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Kings Langley 1 – 1 Godalming Town

Kings Langley 1 – 1 Godalming Town.

 

The G’s travelled to a windswept Gaywood Park to take on the league leaders Kings Langley. They were without Nick Hutchings and Darren Wheeler both through injury, whilst Steve Laidler, Rory Sellick and Julian Sills were all unavailable.

 

They lined up for the first half playing into the fierce wind blowing straight along the length of the pitch with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton at right back, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre backs and Liam Roberts at left back, with Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four.

Piers Oldland, Louis Hutton, Will Hutton and Iven Kumanda in midfield with Danny Bassett upfront.

 

On the bench where Chris Wales, Jake Kempton and Pasha Tayo-Walker.

 

The squally rain showers and high gusting winds threatened to curtail any thoughts of good football although the pitch itself did not look too bad after the rain in the morning.

 

Both sides seemed to be trying to play long balls from the defence but this did not produce any real goal scoring opportunities until on 35 minutes KL played the ball forward and with the G’s defence appealing for offside Mitchell Weiss rounded Oneal Garnes but was driven wide and could not get a clear shot in but the G’s were forced to clear the ball off the line.

 

Apart from this there was not much to bother the G’s keeper in the first half despite the home team having the advantage of the wind and rain at their backs. The G’s broke occasionally and produced a few good passing moves when the got the ball on the ground, but could not break down the KL defence.

 

Half time 0-0

 

At the start of the second half KL made a double substitution bringing on Steve Ward and Dean Hitchcock replacing Gary Connelly and Immanuelson Duku.

 

Iven received a yellow card for clumsy challenge a few minute into the second half. But otherwise the G’s started to press their opponents more and when they had to defend they did so well with captain Purdy showing great composure at its heart.

 

However on 65 minutes with KL in possession wide on the left hand side they delivered a speculative cross, which went high across the G’s goal and with Oneal Garnes watching it apparently going out of play when it dropped behind him, just inside his far post. KL 1-0 up.

 

2 minutes later however the G’s hit back when Will Hutton just to the left of the KL goal lifted the ball from 30 yards out over the KL keeper Xavi Comas the ball dropping into the net for a spectacular equaliser.

 

This renewed the G’s faith that they could win and shortly after the goal Louis Hutton hit another of his specials that was saved by Comas at full stretch. The rain eased but the wind did not.

 

KL were then awarded a penalty when Oneal Garnes came out to collect a ball and he did not make it. He also received a yellow card as he came into contact with the KL No 11 Matt Bateman who received treatment. The G’s keeper made amends for this when he dived low to his right to palm the penalty from KL’s David Hutton around for a corner to the delight of his G’s team mates.Hutton was then replaced by Lorenzo Ferrari for KL.

 

One of the G’s best chances to win outright ended when another good G’s attack saw the ball find its way out to Piers Oldland who got in his shot, but it went just wide of the upright to his left.

 

Graeme Purdy went to help out upfront in search of the winner with the impressive Ashley Lloyd dropping back to partner Chris Musgrove as the G’s changed their set up to go all out to win. This did see the G’s win much more of the aerial balls from their defence. The G’s also managed a few more good passing moves one of which saw Will hit another shot just over the bar. The G’s were applying much more pressure with both sides going for a result and both Will and Louis hit more shots that failed to hit the target.

 

Chris Wale came on for Iven Kumanda late to make his first playing appearance for several months. Louis Hutton hit another shot, which was just wide of the right hand upright at the end when G’s had been pressing to find the winner.

 

 

It was another good performance from the team who battled hard throughout and might have on another day got a win. They all played their part in a good result for the G’s. In the end although the visitors had chances to take all three points they must be happy that with a depleted squad they came away with a share of the points.

 

More stats from “Stats Man Michael”

 

Kings Langley Godalming
Attempts 9 16
On target 5 5
Corners 5 3
Fouls            17-3o/s      14-2o/s 1 pen
Poss ist 60% 40%
Poss 2nd 41% 59%
Bookings 2

 

 

Report by Graham Harris

 

 

 

Godalming 1 – 0 Hanwell

Godalming 1 – 0 Hanwell

 

It has to be said that another three points, another clean sheet and no bookings is great news for the G’s, even if it wasn’t the greatest feast of football.

