, we're doing that very well at the moment, and hopefully that continues."

Jordan Preston’s 54th-minute goal proved to be the difference against the play-off chasing Shots on Saturday.

And Lockwood insists 12th-placed Boreham Wood will provide just as stern a test in Hertfordshire this weekend.

"It's a tough, tough league," commented the former Doncaster Rovers defender.

"I've said all the way through that if you're not right and you don't perform then you'll struggle.

"You have to prepare right and put as much effort as you possibly can into being right before kick-off.

"We try our best to do that and there are probably still improvements that we could make as a club.

"We'll see where we go with that, but first and foremost we have to keep trying to improve and pick up points.

"No team in this league is going to make it easy for us to get out of trouble – I knew that when I got the chance here. It was always going to be a very tough task and that's still the case.

"With the run that we've been on you'd like to think we would be a long way clear (of trouble) but we're still there, so we can't rest on our laurels and we have to keep going."