Without Nick Thompson, suspended following a red card in the Indoor final, and the injured Colin Hector, the Old Boys started tentatively, but goals from Neil Barker and Paul Krishman inside a minute put them in command by the interval.
With Ian Jennings, returning after a back operation, directing operations, Guildford rallied and Jennings converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute but the Essex side held out.
Surbiton lost their unbeaten record when Teddington's captain, Andy Billson, scored after a long clearance from Simon Nicklin for a 1-0 victory. In double-headers, Cannock beat Indian Gymkhana 4-0 on Saturday and Bournville 6-0 yesterday to move into second place.
Southgate also made up ground with a 2-0 win against Reading on Saturday followed with a 1-0 win away to the defending champions, Havant, Duncan Woods getting the goal.
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