Guiseley Penalty Stopping Hero Atkinson Delighted After Lions Stay Up

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Guiseley goalkeeper Dan Atkinson says he knew he would save a penalty that ended up playing a big part in their draw against Solihull Moors that meant they stayed up.

The shot stopper was called into action due to Jonny Maxted being unavailable down to injury and along with several impressive saves he kept out a Regan Charles-Cook penalty. Atkinson spoke about the save and playing in the game.

“Before the game, I had a look and I just felt that going to the left would see me save it. Luckily that is what happened.

“I found out in the morning that I would be playing. Jonny picked up a knock against Bromley it meant he was not available he hadn’t been training.”

The Lions stayed up after a dramatic wait on the pitch. They were checking to see if York were still level. When the full-time whistle blew at Bootham Crescent it meant Guiseley are in the National League for a third season. Atkinson reflected on the dramatic last day.

“Nothing beats this feeling it is why we play football. The boys dug in brilliantly and to get that goal in the end was unbelievable.

“It’s a brilliant achievement, people were writing us off. We got ourselves out of it but it’s gone to the last day and we’ve gone and done it again.”

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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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