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Horsham

 

Horsham 8 – 1 Godalming 

With the departure of Dean Thomas and it seems a whole bunch of his recent players have also disappeared, Adam Roots was left with 5 players from his development squad on the team sheet and only 2 subs on the bench. All the youngsters did themselves proud and should not be too disappointed at the result. Adam himself should be thanked for having the guts to stand in at short notice. The club are fortunate to have someone like Adam in the set-up.

The squad was Brannon Daly in goal, Piers Oldland right back, Chris Musgrove and Graeme Purdy as centre backs with Callum Roots at left back. Chris Wales, Steve Brown, Matthew Males in the midfield, Darren Wheeler and William Efambe in the wide positions and Jack Mazzone up front. Only Rory Sellick and Gil de-Sousa were on the bench.

Early in the first half saw the new Gs keeper Brannon Daly make a good save low down which he turned round for a corner.

However Horsham applied some more pressure and won a couple of corners and after about 19minutes they managed to score with a header from close range at a corner from their left.

A few minutes later Jack Mazzone worked his way into the home penalty on the left hand side and appeared to be brought down, but the referee waved away the Gs appeals.

The home side went two up after 32 minutes with a shot that curled in to the top corner from wide on the left.

But after some good work on the right William Efambe played the ball in for Jack Mazzone who had to turn and hit a shot at the second attempt that came of a defender and conveniently set itself up for Matt Males to bring the score back to 2-1.

So at half time it seemed that the makeshift team that Adam had put together were doing ok and might even nick a point, despite the home side having the better of the possession and shots on target.
The second half was a different story and as the Gs bravely sent players forward they repeatedly got caught out on the break.

Of all the goals Horsham’s final one was an absolute cracker, as they say, being hit on the volley, leaving Brannon Daly no chance.

Jack Mazzone again stood out for me giving so much and in one passage of play in the second half repeatedly challenging and trying to win the ball from the defenders whether he was upright or on the deck, until his legs simply gave up.

Looking forward to 2017 with hopefully a new permanent manager in place and improving results.
Michael’s Stats.

Horsham            G”s

Attempts           17                        5

On target           12                        2

Corners              8                         3

Fouls                  11                       15

Poss1                 60                      40

Poss 2                63                      37

yellows               1                          4

 

 

 

 

Lewes

 

Lewes 3  –  0 Godalming

Apologies for the lateness of the report, but with family, work and other commitments it has been a very busy time.

 But to be honest there was not much good to report about the game from a Gs point of view as you can see from Michael’s stats. Disappointing after the three points won at Walton Casuals only a few days earlier.

Once again there were forced changes to the Gs squad and from a brief chat with Dean before kick off it was clear that he felt the footballing gods were still not smiling upon them.  Graeme Purdy was away and unavailable, Matt Males was on the bench, but unwell so unlikely to take part. So Jack Battie who has played almost every position apart from in goal was required to partner Chris Musgrove in the absence of a second recognised centre back. We were still without the stalwart Nick Hutchings who has been a corner stone of the defence for the past 4 seasons.

The weather did not help the general mood as a fog threatened to engulf the pitch. It was rumoured early in the second half that the ref was handing out mince pies instead of yellow cards. Certainly could not see much from where I was but I am sure Hendo will have noted.

The only good news was that captain Chris Wales had another good performance as did Jack Mazzone who once again was tremendous both up front and when required to lend a hand in defence. There was no lack of effort from the Gs as they hustled and bustled, but really were not able to get the two fast wide men into the game enough to make an impression on the home sides defence.

This is the time of year when we all play stupid games. So here is the team straight from the voice recognition email on my phone. See if you can work out the team!

The Days to Die starting with the same saying that finished against with an entirely in gold call Bailey Sean Mason Chris Wales Christmas clothes Jack BT William fmb Ryan zgemma Matthew Price Jack design up front with a van der Lopez wife on the bench Steve crown imela Callum Attwood matte nails

 The lineup head Jack Battery Park marine Chris Mo Nova centre backs deli on the right or left Wales playing in front of the back for with William assembly on the right wing and vendor Lopez on the left and prize swapping roles of fun.

