Guildford City laboured to victory over Banstead Athletic in a niggly match played through an intense wind. Second half goals from Jack Guilford and Joel Hughes secured three points for the visitors.
The first half was a scrappy affair, neither side carving out any real chances although Banstead threatened twice from corners swung into the far post – the finishing touch lacking on both occasions. City came closest when Guilford flicked the ball on to Joel Hughes’ head, but the header looped into the arms of goalkeeper Colin Harris. Shortly before the break, the hosts found themselves with ten men after Ryan Elsey’s reckless challenge on Jaydon Gibbs.
City looked to press home their extra man advantage in the second period and scored in the 59th minute when Jack Guilford powered home after excellent work from Gibbs on the left wing. The lead was doubled when Joel Hughes capitalised on an under-hit backpass from Marshall in the 74th minute, rounding Harris to score into an empty net.
Banstead did not lie down however, and enjoyed a spell of possession that culminated with the ball in the back of the net after Antony Hall’s clearance ricocheted to a Banstead striker. Despite the ball making its way back to the centre circle, the referee and his assistant consulted and agreed that the scoring player must have been offside when he received the ball. Dan Moody and Billy Dunn both had chances to extend the lead, with Ben Camara also looking lively up front.
Antony Hall, Will Heavey, Ben Rayner, Simon Cooper [capt], Tony Chaplin, Corey Holder, Dan Moody, Jack Guilford (Paul Spencer 78), Austin Gacheru (Billy Dunn 78), Joel Hughes (Ben Camara 75), Jaydon Gibbs.
Unused substitutes: Luke Bradnick, Martin Debrah
Cautioned: Will Heavey, Simon Cooper, Tony Chaplin, Joel Hughes
Referee: D. Jones