Guildford City (1) 2, Bedfont Sports (0) 0
by Barry Underwood
In an entertaining match at the Spectrum on Saturday Guildford City’s run of improved form continued with a two goal victory and another clean sheet. Make no mistake though that opponents for the day Bedfont Sports played their full part in the match and on another day might have claimed a share of the spoils. The City side were missing Darryl Siaw who started a two match suspension, and Nemo Adams and Robbie Mundow suffering from knocks. On the plus side Shawn Lyle returned to the side after being cup-tied in midweek and new striker Matt Brown was given a debut following his re-location from the midlands.
The match flowed end to end for much of its duration and it was Bedfont who caused the first dangerous moment when the ball shot across the goalmouth. City responded well and Tom Booth on the right saw plenty of the ball. From one Booth pass Evan Lopes unleashed an effort from just outside the box that brushed the crossbar, and seconds later an excellent low cross from Booth just eluded Matt Brown on the edge of the six yard box. Bedfont responded in kind and Kallum Lunn was forced into action to save a shot from the edge of the box. The visitors always looked dangerous on the ball and the City backline needed to be at their best. The deadlock was broken on 34 minutes when Evan Lopes was brought down as he drove into the box; a decision that was disputed vehemently by the visitor’s defenders. Kiye Martin stepped up to take the spot kick which was saved by a diving Harvey Cheadle. Fortunately for Martin the rebound fell kindly and he drove the loose ball joyfully into the net. Five minutes before the interval Bedfont came close to equalising but Kallum Lunn dived low to pull off an exceptional save to ensure City remained ahead at the interval.
Bedfont came out for the second period determined to get themselves back in the game. Almost immediately Paul Johnson was given too much space to advance forward and his 20 yard shot forced another fine save by Lunn. Bedfont’s substitute Max Oldham noticeably livened up the visitor’s approach and it was Oldham who found himself bearing down on Lunn but the City keeper was up to the task saving with his legs. It was a good period for the visitors and Simo Mbonkwi half-volleyed a chance over the crossbar. Slowly Guildford worked their way back into the game and fine interplay between Evan Lopes and Kiye Martin gave Matt Brown a sight of goal. Brown, lacking match sharpness, miscued his effort which still bobbled just inches wide. Amazingly Guildford didn’t win their first corner of the match until the 77th minute. But from that corner City scored the all-important second goal. The ball was half-cleared and Shawn Lyle’s shot was blocked. There was a hint of a loose ball. Kiye Martin made an initial challenge and did enough for the ball to run loose again. Club skipper Greg Haydon was man on the spot and he did enough to divert the ball slowly goal ward for his second goal of the season. As the game went into stoppage time Kabuika Bendni and Max Oldham saw shots clear the crossbar for the visitors. But there was no denying City another league win which is good preparation for next Wednesday evening League Cup quarter-final. City man of the match, as voted by the supporters, was Kallum Lunn, narrowly ahead of Dan Akinwande who had another fine game in his defensive midfield role.
Team: Kallum Lunn, Callum Wilson, Tom Booth, Dan Akinwande, Greg Haydon, Lewis Leonetti, Evan Lopes (Josh Kaddu 82), Shawn Lyle, Matt Brown, Kiye Martin (Allan Bryan 81), Tom Bingham (David Koduah 69).
Referee: Peter Georgiou
Attendance – 64