Chobham & Burymead 3 v 6 Guildford United: MATCH REPORT

GUFC kicked off their 2018/2019 campaign against Chobham & Burymead, the first game following a promotion season. Chobham & Burymead, a strong side who finished 3rd last season, would provide a difficult opening and a baptism of fire as the club moves up a league.

It only took 30 seconds for the Doots to find themselves behind, after some good work down the left-hand side led to a deflected shot that left Malice stranded. Chobham & Burymead sustained their pressure, and continued to dominate.
Against the run of play however, and with GUFC playing themselves slowly back into the game, Greg equalised through an absolute thunderbolt following a lay-off from debutant, Carpo. On the edge of the box, Greg powered his leg through the ball as it rocketed against the bar, over the keeper and into the net.

Despite growing into the game, C&B soon took the lead once again through an equally powerful strike that Malice could do nothing about. Some sloppy play from GUFC in the build-up led to the chance.

This was the last of Chobham’s sustained pressure and dominance, as the Doots continued to stick to the philosophy of building play and moving the ball around. After a couple of great pull-back chances for Whitsy and Carpo, Carpo soon got his just rewards for some excellent work rate and inter-play. Tids threaded a ball through perfectly for Carpo to run onto, and with power and venom tied up the score once again with an emphatic finish.

HT: 2-2

The second half began similarly to the first as some poor defending from a throw-in meant that the Chobham striker was left alone on the edge of the area. He suitably finished with a fine volley into the bottom corner. United had to come from behind for a third time, a task not beyond such a strongly-bonded group.

The tables began to turn as GUFC moved the ball more freely, using both full-backs effectively and widening the play. After some play down the left that had opened the defense, Carpo jumped onto a ball that was slotted through and was subsequently fouled by the Chobham Captain. Stand-in Captain Greg slotted the penalty in to the top right-hand corner of the net.

A host of goals on opening day hit a slight break as the game went back-and-forth but Guildford clearly having the better of the ball and the better of the chances. The game was at a stalemate until the final 15 minutes when GUFC rallied into an uncatchable lead.

After Adam was fouled following a run down the centre of midfield, Tids lined up for the following free-kick. A superbly worked free-kick as Tids laid the ball to Phil on the right hand side of the wall, who slid the ball across the goal-mouth and Whitsy finished at the far post. Soon after, a carbon-copy free-kick at the edge of the box, with Tidbury standing over it once again. Instead of laying it off to a team-mate, he drove a low and powerful strike into the left-hand bottom corner.

The game was sewn up with minutes left, but Leigh Jenko broke down the right-hand side with time expiring. Instead of driving towards the goal, he checked back onto his left foot and delivered a beautiful floated cross for Carpo to nod home at the back post.

FT: 3 – 6