Anyway with the departure of Dean we have to look to support Adam Roots who has done so well with the Development Squad and we all have great respect for. Clearly the task of  keeping the Gs up is considerable, but by no means impossible. We have seen what can be achieved on the odd occasion and we simply need to win a few more games than those other sides in the drop zone.

COYGs

Lewes      G;s

attempts    17               7

on target     8                1

corners       1                 0

fouls           12              12

Poss 1st    60              40

Poss 2nd  52               48

 

 

Chatham Town

 

Godalming 2 – 4 Chatham Town

It was a miserable looking day with heavy cloud overhead when they kicked off at Wey Court. But after the first fifteen minutes things on the pitch looked pretty bright with the Gs fielding almost the same side that stubbornly battled through on Tuesday night when they narrowly lost to Merstham in the SSC. The only change was that Evander Lopez was chosen at number 11 and Ryan Zidyana started on the bench.

In fact Evander was making a name for himself with his pace and ball skills, proving he was a threat. But the final ball was not quite up to it. However on around sixteen minutes in the Gs attacked with Evander carrying the ball from the Gs side of the halfway line and with Darren Wheeler calling eagerly for the ball as it was slipped through to Jack Mazzone who hit a good low shot to put the home side ahead.

Was this to be the start of a revival of fortunes for the Gs? Dare we think of some points at last?

Unfortunately that feeling did not last too long as the score was level within about 7 minutes when the visitors no 10 Luke Medley found space to get into the box and shoot past Oneal Garnes. But worse was to come. Within the next ten minutes the visitors No 10 had a hat trick, scoring all three goals from roughly the same spot just wide of the right hand post. It was hard to see how the defence that was so efficient on Tuesday appeared to be open wide.

The Gs did have some opportunities and the tireless Jack Mazzone cut through the visitors defence only to see his shot saved by the visiting keeper stretching a long leg to steer the ball to safety.

Oneal at the other end had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions when through balls were played in behind the Gs defence.

 

Half time G’s 1 – 3 Chatham.

 

Ryan Zidyana replaced Jack Battie at half time as the rain fell down as it had threatened to do since the start.

The second half was pretty well dominated by the Gs as you will see from Michael’s statistics at the end of this report. Michael only made it for the second half as he was busy competing in a Junior Fishing match in which he came second.

Minutes in to the second half saw Jack Mazzone in the visitors penalty area turn and hit a good shot that just went the wrong side of the visitors post.

The game was decided with an unfortunate incident when Oneal appeared to comfortably catch a ball below his crossbar, only for the ball to slip through his grip and hit the foot of the far post and roll conveniently towards Ricky Freeman for the visitors to tap in for their fourth goal.

The Gs did get one goal back, but that did not really reflect the dominance they had in the second half. Lopez was awarded the MOTM but there were other good performances from Jack Mazzone as usual and Ryan Zidyana who brought energy and enthusiasm to the midfield as he did against Merstham.

The search for more points goes on with a trip to Walton Casuals on Wednesday.

Michael missed the first half as he was fishing in the Godalming Angling Society Junior Christmas Match.  Here is what he made of the second half…

 

G’s                 Chatham

Attempts        8                        3

On target       4                         2

Corners          5                         3

Fouls              8                         6

Poses 2nd     58%                   42%

Bookings        1                        3

 

Merstham FC

 

Godalming 0 – 1 Merstham

This Surrey Senior cup fixture brought together last year’s finalists. On that occasion Merstham dominated the G from the outset and scored quite freely early on with Piers Oldland getting the Gs solitary consolation goal with a good strike just moments before the end in a 4-1 defeat for the Gs.

