Jonny Maxted has been described as one of the best penalty-savers around as Guiseley bask in the limelight of making FA Cup history.
The Lions are licking their lips at the prospect of facing boss Paul Cox’s former club Mansfield in the second round next month – the furthest they have ever reached in the competition.
Keeper Maxted was the star of Tuesday night’s dramatic replay win at Accrington, pulling off a string of saves and then denying Billy Kee and Scott Brown during the shoot-out.
That followed his two penalty saves at the weekend against Bromley – and confirmed Cox’s view that Maxted is right up there when it comes to stopping spot-kicks.
He has acknowledged how the keeper has come on leaps and bounds since the club took the plunge to go full-time.
Cox said: “We know we’ve got one of the best penalty savers in football. Going full time has really helped him. He’s like a man possessed in training now.
“It’s amazing how Johnny has developed in a short space of time. But it’s no fluke because of the way he works.
“I had a one-on-one with him after training on Monday. You see his desire to become better, his desire to work above and beyond what his role is.”
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