Guildford City concluded their pre-season programme on Tuesday evening with a 4-2 victory against Cobham. Manager Kevin Rayner fielded his likely starting line-up for Saturday in the first half and goals from Sam Spencer (2), Khari Oriogun and Anthony Baker saw City go in at the interval with a comfortable lead.
For the second period Rayner fielded a much changed line up, and despite the loss of the first halves cohesive approach play, City still had several good goal scoring opportunities. Credit to Cobham who continually posed a threat, scoring two late goals.
City therefore head to Hanworth Villa’s Rectory Meadow on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) to embark upon our first Combined Counties season for three years after an all too brief spell in the Southern League.
Season 2014-15 promises to be a highly competitive season with only one promotion spot available at the season’s end. Ashford Town and Chertsey Town have like us dropped down from the Southern League and will be keen to challenge for a quick return. Camberley Town were runners-up last season and will be keen to go one step further, whilst Windsor are sure to challenge once again. Hartley Wintney showed last year what a good side they are by reaching the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, whilst Hanworth Villa, always a tough nut to crack on their own ground, won the CCL Cup. If both these sides can find their cup form in the league they will be very tough sides to beat.
Spelthorne come up to the Premier division this year having been undefeated in their league campaign last season and so won’t be lacking confidence. Similarly last year Westfield had an excellent first season in the Premier division and we can anticipate a strong Championship bid from them this time round.
Cove can’t be overlooked and are another side that will be challenging. Both Epsom & Ewell and Molesey have good histories of playing football at a higher level. Epsom & Ewell play some cracking football on their day, whilst Molesey are overdue a promotion challenge. As well as the sides mentioned there is always somebody who sneak under the radar. Who will that club be this year? Colliers Wood or Raynes Park Vale perhaps? Whatever happens we can be sure of an exciting season with plenty of goals, excitement and drama.