This time, having shipped plenty of goals in recent games, the Gs set out to defend in numbers and try to get something on the break. In goal was Oneal Garnes, with Chris Musgrove, Matt Males, Graeme Purdy (C) and Sean Mason at the back, Steve Brown in front of the back four alongside Ryan Zidyane, and Jack Battie, with Darren Wheeler, and Hitcham Abdellah the wide players with Jack Mazzone up front. Named on the bench were Cameron Karembo, Chris Manangu and Chris Atkins.

This was a stoic performance by the lads when most observers would have thought they would be expecting a trouncing at the hands of Merstham from a League above and with memories of the previous encounter fresh in the mind.

Again the squad was significantly changed from the side that appeared on Sunday only 48 hours before. Ryan Zidyana proved his worth, defending, as if his life depended upon it, alongside Steve Brown coming in to the central defence to add a bit of bite. The tactics worked. It wasn’t pretty at times and the Gs had more possession in the first half than the second. But to see the Gs manage to maintain a clean sheet for the first 45 minutes for the first time for a long while. The whole squad was employed in defence and they battled as they had to and as they will need to if they are to stay in this league.

The only goal came at almost 70 minutes in and I am sure that the somewhat speculative shot from 30 yards or so took a deflection that evaded Oneal who had had a great game.

Captain Purdy was tremendous at the back not only in defence, but also in his distribution and inspiring the team. Oneal had a great game, commanding the 6 yard box. Hitchem was also noticeable in his contribution to the defence as well as going forward and we must not forget how hard Jack Mazzone worked upfront on his own for much of the game and also back defending when required.
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At the end in the bar the visitors Assistant Manager acknowledged that we would feel this was a moral victory and could not understand how we are at the foot of the table when we could defend like that. Hope the lads take some inspiration from this performance.

If we can blend some of the defensive heart shown in this game and introduce some support up front going forward from the likes of Jack Warburton and Louis Hutton then who knows what will happen. Points ????

Cray Wanderers

Cray Wanderers 5 – 1 Godalming

On a bitterly cold afternoon the Gs and their intrepid band of supporters travelled to Cray Wanderers who play at Conference Side Bromley FC.  So they have an impressive set-up at present and from their website it seems they have been battling to get their own stadium complex underway. From what we saw today the planning authorities are putting up more of a defence than Godalming could muster.

These days the Gs supporters have no idea who will be turning up in the squad. We have seen plenty of changes lately and today saw some more changes. Gs were without Chris Wales recovering from surgery, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove who were unavailable and Hichem Adbullah who had work commitments.

More bad news was that the injury sustained by Nick Hutchings to his hand last Saturday has ruled him out for a while. That is a big blow, Nick having been so much a part of the squad, so we hope he can make a speedy recovery.

So a new name at left back in the shape of Sean Mason. On the right a familiar face, but one that has not been seen in a Gs shirt for a few seasons, and the shout of “Browner” echoing around the pitch announced the return of Steve Brown.

Another very welcome face not seen in the squad this season was Louis Hutton bringing back memories of some great performances last season.

The line-up also included the impressive Oneal Garnes in goal, Kyle Bailey and Chidi (CJ) Williams as the centre back pairing, Matthew Males in defensive midfield and Darren Wheeler and Jack Battie in the wide positions, with Jack Warburton and Louis Hutton trying to give service to Jack Mazzone up front. On the bench were Chris Manangu, Piers Oldland, Callum Attwood and Cameron Karembo.

Once again despite a positive opening few minutes when the Gs looked lively developed some pressure on the home side and had a couple of shots without causing the home keeper too much trouble, they then conceded 12minutes in. The home side attacked down their left and pulled the ball back into the penalty area hitting a powerful shot to go one up. Within another 7 minutes they went two up from a powerful shot that went in at the near post that was hit from probably 30 yards out.

The Gs were still able to mount some good attacks of their own as they attacked uphill and saw Darren Wheeler get the ball to the goal line before pulling it back to Louis Hutton who delivered a great diagonal cross towards the far post that evaded the home defence. That saw Jack Mazzone stooping to get his head to the ball and direct it past the home keeper to bring the score back to 2-1 and give the Gs some hope of getting something from the game. That did not last long as the Wanderers got their third on 30 minutes.

