Godalming 0 – 3 Guildford City (Bill Kyte Memorial Trophy)
This was the final friendly of the pre-season and annual derby meeting with our friends from Guildford. Good to see lots of old G’s amongst the visitors including Izzy Nzelo, Sean Mason, Benga, Bobby Webb, Ben Cotton and I have probably missed one or two others.
Also good for the G’s to see that Rory Sellick was back at The Bill Kyte Stadium as was Ollie Stevens, Kenny Kassabante, Curtis Osano Joe Lewis, Jordan Knight, Darren Wheeler, Dom Hardisty, Liam Gadd, Jake Heard, and Ethan Kaiser. They were joined by some impressive looking newcomers who fitted well into the squad. Les has announced the starting squad for the season now so lots of good returning players including Matt Kerbey, Reegan Scotcher, Charlie Chennel, Jack Cleeveley, yet to make an appearance.
For me this was the slickest Guildford side I have seen and all credit to them, they looked good. Their number 11 was lightning quick and good with the ball too. Izzy and his counterpart in the left wing-back position were giving the home defence a hard time. But the only way to learn is to keep playing strong teams.
It only took a couple of minutes for the Guildford flier to create the first goal, when he got around the back of the G’s defence and delivered the ball low into the 6-yard box for a relatively easy finish.
The G’s were trying to play the attractive passing football that Les wants to see and Francis did some good work out on the left and delivered the ball into the box where Ollie twisted and hit the ball on the volley, but could not keep it down and it cleared the bar.
The second came from Guildford as the ball was allowed to ping pong from left to right in the G’s goal area before being put away.
After the G’s won a corner Curtis had a good chance, but could not keep his shot down and it also cleared the bar.Guildford seemed to have scored a third before it was flagged as offside.
In the second half Ethan Kaiser got his head to a well delivered ball from a free kick from Joe Lewis who had came on for the second half as the re-arrangement of the side stiffened up the back row.
The home side then delivered another gift to their visitors when they coughed up the ball when trying to play out of the defence and went 3-0 down.
The G’s still managed to get some good passing moves together and Francis Say seemed to have wiggled his way through before being brought down in the penalty area, only to be told he was offside.
So, some good things certainly although on the night the G’s were second best. Roll on the first match of the new season against Chessington and Hook on Saturday.