Walton & Hersham (3) 5, Guildford City (0) 1 
by Barry Underwood 

To say that it was an unhappy afternoon for the City would be an understatement. The middle of three consecutive matches against the trio of top clubs saw Guildford fall to a second heavy reverse, although the sending off of goalkeeper Mike McEntegart in the first half will not have assisted their cause. Early on with eleven players City came under pressure and twice the home side hit the woodwork; the first of which saw McEntegart making a flying save to tip a fierce effort onto the bar. It wasn’t truly a surprise though when Walton went ahead when a low cross was converted at close range by Ollie Twum. Within minutes City were two down when McEntegart received a first yellow when attempting to prevent a Walton player take the ball round him. Up stepped Harry Mills to score from the spot. City’s best chance in the first period saw Harry Laflin take a high cross on his chest but his early effort was blocked for a corner. The home side had much of the possession with Guildford attempting to get players behind the ball. But City lost all realistic hope of recovery minutes before the break. Mike McEntegart conceded another penalty when attempting to prevent another rampant forward from going past him. The City keeper predictably received a second yellow and with no substitute keeper on the bench, the skipper Antonio Simeone took over the gloves and in fact made a good early save.

The spirits of the travelling Sweeney were lifted on 51 minutes when City pulled a goal back. Harrison Livingstone made good ground on the right before firing over what surely was a cross that nevertheless crept in under the crossbar at the back of the goal. Although a disappointing performance you had to credit City in the second period for battling hard for some semblance of respectability. Dean Rule netted a fourth for the home side on 59 minutes driving a cross shot past an understandably static Simeone. When substitute Billy Connor managed to wriggle free on 77 minutes he was clearly impeded as he entered the box but not in the referee’s opinion. Commendably Simeone made a fine diving save late on before in the last-minute Walton were awarded a third penalty. Harry Mills stepped up to achieve a hattrick of spot kicks. With the very last kick of the match City’s Harry Laflin’s goalscoring attempt from the halfway line dropped just inches wide of the post.

Team: Mike McEntegart, Kyrell Palmer, Ethan Nelson-Roberts, Antonio Simeone, James Glover, Jack Miles, Yannick Monga, Adam Green, Harry Laflin, Harrison Livingstone (Billy Connor 75), Reece Deakin. Unused subs: Nathaniel Mensah, Faris Khallouqi, James Faulkner.

Referee: Isaac Blakey  

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