Guildford City (3) 6, Fleet Town (0) 1
by Barry Underwood
After a difficult week of change Guildford bounced back to form in the most spectacular of ways. Full credit to stand-in manager Tristan Rees who assisted by Benson Miyoba oversaw City’s biggest win for five years. From the off Guildford were “on it” and after just four minutes they had taken the lead. Nathaniel Mensah charged down a clearance before driving into the box and placing the ball beyond Allen and into the corner of the net. Fleet passed the ball nicely but weren’t able to seriously threaten, although Tom Wensley’s long throws required Lloyd and Simeone to constantly be on their toes to nullify the aerial threat. Fred Hill and Yannick Monga both went close before on 27 minutes City scored their second. Max Oldham, who was lively throughout, crossed low from the right and Omar Folkes turned the ball in from six yards. Within minutes it was three and what a goal it was scored on the counter attack. Folkes released Prince Mbengui on the left and his low cross was successfully converted by Max Oldham. Four minutes before the break Omar Folkes again got on the end of Oldham’s cross but his downward header bounced just wide.
Guildford should have scored in the opening move of the second half. Max Oldham was again involved, and the ball was pulled back from the by-line but to his intense disappointment Mike Coppinger lifted a golden chance over the crossbar. The visitors did pull a goal back when a cross field pass set Kofi Halliday free, and his low shot found the corner of the net. But any thought of a Fleet recovery was put to bed on 70 minutes. Yannick Monga did well on the left and his cross was turned into his own net by a defender under pressure. From that moment Guildford let loose as the visitors came under considerable pressure. On 77 minutes a lovely Ben Cotton pass put Max Oldham through on goal to blast the ball past Lee Allen. Minutes later it was six when Ashley Elson’s cross was met by Nathaniel Mensah. Mensah’s header struck the post, but he reacted first to stab home the rebound to complete his double. An excellent afternoon’s entertainment to get Guildford’s season back on track.
Team: Mike McEntegart, James Glover (Campbell Scott 85), Fred Hill, Bertie Lloyd, Antonio Simeone, Prince Mengui (Ben Cotton 70), Yannick Monga, Max Oldham, Mike Coppinger, Nathaniel Mensah, Omar Folkes (Ashley Elson 70). Unused subs: Joe Monday, Luke Roberts.
Referee: Neil Keirs
Attendance – 143