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Egham Town 1 – 2 Guildford City

Egham Town and Guildford City played out an entertaining match with numerous scoring opportunities for either side. An accomplished performance from the visitors put them back to the top of the league but they will be thankful for a wasteful Egham strikeforce. Jaydon Gibbs’ neat run and finish put City ahead at the break, but a Guildford defender turned a cross into his own goal to level the scores shortly after half time. Joel Greaves scored the winner with a little under ten minutes remaining.

The hosts started well, pressurising a City defence that had conceded seven goals in their two previous matches. There was to be no repeat however of the ease with which Chertsey Town tore open a makeshift Guildford midfield, with Ben Camara and Will Heavey battling hard in the centre. The visitors’ first chance came when Joel Greaves’ header from a corner was cleared off the goal line. Just after the half hour mark, a sweet through ball found Jaydon Gibbs racing towards goal and he shot past the oncoming goalkeeper to put City ahead. Numerous chances went begging for Egham however, with them firing well over from short range and Antony Hall in good form to mop up attacks. Both Greaves and new signing Gacheru had chances to extend the lead just before half time but were foiled by good Town defending.

After the break, and as in the FA Cup match here at the beginning of the season, City rode their luck for a while. That luck ran out when a cross was steered past the helpless Hall by a City defender to level the scores for Egham. Joel Greaves missed a guilt edged opportunity shortly afterwards having somehow beaten the offside flag, pulling his shot wide of the near post with just the goalkeeper to beat. Both sides had good chances, but most would only have scored points during a Rugby match, with Egham in particular sending shots blazing high over the bar. In the 81st minute, Joel Greaves powered his way past a Town defender and squeezed a left footed shot under the goalkeeper to win the match for the visitors. City withstood some final pressure and climbed back to the top of the league after six minutes of injury time.

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Combined Counties Premier Division football club playing at the Spectrum, Guildford.

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