Guild­ford left feel­ing the blues in derby day drama

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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.

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