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Ramsgate

Godalming 2 – 1 Ramsgate

 

Only the second win of the season for the Gs, but lifting them off the bottom of the league, which will have cheered the home supporters who have seen the team fight for everything, but not always get what they deserve so far. But the Gs looked like a much improved side despite being without Chris Musgrove at the heart of the defence. This meant Gs talisman Graeme Purdy was called upon again after probably 5-6 weeks out of action. Darren Wheeler was also making his return after a couple of weeks, this time as captain, taking the armband back from Chris Wales who has done so well in Darren’s absence.

The team was Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales, Durrell Brown, Graeme Purdy, Nick Hutchings, as the back four. Jack Warburton, Matt Males, Darren Wheeler (c) in the midfield of what looked like a 4 3 3 formation and the on form Jack Mazzone at No 9 with the wide players Josh Andrews and Hitcham Adbellah. On the bench were Rory Sellick, Chris Atkins, Luke Perkins and Goncalves Christiano.

 The game started with the Gs attacking the goal at the road end and in the opening minutes looking lively and applying most pressure. From a sustained early attack they saw the ball rattle the visitors crossbar after a shot that took a deflection.

Ramsgate produced a chance a few minutes later, but were wide of the target in what was an open free flowing, but quite physical game..

Durrell Brown was forced to leave the pitch after only ten minutes or so with what look like a hamstring pull. Chris Atkins replacing him.

Shortly after that the Ramsgate number 3 went to ground as he made a challenge on the speedy Josh Andrew as he advanced into the right hand side of the box not getting any contact on the ball at all and bringing Josh down in the attempt. But the ref felt that it did not warrant a penalty.

However it was only shortly after that incident that Josh Andrew opened the scoring for the G’s after a good passing move down the left flank this time, which gave him the opportunity to cut inside and across the penalty area to score with a fierce right footed shot. His first for the Gs I think.

 

Half time 1-0 to the Gs.

 

The second half started as the first finished with Josh Andrew and  Hitcham Adbellah showing great pace in the wide areas and with Matt Males seemingly very solid in his defensive role. Ramsgate put plenty of effort in but could not produce a shot to trouble Oneal Garnes into making a save.

On around 74 minutes, with the Gs breaking forward, the ball was swept into the middle where Darren Wheeler had been playing deeper than usual. He took off and somehow managed to dribble his way past three or four defenders, as only he can, before he put the ball past the visitors keeper for another memorable Wheeler goal to add to the list. Gs 2-0 up.

With time running out Ramsgate knew they had to throw everything at it and ten minutes later they attacked down their left flank and delivered a good penetrating low cross into the Gs box where the defence for once looked a bit static and the ball squeezed through them allowing the ball to be cracked in from the edge of the 6 yard box giving Oneal no chance.

But it was too late for the visitors to rescue anything.

A fiercely competitive match which featured some controversy and 3 good goals. Thanks to a couple of inspired individual goals the Gs got another win.

 

COYGs

No Michaels Stats I am afraid but Gs received 1 yellow card and Ramsgate 3 yellows.

 

 

Whytleafe

Godalming 3  – 4 Whyteleafe

 

After the Gs got their first win of the season on Saturday they moved on to play Whyteleafe on Tuesday night having been on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line when the two sides met at Church Road at the start of the season.

 

Things really could not have started better for the home team who had Gs favourite Jack Mazzone back in service up front after he scored a brace of goals a week earlier at South Park on his return.

 

The team for the Gs featured four faces new to the first team with fans favourite Oneal Garnes in goal, captain and right back Chris Wales at right back, Nick Hutchings at left back with Chris Musgrove and Durrell Brown, as the centre backs. In midfield Jack Warburton and Curtis Shaw with Josh Andrew and Ashley Quashie as the wide players and Jake Kempton and Jack Mazzone up front.

 

The visitors were still feeling their way into the game when just 7 minutes in Josh Andrew whipped in a great diagonal cross from the right touchline. Jack Mazzone lined up for it from a long way out and got a fierce header in, which crashed into the net. So the Gs faithful fans could not believe their luck.

 

So when on the around 14 minutes the Gs were awarded a free kick on their left just outside the penalty area and Jack Mazzone hit a shot that bounced off the inside of the visitors near post, flew across the goal and went in off the inside of the far post there was an air of disbelief about the place. Gs 2-0 up inside 15 minutes!

