Pre-season is continuing apace and at Ash Manor on Saturday Guildford City and Broadbridge Heath played out a highly entertaining 4-4 draw. Without question City looked impressive in possession and their passing and attacking flair was impressive indeed. At the same time manager Don Chislett was disappointed at some soft goals conceded but overall he was happy at the steady improvement shown as the start of the season proper draws closer.
Dan Stewart shot City ahead after 11 minutes with a typically cool finish and he could have scored a hat-trick in the first half but for several spectacular saves by the visitor’s goalkeeper. An equaliser after 23 minutes saw the scores level at the interval. But the action didn’t cease after 45 minutes, with both sides sharing a further six goals in the second period. First a deflected Kiyanu Pillay effort put City ahead, only for Broadbridge to volley home a fine equaliser on 57 minutes. A defensive error saw the visitor’s go ahead against the run of play after 67 minutes. Within a minute City were back level when Matt York headed home from a corner. As the game entered its final stages Alex Zubaidi came off the bench to smash a “goal of the season” 25 yarder beyond the reach of the despairing dive of the goalkeeper. It looked as if City had done enough to claim another pre-season victory but in the final seconds the visitor’s drove a fierce effort across goal that cannoned off the unfortunate York and into the net.
Manager Donovan Chislett gave his post match thoughts to interviewer Ian Plested, you can listen to the interview here.
With three pre-season fixtures left to play, Guildford City move on to Gorings Mead (RH13 5BP)on Tuesday to play Horsham YMCA. Kick-off is at 7.30pm. Then on Saturday 1 August, City make the long journey to Hailsham Town (BN27 3DN) for a double-header. The first team match will kick-off at 2.30pm, whilst City and Hailsham’s U’21s will commence at 4.30pm.