Trojans feared the worst when Guildford took the lead in just 30 seconds under the Stoneham Lane floodlights, but a gallant fightback saw the South League Premier League strugglers equalize before half-time before conceding a 2-1 defeat from a scruffy short corner.
Guildford, one point behind London Wayfarers (4-1 winners over Winchester), got round the back of the Trojans defence from the push back and Ross Fergusson enjoyed the easiest tap in at the far post for his 19th goal of the season.
Trojans, to their credit, repelled subsequent Guildford pressure and gained a foothold in the game, culminating in a Colin French [pictured] equalizer from their third (of four) penalty corners, picking up a rebound after a shot from Neil Hastings had been blocked by the visitors’ goalkeeper.
Trojans certainly took confidence into the half-time break, but Guildford reasserted themselves in the second period, forcing the evergreen Steve Cole into two flying saves – one with his outstretched leg and another with his stick – before an untidy short corner undid all Trojans’ efforts and Josh Moore scrambled the winner the visitors just about deserved.
Winchester, whose next match at Trojans on January 11 will be critical, go into the Christmas break rock bottom after a 4-1 defeat at leaders London Wayfarers, where Todd Hutcheson was on target.
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