Camberley Town (0) 0, Guildford City (1) 1
by Barry Underwood
At Krooner Park last evening Guildford City bounced back in admirable fashion from their disappointing weekend defeat. Clashes between these two sides are traditionally hard fought and this game was to be no exception. It was important for City to make a good start and it was apparent from the early minutes that the visitors were up for the challenge. As early as the fourth minutes Kiye Martin created a shooting chance for Shawn Lyle but he snatched at the chance and his shot screwed horribly wide. Minutes later Leon Lalor-Dell found himself in space and as he bore down on goal his touch was a little heavy and home keeper Stuart Norman was able to smother the chance. Clear goal scoring chances were at a premium at either end and Camberley’s first real opportunity on goal came after 39 minutes when a headed clearance fell to Nick Thumwood whose powerful effort from 15 yards was brilliantly saved by the diving Luke Badiali. This season Guildford has specialised in conceding goals just prior to the interval, but on this occasion they were to score themselves just two minutes before the break. Kiye Martin’s free-kick was met by Mario Embalo whose powerful header took a vicious deflection into the net off a defender’s chest. There was still time before the break for Luke Badiali to pull off a fine reaction save after the ball appeared at the last minute through a mass of bodies.
Guildford’s defence was dealing impressively with Camberley’s familiar tactic of firing high balls forward at every opportunity. Centre backs Greg Haydon and Connor Gales were especially impressive dealing with the aerial threat. It wasn’t all defence through and the visitors were constantly a threat on the break without actually creating a clear chance of goal. Powerful striker Shawn Lyle did well to reach the by-line but no yellow shirted colleague was present to convert his fine cross. With 12 minutes remaining Leon Lalor-Dell found space to fire goal ward from the edge of the box bringing the best out of Norman. The nerves of Guildford’s commendably noisy Sweeney, standing and singing in the drizzle, was tested on 80 minutes when Camberley won a free-kick on the edge of the visitor’s box. City keeper Luke Badiali was to prove equal to the task again by saving from the set-piece and the defence were able to scramble the ball away. In stoppage time Camberley won another free-kick in the City half and one final high ball was thrown into the danger area. Again the defence stood firm and the visitors were able to claim a very impressive away victory.
Team: Luke Badiali, Tom Booth, Darry Siaw, Greg Haydon, Bobby Dormer, Connor Gales, Leon Lalor-Dell (Jordan Goater 88), Will Hoare (Tom Bingham 85), Mario Embalo, Kiye Martin (Suleiman Djalo 60), Shawn Lyle. Unused sub: Marcel Henry-Francis.
Referee: Derrick Laing
Attendance – 72