 

The G’s were without their two stalwarts in the defence Chris Musgrove and Graeme Purdy and while Darren Wheeler was on the bench having missed the trip to Egham on Saturday, he was nursing a bandaged ankle.

 

 

The G’s line-up was Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills Ashley Lloyd and Nick Hutchings, with Will Hutton, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler and Liam Roberts in the midfield while Danny Bassett was upfront alongside Jake Kempton in a four – four – two formation.

 

On the bench were Iven Kumanda, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland along with Darren Wheeler.

The opening exchanges saw a lightning fast run from Charlie Hutton which took him from wide out on the right up to the touch line where he pulled the ball back low into the area, but the final shot did not match the build up and went wide.

 

Shortly after Liam Roberts made a good run on then left wing and delivered a good cross to the far post but neither of the front men could get on the end of it.

 

The seemingly indestructible Nick Hutchings then got hurt going for a 50 / 50 ball and could not continue. Liam Roberts dropped into the left back slot and Piers Oldland came on to take up the wide position.

 

Danny Basset did well to get to the line on the left and play another ball low into the box where Jake Kempton met it on the volley but the shot was well saved low at the near post by Martin Herdman in between the sticks for Hanwell.

 

Hanwell No 10 Ryan Egan was yellow carded after the ref consulted his linesman about an off the ball incident just before half time.

 

Danny Bassett, who was terrorising the visitors defence, got in another shot that went wide of the right hand post before Mr James Robinson blew for the end of a first half, which saw only 5 shots in total from both sides.

 

The lively Danny Bassett started the second half as he ended the first firing a shot from wide on the left just past the Hanwell far post.

 

Shortly after Oneal Garnes produced a great double save, first with his legs from the Hanwell No 7 Tom Inch when he latched on to a through ball and was one on one with Oneal,then with the rebound falling to a Hanwell forward who struck a good shot that the G’s stopper had to palm round for a corner.

 

The G’s did some good build up work, but could not get a decent final shot on the end until Danny once again worked his way towards the left hand corner of the Hanwell box, which was quite congested. But he managed to slip the ball through to Will Hutton who shaped to continue the ball on its way to Piers wide on the right, but at the last moment turned inside and hit a shot into the top left hand of the goal to ease the G’s nerves. G’s 1 – Hanwell 0

 

The G’s physio was having a busy evening and came on for a fourth time when she attended to Jake Kempton who was suffering. This allowed Rory Sellick to come on to replace him.

 

Hanwell broke quickly again and could have levelled if it were not for Oneal Garnes once again who was on fine form and palmed the ball round the post.

 

Hanwell no 5 was then yellow carded for dissent when he kicked the half way line flag off the pitch in frustration.

 

It was a frustrating night for Hanwell who remained dangerous on the break but got no joy on the night.

 

G’s travel to top of the table Kings Langley on Saturday.

 

G’s M O M Oneal Garnes for a fine game.

 

 

Godalming             Hanwell

Attempts                 9                              12   (only 5 shots in total in the 1st half)

On target                 4                              4

Corners                    1                              6

fouls                         14 (5 OS)                 11 (3 OS)

Poss 1st                    60%                          40%

Poss 2nd                   48%                         52%

 

 

Bookings                   0                               2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egham Town 0 – 1 Godalming Town

Egham Town 0 Godalming Town 1

 

After the heady success of the cup semi-final on 3G on Tuesday evening Godalming came back to earth quite literally when they travelled to 2nd placed Egham and their league campaign.

 

In goal was the increasingly impressive Oneal Garnes. Charlie Hutton returned at right back, Captain Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing with the always impressive Nick Hutchings at left back and Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four where he has done so well. Will Hutton, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler and Liam Roberts made up the midfield with Jake Kempton up front.

 

On the G’s bench were Danny Bassett, Iven Kumanda, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland.

