A trip to Guildford is always accompanied with a little trepidation as those of us of a certain age recall the highly successful side of the 90's.
Guildford had called up three or four players from their Pilgrims (O40's) side to face us including a goalkeeper best part of 30 years the junior of our own stalwart between the sticks Richard Wilsdon.
Guildford took the lead whilst Falcons were still finding their groove but through Mark White we were back and level within 5 minutes. The home team regained the lead again in the final quarter of the first half only for Falcons to once again equalise through David White within a few minutes. One of the Guildford defence in the bar afterward said that had he been coaching from the sidelines he would have ensured they battened down the hatches after each goal feeling they were at their most vulnerable after scoring! Lucky for Falcons he was only playing!!
At half-time the Falcons felt the game was still there for the taking and began to dominate more of the possession and circle penetration. If it hadn't been for the fast reactions and quality of the Guildford goalkeeper it could have been a different story, but midway through the second half Falcons took the lead for the first time. A well won short corner was injected to Tony Robertson who faked right and drilled the ball into the corner of the goal.
Hawks tried to hold on for the win but the Pilgrims players combined well to work the ball around the Hawks defence and a sublime goal meant the game finished all square at 3-3.
Post match hospitality was enjoyed by all and Falcons now look forward to returning to winning ways, hopefully in the next game home to Oxted next Saturday.
Players of the match were Nige Doggett and David White.