Lyne 3 v 1 Guildford UnitedThe final fixture of the calendar year was potentially the club’s toughest to-date as GUFC took on Lyne at their ground. Lyne were beginning their ascent up the league and would prove incredibly tough opposition on an appalling day.
Lyne began the game strongly with some tidy pay, using the width of the pitch and knocking the ball around well. Despite the more dominant in possession and more play in Guildford’s half, Lyne were restricted to loose long-balls and speculative efforts. The pitch began as a slick surface, but the elements soon became a difficult factor, but both teams continued to play some quality football.
The Doots were obtaining more of a foot-hold in the game, with some nice ball work, and dangerous set pieces from Tidbury and Foxy. It was from one of these corners that Lyne countered quickly with a through-ball up Guildford’s left-hand side. Ads was across and failed to easily clear ball, which allowed the winger to progress into the box and slide in the Lyne #9.
Despite a disappointing way to concede, GUFC reacted superbly and began piling pressure onto Lyne’s defence. Some neat build-up play led to terrific chances for Carpo and Greg, but the Lyne ‘keeper was sensational in preventing an equaliser.
The second-half began with Guildford still pressing forward and continually growing into the game before the game and were quick to level the scores following the break. The Tidbury-Carpo connection striking again, with a terrific cross met by an equally terrific header into the far corner.
With GUFC in the lead, it was important to maintain the stakehold in the match as the lads knew Lyne would reignite their attacking efforts. Guildford began to relinquish some of the possession as Lyne took more control through their strong central midfield trio. Lyne’s attack led to successive corners that GUFC struggled to deal with. The final of the series being cleared out to the taker, who was allowed to venture into the edge of the box and strike sweetly into the far corner.
A sucker punch that meant Guildford would have to come back from behind once again to get anything out of the match. GUFC continued to create chances, the majority being through Carpo and Greg but the Lyne keeper continued to frustrate Guildford’s attacking line. It wasn’t long before 2 became 3 for Lyne as a long-range effort was parried by Mal, but only into the path of an on-running player who finished from inside the six-yard box.
Much of the second half remaining, the match became truly end-to-end in harsh torrential rain with both teams playing their part in an excellent affair. As the second half pushed towards the final whistle, GUFC still had chances to pull one back but to no avail.
An excellent game in very difficult circumstances. Disappointing goals to concede against a side who capitalised on their chances. Guildford United may haven’t had as much of the ball, but certainly had the more clear-cut chances.