 

Most of the early pressure came from Egham without them producing any meaningful shots. In fact apart from a run by Nick Hutchings, which ended with him pulling the ball back into the area where Louis Hutton hit his shot high over the bar, the game lacked any real composure and was really very bitty. My notes read “not much football played in the first 20 minutes”. This was amended periodically to 30 minutes; 40 and 45minutes. Lots of high balls played and lots of the balls cleared out of the ground. In fact “Stats Man Michael” introduced a new category for these as you will see below.

 

There was a shot from Will Hutton, which was saved following a free kick from his brother Louis. Shortly after Will received attention on the pitch from the new lovely replacement physio.

 

Louis Hutton had another shot well pushed round by the Egham keeper.

 

Half time 0-0.

 

Fortunately some football did break out in the second half Jake Kempton ran and chased hard receiving some reward when he managed to pick the pocket of the Egham No 3 Mitch Gutteridge early on wide on the right, but could not capitalise on it.

 

However shortly after the G’s won a corner, which was cleared by the defence, but fell to Steve Laidler who deftly chipped the ball back into the box where Chris Musgrove was able to shoot past the Egham keeper Jamie Norris. The G’s 0-1 up on 54 minutes.

 

Egham changes ensued. Their no 2 Elliott Carey went off for No 12 Ryan Philips to come on as Egham went to playing three at the back. After some good build up play Will Hutton hit another shot wide of the left hand upright. All in all he had a good game showing his tireless effort in defence and being happy to run at the opposition when he had the ball at his feet.

 

More changes for Egham when No 17 Chris Moore came on for No 10 Brendan Matthews and No 6 Kurtney Brookes went off for No 15 Jake Cass to come on.

 

Godalming were finding themselves winning more possession and territory than in the first half. A free kick from Louis Hutton fell for Ashley Lloyd who was probably trying to prove to Chris Musgrove that he could match anything Chris could do, narrowly fired his shot over the crossbar from just outside the 6 yard box.

 

Danny Bassett came on for the G’s and replaced Jake Kempton who had battled well upfront.

 

Louis Hutton had another long shot well pushed round by the Egham keeper. Egham continued to attack on the break but apart from a long shot from Egham No 7 Callum Webb, which seemed to be quite comfortably saved by Oneal Garnes there was not much to worry the G’s keeper.

 

The G’s defence dealt with anything that came at them either wide on the flanks or through the middle and all worked really well. Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton proving their partnership in the middle really works while Purdy again proving how good he is in the heart of the defence alongside Chris Musgrove.

 

Danny Bassett was injured and enter stage right that new physio looking strangely like Chris Wales. Danny was restored and continued to cause trouble for the home defence with his pace and movement.

 

Oneal Garnes also received attention late on in the game following a late challenge by Chris Moore which earned him a booking.

 

So it finished 1-0 to the G’s. A good result for them. Another clean sheet, 3 points and no cards. They move on to their next game in the league at Wey Court on Tuesday against Hanwell.

Man of the Match for G’s could be one of many. Will Hutton stood out for me, but once again it was a good squad performance.

 

 

Egham                    Godalming

 

Attempts                  10                           11

On target                  5                             5

Corners                     5                             3

Fouls                        18 (2o/s)                 19 (5o/s)

bookings                  1                               0

 

Poss 1st                    55%                         45%

Poss 2nd                   45%                         55%

 

Useless stat of the day

Balls kicked out of the stadium   9

 

Report by Graham Harris

Sutton 1-3 Godalming Town

Sutton-SSC Semi Final We won 1-3 (For Kev Sheppard)

 

It was a third trip to Sutton for the G’s having won the two previous SSC finals that they qualified for against Sutton at Gander Green Lane. The memory of the Scott Harris winner three years ago still fresh in my memory.

 

We knew that Vanarama League South side Sutton would not field their whole first team but would still prove to be a tough hurdle to jump.

 

The new floodlights and 3G pitch made the whole experience different to three years ago but it seemed to suit the G’s.

 

They fielded the Oneal Garnes in goal, Liam Roberts at right back, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove and Nick Hutchings at Left back, Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four, Will Hutton, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Darren Wheeler in the midfield with Danny Bassett upfront.

