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City Lose Again

Published on: 15 Apr, 2024
Updated on: 15 Apr, 2024

Guildford City (0) 0, Cobham (3) 4

By Barry Underwood

It was a beautiful spring day, and the Spectrum pitch was in great shape. All was set for an intriguing game of football with City looking to gain a valuable three points.

But an in-form Cobham side had different ideas and they started the match in lively fashion with Mac Chisholm having to make an early save.

On five minutes Guildford’s hopes took a big blow. A Cobham free kick went through the wall but also between Chisholm’s hands and into the net.

Despite going a goal behind there was little to choose between the sides for long periods of the first half, although City weren’t making any headway in attack.

Then, on the half hour, Cobham scored a second. The elusive Patrick Murray crossed from the right and Reis Stanislaus’s header was well saved but the loose ball was curled into the corner of the net by Derrick Hayford.

Minutes later Cobham scored a third. Again it was a low cross from Murray on the right that went straight through the box and was converted at the back post. City had a late chance to get on the scoreboard but Shane Johnson couldn’t get a strong connection on Callum Sullivan’s cross.

Unusually kicking towards the Abbotswood End in the second half, City had a half chance early on. Johnson and Anthony Ogbanufe did well but their lay off to Jamie Hilton sold the young midfielder short and his shot was blocked.

As so often Guildford were improved after the break, but still Cobham looked the most likely to score. On the hour a header looped onto the top of the goal, and minutes later Mac Chisholm saved well the ball ran loose but luckily the subesquent Cobham effort cleared the crossbar.

With 20 minutes remaining Cobham had all the time in the world to shoot from close range, but when the shotcame in it hit the post. Sadly, five minutes later the Cobham skipper James King was stretchered off the pitch with a suspected dislocated knee.

To compound a disappointing day City finished the match with just nine players. Conor Stillwell was shown a straight red for a poor challenge, and in stoppage time George Fox talked his way to another red card.

In the final moments Cobham scored a fourth when in plenty of space in the box,and still had time for a disallowed effort.

Team: Mac Chisholm, Rayyan Adam (Tolu Ajayi-Obe 45), Callum Sullivan (Leon Dadey 69), George Fox, James Glover, Niall Stillwell, Jack Phillips, Jamie Hilton (Shiloh Ndiulor 83), Shane Johnson, Darnell Ramsey (Conor Stillwell 69), Leo Anthony (Anthony Ogbanufe 45).


Attendance – 107

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  1. Olly Azad Reply

    April 15, 2024 at 11:28 pm

    With only nine Guildford City players remaining on the field towards towards the end of the match I’m surprised that Cobham didn’t manage to score more goals?

    Maybe the City players need to reflect back on the game and try not to repeat the same mistakes again.

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