Frank Mulhern on the spot for Lions

Paul Cox: Glad to claim a point.
Paul Cox: Glad to claim a point.
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Guiseley gained a late point thanks to a stoppage-time penalty at Maidstone United.

With the game looking to have been lost, the Lions were awarded a spot kick and substitute Frank Mulhern converted.

Relieved Guiseley manager Paul Cox said: “It is a good point considering when we scored. In terms of performance, we had more chances then they did, we showed a good attitude to keep on going.

“It is another case of where we need to be a little better in both boxes, but it is something to build on.”

Guiseley started brightly and should have been a goal up in the opening minutes, Mike Fondop, who scored on his debut on Tuesday, forcing Lee Worgan into a smart save.

The hosts, though, with their first chance of the game, took the lead, when a misplaced pass was picked up by Zevon Hines, who rounded Jonny Maxted to score.

After going a goal down, Guiseley again had another fine chance when Rob Atkinson’s effort was deflected and looked set to go in, but went wide.

A scrappy start to the second half meant chances were few and far between in the opening stages, but when the game opened up, it was Guiseley who had the better opportunity as Atkinson again saw an effort blocked by Worgan.

Maidstone should have doubled their lead, but Hines wasted a chance.

Mulhern’s penalty lifted Guiseley ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup game with Shildon.

Maidstone United: Worgan, Nana Twumasi, Okuonghae (Finney 17) Wynter, Anderson, Prestedge, Lewis, Reason Hines, Richards (Wraight 81) Pigott. Unused substitutes: Muldoon, Ter Horst, Paxman

Guiseley: Maxted, Freestone, Palmer, Atkinson (Lawlor 64) Brown, Molyneux, Lenighan, Rooney (Haworth 76), Hatfield, Fondop, Odejayi (Mulhern 73). Unused substitutes: Wesolowski, Thompson.

Referee: N Hair.