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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 06 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 18:47
Guildford City 2 Rugby Town 1
Southern League Division One Central
TOWN’S 12-match unbeaten run came to an end in Surrey on Saturday when the visitors found themselves out of luck.
Despite playing the majority of the second half with ten men after the harsh dismissal of keeper Dave Bevan, Rugby were still the better team throughout but they saw their chances of salvaging point blown late-on when substitute Richard Blythe missed from the penalty spot.
Valley were at the hosts from the off and Seb Lake-Gaskin shot wide early on whilst David Kolodynski squandered a great opportunity to give his side the lead when shooting straight at City keeper Anthony Hall.
Kolodynski had a couple of further efforts before Sam Youngs missed another decent chance after he had broken from deep.
With Alex Gudger also heading wide from a couple of corners, it seemed only a matter of time before the goal came, so it was a major surprise that it was Guildford that broke the deadlock when Craig Kelly was adjudged to have tripped Scott Todd - allowing Sean Rivers to step up and stroke home a penalty.
Lake-Gaskin went close before the interval, before Kolodynski atoned for his first half waywardness when he struck a great equalising free-kick into the top corner from at least 20-yards after 59 minutes.
Not long after that Rivers ran onto Dan Moody’s long ball, and he and Bevan collided just outside the penalty area.
The referee awarded a foul and also decided the challenge warranted a red card - despite the striker appearing to be heading away from the goal. With no recognised goalie on the bench, defender Mason Rowley took the gloves for Town.
The Moody-Rivers combination accounted for Guildford’s second, when the latter nodded home the former’s corner - but after this setback, Rowley was barely troubled again by a generally disappointing City side.
Ten-man Valley pushed hard in the final 20 minutes, but lacked bite in front of goal - with Robbie Banks, Kelly and Youngs all seeing their shots easily gathered by Hall.
However, in stoppage time, it looked like they had finally been given their lifeline when Kolodynski was clearly upended in the box by Dammy Bada.
With regular penalty taker Sam Belcher now off the field substituted, Blythe took responsibility from the spot - but was denied by a low save from Hall.
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