Guildford City suffered league defeat for the first time since April as Colliers Wood United capitalised on two defensive errors either side of half time to turn this match around. Joel Hughes had headed City into a 23rd minute lead during a first half in which the visitors impressed with some excellent movement up front. They failed to take their chances, hitting the bar at one point, and were made to pay at the end of the first half. In the 45th minute, as Elvis Defreitas passed back to goalkeeper Antony Hall, the ball bobbled/skidded/vaporised past his foot and rolled agonisingly into the corner of the net to level the scores.
City were then caught in possession in the first moments of the second half, and Colliers Wood were able to swing a perfect cross into the box and Nathan Turner headed home unmarked. It got worse from then on as the hosts played neat football, barley giving City a sniff for the next 20 minutes. In that time they scored twice more, once when a stranded Hall was rounded by Mario Embalo and then Joe Maed netted from the penalty spot. A double substitution eventually brought Guildford to life. Jack Guilford and Ben Rayner both went close, with shots coming back off the post, a long range effort tipped over the bar and Guilford firing just over from close range. City were granted a lifeline in the 81st minute when Ben Camara got a touch to Simon Cooper’s shot, but the comeback wasn’t to be.
Antony Hall, Elvis Defreitas, Ben Rayner, Simon Cooper [capt.], Tony Chaplin, Corey Holder, Dan Moody, Jack Guilford, Austin Gacheru (Lance Banton-Brown 70), Joel Hughes (Ben Camara 70), Jaydon Gibbs (Will Heavey 60).
Unused substitutes: Luke Bradnick, Michael Hall
Cautions: Elvis Defreitas, Simon Cooper, Corey Holder, Will Heavey
Referee: P. Johnson