A sunny day in central London was off to a good start as the lads took to the pitch. Three maroon number 15’s and three Sam’s could possibly have made life easy for the opposition: with "mark number 15" and "mark Sam" the oppo had half the team covered. But Guildford had other ideas and set out to make things difficult for the hosts.
We were all over H&W for the first ten minutes of this match. Better passing, faster ball speed and a few good balls into the circle we were gaining in confidence and finding ways to threaten. Suddenly against the run of play at ten minutes the H&W attack got the ball into our D. Our defence were well set up to stop every threat possible…except the one over the top. Good thinking on the part of the oppo player who lifted the ball expertly over our entire defence and keeper. Thinking out of the box, but unfortunately for us it landed in the box and made for 1-0 to the hosts.
And so a pretty even rest of the half ensued with the play going end to end and Guildford probably having a few better chances but not capitalising, still 1-0 at half-time.
Whatever messages were said at half-time bedded in on the re-start… Guildford kept working and working with timely substitutions keeping the energy levels and legs fresh. The hard work paid off when Tomma was able to slip into the circle with the ball and then hand it over to Sam for a good finish, 1-1, game on!
More end to end when the ball threatened to enter our D but a foul was committed by H&W. The free hit was taken with lightning speed up to Will B who sent it up to the circle where just outside it rebounded off an opposition foot flying towards the other side of the pitch where Nick H ran onto it, took it into the D and scored. 2-1 was magical.
Guildford could have simply tried to protect their lead but still kept trying for another goal. It was a nervous 12 minutes for the spectators while the lads continued to pass and attack with the supporters encouraging them to simply keep the ball so as to not cause too many nerves for the spectators.
Nick B was forced to make a few terrific saves in those last few minutes and the strategy of still playing an attacking game was justified when the final whistle finally came. 2-1 a good result and felt like the beginning of more good play to come.