The images will be available on line from about 2200hrs tonight.
I don’t think that the Brentford keeper was required to make any actual saves, just plucked a couple of crosses out of the air. Otherwise until the last five minutes I think he had a problem keeping warm. However in the last 5-10 minutes Staines Town went close on a couple of occasions.
Having covered every match for Guildford City FC (both home and away) since the beginning of the season, I am disappointed to miss my first match, however today I am at Brentford v Staines Town in the FA Cup. As was pointed out I still cannot get away from teams in Red & White Stripes.
Should be fun though…. Pictures Soon.
The arrival of Guildford “Old Boy” Jamie Thoroughgood and a new left back in Darren Stapleton, means that at least a couple of new head & shoulder pictures need to be done.
Unfortunately last weeks away game, may be my last for a little while, which is a shame as I have covered 100% of the matches since the season started. Luckily the next home game fits between the split shift that I have to cover.
Jamie Thoroughgood, a hugely experienced player at this level, was quite impressed at the football skills displayed by GCFC, but said that it was largely a lack of experience in the team at this level and the young ages of the players. I agree, & I think that the team can survive at this level, they are getting fitter & more experienced every week, we just need some consistancy in the squad, so that we can field an unchanged team for a run of games, but with work commitments for many of the players, it makes it tough.
Guildford fielded probably their strongest side for the first time in a while, after missing a few defenders mid-week. They lost a tough game against the league high flyers Merthyr Town to a very late winner. City having scored first should certainly have got a point from the match.
Despite the difference in status of the two clubs, any neutral spectator would have thought that GCFC were the high flyers, as Merthyr Town were really rather ordinary. But as the home team tired they hit an 80th minute winner.
Anyway Methyr Town at Home on Saturday.
More photos Here
It makes a change that after the last few matches where the standard of refereeing has been diabolical, that this game was overseen by a competent ref & lino’s who knew what the off-side rule was.
Anyway, well done The City let’s do the same to Chertsey Town FC in the Cup match next week. COYC
After a good result in the week, we were hoping that Guildford City Fc could lift themselves out of the relegation zone by picking up all three points at struggling Clevedon Town. After having the goal keeper red carded after 15 minutes, for handball outside of the area, you just knew it wasn’t going to be City’s day.
However down to 10 men, City played very well, and were unfortunate to go 1-0 down just before half time. After the break City then conceded a second. However they did rally and pull a goal back, after some sustained pressure, and indeed you wouldn’t have thought that they only had 10 men on the pitch.
Unlucky GCFC, Taunton at home next week, Come On City!!!
7 Games into the season & Guildford City record their first three points of the season, with a 3-2 win over their local rivals in the Calor Gas League – South & West Division. Now off of the bottom of the table and the next match against the bottom of the league team Clevedon Town it hopefully a chance to put a few more points on the board.
On Sunday the Guildford City committee received the very sad news that Tracey Wallis, our Youth team secretary, had passed away suddenly after a very short illness. RIP Tracey.
More match pictures Here
The good thing is that the lens that I have had serviced appears to be working as it should. Which is nice. Next game is a local derby game against Fleet Town, at the Spectrum, on Wednesday 18th September at 1945hrs. Come On The City!!
Tiverton Town are mid-table currently whereas GCFC are languishing down at the bottom of the league. Knowing how hard travelling can be in this league, we can only hope that they travel as badly as GCFC have.
After the last performance away at North Leigh, City really need to lift their game. With a couple of players carrying knocks from the last match, I hope that they can return fit and that we are able to put out our strongest & fittest squad.
On the upside, my 120-300mm F2.8 should be returned from being serviced tomorrow (Thank You Daniel at Sigma) so with luck it will fully functional. As long as UPS don’t loose or drop it!
Go On City!!!
Bloody Hell, now that really was hard work. Over the years that I covered football on a regular basis, I can’t really recall how bad none league football lighting was, maybe it is the haze created by the rose tinted glasses and the fog of time, but North Leigh v GCFC was the worst that I could remember. By the time the game kicked off I was shooting at 1000ISO and by the end of the match 3200ISO, which on my now ageing EOS1DmkIIN bodies is not a nice place to have to shoot.
I was also made harder by the fact that I opted to shoot the GCFC attack, and as they were slaughtered by North Leigh FC 8-0 there was not a huge amount of that to shoot. Not helped be the fact that my 120-300 F2.8 was requiring servicing, I was down to one body and the 70-200 F2.8L.Add to that the fact that I was driving one of the Team Minibuses, which GCFC are pleased to announce that Methold Vehicle Hire have agreed to supply two of, for the away matches, it meant that I left Guildford at 1630hrs and eventually hit my pit at about 0030hrs. Home game Saturday at the Guildford Spectrum.
Mad rush yesterday, had a wedding to photograph in the morning, followed by giving a lift to a couple of friends to a wedding followed by the GCFC v South Park FA Cup match in the afternoon. The day was going well until the football match. Guildford City went 0-1 down in the first half, and then went down to 10 men, which is worrying, because the old GCFC team had a “bit of a problem” with discipline, and ended up with a suspended fine last year, let’s hope that we don’t end up with too many more bookings & sending offs.
From bad it became worse, as GCFC eventually ran out 0-4 losers, and so out of the FA Cup at the first opportunity. The thing is that they seemed composed on the ball, create goal scoring opportunities, but just don’t seem to get the “rub of the green”.
Anyway the good news is that the Mighty Arsenal sent the Yiddos packing from the Emirates this afternoon, all that money spent and still can’t beat us at the Emirates. Hopefully Wenger will spend some cash tomorrow, as with the injuries we have the squad looks very weak.
However, Godalming Town’s home advantage and vocal support helped them to snick a 1-0 home victory. Bugger. Anyway the GCFC shot stopper can’t complain that there isn’t a photograph of him……
Initially GCFC went 1-0 up. However Yate Town didn’t give up, and at one point ended up 1-3 up. GCFC pulled it back to 3-3 by the final whistle. A good point in a curiously refereed match.
Did I mention that it was wet, it pissed down relentlessly for the whole 90 minutes. It certainly tested the waterproofing on the old Billingham Bag, and my coat. In fact it was that bloody wet, I came off the pitch looking like a drowned rat, actually it was so wet that my fingers had gone all prune like.
First points on the scoreboard, hopefully GCFC can do better on Bank Holiday Monday against Godalming Town. Kick Off at 1500hrs.