 

The second half was not that far in when Jack Battie got a long shot in that was well saved by the home keeper.

The Wanderers were always a threat with their fast and powerful forwards giving the Gs defence a real work out. Oneal was forced to make a couple of good brave stops from close range, but could not stop the Wanderers adding a couple more to the score line.

The G s had more chances of their own with Louis hassling the home defence and winning the ball deep in their half before he unselfishly laid it off for Jack Mazzone who hit a good shot that was equalled by the home keeper’s effort to turn it round the post. Then shortly after Darren got a great shot in that was heading towards the inside of the right hand upright only to see it headed off the line.

So despite some good passing passages of play the Gs efforts were not sufficient in the end.

The stats show that they were just a lot more effective in the end.

Michael’s stats:-

Cray Wanderers         G’s

Attempts             19                        14

On target            12                         10

Corners                5                           5

Fouls                  12                          14

Poses 1st           60                          40

Poses 2nd          52                          48

 

Bookings                                            1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walton Casuals

Godalming 1 – 6 Walton Casuals

 

From the scoreline you would think that the home side were totally outplayed. That was not the case. Although Walton were definitely worthy winners, but the Gs conceded 3 goals in the first half all of which were soft goals.

The squad featured several players from the development team and was without first choice keeper Oneal Garnes, Josh Andrew and Chris Wales, who has proved himself to be so effective in the midfield.

Tom Webb was in goal, Kyle Bailey, (CJ) Chidi Williams, Graeme Purdy and Nick Hutchings, George Brown, Jack Battie, Jack Warburton, Jack Mazzone, Darren Wheeler and Jamel Johnson. On the bench were Ryan Zidyana, Chris Musgrove, Chris Managa, Chris Atkins and Piers Oldland.

 I am sure that when setting up the team for the game the intention was to keep things tight at the back. It is tough being a goal keeper at the best of times and unfortunately the home keeper failed to deal with a ball that came back to him comfortably, appeared to have the ball in his hands and then spilled it to Walton’s Sol Kinnock, in the second minute. Walton 1-0 up.

Then only 6 minutes in Walton’s (Jordan Cheadle) scored direct from a free kick.

At the other end the Gs won a free kick of their own in Darren Wheeler territory just outside the box. It was delivered brilliantly, but again it hit the inside of the right hand upright and somehow bounced clear. That is the way things have been going in the recent games.

To the teams credit, the Gs were not put down by that and the on-form Jack Mazzone found some space in the middle of the pitch, when he broke free from his markers,  drove forward and hit a great shot to bring the score back to 2-1 on 23 minutes.

The Gs had slightly more of the possession in the first half and despite how much they pressed they got no joy. They played some very good stuff for brief moments. On one move stringing together some great passes and ending with the energetic Jack Warburton just failing to keep his shot down.

In defence the Gs were giving out free kicks like Santa gives out gifts in his Grotto. That gave Jordan Cheadle the opportunity for another free kick on the edge of the home team’s area, which he curled in around the wall again. 3 -1 to Walton.

So Gs supporters at half time wondering what might have been, had their chances been taken, balls not bounced clear off posts – yet again.

 

The second half saw Chris Musgrove replace Jamel Johnson for the Gs. Within minutes Chris was penalised for a tackle and a penalty awarded. Tom Webb made a great save getting down to his right hand side to push the ball round the post.

Whilst the Gs were attacking at the start of the second half they were caught out when the visitors attacked down the left and although there seemed to be plenty of defenders in attendance and in the six yard box, Gabriele Odunaike hit a fierce shot that somehow squeezed in at the near post.

Some great passing again by the Gs saw the ball taken to the goal line by Nick Hutchings and laid back for Jack Battie who also hit his shot fractionally over the bar.

Shortly after Chris Musgrove got on the end of a corner and hit a shot from just wide of the goal that rattled the crossbar. You don’t get lucky when you are at the foot of the table.

