Guildford City v Horley Town
Bank Holiday Blues
On the warmest day for some time , we travelled to The Spectrum to take on an unbeaten Guildford team who themselves were playing their first game at their home this season.
Buoyed by the midweek win over Balham , we started well and took the lead as early as the third minute when a Kerran Boylan header landed on the top of the crossbar and fell invitingly for the returning Ayden Richards to tap home.
Unfortunately we couldn't capitalise on this early advantage , and at the very point that we needed to show a bit of resillience we showed a soft under belly , and allowed the hosts back into the game firstly with the concession of an unnecessary penalty and then a deflected own goal.
Guildford visibly lifted by the swift turnaround applied considerable pressure on us until just after the half hour mark but were unable to increase their advantage , and as the half neared its end we missed an opportunity to level things when Kerran Boylan was denied twice at close range. We remained just one in arrears at the break and despite an average first 45 were still in the game.
The second half was a complete contrast , with Horley dominating throughout . At times whilst the advantages were with us both teritorially and possession wise , we lacked a bit of creativity to carve out as many chances as we would have liked.
Gradually though that was corrected and a number of half chances came and went as we searched for an equaliser. As the game entered its final fifteen minutes we opened the Guildford defence time and again , and were guilty of two further glaring misses when it would have been easier to score , allowing on both occassions the alert keeper to block the goal bound attempts. These proved costly as just one conversion would have given us a deserved point and it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that on another day we would have taken both and claimed a narrow win.
It wasn't to be and we fell to our third league loss in four.