By Barry Underwood.
Guildford City’s start to the new season has been anything but straight forward. After sparkling early performances, injury and availability issues continue to pose Kev Rayner problems. With Antony Hall absent on holiday, loanee keeper Andy Greaves was drafted in from Redhill, and with the regular centre-back pairing still missing a re-organised back four was on display at Krooner Park. On a brighter note City’s side did feature an impressive debutant striker in the form of Stefan Joseph recently signed from Chipstead.
The home side somewhat fortuitously went ahead after seven minutes; a in swinging corner from the right being punched clear by Greaves straight into the face of Doug Ford and into the net! City responded and from a quick corner Khari Oriogun hit a first time effort over the bar. Minutes later City were level. David Unwin’s long ball down the line saw Camberley’s defence caught in possession by the rampaging Stef Joseph. Calmly advancing into the box Joseph promptly despatched the ball just inside the post. City were in truth often on the back foot with Camberley dominating much of the midfield battle, and it wasn’t a great surprise when they went ahead. City’s offside line was broken on the left and Emmanuel Quarsie was in plenty of space to head home from 15 yards. The same player almost put the home side further ahead just before the interval but thankfully for City his acrobatic volley was directed straight at Andy Greaves.
Guildford opened the second period in livelier fashion and enjoyed their best period of the match. Almost immediately Jack Guilford forced Power-Simpson into a last ditch save, and a minute later Guilford headed just over from Ben Rayner’s free-kick. A further minute later and City were level. Jordan Taylor, on for the injured Khari Oriogun, found Stef Joseph on the left. His powerful run took him past two defenders and into the box. His low effort rebounded up off of the keeper’s legs and Ben Rayner was on hand to head home. There was no doubt that at this stage City were very much back in the game, and it was to take a 25 yard wonder strike from ex-Aldershot midfielder Ryan Scott to change matters after 54 minutes. The game was in the balance but Camberley were showing more urgency and the game was effectively decided on the hour when Matt Bunyan converted from close range. With City’s makeshift defence increasingly under pressure there was danger of the floodgates opening, especially after Bunyan slotted home Camberley’s fifth after 69 minutes. A late header from Anthony Baker wasn’t far from gaining a late consolation for City but it wasn’t to be, and now City move on to two consecutive home matches against Westfield and Chertsey Town; games that have become important to get Guildford’s season back on track.
Team: Andy Greaves, Elvis Defreitas, Bruce McPhail, Tom Penson, David Unwin (Yacine Moussi 60), Ben Rayner, Anthony Baker, Jack Guilford (Junior Alade 73), Sam Spencer, Stefan Joseph, Khari Oriogun (Jordan Taylor 42). Unused subs: Lamin Bah, Nuno Pereira.
Yellow cards: Ben Rayner, Tom Penson
Referee: Stephen Hawkes
Attendance – 106
Post Match Interviews
Kev Rayner reflects on the disappointing defeat against Camberley Town here.