Cobham (1) 2, Guildford City (0) 1
by Barry Underwood
In front of a large travelling support Guildford City put in another disappointing performance that saw them slip to a sorry defeat. For some reason after some good early season performances City seem to have lost their joie de vivre. Too often passing moves broke down and sad to say City’s players too often came off second best in the physical challenge. The home side had a great chance to take the lead after just two minutes when space opened in the middle of the defence, but the effort went just wide of the post. As disappointing as they were City still carved out some chances. A tremendous Michael Dart block prevented a Jordan Adeyemi effort, whilst minutes later Mike Coppinger supplied Roberto Ratti who fired over the top. A moment of hot headedness from Jordan Adeyemi on 28 minutes saw Guildford go behind. Chasing an attacker into the box Adeyemi in a rash moment tripped the forward for an undeniable penalty. Up stepped Jon Hood who converted with ease. After the goal City lifted but to no avail in front of goal. Debutant Ashley Elson picked up a loose ball but could get a forceful effort away. Mike Coppinger saw a fine long-range effort saved low down, and after a surging run Edson Da Silva blazed over the crossbar.
There was a hopeful moment just after the break when Elson was brought down on the edge of the box, but Prince Mbengui’s free kick dipped over the bar. Still Guildford huffed and puffed but it was the home side who next came close; Ryan Marklew heading wide from a free header. On 68 minutes Cobham scored their second goal. Guildford gave possession away cheaply giving Jon Hood the chance to advance on goal and blast the ball into the top corner. There were half chances. An under hit Adeyemi effort was comfortably saved, and with ten minutes remaining the same player glanced a header wide from Oldham’s cross. Another cross, this time from James Glover, was headed wide by Nathaniel Mensah. With three minutes remaining City did get the ball in the net. A low Briggs Ojemen cross was bundled over the line by Antonio Simeone. In stoppage time Ryan Richefond had a great chance to equalise but whilst trying to place his shot the effort was blocked. There was just time for Antonio Simeone to gain a red card for an argument with a Cobham coach, and Cobham were understandably delighted when the final whistle blew.
Team: Michael McEntegart, Ryan Richefond, Omar Belazregue, Antonio Simeone, Briggs Ojemen, Prince Mbengui (Fred Hill 60), Edson Da Silva (Nathaniel Mensah 74), Mike Coppinger, Roberto Ratti (Max Oldham 46), Ashley Elson (James Glover 65), Jordan Adeyemi. Unused sub: Luke Roberts.
Referee: Daryl Ann