Guiseley returned to National League action this afternoon against high flying Bromley and despite playing with ten men for 88 minutes, and Jonathan Maxted saving two penalties, the Lions were eventually undone three minutes into injury time by substitute Iffy Allen’s tap in that gave the visitors a barely deserved win.
The game was just two minutes in when the home side suffered a major setback as Ash Palmer brought down Louis Dennis in the box and was shown a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
Dennis got up to take the resultant penalty but was denied by a superb save from Maxted.
Tashan Soyinka then found Maxted equal to his shot while at the other end Rowan Liburd flashed a powerful shot just the wrong side of the upright.
The home side looked to have a legitimate penalty claim of their own just before the break when Jake Lawlor appeared to be pushed over in the area from a Guiseley corner but the referee waived play on.
Both sides went close to breaking the deadlock just before the break as first Adeyinka tried his luck with a vicious dipping shot that Maxted pushed away and Liburd with his back to goal turned his defender and nearly caught David Gregory off-guard with a looping effort.
The Lions started the second half at a cracking pace as Darren Holden created an opening for himself but chose to cross rather than shoot and the chance was lost. Tyrone Sterling replied for the visitors but put his shot over the bar.
Mike Fondop replaced Kayode Odejayi as the Lions went for broke but it was the visitors who went close when the lively Adeyinka curled one over the angle and Dennis was denied by a point blank save from Maxted.
Then when the home side were awarded a corner it was Fondop who rose above the melee to get his head to the ball but unfortunately he couldn’t direct it goalward.
Frankie Raymond was brought down in the box shortly after and the visitors were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon but the irrepressible Maxted ensured his goal remained intact as he denied Josh Rees.
And just as it looked as though the ten men would hold out for a well deserved point Dominic Vose set up fellow substitute Iffy Allen who finally beat Maxted from close in.
Even then Gregory had to make a flying save from Fondop’s header right at the death to ensure that Bromley held on for the win.
19 Odejayi (Fondop 69)
7 Hurst (Lenighan13)
11 Molyneux (Koue Niate 13)
33 Koue Niate
Paul Cox’s post match interview
Jonny Maxted’s post match interview