Another blatant penalty awarded to Walton soon after and that made it 5-1 and Gave Jordan Cheadle his hat trick.

The final goal came in the first minute of extra time when again the visitors scored at the near post in an attack following Gs pressure.

Noticeable not a single yellow or red card issued according to Michael’s stats and I would not want to argue with him.

 

Michael’s stats:-

 

G’s                      Walton Casuals

attempts      10                         18

on target       6                          11

fouls            15                          21

cards            0                            0

corners         4                             5

poss 1st      55                          45

poss 2nd     48                          52

 

 

 

A nice story

One of our senior spectators had an unfortunate trip on the concrete steps up to the pitch while the teams were lined up outside the changing room about to come onto the pitch. The Walton players saw that he was being helped to his feet and insisted that they get their physio to take a look at him.

As they helped him to the steps to their changing room it was clear that he had cut his hand in the fall, as there was a fair bit of blood. So he was tended to in their dressing room and repaired and even given a replacement cup of Bovril. He was able to take his place in the stands after that. So well done to Walton, their Management and Physio who could not have been kinder. On his behalf  – thank you. Great to see.

 

Chipstead

Chipstead 2 – 0 Godalming

After that tremendous battling performance at T & M on Saturday, the quest for some more league points took the Gs and their travelling supporters to Chipstead FC on Tuesday night. After the rain and storms of the last few days it was quite surprising how well the Chipstead pitch looked. But again the Gs came away with nothing to show for their efforts.

 The Gs squad featured some new faces again, but was missing the inspirational Chris Wales and the powerful running Josh Andrew. Jack Warburton was back in the squad to bring his quality and tireless running to the midfield alongside Darren Wheeler, Jack Battie and Matt Males.

 Graeme Purdy was restored to the No 9 shirt alongside Jack Mazzone bringing back memories of the partnership that developed in matches in the South and West a few years back.

 Oneal Garnes managed to get to the game before kick- off this time, whilst George Brown made his debut at full back with Nick Hutchings alongside centre backs Kyle Bailey and Chidi Williams-Aguwarbor(CJ). Saturday’s hero goalie Chris Musgrove was on the bench alongside Ryan Zidyana, Cameron Karembo, Chris Manangu and Durrell Brown.

 It was a frustrating night for the Gs who were unable to command too much possession in the first half despite being able to put together a few passages of fine flowing passing, which always seemed to centre around Jack Warburton. They had to defend a number of corners, but did so effectively with Oneal being positive.

 After the first few minutes George Brown settled in and looked very composed at the back. However the Gs conceded just before the end of the first half.

 The second half started more positively for the visitors and a minute or two in Jack Battie found himself in possession wide on the left in the middle of the opponents half and with the keeper out of position. Unfortunately his attempted lob went wide of the mark.

 Soon after Chidi Wlliams-Aguwarbor(CJ) made a good run down the right wing and slipped the ball through to Jack Mazzone who made his way inside the box where he was brought down by the attention of two defenders. Penalty to the Gs. Unfortunately Jack hit the left hand upright and failed to convert.

 Then from a corner from the right Jack Mazzone got in a header that rattled the crossbar. Seemed like the footballing Gods were not looking favourably on the lads.

 There was a strange incident where one of the home management team lashed out at Darren Wheeler claiming Darren had elbowed him in trying to get to the ball to take a quick throw in. As I was stood between the dugouts and did not see it that way at all. The referee was happy that it only deserved a talking to with the gentleman concerned.

 The home side managed a second goal from a scramble just outside the Gs 6 yard box. Although this sealed the result the Gs kept coming forward and on the left Nick Hutchings got in a shot that just cleared the bar.

 Graeme Purdy was replaced by Chris Manangu and Ryan Zidyana replaced Matt Males.

 As one of the home supporters said ”If they had taken their chances it could have been a different result” That is probably true of every game.

