The Men’s 1st team were looking to continue their strong start to the season being the only team to boast a 100% record in the league.
Having dominated possession and territory in the previous 3 matches, the team was now looking to capitalise on these performances with greater success in front of goal. Focus and a high level of intensity would be needed across the whole 70 minutes...
Guildford started strongly and immediately found themselves on the front foot, testing the opposition keeper and sparking fear into defender’s eyes purely from the speed of lightning midfielder Tylo Remke. Much sooner than in previous matches, this dominance provided a return in the form of a splendid pull shot from Ross Fergusson that flew past the keeper and into the net.
The flood gates opened and further clinical finishing from Fergusson along with winding runs from Remke led to a comfortable score line. Craig Mullon had the goal in his sights before a foul prevented the skilful midfielder from pulling the trigger, a clear penalty flick! Defender Dan Fox began his expedition up to the opposition D to set the ball down on the spot and fired the ball into the bottom corner. 5-0 at half-time.
The message was clear, a bold statement could be laid down of Guildford’s intent this season if the first-half could be repeated.
But Milton Keynes had not ventured down to Guildford to simply call it a day after 35 minutes. A converted short corner early into the second-half forced Guildford to keep their focus. Debutant George Pettit along with Alex Sweet, Harry Relph and James Bennet ensured that MK had few further chances to reduce the deficit and helped build further attacks to fore MK back.
The years rolled back when Johnny Haynes and James Fergusson linked up to execute a magnificent free flowing counter-attack that left MK defenders chasing shadows, and Haynes doubled his tally for the day soon after.
Guildford 7 (R Fergusson 2, J Haynes 2, T Remke 2, Fox) - Milton Keynes 1
The one-sided score line was a fair reflection of the match viewed by a strong (socially distanced) Guildford crowd and the positive result adds to the team’s confidence ahead of a top of the table clash v Surbiton 2’s next weekend:
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Saturday 24 October
14:00 Men's 1st XI v Surbiton 2nd XI