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At Last, It’s Three Points for City!

Published on: 7 Mar, 2024
Updated on: 7 Mar, 2024

Guildford City (0) 1, Balham (0) 0

by Barry Underwood

After recent rain, the heavy Spectrum pitch wasn’t conducive to flowing football. But for Guildford City the main concern was collecting an important three points against a team seven places higher in the league.

It wasn’t pretty but a competitive battle fought out by both sides and both had half chances early on.

Mac Chisholm, in goal, saved twice for City, first from a shot on the turn and then at a forward’s feet, before, at the other end, Tolu Ajayi-Obe headed just wide of the Balham goal.

On 15 minutes, City came close when Jamie Hilton’s shot deflected off a defender and onto the post.

As the half developed there were few further chances although the visitors edged the possession.

As half-time approached Shane Johnson fashioned a shooting chance, but the ball was taken from his foot in a fine tackle. Balham countered by shooting over the goal from the edge of the box.

Minutes after the restart, Balham came close to nudging ahead. An in-swinging corner went right through the box and struck the back post before being cleared.

The experienced Leon Dadey entered the fray from the bench on 55 minutes and immediately gave the City team a lift.

Then, on 59 minutes, City scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. Sadly for the visitors, the goal came from a defensive mistake not helped by the uneven surface. The ball ran loose, and Shane Johnson carefully shot home into the unguarded net from the corner of the penalty area.

Both sides then went forward, and Niall Stillwell’s miscued shot almost found two waiting colleagues in front of goal.

It has been three months since City’s last league win and nerves were fraying on and off the pitch. City sat deep in the final stages but to their credit defended superbly.

In stoppage time Balham saw a shot on the turn deflect just over the bar for one of a series of corners.

But survive City did and the three points gained improved the side’s standing at the foot of the table.

Team: Mac Chisholm (g), Lewis Taylor, Jake Heighes, Tolu Ajayi-Obe, James Glover, Niall Stillwell, Jack Phillips (Leon Dadey 55), Jamie Hilton (Rayyan Adam 88), Shane Johnson, Conor Stillwell, Anthony Ogbanufe (Manny Acheampong 90). Unused subs: Callum Sullivan, Luca Le Page.

Referee: Ralph Frostick

Attendance – 88

Listen to Ian Plested’s interviews here, first with midfielder Niall Stillwell, then with manager Tristan Rees…

Next match: Saturday 3pm at Spectrum – City vs Abbey Rangers

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Responses to At Last, It’s Three Points for City!

  1. Olly Azad Reply

    March 8, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    What terrific news Guildford City to bag all three points, I knew it, a big congratulations again.
    Another winning performance against Abbey Rangers would be fantastic even though they are currently sixth in the league.

    But with another spirited performance, just like the one shown against Balham, who knows? Bring it on, I say.

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