Falcons travelled to Guildford for a late afternoon start and a friendly M25 potentially gave an indication of things to come. Guildford is a tough place to visit and the team were reminded of the history of the fixture as they set themselves to the task ahead.
With Warner, Kaluza and Griffiths closing down and harassing the mobile Guildford midfield Hawks enjoyed possession in the first spell of the game and a sublime piece of skill form Griffiths found Bear Smith in front of goal and his deft touch put Hawks 1-0 up.
At this point, and for the rest of the game the back division of Billington, Blomley, Jones and Hutton played liked rocks as time and time again they stifled any early return to the game by the probing Guildford players and the centre forward danger man had a battle royal with Steve Jones. The latter coming out on top.
Debutant Charles Potter and Tony Henman ensured Hawks could rotate and the pace of Whitey Snr became to cause havoc in the Guildford defence as he just ran at them form deep. A break down the right channel where the vision of Hutton again picked out Griffiths and Whitey the pair engineered a short corner as Guildford back tracked, and a bottom left hand corner strike by Smith made it 2-0.
At this point Hawks found themselves under significant pressure and were guilty of lapses of concentration as they kept Guildford at bay put they had an angry and focused Wilsdon to deal with between the sticks. With a series of superb saves he fully justified Man of the Match when on another day you could also have picked any of the back four.
The icing on the cake was to come. Andy Bishop and Whtey Snr combined on the left channel and as the ball found Henman in space on the right he calmly struck the ball through a couple of defenders to beat the keeper and make it 3-0.
As the final stages continued to see Guildford salvage seeking a goal from the game they were to be denied by Wilsdon in goal who put his body on the line and kept that clean sheet.
An ebullient dressing room saw Bear Smith presented with the previous season's Player of the Year trophy and the M25 trip home appeared significantly shorter.