Horsham YMCA, Hailsham Town and a Work Party (it sounds like a title for a book)

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Horsham v GCFC
Horsham v GCFC

The first leg of Guildford City’s pre-season quest to Sussex resulted in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Horsham YMCA last evening. YMCA’s Gorings Mead is an impressive venue for Step 5 football and full credit to the home club who gave a warm welcome to travelling Sweeney members. City opened impressively playing their now customary possession football. With Anthony Baker back from holiday and partnering Dan Stewart up front gaps were being found in the home defence. Indeed after just four minutes City nudged ahead after good work from Stewart and Baker led to Athan Smith-Joseph shooting home from 10 yards. Playing some delightful football City spurned other chances and late in the half YMCA exerted more pressure and twice missed chances from good positions. The second period saw YMCA maintain a territorial advantage but City worked hard defensively, and offensively always looked dangerous on the break with 16 year old wingers Ashan Smith-Joseph and Jamie Howard constantly looking a threat. As the game approached the hour mark YMCA drew level from the penalty spot. Within minutes though City regained the lead courtesy of Athan Smith-Joseph who picked his spot from 15 yards. James Ryan shot spectacularly against the post but the game’s remaining goal was claimed by Horsham who converted powerfully from an acute angle for what was in all honesty a deserved equaliser.

City’s manager Donovan Chislett spoke to interviewer Ian Plested after the match, you can listen to the interview here.

On Saturday Guildford move onto the second leg of their tour of Sussex when they make the long journey to The Beaconsfield, the home of Hailsham Town. The match is a double-header with the first team game kicking-off at 2.30pm, and an U’21 match between the clubs starting at 4.30pm. Last Saturday Hailsham hosted a similar double-header against fellow CCL club Cobham, winning the U’21 fixture 1-0, and the first team match 3-2. For those travelling Hailsham has advised us that the correct postcode for sat nav purposes is BN27 3JF. There is no parking at the ground and the entrance to The Beaconsfield is signposted and is via a footpath located opposite SETYRES. There is parking on the Diplocks Industrial Estate. A relevant link to Google Maps is available here – https://goo.gl/maps/T12lg .

On Sunday 2 August Kevin Parker is leading a working party at the Spectrum. With our first home fixture now confirmed for Wednesday 12 August there is a lot of general maintenance and tidying jobs to be done. Kev will be there between 9am and midday and will be pleased to see anybody who wishes to join him.