 The referee brandished several yellow cards in the second half as he did in the first

Tooting and Mitcham

 

Tooting and Mitcham 1 – 0 Godalming

The Gs may have left Imperial Fields with no points, but they should hold their heads high as they gave title chasing T&M more than a bit of a scare. But for a wonderful individual strike on 78 minutes that gave the home side all three points it could well have gone the other way as the Gs squad battled for everything and came very close to a major shock result.

Bearing in mind that horrendous traffic due to the closure of the M3 and delays on the A3 several of the Gs team did not arrive until late and in fact Oneal Garnes did not arrive until well into the first half, even after the start was delayed by 15 minutes.

Step forward Gs hero Chris Musgrove to go in goal in the absence a recognised goalie.

One might have expected that the Gs would be under the cosh from the start, but after fifteen minutes they produced the first meaningful attempt when Nick Hutchings advanced down the left wing and hit a firm shot that the home keeper was just able to tip over. Somehow the referee awarded a goal kick, which was the first of some pretty bizarre decisions on the afternoon.

You would have thought that the home side would have wanted to test the stand-in keeper at every opportunity, but they did not get a decent shot in until late in the first half, but Chris was up to it. The defence in front of him was also solid.

Chris Wales was yellow carded for a tackle just outside the Gs penalty area when he seemed to have got the ball. A bit tough on him, but worse was to come.

The visitors went on to make the best of the first half with Jack Mazzone working his socks off up front once again and getting wide on the left and delivering a low cross that skidded across the face of the home teams goal but which no one could get a foot on to finish it off.

Then, just before half time, Jack Mazzone played a ball from the right into Darren Wheeler in the middle of the pitch and he took off into the penalty area and got a curling left footed shot in, which hit the inside of the upright on his right hand side and somehow managed to bounce out again across the goal to the home keeper, just when the visiting fans (me included) were on their feet celebrating.

 

0 – 0 at half time, when the Gs realistically could have been ahead.

 

Former G Danny Bassett came on for T&M shortly after half time as they made two substitutions.The home team did up their game in the second half, but were really not troubling Oneal Garnes, who had taken over the keepers gloves from Chris Musgrove at half time. The Gs were using 3 centre backs in Kyle Bailey, Graeme Purdy, and Chidi Williams, while using Nick Hutchings and Josh Andrew as wing backs, getting forward when in possession.

Chris Wales had another influential game in front of the central defence until the officials decided that having sent off T&M’s Jordan Wilson for a bit of nonsense in front of the dugouts, he should also go when he was apparently in a head-lock at one stage and just pushed the player off him.

Jack Battie, Matt Males and Darren Wheeler made up the midfield wit Jack Mazzone  battling away up front. – Both sides down to 10 men.

The game continued with T & M getting the best of the possession, but unable to do too much other than hit long shots. The Gs defence seemed to be able to absorb anything the home team could produce.

Hitcham Adbellah came on for Darren Wheeler on around 75 minutes.

Then, on 78 minutes, T&Ms Billy Dunn hit a fierce low shot from well outside the visitor’s penalty area that found its way into the far bottom corner of the Gs goal.

After that the Gs had to go all out to try to find an equaliser. They won several corner in the dying minutes when Oneal Garnes also joined in the attack and cause some panic in the home defence.

Cameron Karembo came on for Kyle Bailey who was receiving treatment on and off the pitch with a few minutes to go.

The home supporters seemed nervous towards the end but they went home happy in the end.

So another tremendous performance, which, to the casual observer it would not have been at all clear who was at the top of the league or who was at the bottom.

If the current squad continue to play with the determination and commitment that they showed on Saturday they should easily be able to string a few wins together and get themselves up the league table.

 

Michael’s stats:-

G’s            T&M

Attempts                    10               15

On target                    5                  8

Corners                      3                  5

Fouls          v            18                13

Poss 1st Half           45                55

Poss 2nd Half         42                58

Yellows                       4                  1

Reds                            1                  1

 

 

 

 

Sittingbourne

Godalming 1 – 2 Sittingbourne

 

Godalming entertained 11th place Sittingbourne on a very wet and overcast day at Wey Court. Having conceded early on the home squad pulled level in the second half and looked the more likely to take all three points, battering the visitors in the second half only to concede a goal in injury time that left the home team and their supporters gutted.

