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Another Disappointing Defeat for City Hovering Above the Relegation Zone

Published on: 19 Mar, 2024
Updated on: 19 Mar, 2024

Sandhurst (in red) successfully defend a City attack. Photo Jon Woozley.

Sandhurst Town (0) 3, Guildford City (0) 0

By Barry Underwood

Guildford City fell to another disappointing defeat at mid-table Sandhurst Town on Saturday (March 16).

With six games remaining, City are hovering uncomfortably close to the relegation zone and an upturn in form and good fortune is urgently required.

At Sandhurst’s Bottom Meadow stadium, it was the home side who enjoyed territorial advantage although City’s defended admirably, and with the match goalless at the interval there was all to play for in the second period.

In the early stages, Guildford had posed problems on the break, with Anthony Ogbanufe especially looking dangerous on the left. Sandhurst saw several long-range efforts go wide, whilst Owen Sims shot over the bar from a free kick.

But in first-half stoppage time Mac Chisholm for forced to save, doing well to push a shot across goal away for a corner.

Guildford looked more of an attacking threat after the break. Anthony Ogbanufe’s shot from an angle went wide, and the arrival off the bench of Shane Johnson lifted the threat a notch or two.

Anthony Ogbanufe shapes to shoot, but no luck. Photo Jon Woozley.

On 56 minutes a corner was half cleared, and Johnson’s shot on the turn rolled agonisingly wide. Two minutes later Mac Chisholm saved a shot from an acute angle.

But parity on the scoreboard was broken on 62 minutes when Harvey Seeman netted for Sandhurst from the penalty spot, following a foul just inside the box.

Leon Dadey had a half chance following a City corner, but his first-time effort from 20 yards blazed well over the bar.

The home side went two ahead on 76 minutes via a header that went in off the post. And two became three on 88 minutes when a cross from the right was converted from close in.

In stoppage time City twice came close to a consolation when Owen Sims hit the crossbar from a free-kick, and Niall Stillwell’s glancing header went wide.

Team: Mac Chisholm, Lewis Taylor, Jake Heighes (Callum Sullivan 78), Tolu Ajayi-Obe, Rayyan Adam, Niall Stillwell, Ben Thompson (Leon Dadey 62), Jamie Hilton (James Whiting 72), Ben Mitchell (Shane Johnson 54), Owen Sims, Anthony Ogbanufe (Jack Phillips 78).

Referee: Stephen Saunders

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  1. Olly Azad Reply

    March 20, 2024 at 12:31 am

    Don’t panic! don’t panic! Is what Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army would be saying right now. Likewise, The City players should not panic given the current situation and focus hard on a victory.

    Some good fortune would help also!

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