Guildford City travel to Farm Park, the home of AFC Hayes on Saturday (3pm kick-off) to renew our relationship with a fellow former Southern League club. Our two team’s only previous encounters were in the 2012-13 season when both clubs featured in the Southern League Division One Central division. City won 4-3 at Farm Park in a midweek thriller courtesy of goals from Dan Moody (2), Ben Rayner and an own goal. This match came during a marvellous start to the season that temporarily saw City top of the table, and winners of the Central division “Team of the Month”. Later in the season at Guildford, AFC Hayes gained their revenge, winning 2-0 with two goals from Lawrie Shennan. Interestingly current squad member Bruce McPhail came on as a second half substitute in the match at the Spectrum, played in the chilly days of January.
AFC Hayes, nicknamed the Brook, made a slow start to this CCL season after being relegated from the Southern League last season. However they seem now to have found their feet having won their last three league encounters 1-0 versus Horley (H), 1-0 versus Westfield (A) and on Tuesday of this week 3-2 at Bedfont Sports where in an exciting match Sam Saydee, Ronnel Dennis and Jordan Berry (pen) netted for the Brook. In a sign of the end to end nature of the match AFC Hayes goalkeeper Bobby Khiara was adjudged man of the match after pulling off a whole series of splendid saves.
City manager Dean Thomas and everybody connected with the club was understandably delighted with the side’s 5-3 victory over Raynes Park in his first game in charge, and the side that travels to Farm Park shouldn’t be lacking in confidence. Three players are added to last week’s squad; Jack Collins returns after work commitments, Nathaniel Williams is fit after injury and Matt York is once again available for selection.
As ever your support for the lads at Farm Park would be very much appreciated. City are fortunate to have a loyal band of travelling fans (the Sweeney) and any additional travelling fans will be very welcome.