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02/11/2002: Border & Heath End Sports 2, Guildford City Weysiders A 3
(Guildford & Woking Alliance Division 1)

Rear-guard action secures the points

Somehow the 'A' team managed to come away with three points, and have now put together three back-to-back wins, all by a single goal. There is a new, steely resistance in the side which shone through admirably on this otherwise wet and gloomy day. Border are obviously one of the top few sides in the division, and although the 'A' team may not yet be able to make the same claim, they may find themselves in the top half if they continue with stubborn performances like this.

The first exchanges were fairly even and it was even possibly against the run of play when Border took a seventeenth minute lead. Within three minutes Weysiders were awarded a penalty when Kevin Barrow was brought down, but Andy Horner's spot kick was well saved by the keeper. However, from the resulting Tony Scott corner, Matt Hockin flashed the ball home from the near post area. Within five minutes Weysiders had taken the lead when a through ball was gamely chased by lone front-man Hockin, whose first effort was saved, but was quickest to knock the rebound home.

After that Border began to dominate the game for the rest of the half, with Weysiders completely on the back foot and their game falling apart. But the lead was held to the break.

The second half followed the same pattern as the latter stages of the first with Border dominating possession and Weysiders fighting a desperate rear-guard action. Border had many goalmouth scrambles, but could not force the equaliser. The away side lost Hockin to a knee injury and Jim McDermott came on to play the front-man role. Amazingly, with Border continuing to press, Weysiders broke to score with a fine twenty-yarder from Tony Scott. It looked to be the clincher, but Border at last got their second goal in the last minute of normal time, before the ref gave them every chance of an equaliser by finding five minutes to add on. But it was not to be and excellent defending by Malcolm Denham, Chris Rayner, Derek Over, Steve Brooks and Ben Crockford plus a deep midfield ensured that Weysiders held on for all three points.


Team

Goals Age
Start Ben Crockford 0 23
Start Malcolm Denham 0 54
Start Steve Brooks 0 41
Start Chris Rayner 0 44
Start Derek Over  0 45
Start Phillip Jones 0 32
Start Angelo De Piano 0 40
Start Kevin Barrow 0 21
Start Matthew Hockin 2 38
Start Tony Scott 1 41
Start Andrew Horner 0 40
Sub James McDermott 0 36
Manager: Andrew Horner ('A' Team Joint Manager) 40
Manager: Chris Rayner ('A' Team Joint Manager) 44