Promising start for Guildford

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BILL COLWILL

Guildford's first European competition since they finished a disappointing eighth in The Hague in 1979 got off to a promising start back in the Dutch capital yesterday when they beat SKA Ekaterinburg, of Russia, 3-1 in their opening game in the Cup-Winners' Cup.

Guildford's goalkeeper- captain, Kevin Priday, was quickly in action as the Russians opened strongly, having to make a couple of fine reaction saves in the opening minutes, before Guildford took the lead in 22nd minute. A well-placed free hit from player-coach Ian Jennings, out on the right, found Danny Hall moving in to score the opening goal.

Although Ekaterinburg equalised through their captain, Mikhail Lutiko, at a penalty corner six minutes into the second half as Guildford were put under considerable pressure, they held firm, with substitute Graham Cartmell giving them the lead in the 51st minute. The RAF winger scored after good work down the right by Roger Wall. The discarded Great Britain striker Don Williams ran 75 yards through the Russian defence to score a fine solo goal with just two minutes remaining to complete the scoring.

Scotland's Gordonians were out of luck in their opening game, losing 1-0 to a 52nd-minute goal from Alberto Marillion for the Spaniards of Valdeluz. Gordonians cause was not helped by the temporary suspension of Paul Doney and Andrew Milne late in the game, as the Scots fought back. Host club HDM beat CA de Montrouge, the French champions, 2-0.

In the Women's A Division, after delays for torrential rain, Hightown came from behind at the interval to beat the Ukrainians, Dinamo Sumi, 4-1 with two goals from Tina Cullen.

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