It is perhaps a measure of how far Guiseley have come under the stewardship of Paul Cox that they held League Two high fliers Accrington Stanley to a goalless draw in this afternoons Emirates FA Cup First Round tie at Nethermoor and now have to do it all again at the Crown Ground on Tuesday 14 November (ko 19:45).
Stanley opened with purpose and should have gone ahead after just ten minutes but former Guiseley Junior Kayden Jackson scooped the ball over the bar from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.
As the Lions grew into the game Mike Fondop had Stanley custodian Aaron Chapman at full stretch to keep out his header before Simon Lenighan was shown a yellow card for an overhead kick in six yard box that probably warranted a free kick but not a caution.
Jake Lawlor then had Chapman clawing his effort out of the top corner as the game swung from end-to-end.
Chapman also did well to keep out Kevan Hurst’s looping shot that had taken a deflection off a visiting defender just before the break.
The game continued in much the same vein on the restart with Fondop again bringing a good stop from Chapman with the Lions striker lofting another shot just the wrong side of the post shortly after.
The home side then had keeper Jon Maxted to thank as he palmed away Chris M’Boungou sliced clearance that came back off the bar.
Lee Molyneux was next to try his luck for the Lions with a chip that sailed wide and Billy Kee missed a glorious opportunity for the visitors at the close when he stole in on the blindside only to hit his shot way over the bar from twelve yards out and so ensure a replay at Accrington a week on Tuesday.
Paul Cox post-match
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