Stan­ley mis­fire

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EMI­RATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND GUISELEY ......................... 0 STAN­LEY........................... 0 DAVID CLARKE

STAN­LEY were held to a goal­less draw by Na­tional League side Guiseley AFC on Sun­day in the FA Cup sec­ond round.

It was a game which saw Stan­ley goal­keeper Aaron Chap­man tested through­out, mak­ing four bril­liant saves for the away side.

John Cole­man’s side were dis­ap­point­ing in an at­tack­ing sense, as they failed to hit the tar­get all game.

Kay­den Jack­son, who played for Guiseley as a young­ster, missed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity for Stan­ley with just ten min­utes played when he shot over the cross­bar from six yards out.

While many would see this as a warn­ing sign from an Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley side who sit sec­ond in League Two with 30 goals scored in 19 games, they failed to trou­ble the Guiseley de­fend­ers after Jack­son’s miss.

Both teams re­ally went for it in this en­ter­tain­ing FA Cup tie, but poor fin­ish­ing kept Stan­ley at bay whilst bril­liant goal­keep­ing stopped Guiseley break­ing the score­line.

Chap­man saved from a Mike Fon­dop header, be­fore claw­ing away ef­forts from Jake Lawlor and Ke­van Hurst in a busy first half for the 27-yearold shot-stop­per.

Guiseley for­ward Fon­dop con­tin­ued to trou­ble the Stan­ley de­fence, forc­ing a solid save from Chap­man once again be­fore shoot­ing just wide mo­ments later.

Stan­ley’s only ad­di­tional clear-cut chance dur­ing the game came when Ben Richards-Ever­ton saw his header cleared off the line.

Cole­man’s side were trou­bled through­out the match by Guiseley’s tac­tics as the home side looked to im­pose them­selves early on with crunch­ing tack­les on Sean McConville and Billy Kee.

Long throw-ins were an­other tac­tic used to Guiseley’s gain, with de­fender Dar­ren Holden the man to cause havoc in the Stan­ley box with a few huge throw-ins’, but Cole­man’s men stood strong and dealt with the dan­ger.

A fairly slow sec­ond half ig­nited after Guiseley de­fender Chris M’Boun­gou did what Stan­ley couldn’t and gave goal­keeper Jon Maxted some­thing to do, after his sliced clear­ance was saved by the Guiseley num­ber one.

Si­mon Hall

Mark Hughes tus­sles with Kay­ode Ode­jayi

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