 

On the bench were Iven Kumanda, Charlie Hutton (who is still feeling his hamstring injury) Piers Oldland, Rory Sellick and it was good to see Richard Ossai.

 

The G’s were in the new all white away strip and started as smartly as they looked having the bulk of the possession for the first ten minutes Louis Hutton hitting a typical shot just wide of the right hand upright and Danny Bassett proving to be a handful for the home defenders who struggled with his pace and movement.

 

It was somewhat against the run of play therefore when on 14 minutes the G’s defence seemed to be rather generous in not clearing the ball and allowing the Sutton number 7 Tom Bolarinwa to jink his way through them from the Sutton left wing and shoot past the G’s goalie when one on one.

 

In reply Danny Bassett minutes later saw his fierce shot well saved by the home goalie diving low after a good build-up.

 

Sutton then seemed to be in an equally generous mood when they contrived to gift an own goal to the G’s when a poorly struck ball from their defence found its way past their keeper. 1-1 on 22 minutes.

 

Three minutes later the lively Danny Bassett found himself on the end of a lofted pass which he was able to lift over the Sutton keeper to give the G’s their second goal of the evening and settle the nerves a little for the visiting supporters.

 

This spurred the G’s on to further attacks. Always the best form of defence in my book. Will Hutton worked his way through and hit a fine low shot from an angle that was saved by the home stopper.

 

Sutton sought to hit back but could not produce too much to bother Oneal Garnes.

 

Louis Hutton following another good passing move chipped the ball into the danger area where Darren Wheeler got the slightest of touches with his head and the ball landed just wide of the goal where Danny was just unable to poke it home. Louis who was getting forward well saw another of his shots from the edge of the box fly over the crossbar.

 

Just before half time Sutton got the ball in the G’s net again but the referee had already blown for a foul by Graeme Purdy (for which he received a yellow card). The free kick saw Oneal Garnes make a fine stop at full stretch to push the ball round the post for a corner.

 

So at half time it remained 1-2 to the G’s.

 

Aiden Brown came on for Sutton to replace the No 7 goal scorer Tom Bolarinwa who had shown how dangerous he could be with the ball at his feet.

 

G’s continued to press for a third goal with Danny Bassett outstanding at the front chasing everything that came his way, whilst the defence marshalled by Captain Purdy seemed comfortable dealing with everything.

 

On 60 minutes the Sutton No 11 Jake Hammond was replaced in favour of Dinos Kalognomas.

 

Shortly after Darren Wheeler who had started to find more space wide on the left to torment and attack the Sutton defence was forced off after being injured in a tackle. Iven Kumanda came on to replace him.

 

The G’s were then awarded a free kick which was taken by Louis Hutton and was floated to the far post where Chris Musgrove, who was having a fine game in defence, topped it off by placing a deft header beyond the Sutton keeper and just inside the far post. Chris thought it was a bullet header in the bar after.

 

That really was the icing on the cake for the G’s and the previously vocal home supporters fell silent.

 

That led to the G’s pressing harder with Steve Laidler who had been dominating the centre of the pitch making a great run but somehow failing to capitalise in front of goal.

 

As the game came to the end of full time and an additional 5 minutes extra time was announced (from somewhere!!) the G’s continued to press for more and looked the more likely to add to the score, Iven hit a super shot that was well saved and a Danny Bassett shot from range hit the crossbar after a great build up passage of play.

 

Sutton tried to hit back on the break, but the G’s defence stood firm and the travelling away supporters were delighted to give the whole squad a rousing welcome as they came off the pitch.

 

From my point of view the Sutton team clearly had some very good individual players as you would expect, but this was a case of the whole G’s team from back to front giving a great performance and showing how on a good surface they can pass the ball along with the best. Cannot give a Man of the Match, although Danny must come close as did, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton, Ashley Lloyd,…. in fact the whole squad did us proud.

 

Stats as usual by “Stats man Michael” who I hope is not too tired this morning.

