GCFC v Bishop’s Cleeve

03/12/2013. City's LANCE BANTUM-BROWN scores his & City's 2nd Goal of the evening

City’s LANCE BANTUM-BROWN scores his & City’s 2nd Goal of the evening

Big match this weekend against fellow strugglers at the bottom of Calor League One South & West. This is a six pointer if ever there was one.

Guildford City mugged Bishop’s Cleeve back in December, they fully expected to give City a spanking on a mid-week awayday with a massively depleted squad, so depleted that City only had one player on the bench, several very young, inexperienced players and a couple of returning players. In fact the majority of the team had never been on the football pitch together before.

However City overcame, and a LANCE BANTON-BROWN brace in the second half meant that the journey home was one were the City Fans & Players had all of the smiles.

Bishops Cleeve visit the Spectrum in Guildford tomorrow (Saturday) at 1500hrs, I hope that most of the Sweeney can make it to cheer on the City. We could really do with an effective Twelfth Man.

With luck City will be wearing the smiles again after this meeting of the two.

Come On City.

Cirencester Town v Guildford City

GCFC 700pix Assuming the that weather improves, GCFC are off on their travels again this weekend to Cirencester. So I will be re-familiarising myself with the M4 corridor, at least as far as junction 15, as I am piloting the team bus.

With so many games postponed since the New Year, the team must be gagging to getting some pitch time under their belts. As a photographer I am also looking forward to actually taking some photographs, preferably without the need to have the kit bag & equipment needing two days in the airing cupboard afterwards.

Fleet Town V Guildford City

GCFC 700pixAnother match postponed, when will this shite weather end? Between now & Tuesday the weather really needs to improve, if the game against Fleet is to take place.

Their Saturday match was postponed so, here’s fingers, toes & arms & legs crossed, getting rusty having not covered many matches since before Christmas.

GCFC v Stratford Town

27/10/2013.  Stratford Town v GCFC.

27/10/2013. Stratford Town v GCFC.

Ok so no football again last night, time to look forward to the weekend, when Guildford City host Stratford Town at the Spectrum. City played Stratford earlier in the season, when City lost 4-0. However the strengthened City team should provide far tougher opposition at home.

Assuming that the weather doesn’t intervene, I shall be at the Spectrum at 1500hrs to photograph the match. Weather has been nice today, however the forecast is not good.

We shall see.

GCFC v Mangotsfield United

guildford-city-shock-end-to-footballHopefully the first home game in a quite a little while will be at the Guildford Spectrum, tomorrow night (Wednesday) the weather is good at the moment, but with the condition of the pitch on Saturday being more puddles than grass, a pitch inspection is scheduled for 1400hrs.

Guildford lost in the previous fixture between these two, at the very beginning of the season, after being caught knapping and conceding twice in the first three minutes, they battled and eventually ran out 5-3 losers. Whilst it was disappointing to lose the first game of the season, at least it looked hopeful, as they proved that they could score.

Subsequent defeats have left the City wallowing near the very bottom of the table, and a heavy defeat by Merthyr at the weekend may have dented their confidence, however it is not matches against the top teams that are the most important, City need to beat the teams that are around them in the bottom half of the table.

Forthcoming matches against Fleet Town, Bishops Cleeve, Didcot Town, Evesham & Cinderford are the ones that they must win to stand a chance of avoiding relegation.

This game coincidentally takes place 40 years to the day that Guildford City last played at their Stadium in Joseph’s Road, when they were cruelly shafted and robbed of their ground & Guildford were robbed of their football team.

Longest Away Trip Yet!

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com   12/10/13 Guildford City v Merthyr Town @The Spectrum Pat COX opens Guildford City's account against Methyr. Pic: Paul Burgman

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com
12/10/13 Guildford City v Merthyr Town @The Spectrum
Pat COX opens Guildford City’s account against Methyr.
Pic: Paul Burgman

Wow, a journey to Merthyr Town & back again. Three 9 seater minibuses will be heading down the M4 and across the River into the land of the Celts. We hope that there will be a Welcome in the hillside, and that the sheep worriers will treat us kindly. Guildford City will be hoping to reverse the 2-3 defeat at home to the Taffs, by nicking a win in their own back yard.

I am looking forward to seeing their new state of the art ground, and hopefully it will be a model for a future GCFC ground.

The Minbuses will be leaving the Spectrum at 0945hrs for the 300 mile round trip.

Another Match Postponed

GCFC 700pixStarting to lose count how many games have been postponed this season because of the weather. The problem with postponing matches at this level is the loss of revenue to the Football Club, weekday matches seldom match weekend games for attendance & players struggle to make the games because of work commitments.

Anyway that’s another trip to be re-ogranised to Swindon. On the upside the next game is against Merthyr Town at the E-cig Stadium, a 300 mile round trip, but at least we should get a game, as they have a 3G pitch, so as long as the predicted storm & 100mph winds doesn’t reach Merthyr we should be OK.

If you are around the M4 corridor on Saturday morning keep your eyes open for 3 minibus convoy (all sign-written Methold Vehicle Hire & sporting Guildford City FC banners in the rear windows) heading west and give us a wave.

Swindon Supermarine v Guildford City

GCFC 700pixThe next match for the Guildford City is on Wednesday evening at 1945hrs, is against a team that they haven’t met yet this season, Over halfway through the season and Swindon has yet to visit the Spectrum, and City haven’t yet been to Swindon, we’ve been past it many times this season, but Wednesday is the first time that we have to stop.

This game was originally scheduled for New Years Day, but was postponed, as has almost every single game since due to piss poor weather.

Hopefully we will get a match, hopefully the lights will be bright, hopefully City will win…. I think that I am being a little too hopeful, I’ll accept really crappy lights as long as I can have the other two. 🙂