After the usual inspiring speech from our Captain the Gondoliers took to the field with two wins behind them and so having won the toss they started this local derby with the sun behind their backs...
Guildford commenced the game with the run of play going in their favour and the midfield quickly moving the ball up the pitch pressing Haslemere back. Following a couple of attempts on goal the Gondoliers were eventually rewarded with their Captain opening the scoring.
Carney’s goal seemed to stir Haslemere into action and the run of play started to turn with Haslemere passing the ball up the pitch and onto their forwards. It was not too long before the Gondoliers had conceded two goals. The first half ended at 2-1 and it should be noted that without both the brilliance of the Gondoliers goalie and Savage, who frustrated one attack after another, the score could have been much worse.
The second half started with Haslmere continuing as the dominant side and they once again they found the net. This seemed to provide the motivation that the Gondoliers needed and the quality of their play made a partial return pressing Haslemere back with several attempts being made goal.
In the ensuing play Kuhle becoming frustrated with the lack of umpiring decisions going in favour of the Gondoliers and decided to award himself a green card rather than leave the decision to the umpire. This was an inspired moment of brilliance because on returning to the field of play the Gondoliers attacking efforts were rewarded by Kuhle finding the back of the net to take the score to 3-2.
Further determined efforts by the Gondoliers midfield and attack could not muster up another goal to even up the score-line and so the whistle blew on the local derby with a 3-2 win for Haselmere.
Finally apologies for the very late delivery of this match report (and thank you for the reminder Tom or perhaps that was just to ensure that your goal was appropriately reported on).