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City Win At Last!

Published on: 7 Dec, 2023
Updated on: 7 Dec, 2023

Guildford City (2) 3, Colliers Wood United (0) 0

By Barry Underwood

With a workmanlike performance, Guildford City won their first league encounter for nearly two months against bottom-of-the-table Colliers Wood.

It hasn’t all been doom and gloom with City often playing well during that period, but crucially not seeing other teams off at critical moments.

This time though the three points were gained and hopefully the team can move forward positively.

City opened the game brightly and early on Caleb Wright’s long shot forced Colliers Wood keeper Toby McKimm to save low down.

Mohamed Regragui, scorer of the second goal for city. Photo Cosmo Wells.

On six minutes City went ahead. From a corner, James Glover headed down into the danger area where Callum Wilson netted from close range. But much of the first period saw the visitors edging the possession stats, although their efforts on goal were restricted to long-range shots.

Guildford scored a nerve-reducing second goal on the cusp of half-time. Mohamed Regragui chased a through ball forward into the left side of the box. It seemed the defence had covered his run, but twisting and turning he found space to shoot, and his attempt flew into the net.

Minutes after the restart 16-year-old Ben Thompson ran into space before sliding a pass to Regragui whose shot under pressure was saved by McKimm.

Colliers Wood’s best chance of the game came from a low cross which was turned wide in the box.

Anthony Ogbanufe came more into the game on the left tormenting defenders with his mazy runs.

On 59 minutes from such a run the ball was laid back to Darnell McDonald whose attempt to find the top corner cleared the crossbar.

City now looked the far likelier to score and on 70 minutes they notched up a third. From one of a number of corners Anthony Ogbanufe glanced a header into the net.

Late on the visitor’s saw a shot go just wide from the edge of the box but there was no consolation goal – this was City’s night – at last!

Listen to Ian Plested’s post-match interview here…

Team: Adam Longman, Owen Sims (Lewis Taylor 85), Darnell McDonald, Callum Wilson, James Glover, Niall Stillwell, Ben Thompson (Jake Heighes 86), Conor Stillwell (Callum Sullivan 90), Mohamed Regragui (Will May 72), Caleb Wright, Anthony Ogbanufe (Kai Beck 78).

Referee: Scott Crowhurst

Attendance – 74

Next match:  Epsom & Ewell vs Guildford City, 3pm Saturday, December 9.

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  1. Olly Azad Reply

    December 15, 2023 at 12:57 am

    Hurray and well done Guildford City. I must admit that I switched off as a result of seeing some of the disappointing performances in the previous months. But this performance in particular has certainly cheered me up. Best wishes GFC.

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