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City Disappoint Again

Published on: 7 Apr, 2024
Updated on: 7 Apr, 2024

Guildford City (0) 0, Tooting & Mitcham (2) 2

By Barry Underwood, GCFC Club Secretary

Once again Guildford City disappointed their loyal supporters at the Spectrum with another below par performance.

After some promise in recent weeks hopes were high for success against a side who themselves have struggled for form in recent weeks. But City just didn’t fire during the first period. There was little cohesion to their play and the visitors goal was seldom threatened.

Tooting had a number of shots on goal during the first half, although most were from distance and passed harmlessly wide of the goal.

On 23 minutes a cross by City’s Jamie Hilton’s to the back post was just too high for the lurking Leon Dadey.

Two minutes later Tooting took the lead,. The goal came from another long-range effort. Conor Melody was allowed too much space, and he fairly smashed the ball home giving Mac Chisholm little chance.

City were a little unlucky to go two behind on 31 minutes. Jamie Hilton went to ground to block a cross; the ball hit his arms on the ground and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped the division’s top goal scorer Shay Brennan who converted with aplomb.

As often seen this season Guildford were an improved side after the break, but again as so often, starting to play when you are already two goals in deficit is far from an ideal situation.

Clear cut chances at either end of the pitch were hard to come by. A Jamie Hilton free kick caused consternation in the Tooting box, but nobody was able to get the vital touch.

Mac Chisholm saved well for City, whilst on 70 minutes Leo Anthony’s cross saw Shane Johnson glance a header wide.

George Fox was a fine addition off the bench for City after lengthy absence through illness and work commitments. It was Fox’s free kick that forced Jack Minchin to tip the ball over in the late stages.

Young defender Callum Sullivan almost capped a fine individual performance when his cross/shot beat Minchin but sadly also narrowly the far post.

But improved performance or not City couldn’t get on the scoreboard, and again they slipped to defeat.

Team: Mac Chisholm, Jake Heighes (George Fox 45), Callum Sullivan, Tolu Ajayi-Obe, James Glover, Shiloh Ndiulor, Anthony Ogbanufe, Jamie Hilton (Conor Stillwell 76), Ben Mitchell (Shane Johnson 45), Leo Anthony, Leon Dadey. Unused sub:Frankie Jamieson, Chris Adams.

Referee: Matt Funnell

Attendance: 120

Hear Ian Plested’s post-match interview here…

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  1. Olly Azad Reply

    April 9, 2024 at 10:52 am

    I do feel for the Club Secretary Barry Underwood for having to report back on the latest losing performance by GCFC.

    Perhaps we can all remind ourselves that Guildford City have won football matches in the past also.

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