Guildford City (0) 0, Redhill (2) 2
by Barry Underwood 

In their best performance for a number of games the new look Guildford side deserved something for their determined exploits. Sadly though they switched off twice within six first-half minutes and were made to pay. City started brightly and matched their opponents for much of the first period. Chances at either end were scarce. For City a cross that threatened to drop under the crossbar caused Jack Minchin an anxious moment, whilst Hayford shot over the bar from range for the visitors. Guildford should have had a golden opportunity to take the lead. From their best move of the match Ethan Etukudo burst into the penalty area. Whilst about to pull the trigger Etukudo went to ground following a heavy challenge from behind. Inexplicably the referee felt it was a fair challenge and play was waved on. The saying is “some you get, some you don’t”. Well Guildford certainly don’t seem to be getting their fair share of the calls because they have now gone 26 matches without the award of a spot-kick. Then to compound matters Redhill responded with a goal of their own. Jason Kaate picked up the ball on the left where he cut in and drove a low shot past the debutant Jack Coleman. Seconds before the half-time whistle Redhill took a two-goal lead. Derrick Hayford tried what looked a speculative effort, but it was enough to nestle in the corner of the net.

Guildford came out after the break in positive fashion. Kyron Richards tried a speculative attempt of his own, but it drifted wide. After some fine play on the edge of the box it seemed that City must score but with several home players in the mix, they just couldn’t get a shot away. On 70 minutes Billy Connor made ground on the right and his cross/shot flashed right across the goal for a goal-kick. Late on an Adam Green shot from the edge of the box forced Minchin into a fine diving save. But that was as close it got. It was a vastly improved City performance and an important step forward for the new look squad.

Team: Jack Coleman, Kyron Richards, Kyrell Palmer, Kailan North, Lawson Bright, Campbell Scott, Billy Connor (Zac Seys 80), Adam Green, Nathaniel Mensah (Eddie McKinlay 76), Lewis Inglis, Ethan Etukudo (Fariz Khallouqi 80). Unused subs: Jordan Kyezu, Jack Collins.

Referee: Daniel Trout

Attendance – 86