Camberley Town 0, Guildford City 0
by Barry Underwood
Following their handsome victory over Fleet last weekend, the Guildford side went into this match confident of another positive result. This though was a different sort of match, and both teams took a point in what was a scrappy encounter at Krooner Park. Both defences dominated and truthfully a point apiece was a fair reflection of the game, although Guildford certainly edged the first period with more possession and attempts on goal.
In the opening minutes target man striker Omar Folkes spun in the box but saw his effort blocked. Minutes later the same player took a high cross on his chest and volleyed over the crossbar. There was a moment of anxiety, in an otherwise disciplined City defence, when a corner bounced right through the six-yard box without a touch. On the half hour from a free kick Antonio Simeone headed back across goal, where Omar Folkes headed powerfully goalward but straight into the keeper arms. A minute later from a deep corner Yannick Monga volleyed inches over the bar in what might have been City’s best goalscoring opportunity. Late in the half Guildford upped their game and in stoppage time a fierce effort from Nathaniel Mensah was saved well by the home keeper.
Guildford sadly were unable to repeat their dominance after the break. The home side enjoyed more possession, and for much of the half City were pinned back, although defensively they were never seriously troubled. Camberley’s best chance came on the hour when from a corner they headed just wide of the post. Guildford’s best moments of the half came from crosses into the box that just didn’t fall to a City player. Mike Coppinger and Max Oldham both had shots blocked, but in the end the final whistle blew to conclude an even contest.
Team: Mike McEntegart, James Glover, Fred Hill, Antonio Simeone, Bertie Lloyd, Prince Mbengui, Yannick Monga Ebwe, Mike Coppinger (Ben Cotton 73), Max Oldham, Omar Folkes (Ashley Elson 73), Nathaniel Mensah. Unused subs: Campbell Scott, Joe Monday, Luke Roberts.
Referee: Daniel Bishop