Monday, July 15


Doots Lift Trophy at Windlesham

A week after a solid 2-0 win saw GUFC become Division 1 Champions, the lads took on a Windlesham side who were looking for their own promotion celebrations. Colin Deans shuffled the pack ahead of the final league game of the season, including the much awaited return of Greg Douthwaite following an almost season-long spell on the sideline.

The first half was poor in standard and murky as play struggled to get underway. Lots of long ball seeking from both sides led to a scrappy affair with chances being few and far between. GUFC going close with Whitsy whipping the ball across the face of goal, before having an attempt of his own saved. Despite a promising start, Windlesham began to grow in performance and stature. A pacey centre-forward was causing a host of issues for the back four and, despite the alarm bells, Windlesham took the lead through this manner. A through-ball saw the striker beat the back four and slot home to take the lead.
HT: Windlesham 1 – 0 Guildford United

After some stern half-time words from the coaching staff, and three midfield substitutions, Guildford began the second half with a lot more poise. There was more ball movement and organisation as the lads looked to draw level. Despite the better performance, GUFC still struggled to create chances. Windlesham often catching them on the break in response. Some excellent goalkeeping from M. Redmond and superb defensive recovery from Spear kept the score reachable. Guildford thought the break through had come, when a smart move down the left hand side had led to a Spear tap-in at the back post, only for it to be ruled offside. More huffing and puffing from Guildford did no good for the scoreline until seconds remaining. Davey winning a free-kick on the by-line around the edge of the area meant that Spear could deliver a trademark whipping cross which was bullishly by this season’s goal machine, Jamie Whittaker. The final whistle blew as Windlesham restarted, much to the relief of the squad.

A disappointing performance but a battling point against a side who Guildford will meet on 17th May in the Cyril West Trophy Final.

The most disappointing point of the afternoon was Greg going down with a bad ankle injury which may see him ruled out of both Cup finals. A desperately frustrating campaign for one of the standout performers.

FT: Windlesham 1 – 1 Guildford United

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