Oneal Garnes was in goal, Cameron Karembo and Nick Hutchings the full backs, Graeme Purdy and Kyle Bailey as the centre backs with Chris Wales in front of the back four, Ryan Zidyana and Darren Wheeler in central midfield with Josh Andrew and Hicham Adbellah as the wide players and Jack Mazzone in the number 9 spot.

On the bench were: – Jack Battie, Jack Warburton, Matt Males and Mclean Cherron.

Continuous rain from around 6 am in the morning left the Wey Court pitch extremely greasy and looked more like an ice rink in the opening stages as both sides struggled to keep their footing.

In fact the state of the pitch had a part to play in the first goal where Sittingbourne’s Tom Carlse saw his marker loose his footing as he got onto the end of a long clearance. He was easily able to cross the ball in to Conrad Lee inside the box who simply squared the ball to Steven Isa who hit a curling shot into the top corner leaving Oneal with no chance.

So after only 17 minutes the visitors were 1-0 up.

However the Gs did not let their heads drop and within moments of the opening goal Nick Hutchings made a good run into the box and brought a save from Overland in the Sittingbourne goal.

At the other end on 31 minutes Oneal had to save a shot that skidded off the dangerous surface.

A few moments later with the Gs defence all calling for an offside decision the visiting number 11 Tom Carlse was allowed to advance on Oneal Garnes one on one, but to the Gs relief he shot well wide.

The game was being played at break-neck pace with the visitors trying to get long balls played in behind the home defence, with some success, but towards the end of the first half the Gs applied more pressure as they attacked the goal at the road end when Chris Wales and Jack Mazzone both had shots blocked in the area amongst several shouts of “handball” – but nothing was given.

 

0-1 down at half time.

 

At the start of the 2nd half Matt Males and Jack Warburton (returning from injury) were introduced replacing Ryan Zidyana and Hichem Adbellah.

On 52 minutes the Gs won a corner on their left wing, which was taken by captain Darren Wheeler who delivered the ball comparatively low into the area and it was met well by Chris Wales who headed the equaliser, his second goal in as many games.

On now 65 minutes Gs number 2 Cameron Karembo was replaced by Jack Battie due to injury.

The Gs almost conceded shortly after when the greasy pitch again featured catching out Kyle Bailey requiring another excellent save from Oneal Garnes to keep the Gs in it. But from that point on the Gs dominated possession.

Sittingbourne number two got a yellow card for a poor tackle on Nick Hutchings

Another fine shot from Chris Wales just whistled over the bar.

With Gs mounting pressure in the final 20 minutes the visiting supporters were becoming edgy as they saw their side struggle to break out of defence. Wheeler played in Jack Mazzone who got his shot in, but again the ball went over the bar.

Then Darren Wheeler, having moved to a wide position in the second half, latched onto the ball and took on the opposing defence at great pace weaving his way through and into the box. Just as the home supporters expected him to hammer the ball into the net he chose to pass the ball wide and the move eventually broke down.

Then in injury time with the whole of the Gs midfield committed in attack trying to get the final goal that would bring them all three points, Jordan Gallacher for Sittingbourne beat Jack Battie and went on to deliver a great cross into the box, which was met by Jake Embery at full stretch, heading past Oneal Garnes from close range.

So once again after a good team performance the Gs were just edged out of the points in the cruelest way. But that is football. The squad we have now have proved how competitive they can be and will surely start to notch up a few more wins.

Once again Jack Mazzone battled away upfront well, holding up the ball and got a couple of shots in. Josh Andrew always looked threatening, while in defence Oneal Garnes, Nick Hutchings and Graeme Purdy stood out. It was great to see Jack Warburton back after injury.

