Guildford City (0) 1, Redhill (1) 1
by Barry Underwood
Guildford rescued a point against an impressive Redhill side with a stoppage time equaliser courtesy of a Cameron Gyeabour goal. The sides had met seven days previously in a seven-day thriller with City coming up on top. Pundits felt this was an all-round better Redhill performance, playing good passing football on an uneven surface. Guildford worked hard but couldn’t inject the fluency seen in recent games. City’s main attacking threat came from set pieces directed to the head of 6ft 6ins Andy Matthews. Early on a flick on just evaded the predatory Shane Rideout. Redhill could have opened the scoring on seven minutes when Pedro Moco shot over from a good position. Mid-half a defensive lapse gave Redhill another opportunity but Adam Neale’s effort went wide. With the half hour approaching Guildford came very close. Andy Matthews headed a corner back across goal to be met by Scott Costello whose effort struck the crossbar. City now enjoyed a good period of pressure without creating a clear opening. For Redhill a low cross just evaded Tyrese Sutherland and it was the visitors who took the lead on the cusp of half-time. Good build up on the left gave Andrew Demby the opportunity of shooting low into the corner from the edge of the box.
In the first period Guildford’s raids down the flanks were rather few and far between. This improved after the break and from Jack Webb’s cross Leon Dadey’s first time effort was saved for a corner. Andy Matthews met the resulting corner with a powerful header which was directed straight at Harvey Keogh in the Redhill goal. From a free-kick Guildford again came close. This time the cross was met by Stephan Langley whose glancing header just cleared the crossbar. Redhill pushed forward in the latter stages forcing Craig Smith into an impressive double save. Guildford were nearly made to pay for losing possession in their own box but they escaped when the effort went over the bar. The game entered stoppage time and Guildford launched one further long throw. Again, Andy Matthews won the header. The loose ball found Billy Nutbeam whose powerful shot was parried by Keogh, and Cameron Gyeabour was on hand to fire the ball home. Just moments later there was nearly a repeat from a free kick but, on this occasion, Gyeabour was judged marginally offside.
Team: Craig Smith, Stephan Langley (Shane Cheeseman 75), Billy Nutbeam, Campbell Scott (Ashley Hitchinson 25), Scott Costello, Andy Matthews, Jack Webb, Tommu Brunton, Jamie Pearce (Cameron Gyeabour 85), Shane Rideout (Sam Hunt 58), Leon Dadey (Tom Hegarty 62).
Referee: Ryan Woods
Attendance – 102