Three Bridges 1 – 1 Godalming Town
The hosts should be complimented on the pristine condition of the pitch.
It was an absolute nail biter at Jubilee Walk this afternoon with the G’s scoring what seemed to be the winner on 82minutes, only to see two of the three points that they thought they had won snatched away two minutes into extra time.
The G’s had Saturdays hero Oneal Garnes in goal, but without their icons Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove and probably one of the best left backs in the league Nick Hutchings all unavailable, the back four took on a rather unusual look with the impressive and talented youngster Rory Sellick coming in at right back, Nicholas Medcraft moving to left back, and captain Graeme Purdy partnering another impressive youngster George Spiers as the centre back pairing.
With Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four as usual, Goncalves Christiano, Darren Wheeler Piers Oldland and Jaz Ratteray-Smith made up the midfield with Matt Anton up front. Leo Burgess, Jake Kempton Tristian Campbell and Jon Palmer started on the bench
In the opening exchanges the home side pressed and had the majority of the possession but despite coming under pressure the G’s came up with the first serious shot on goal when was work forward via Piers Oldland cutting in from the right and hitting a good shot which the home Keeper did well to turn around the post for a corner.
In fact despite their pressure Three Bridges did not manage a single shot on target in the first half whereas the G’s had three.
Piers Oldland again cutting in from the right wing running at the home defence managed to slip the ball through to Darren Wheeler, who unfortunately on this occasion could only clear the bar with his shot.
After some further good build-up play the G’s got another good chance by playing short passes on the ground finishing with an effort from Ashley Lloyd, which again was turned around by the home Keeper on around 35 minutes
Despite the home side having slightly more of the possession it always seemed the G’s were the more threatening when they attacked with Matt Anton working hard up front and linking with the support players.
Goncalves Christiano, who had shown tremendous energy and commitment seemed rather unfortunate to be yellow carded was substituted for Tristan Cambell. Soon after Leo Burgess came on for Jaz Ratteray-Smith.
However 75 minutes in Graeme Purdy (who was having an outstanding game) had to leave the pitch for a few minutes for treatment for a bloody nose returning later in a clean shirt. This seemed to see the game swing back in favour of the hosts and on 78 minutes Three Bridges came closest hitting the upright and putting the rebound into the net, but the linesman ruled it offside
With around eight minutes of normal time left a good break down the left saw Leo Burgess deliver a beautiful cross to Matt Anton running in at the far post, who headed the G’s in front.
Three Bridges equalised two minutes in to extra time when a miss-hit shot, which was flying well wide of the goal, was deflected in off Devon Fender.
The G’s team all put on a great performance with captain Graeme Purdy leading by example and Ashley Lloyd (who also had to receive attention for a facial injury) right up there vying for G’s MOTM.
Matt Anton got his third goal from as many appearances which his hard work fully justified.
We now have options upfront as well. Well done to the lads.
|Possession 1st Half||58%||42%|
|Possession 2ndt Half||59%||41%|