Guildford City (0) 0, Horley Town (2) 2
by Barry Underwood
After last weekend’s mixed performances Guildford City went into this match against Horley Town very much looking to find their form and get their season back on track. But in a scrappy first half it was apparent that the side were still struggling to find their mojo. Mind you there was little activity at either end during the early stages, although the first chance when it came was to the visitors; Mike McEntegart being forced to save with his legs from Josh Rapson. Guildford responded with Jude Brown bursting out of midfield with the ball at his feet, before passing to Max Oldham whose effort curled over the bar. The match then entered a nondescript period which was broken by Horley taking the lead on 28 minutes. The goal came when City conceded possession deep in their half, and George Membillera took a couple of paces forward before drilling a low shot into the corner. The home side did win a succession of corners, one of which keeper Barnett missed and Briggs Ojemen headed wide. From another corner on 35 minutes Sean Basaye had a free header in the box but sadly his effort went over the bar. For Horley Lewis Perch’s free kick went wide of the goal, before on 39 minutes City had their best chance of the game. An excellent cross from Adeyemi was met superbly by Sean Basaye but his headed attempt cannoned off the crossbar and was cleared. Then seconds before the interval Horley scored an all-important second goal. Two attempts to clear the ball were missed and Mario Quiassaca pounced to score from close range.
Manager Paul Barnes responded by introducing three substitutes for the second half. Roberto Ratti, Nathaniel Mensah and Prince Mbengui were introduced in place of Mike Coppinger, Isy Nzelo and Max Oldham respectively. Whether as a result of the changes or not City were much brighter after the interval. They certainly dominated possession although clearly, they were still unable to score against a disciplined Horley defence. An early Briggs Ojemen piledriver was tipped over by Barnett, and from the resulting corner another City effort slammed against the crossbar; this time from Antonio Simeone. You just felt that if a goal came a recovery ala Walton might well be on the cards. A challenging Ojemen cross just evaded Nathaniel Mensah, who seconds later saw a fierce shot saved well by Barnett diving to his right. As the game advanced there was an air of desperation. Fred Hill cut into the box, but his effort was comfortably saved. On 72 minutes two Prince Mbengui efforts missed the target, and minutes later he again had a good chance, but perhaps mindful of his previous misses he looked to set up a colleague and the chance was lost. In the final moments Antonio Simeone saw a half volley go wide, whilst with their only effort of the half Horley came perilously close to snatching a third.
Team: Michael McEntegart, Isy Nzelo (Prince Mbengui 46), Antonio Simeone, Briggs Ojemen, Sean Basaye, Fred Hill, Max Oldham (Nathaniel Mensah 46), Mike Coppinger (Roberto Ratti 46), Jude Brown (Edson Da Silva 57), Ryan Richefond, Jordan Adeyemi. Unused sub: Luke Roberts.
Referee: Chris Williams
Attendance – 187