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.
Mark Hughes tussles with Kayode Odejayi