On Saturday Guildford City make the long journey to the Sussex coast to face Newhaven FC of the Southern Combination League in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. This is the first time the clubs have met in a competitive fixture, and the host club go into the game sitting proudly top of their league with 13 points from their opening five matches. Last weekend Newhaven hosted St Francis Rangers in a League Cup tie winning 7-4; a result they followed up on Bank Holiday Monday, also at the Trafalgar Ground, by beating Hassocks in a league encounter 4-0.
Clearly City will have their work cut out against in-form opposition, but the visitors will go into the match encouraged by their experience at similarly in-form Thatcham Town last week in the FA Cup; a game in which City went down narrowly 3-2 in a battling performance. On Monday of this week a similar 3-2 result was achieved but this time it was a Guildford victory achieved against Sutton Common Rovers. Two goals from Matt York and a first for the season from Anthony Baker were enough to give City a lift in time for Saturday’s FA Vase tie.
Newhaven’s Trafalgar Ground is certainly worth a visit. Unusually for a ground at our level of football the Trafalgar Ground has a fine two tier main stand and over 1000 seats throughout the stadium. If you are lucky you will also get a fine view of the Dieppe ferry arriving/departing from the nearby ferry port. The weather forecast for Saturday is good and so why not travel down to support Guildford City at the start of their road to Wembley!
Being an FA Vase tie supporters might like to be aware that should the scores be level at the end of 90 minutes then 30 minutes of extra-time will be played. If the scores are still level at that point then the two sides will re-assemble at the Spectrum next Wednesday evening for a replay, kick-off at 7.45pm.
It is not too late to book a seat on the coach to Newhaven. Departure is from the Spectrum at 11.30am and the fare is £10 for adults and £6 for concessions. Bookings can be made by ringing 07740 104100. Those making their own way by car should plug Fort Road BN9 9DA into their sat navs. However please be aware that there is no car park at the ground and stringent car parking restrictions are in place. NO parking is permitted in Court Farm Road and it is recommended that cars should be parked on the nearby industrial estate, or next to the adjacent recreation ground. Because of the parking restrictions we would recommend travelling by coach if at all possible.