Guildford United 4 v 0 University of Surrey
With games being cancelled around the league, GUFC looked to make up ground on the teams above them after switching their University of Surrey fixture to a home game due to the weather conditions.
The Doots couldn’t have started any better, as after a matter of seconds, Tidbury found Bickers breaking through the middle of the defence with an outstanding through ball. Bickers, dashing between the centre backs lashed the ball into the top-left corner of the net. Guildford were 1-0 within 20 seconds. That’s one way to ease any matchday nerves!
Guildford looked dominant and controlling in a similar pattern to their performance last week at Ottershaw. The boys created good chances through Nobby and Carpo, but they couldn’t quite find an immediate second goal.
Despite missing opportunities, Guildford were rarely tested and soon carved out a second goal to put breathing room between them and the Uni. Once again, the Tidbury-Bicknell combination proving so valuable to GUFC’s attacking threat. Tids fired a low cross between the defence and onlooking goalkeeper, that was met by Bickers side-foot, making the finish look simple.
Carpo managed to all-but-seal the game before half-time and bagged another goal for his tally. Stacey found some space in the middle of the park before sliding through an excellent pass for Carpo to run onto and finish past the outcoming Uni keeper.
Guildford began the second half much like they ended the first as their chokehold of the game continued. GUFC created more chances, and dominated possession, but looked comfortable with their 3-0 lead.
However, the Uni began to grow in confidence in the middle phases of the second-half. A strong midfield four causing problems whenever they had the chance to get on the ball. Malice, despite being untested up until this point, was forced to make good saves from a free-kick and a one-on-one opportunity. This was largely his workload for the ninety minutes.
Bickers managed to complete another hat-trick after some great interplay down the left-hand side with Dean, Stacey and Bickers himself, before he powered the ball into the roof of the net from a relatively tight angle. This goal meant that the strike partnership of Carpo and Bicknell had hit their half-century for the season. An incredible return from two vital players.
United had brilliant opportunities to heighten the score, but neither Dean nor Stacey could find their respective second goals for the club. However, this wouldn’t tarnish a comfortable and confident win as Guildford United go marching on.