Guildford City Football Club are pleased to announce the signing today of 31 year old striker Sam Wright. Wright joins us from Surrey Elite League champions Horsley where he was a key member of their treble-winning side last season, scoring 18 goals in 23 appearances. Now keen to try his hand at a higher level, Wright has a physical presence and holds the ball up well. The club issues a warm welcome to Sam and hopes that he has a successful stay at the club. In other squad news full-back James Davies is currently unavailable due to work commitments, whilst Bruce McPhail, currently the clubs longest serving player, has suffered a major foot injury which is likely to keep him side-lined for the remainder of the season. We wish Bruce well for his recovery.
After a Saturday off Guildford City return to league action this Saturday when they visit Bedfont Sports (kick-off at 3pm). Bedfont have made a slow start to the current campaign and currently are sitting in 20th position in the league table. However such is the competitive nature of the Premier division this season there are very few points separating the majority of clubs, and remarkably despite their lowly position the Bedfont defence has proved itself amongst the meanest in the division conceding just 17 times. On the other hand goal scoring hasn’t been a strong point thus far with just 16 goals scored in league matches, compared to City’s 34. Off of the field Bedfont have made great strides in recent months with extra seating being added behind the goal. On Tuesday of this week Bedfont warmed up for our encounter by drawing 1-1 with Farnham Town at Hatton Road courtesy of a late Bedfont equaliser.
Next Tuesday evening our much awaited Surrey Senior Cup tie against local rivals Godalming Town takes place at Wey Court, kick-off at 7.45pm. With Godalming playing in the Southern League, Division One our paths haven’t crossed since our own brief sojourn in the Southern League in the 2013-14 season. During that season City lost at WeyCourt 1-0 in September, whilst in the return at the Spectrum in January in front of a bumper 163 crowd saw a feisty 0-0 draw, in a game that saw City finish with nine men after the dismissals of Jamie Thoroughgood and Darren Stapleton. Interest in Tuesday’s fixture is certainly building with City manager Dean Thomas and several City players either hailing from or living in Godalming. This is a big match for both sides and your support for the lads on the evening would be very much appreciated. Admission will be £8 for adults, £5 over 65’s & students, £1 under 16s and free for under 11s.