Saturday brings another test when the Gs visit second in the league Tooting and Mitcham where we should see a few familiar faces. I think this is a 3G pitch where there will be more opportunity to play the ball on the ground.

 

Michael’s Stats below:-

Godalming            Sittingbourne

Attempts            13                            10

On target             7                              6

Corners               5                               1

Fouls                 11                             17

Bookings             1                               1

Poss 1st Half      48                             52

Poss 1st Half      65                             35

East Grinstead

Godalming 2-3 East Grinstead Town

A young East Grinstead Town team would have felt lucky to walk away from Wey Court with all three points as the G’s put up a stern effort but just couldn’t find that equaliser.

The Gs had Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales at right back, Chris Musgrove returned to partner Graeme Purdy as the centre-back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Player coach Chris Atkins made up centre defence with new signing from Leatherhead, Kyle Bailey. Matt Males was the defensive midfielder in front of the back four. With new signing from Farnborough Jack Battie and captain Darren Wheeler behind Jack Mazzone at Number9 with Josh Andrew and Hircham Abdellah in the wide positions. Ryan Zidyana, Ashley Quashie, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove were on the bench.

It was East Grinstead that started brightly and showed some good play with their passes and Oneal Garnes was forced in to an early save with a fine shot from Laste Dombaxe after 8 minutes. Godalming had to make an early substitution as Chris Atkins picked up a hamstring injury and was immediately replaced by Graeme Purdy.

It was East Grinstead that scored first. A cross from the left was met by Will Thomas who’s shot was saved by Garnes but it was debutant Michael Salako who scored from the rebound at close range after good work by Salako. G’s 0-1 Grinstead.

The Gees did not let this knock them off their stride however and continued to play some good passing moves. On 19 minutes a cross in from Hitcham Abdellah was met by Graeme Purdy who had his shot cleared off the line and Grinstead managed to clear the ball.

On 26 minutes, new signing Jack Battie had his first shot on goal however he put it wide of goal after some good work from Abdellah again. A few minutes later, Darren Wheeler picked out Abdellah out on the right, Abdellah took the ball well, turned and shot at Chris Haigh in the Grinstead goal who held the ball well.

Half Time 0-1

The second half continued rather as the first with East Grinstead putting pressure on the G’s defence. On 53 minutes, Noel Mbo’s pass was picked up Laste Dombaxe who shot couldn’t be stopped by Garnes. G’s 0-2 Grinstead.

On 59 minutes a run by Darren Wheeler down the left, put in a cross which was met by Chris Wales who slotted the ball into the back of the net to pull one back for the Godalming 1-2.

East Grinstead then regained a two goal advantage. On 69 minutes, a corner swung in from the right, was met by Noel Mbo who’s shot hit the post initially but then shot again from close range after the G’s defence failed to clear the ball.

Godalming made the second substitution, young Ryan Zidyana came on and replaced Jack Battie who had a fairly quiet game on his debut but the substitution was the right one as Zidyana scored within minutes from coming on. Miscommunication between Haign and his defence with Mazzone pressurisg the defence allowed Zidyana to pick up the loose ball and slot the ball into the net 2-3.

With time running out the home team were pressing harder and got a free kick with a few miuntes to go but this was cleared by East Grinstead. With a spell of late corners of which Oneal Garnes came up to see if he could help score but the Grinstead defence were strong enough to clear the ball away and secure their 6th win of the season.

Team: Garnes, Wales, Hutchings, Bailey, Atkins (Graeme Purdy 5mins), Males, Abdellah, Battie (Zidyana 81mins), Mazzone, Wheeler ©, Andrew.

Subs not used: Quashie and Musgrove.

Attendance: 101

Man of the match: Chris Wales.

Match Stats by Statman Michael Ewing

Godalming         East Grinstead

Shots                         12                        11

On Target                  5                           6

Corners                      7                           5

Fouls                          19                         12

Bookings                     2                           1

Poss 1st half           45%                     55%

Poss 2nd half           56%                     44%