 

Sutton Utd                          Godalming

Attempts      18 ( including 1 OG)         15

On target       8 (including 1 OG)             7

Corners          7                                          1

Fouls               12 (3OS)                            13 (2OS)

poss 1              50                                      50

Poss 2              50                                      50

Ht score           1                                        2

FT score           1                                        3

bookings          0                                       1

 

Onwards to the Final at Woking against Merstham.

 

COYG’s

Godalming Town FC 1-0 Aylesbury Utd

Aylesbury United

 

 

The gloomy morning brightened up just prior to the kick-off and it was pleasant to see the Wey Court pitch once again sporting a fair covering of grass with just a few dark soft spots.

 

The G’s where without Will Hutton and Graeme Purdy both of whom where not available, however they lined up with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton made a return at right back, although apparently still nursing a hamstring injury, with Julian Sills and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Ashley Lloyd was in front of the back four.

 

Piers Oldland, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Darren Wheeler made up the midfield with new signing Jake Kempton wearing the number 9 shirt.

 

Joao Andrade, Danny Bassett and Iven Kumanda made up the bench together with Rory Sellick returning from his ankle injury sustained at Bedford.

 

Also returning to Wey Court for Aylesbury United was Zaki Oualah ex G’s keeper during our time in the South and West when he did us proud.

 

In the opening minutes the Aylesbury no 11 hit a long shot, which Oneal Garnes had to stretch full length to turn round for a corner. At the other end Darren Wheeler hit a pretty friendly tester from wide of the AU penalty area, which was held easily.

 

The pitch was looking pretty good considering the boggy state of it at the end of the Ware match. The first 25 minutes where pretty even until Charlie Hutton made a great run into the Aylesbury half and squared the ball across the face of the goal but behind the G’s players who had got forward.

 

On 28 minutes the Aylesbury No 9 get yellow carded for a harsh tackle. Darren Wheeler made another good break and cut into the penalty area but could not get a shot in. G’s were now imposing themselves more on their opponents.

 

Louis Hutton hit a fine long range effort that the AU keeper did well to turn round for a corner. Moments later Steve Laidler had a similar effort.

 

AU No 5 Alex Collard suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Sonny French. Shortly before half time the AU No 6 Shaun Owens was also yellow carded.

  • Half time.

 

At the start of ten second half Darren Wheeler hit a fine free kick from the edge of the area that the AU keeper did well to tip over the bar. Moments later a slip up in the AU defence left Jake Kempton advancing on the goal with only the keeper to beat but his looping effort well cleared the bar.

 

 

Rory Sellick was on for Charlie Hutton at right back. Darren Wheeler was the main threat for the G’s and on another run pulled the ball back to the G’s number 9 but his shot went wide. It was noticed that Jake has a resemblance to Jack Mazzonne, former G’s striker.

 

Piers Oldland came off to allow Joao Andrade to come on alongside Jake.

 

Nick Hutchings drove down the left wing and into the penalty area only to see his shot blocked and turned around by the former G’s keeper at close range.

 

Then later as Louis Hutton advanced towards the goal area he played the ball forward and was taken out afterwards. The ball however hit the AU keeper and bounced free off one of the defenders and in the confusion into the path of Jake Kempton who took the opportunity well to finally put the G’s in front. 1-0.

 

A few minutes later a good Louis Hutton free kick saw Chris Musgrove get his head to the ball first, knocking it up in the air again and the ball, when it dropped was headed by Julian Sills towards goal bringing another fine save from Oualah.

 

Darren Wheeler had another attempt that went just wide of the near post whilst at the other end on a rare visit to the G’s area AU got the ball in the net from a header ruled offside.

Before the end there was time for Jake Kempton to get one more super long shot in, which again Zaki Oualah save at full stretch.

 

Can I also say that following some truly awful refereeing performances on our travels the ref and officials today were excellent kept on top of everything without ruining the game.

So although not that impressive, a win is a win and keeping a clean sheet is always good particularly when the performances at home have not always matched expectations.

 

Surely the G’s management and players had more than half an eye on the trip to Sutton United on Tuesday, which may explain why Danny Bassett and Iven Kumanda did not leave the bench.

 

Can the G’s fans expect to get another win at Sutton? Memories of the Scott Harris match winning goal are fresh in the memory. A good night indeed.

