Guildford City (2) 2, Farnham Town (2) 6
by Barry Underwood
With 10 minutes of the match remaining Guildford’s Leon Dadey thundered a volley against the crossbar for what would have been an equalising goal. By full-time Guildford had capitulated to lose the match by a four-goal margin. It was a terrible end to a game that had seen City very much in the match, although to be fair Farnham had looked throughout the livelier of the sides. This is a testing time for Guildford City. Continued player absence is not helping but the lack of consistency between games, or even within games is costing the side dear.
Early on Stuart Norman saved well at the near post after which the match settled into a game of possession. It was the home side that opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Charlie Samuels crossed in from the left for Leon Dadey at the back post to head back into the danger area where Ashley Hitchinson converted from close range. Farnham drew level seven minutes later and it came indirectly from a Chris Ellis monster long throw. The ball was crossed back across the box where Rob Carr turned the ball in at the far post. Both sides then had half chances. Stuart Norman saved well from a header, whilst Jamie Pearce saw a long-range shot go wide. Farnham went ahead on 39 minutes. What looked a misplaced volley went across the box and straight to Seb Karczewski and the big striker netted from close range. Non-plussed City drew back level within a minute. Again, Samuels did well on the left and his cross was met by the on-rushing Leon Dadey for his first goal of the season.
Five minutes after the restart Farnham were back in the lead. A straightforward ball across the box was missed by a defender and Will Hellestoe smashed a powerful shot past Stuart Norman. Guildford now had to chase the game. Stuart Norman produced a superb reflex save to keep the home side in the match. There was pushing and prodding from both sides without clear openings at either end. In the 80th minute Leon Dadey’s volley smashed against the bar and after a scramble the ball was cleared. Farnham clinched the match five minutes later when Connor Young scored a remarkable chipped goal from an acute angle. In stoppage time Billy Murphy shot into the side netting but there was still time for City’s defence to fall apart and concede two further goals from Young and Tom Smith.
Team: Stuart Norman, Stephan Langley, Jake Rumble, Olly Edwardes, Oliver Creed (Harvey Valter 79), Lloyd Connelly, Ashley Hitchinson (Darijus Sulnis 63), Zeid Hannachi (Neil Roissetter 66), Jamie Pearce (Billy Murphy 85), Charlie Samuel, Leon Dadey.
Referee: Harry Yellen
Attendance – 137