Guildford City (0) 0, Knaphill (2) 4
by Barry Underwood
On another dismisally wet day Guildford produced an equally dismal performance. Full credit to the visitors who played splendidly and fully deserved their comprehensive victory; indeed except for a brilliant display by Aaron Bufton they would have won more comprehensively. In the first period Guildford were simply overrun. Defensively short of numbers currently the makeshift backline had no answer to the Matt Bunyan’s aerial threat, or movement of Perry Coles and Kane Fitzgerald. Guildford did have an early half chance from a corner but Kieran Campbell wasn’t able to adjust his feet fast enough for a shot. On 10 minutes Knaphill went ahead when a cross from the left got the slightest of touches from Bunyan to take it past Bufton into the net. City were conceding too many free-kicks which didn’t help their cause. Perry Coles shot over from a free-kick before moments later Bufton saved bravely at Matt Bunyan’s feet. Perry Coles then hit the post and the match was embarrassingly one sided. From another close range free-kick Ryan Dacres-Smith made a tremendous block, whilst in short order Bufton saved brilliantly another goal bound effort. On the half-hour it was 2-0. Sean Mason initially cleared the ball off the line but a resulting shot back in took a wicked deflection off a defender and went into the net. Frustratingly when Guildford had possession they gave it away cheaply which made the going extra hard.
In the second-half Guildford moved to a back three withdrawing both full-backs who had been given a torrid time before the break. There was a definite improvement in City’s performance and a glimmer of a hope that should they be able to get one goal the match could change. Knaphill still went forward impressively though and they had a strong penalty appeal rejected on 54 minutes. Minutes later Aaron Bufton again saved well but in Guildford’s best move of the game Tuan West surged forward and fed Leo Medrado who went down in the box but there were no serious appeals for a penalty. With 15 minutes remaining Knaphill killed the game when Kane Fitzgerald crossed from the right for Calvin Camara to shoot home. With 10 minutes remaining Bufton saved brilliantly tipping a close range header onto the crossbar. With a minute remaining Fitzgerald in acres of space fired a low cross along the six yard box where Matt Bunyan reacted first to poke the ball home. In stoppage time Tuan West shot a low free-kick through the wall to ensure that Knaphill had at least one shot to save during the afternoon.
Team: Arron Bufton, Kiyanu Pillay (Leo Medrado 46), Josh Burrowes (Sam Amure 46), Theo Woodhouse, Luke Beale (Josh Everard 62), Sean Mason, Tuan West, Ryan Dacres-Smith, Kieran Campbell, Dan Stewart, Cyril Ocansey. Unused subs: Josh Ogunseye, Dan Hurlow.
Referee: Shawn Barclay
Attendance – 67