Guildford left feeling the blues in derby day drama
IN front of a packed house Guildford fell agonisingly short of victory as local rivals Dorking edged a 32-31 win.
In a high scoring derby, Guildford were first to open their account with a try from hooker Ben Holden in the opening minutes.
Gareth Davies added the extras but they were pegged back almost as quickly when the visitors punished slack tackling to score under the posts for 7-7.
Dorking added to their lead soon after a good break from their back but missed the conversion.
A fine Guildford try, which took in the full width of the pitch, saw debutant Christian King on the wing the beneficiary as a kick from Smith nudged the hosts back in the lead.
Guildford had a further period in the ascendancy but the visitors prevented any further score until a scrum saw the ball spat out sideways where Guildford pounced and promptly ran through to cross the line, though the kick was missed.
Thinking they had the advantage going in to halftime Guildford switched off and allowed an attack in the midfield to break through their defence. Dorking’s centre nipped inside and scored under the posts to go in 19-19 at the break.
In the second half rain, Guildford prop Bill Mairs withstood one hold up to take a second bite of the cherry and power over for 26-19.
The tenacious visitors responded with a penalty and then a converted try, though key tackles from the home side prevented Dorking from adding to their 29-26 advantage.
With 10 minutes to play Guildford looked to have won the game when a drive over try gave them a 31-29 lead. Their joy quickly turned to disappointment though when a poor kick out of defence was run back at the home line, and a penalty conceded for a high tackle.
The ball was kicked over for the points and win, and the home support were left ruing what might have been.
Guildford travel to Southend tomorrow.