 

Stats below from “Stats man Michael” who also gave Darren Wheeler M o M for the G’s

Attempts God 19 Aylesbury 10

On target god 12 Aylesbury 3

Corners God 4 Aylesbury 4

Fouls God 7( includes 3 offside ) 17 Ayl ( 3 off side )

Possession     1st half God 53 Ayles 47

2nd half God 59 Ayl 41

 

Bookings 0 for God and 2 for Ayl

 

 

Match photos  https://www.flickr.com/photos/hirons_laura/albums/72157663489233034 

Godalming Town 0 – 1 Ware

Ware

After the glorious performance at Whytefleafe on Tuesday it probably was unrealistic to expect another performance like that.

 

It was a game which for much of the time it seemed would end as a goalless draw and be remembered only for two unusual sights:-

 

1) Of a linesman who seemed to twist his knee and needed the game to be stopped for some time until he was able to carry on to see the last few minutes of the first half out before being replaced during an extended half time.

 

2) Joao Andrade was announced as coming on to the pitch as a replacement, only to be prevented by the other linesman because he had a ring on. He could not remove it. So, after playing with ten men for some time while team G’s physio and bench tried too remove the ring, eventually Liam Roberts came on instead.

 

However in the end on 80 minutes Ware scored the winner from a breakaway down their left, which got past the G’s defence and was squared to Kieran Bishop the Ware number 9 to put it into the empty net.

 

The G’s had started without Chris Musgrove who was unavailable, Charlie Hutton who is suffering from hamstring problem. They had Liam Roberts, Piers Oldland, Joao Andrade and a welcome sight of Rory Sellick. Chris Wales is still injured.

 

So the G’s started with the same team that started on Tuesday apart from Julian Sills sitting in for Chris Musgrove at centre back.

 

The match started with both teams having shots in the opening moments but, from them on Ware really dominated both the possession and the attempts although nothing too much on target. Ware had some 6 corners in the first half, whereas the G’ had none.

 

The G’s did have a couple of opportunities and one of those was a build up that left Darren wheeler in the area with the ball at his feet but he could not make it count.

 

Oneal Garnes was the busier of the two keepers although several attempts on his goal went well wide as both side struggled to create clear chances. Ashley Lloyd was booked for a sliding tackle on around 38 minutes.

 

Although there was no pitch inspection called for before the game, the pitch was very soft and boggy in places and clearly was starting to cause trouble for the players where it was cutting up. Such a change from the pristine 3G pitch that the G’s played on on Tuesday.

 

Half time 0-0.

 

The G’s won their first corner a few minutes into the second half after a delayed re-start while a replacement linesman took up his place. A scramble in the Ware goalmouth left the G’s players and supporters behind the goal screaming that the ball had crossed the line, but the claims were waived away.

 

Iven Kumanda was then replaced by Piers Oldland.

 

Oneal Garnes made a good save from a fairly long shot.

 

A free kick awarded to the G’s just outside the Ware penalty area was played short to Louis Hutton who hit a powerful shot that looped into the air off a defender. It dropped in the 6 yard area where Julian Sills headed against the crossbar.

 

Shortly after Joao Andrade was announced as replacing Danny Bassett in the number 9 role. Then ìthe ringî incident occurred, Liam Roberts finally coming on after a while, when the ring still would not come off.

 

The G’s were putting far more pressure on in the second half but could not convert their pressure. Nick Hutchings made a break down the left wing and finished with a shot that went just over the bar.

 

Shortly after he was booked for a tackle in which he was hurt.

 

On 80 minutes the Ware break occurred leading to the goal that separated the two sides. Shortly after the Ware no 12 brought another good save from Oneal Garnes.

 

By this time the combined forces of the Fire Brigade and Search and Rescue were called off as ìthe ringî was removed and Joao finally made his appearance on the pitch as Nick Hutchings was substituted.

 

Hopefully the weeks rest until the next game will give him a chance to recover.

 

Whyteleafe 0-3 Godalming Town

Whyteleafe

 

Godalming marched on to the semi-finals of the Surrey Senior Cup with an impressive display against Whyteleafe at their Church Road ground, winning 3-0.

