Knaphill (1) 1, Guildford City (2) 2
by Barry Underwood
Guildford City finally put paid to the Knaphill bogey at Redding Way on Tuesday evening. This was the fourth time the two sides had met this season, with the first three games going the way of Knaphill with a 3-1 scoreline. Knaphill opened the match brightly and seemed intent on claiming their fourth victory. On three minutes City keeper Kornel Ziobrowski tipped a long range effort over the bar, and minutes later he made an excellent double save to keep the scores level. Gradually though City settled and had good possession without producing a real threat on goal. Their first effort on goal came from a Kiye Martin free-kick on the edge of the box on 12 minutes. The Knaphill wall though did its job and the chance came to nothing. The home side always looked dangerous and twice deep crosses caused attempts on goal which brought Ziobrowski into action. Then with ten minutes until the interval the game burst into life. Firstly City took the lead when Jack Battie’s deep cross was volleyed home at the back post by the lurking Jordan Gallagher. Four minutes later, and to the delight of the travelling fans, City went two ahead. This time Dan Stewart swivelled on the edge of the box and his effort forced a diving save from Jordan Clement. Clement however was unable to hold the ball which squirmed free and Josh Burrowes was on hand to tuck the chance home. Hopes of City consolidating until the break were thwarted on 41 minutes when Knaphill scored when a low corner was allowed into the box where Rob Parrett converted from close range.
The second half was a more cagey affair. Both sides enjoyed periods of possession without a direct threat on goal. Connor Blanchard shot wide of the target for the home side, whilst on the hour Luke Beale glanced a header over the bar from a free-kick. With 25 minutes remaining Nemo Adams entered the fray from the bench after his injury lay off and slotted seamlessly into the centre of defence. Sadly for Knaphill their diminutive striker Danny Taylor was helped from the field with an injury later diagnosed as a fractured ankle. Taylor has been a form player for the home side this season and we wish him well in his recovery. Late in the game Kornel Ziobrowski did well to hold a powerful effort from wide and despite a series of Knaphill corners and free-kicks City saw out the five minutes of stoppage time to claim the points.
Team: Kornel Ziobrowski, David Opoku (Nemo Adams 66), Josh Burrowes, Luke Beale, Chris Tancock, Robbie Mundow (Shawn Clement-Peter 60), Jack Battie, Kiye Martin, Jordan Gallagher (Evan Lopes 77), Dan Stewart, Nathaniel Williams. Unused subs: David Burton, Will Kouadio.
Referee: John Bolland