Sandhurst Town FC 1 Guildford City FC 1By Adam Lee
August 18, 2010
Sandhurst Town came through a difficult game at home to Guildford City on Tuesday night with their unbeaten Combined Counties Premier Division record still intact.
However, the same can’t be said about some of boss Jon Underwood’s top players, and the former Bracknell Town manager faces something of an early season injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s game at Croydon (3pm kick-off).
Influential central midfielder and captain Grant Nesbitt could be out for as long as two months after suffering knee ligament damage last night, and he joins Tristan Dennis (hamstring), Dan Bailey (groin) and Jon Parmer on the sidelines.
However, Underwood still has faith in the players at his disposal, and believes there is more than enough quality to dispose of the Surrey side on Saturday.
“We’re taking injuries to key players and we’re really suffering on that front,” said Underwood.
“We’re trying to bring one or two in as we are low on numbers.
“We are a bit depleted, but we were in a similar position when we went there last season and we won 5-1.
“We’ve got a good squad and the side I put out will be quite capable of winning the game.”
On Tuesday night, the Fizzers went into the game with a 100-per-cent record from their two league games, but reeling from a 3-0 loss to Deal Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday.
And after a competitive first half against a powerful Guidlford side, Sandhurst broke the deadlock shortly after the restart.
Some good work from Dan Simmonds created the chance for Louis Hibbert to fire home from six yards, and the home side were in the ascendency.
However, Guildford came back strongly and pushed hard for the equaliser in the final 15 minutes and, with time running out Simon Cooper came to their rescue as he slotted home.
Sandhurst had a gilt-edged chance to win the game in stoppage time as Hibbert crossed for Bobby Hogg eight yards from goal, but with time and space to finish, the former Finchampstead midfielder fired high and the game ended 1-1.
“It was a good result in many ways because they’re a difficult team to play against,” said boss Underwood.
“I thought we played really well and I can’t fault the lads’ effort.
“I felt we did enough to win the game, but it’s still a good start to the season after playing some tough teams and if you had offered me seven pints from our first three games I would have been delighted.”