So we were on the road again for our FA Cup fixture away at Guildford City who were playing their first match in 18 months back at their stadium, which like ours has running track round it. And Guildford started like they were in a 100 metre race attacking us at pace, winning a corner and then scoring a well taken goal inside the first minute. They celebrated the goal like they had won the FA Cup and both Kev and I thought this was maybe a tad premature.
As the game developed we began to take control but Guildford had some dangerous forwards who were fast but thankfully lacked that extra bit of quality to finish their chances. We were not playing at our best with some passes going astray but gradually, on a big sticky pitch in the boiling sunshine we began to play more cohesively.
After 30 minutes Ollie Blackman came out of defence with the ball and hit a lovely pass to Scott Packer who drilled a low cross into the box which Matt Waterman cleverly flicked to Joe Keehan who made no mistake from 8 yards for 1-1.
At half time Kev expressed a certain amount of dissatisfaction with our first half performance and this had an effect as we came out in the second half and dominated possession. Joe Keehan and Lol Edwards were controlling the midfield and we also looked in control at the back with central defenders Charlie Farmer and Ollie Blackman both putting in solid performances. Our wide men Scott Packer and Josh Gould were a constant threat and causing the Guildford defence problems. Chances however were few and far between, despite a flurry of corners and free kicks, and there was always the danger of Guildford's speedsters breaking forward.
The breakthrough for us came in the 70th minute and what a goal it was. The ball was delivered into the box and Joe headed it across the six yard area to Matt Waterman who somehow, from an oblique angle, volleyed the ball into the roof of the net which proved to be the deciding goal. Everyone at first had thought it had hit the side netting but Matt was up and celebrating. After scoring the most difficult of chances Matt then scuffed a sitter after another good cross from Packer.
I was wondering if this would cost us and it nearly did all be it for two excellent point blank saves from Tom Bradford. As the game drew to a close the Guildford forward for some reason punched Kev when they were just jostling for the ball and the ref quite rightly gave him a straight red. And that was that game over 2-1 and we are in the velvet bag for the draw on Tuesday.
The journey back on the coach was lively with various bad renditions of songs like Sweet Caroline. The best of the bunch was Matt's dad Richard waterman who sang an Andy William's number... the old crooner.