 

Whyteleafe did not lie down however and started to get back into the game after the Gs dominated the opening 25 minutes or so. In the end they managed to pull one goal back through Daryl Coleman. In fact within a few minutes more they could have pulled level from an attack where the final shot went wide of the upright from what looked like close range.

 

So 2-1 at half time to the Gs.

 

Not long into the second half the visitors did finally level from a header from Karl Parker at a corner.

 

The game continued to be played at a pace with the action flowing from end to end. Unfortunately Durrell Brown was helped off after a collision in the home team’s penalty area and was replaced by the excellent young prospect Rory Sellick who started at right back while captain Chris Wales moved into centre back mode replacing the injured player.

 

The Gs keeper continued his fine form of the recent games with some good work, but unfortunately his usually reliable kicking let him down when a poor kick from hand looped out to Andrew Mensah who took off towards the goal and then launched a stunning strike from long range that crept in at Oneal’s far post giving him no chance. So now Gs 2-3 down.

 

The lads kept attacking however in search of an equaliser, but were frustrated by the visitors defence. In the end it was another defensive error, which finally put the home side out of the points failing to clear the ball away just inside their own half and Mensah was again on hand to outpace the dogged attentions of Chris Musgrove and went around the onrushing Oneal Garnes to give the visitors a two goal cushion.

 

The Gs also showed their resilience and a quick thinking Nick Hutchings saw the opportunity when he was awarded a free kick just outside the visitor’s box sliding the ball through to that man Mazzone on the right of the area who was aware of the opportunity and blasted the ball home to complete his well-earned hat-trick.

 

With the Gs pushing forward for an equaliser and Goncalves Christiano on for Ashley Quashie allowing the versatile Rory Sellick to move forward the Gs were open to a counter attack at the back and it came. But Christiano put in an untidy looking tackle just inside the area, which the referee felt was worthy of a penalty, despite the fact that he clearly played the ball.

 

So in the dying minutes Oneal faced a penalty, which once again he was up for and saved it well getting down low to push the ball round for a corner.

 

So a frustrating night in the end in a match we could have won but a night to remember for Jack Mazzone. Great to see him back at Wey Court clocking up the goals again. Probably deserves a MOTM award. But Jack Warburton was also outstanding on the night as was Oneal Garnes – once again.

 

Michael’s Match Stats

Stats

G’s

Whyteleafe
Attempts

15

12

On target

6

9

Corners

7

5

Fouls

10

18

Bookings

1

2

Poss 1st Half

53%

47%

Poss 2nd Half

46%

54%

Time to pack the buckets and spades as they head off to Guernsey for the game on Sunday.

COYGs

 

 

 

 

Herne Bay

Godalming Town 3 – 2 Herne Bay

 

Godalming finally won their first three points of the season against Herne Bay.

 

With player/manager Darren Wheeler having been red carded against Wroxham and therefore unable to take part in matters on the pitch for the next few games he was confined to the stands. However Dean Thomas was in the dugout.

 

The Gs named Oneal Garnes in goal, Rory Sellick at right back Chris Musgrove and Adam Brice as centre-back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back and Chris Wales playing in front of the back four. The central midfield comprised Will Hutton and Jack Warburton with Luke Perkins and Piers Oldland in the wide positions while Jake Kempton returned up front. Jaz Ratteray–Smith was named on the bench with Goncalves Christiano.

 

The return of the mercurial Will Hutton saw him linking brilliantly with Jack Warburton and Luke Perkins in some sumptuous passing moves to equal those that we saw last season and really outplayed the visitors in the first half. Short accurate first time passes saw them cutting through the opposition time after time.

 

The Gs went ahead after 17 minutes when Jake Kempton claimed the slightest of touches on a high cross/shot from Jack Warburton from wide on the left as the home side attacked the road end. This followed some great team work in the approach play.

 

The sense of adventure seemed to be rubbing off on the rest of the team as Chris Wales was finding himself getting forward as was Nick Hutchings who almost got on the score sheet himself, but shot narrowly wide after a great run.

 

After playing so well and dominating affairs the Gs got caught when a long clearance from the visitors was swung out to the left where Stuart Zanone was able to lift a chipped shot over the advancing Oneal Garnes to make it 1-1.

