Guildford City enjoyed a near-perfect preparation to the 2011/12 season with five wins from six pre-season matches.
A match with Worcester Park started things, and was a clash between the champions of the two Combined Counties League divisions. Goals from Gibbs (2) – get used to seeing that in this report! – Moody and Gacheru secured a 4-1 victory for City.
Local side Worplesdon Phoenix were the next opponents, and were comfortably beaten 3-1 in driving rain at the Surrey Sports Park, albeit after a close opening half hour. Goals from Simpson, Gacheru and Bradnick.
A trip to Isthmian League Division One South side Whyteleafe beckoned a few days later, and two second goals from trialist Tom Carter and new signing Martin Debrah secured a strong 2-0 win for City.
The only ‘blot’ on the record was a 1-1 draw with another side beginning with W, Warlingham. An Austin Gacheru goal levelled the scores against the Combined Counties League Division One team.
Guildford City travelled to Hampshire to face Wessex League side Alton Town, who a week previously had seen off Ash United 7-0! An early goal put the hosts in front but City hit back immediately, and with style, going in 3-1 up at the break. After plenty of substitutions for both sides, goals for Gacheru, GIbbs (2), Camara and Moody sealed a 5-2 victory.
The final game of pre-season saw City travel to local rivals Godalming Town in defence of the CHASE Trophy, and what an entertaining match it turned out to be! Having initially struggled against a strong Godalming attack, City were 1-0 down after ten minutes. But they hit back soon afterwards when Jaydon Gibbs lifted a deft lob over the goalkeeper. Gibbs got his (2) when he smuggled the ball home shortly before half time. City were particularly impressive in the second half, and added two more goals through Dan Moody and Luke Bradnick to give a 4-1 lead over opponents from the league above. Godalming got stuck in and reduced the deficit with two goals in quick succession. This would have set up a nervy finish had Luke Bradnick not drilled home City’s fifth with just a few minutes remaining. As such, City lifted the CHASE Trophy for the third time after a game characterised by some excellent passages of play and even better finishes!
We would like to extend our thanks to Godalming Town for their efforts in putting the game on and being exemplary hosts once again.