 

The G’s made the best use of the wide spaces and flat 3G surface that allowed them to make the most of their passing skills.

 

Oneal Garnes featured in goal for the G’s, Will Hutton was again at right back with Nick Hutchings on the left as usual, while Graeme Purdy continued the partnership with Chris Musgrove as the centre back pairing. Ashley Lloyd returned to play in front of the back four and Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton were also back together in midfield with Darren Wheeler and Iven Kumanda the wide players with Danny Bassett upfront in the number 9 shirt.

 

The G’s had more talent on the bench in the shape of Piers Oldland and Pasha Tayo- Walker.

 

In the first few minutes Danny Bassett had a shot well saved by the Whyteleafe keeper Adam Highstead and moments later Will Hutton also had a long range shot go wide of the right hand upright.

 

However “The Leaves” began to settle into the game and their number 8 Daryl Coleman had a chance cleared off the line by Chris Musgrove. Soon after he had another chance beaten away by Oneal Garnes for a corner.

 

Iven Kumanda started to come more into the game with some powerful runs as Darren Wheeler had been picked out for close attention from the home defence.

 

Daryl Coleman was then yellow carded for a poor tackle. From the free kick the ball was squared to Louis Hutton who had a shot that went narrowly wide.

 

As the first half came near to the end Danny Bassett managed to get a good flick on with his head to put the ball in behind the home defence giving Iven the chance to run on to it a hit his shot past the keeper. G’s 1-0 up.

 

Having given the referee and officials at the match at Barton such a slating (however thoroughly deserved in my opinion) it was truly refreshing to see a referee and officials who new what to do and how to do it. Congratulations to Mr Jonathan Creswick who kept control and maintained dialogue with the two teams throughout the game.

 

In the second half the G’s stepped up their work rate and took control. Danny ran his legs off upfront constantly harrying the defenders when he was not in possession, and chasing everything that came his way. Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton started to take control of the midfield and Louis got into another shooting position minutes into the second half, which the home keeper did well to push round for a corner.

 

The Gs were finding it easier to sweep “The Leaves” aside with some tremendous passing moves in which Will Hutton played a big part breaking from deep and turning defenders with 1-2’s with team mates as he tore into the opposition half.

 

28 minutes into the second half Iven, who had been a very large thorn in the home teams side throughout, was fouled and the home team number 3 also went into the referees book, despite his claims and those of his team mates that the ref had got the wrong man. Louis took the resulting free kick long to the far post where Chris Musgrove ghosted in like only he can to fire a powerful header into the net for the G’s second.

 

By now the whole squad were really playing very well and strangling any attempts from Whyteleafe to mount any sustained attacks by working as hard when they lost possession as when they were going forward. The whole team defended well and praise has to go again to Capn Purdy for his role in the defence and the measured way in which he managed to distribute the ball from defence. Chris M was growing in confidence and was not to be out done by the sight of Purdy marauding into the home defence as both got in on the act.

 

The passing moves linking the midfield players and forwards were impressive as they have been on several occasions in the season without the final touch in front of goal. Tonight was different. One such move saw Louis again getting forward with some fine interplay as he moved towards the goal area before picking out a great short pass to put Danny in on goal, a chance he was not going to miss and well deserved. G’s 3-0 up.

 

Andy Hunt then replaced Iven after he had proved so effective with Piers Oldland who carried on where Iven had left off making several good threatening runs into the box.

 

Whatever the home team could muster through substitutions proved ineffective as the whole G’s squad gave one of the most complete performances for some years.

 

Pasha Tayo-Walker came on for Darren Wheeler towards the end presumably to save him for the weekend encounter and he slipped into the game comfortably as had Piers.

 

All together a great performance from everyone of the team who proved that they can pass the ball as well as any team on their day, kept a clean sheet and had no one booked. Well done to the lads. They did us proud.

 

The semi final draw will be on friday. We could get either Merstham (ryman prem), Sutton United (conf south) or Woking (conf national).

 

On to Ware at the weekend.

 

Report by Graham Harris