 

The Gs did not allow this to upset them and went back on the attack and with 5 minutes to go of the first half Nick Hutchings made a run deep into the opposition half slipping the ball beautifully through to Jack Warburton to run on and go around the Herne Bay keeper and slide the ball into the net. So 2 – 1 to the home team at half-time.

 

Early in the second half, having played about 10 minutes, Herne Bay produced a diagonal cross from their right flank into the Gs box, which was met really well by Mark Lovell, the striker heading powerfully past Oneal Garnes to make it 2-2.

Jake Kempton was booked for kicking the ball away. There appeared to be a couple of other strange bookings.

 

The powerful running Luke Perkins had been hobbling since a couple of early challenges in the first half and after another left him receiving treatment on the pitch was then substituted for Jaz Ratteray-Smith.

 

Will Hutton produce a great delivery from the free kick to the far post where Chris Musgrove was able to head the Gees in front again for the third time.  3 – 2 Final result.

 

The performance showed great character and responsibility from the likes of captain Chris Wales, who was outstanding in leading the squad, Nick Hutchings who got forward well in this game, Oneal Garnes who had a fine commanding performance in goal, taking everything in the air comfortably and the versatile ever energetic Rory Sellick who was asked to play at right back today again and did well. It was a great lift for the lads and the supporters.

 

Great to be able to say “we won” again.

 

Now we need to think about Tuesday and the visit of Whyteleafe before the trip to the Channel Islands next Sunday.

 

COYGs.

 

Michael’s Match Stats

Gs        Herne Bay

attempts                      16               7

on target                        6              3

corners                          3               9

fouls                            12               16

bookings                       3                1

poss 1st Half             60%           40%

poss 2nd Half           40%           60%

South Park

South Park 6 – 2 Godalming

 

The score line would suggest that this was a trouncing, but it did not seem that to me. With the wholesale changes that have been taking place in the squad the lads have had little time to gel. That means that mistakes are more likely to happen and they did last night where the home side where gifted three of the goals through errors at the back, which gave the opportunities for the South Park forwards to capitalise.

 

With Darren Wheeler having been the caretaker player/manager while awaiting the appointment of a new boss it compounded the G’s problems that Darren himself needed treatment for an abscess and was not available to perform either role on the night. So it was Adam Roots who was the man in charge on the night ably supported by his ball boy Kevin S. It’s good that the G’s have this sort of expertise that they can call on. So thanks to Adam and Kev.

 

On top of this the fixture being played on a Wednesday rather than the normal Tuesday together with injuries meant that other players were not available. But the beauty on Non-League football is that you are never quite sure who your team will consist of until kick off. But last night it was a particular concern when we arrived that there were only 11 G’s players available and the only thing on the bench was the maker’s name.

 

However throughout the turbulent start of the season without the results going their way the lads have shown that they have character and fight in abundance and led again by Ashley Lloyd who set fine captains example for perseverance and determination they kept plugging away and coming forward despite this creating more opportunities for the home side.

 

The good news on the night was that amongst those eleven were Wes Harrison, who was with us back in the Bakes and Unders days, and started initially playing in a wide position, but then moved to a more familiar right back position. Due to the lack of options the G’s ended up with two defenders playing in wide positions. Neither of the Bermudan’s (Jaz and Leo) were available, apparently one at least having been recalled for National team duties.

 

The other welcome returning former G was Jack Mazzone who worked extremely well up front and got both the goals with his striker’s instincts and ability to turn opposition defenders. He linked well with the ever energetic Rory Sellick who once again was playing in a more forward role and saw the opportunities to get forward.

 

The impressive Jack Warburton was lively as usual until he suffered a knock halfway through the first half having been on the wrong end of a couple of hefty challenges and needed treatment on several occasions, but finally succumbed to the injury in the later stages of the second half.

 

 

South Park went 1 up after the visitors had dominated the possession in the opening ten minutes or so pushing the G’s back for a corner, which the defenders found hard to clear resulting in a further 5 corners on the trot the last of which resulted in a scramble in the 6 yard box where the ball was bundled in to the net.

 

There second came on around 24 minutes when they delivered a cross from the right to the far side of the box where  Dylan Merchant took the ball and turned well to hit a shot just inside of Oneal Garnes post. However as first half was coming to a close the G’s got one back from a corner hit to the far post which was headed on target but the home keeper parried it only to see Jack Mazzone finish it off.

Half time 2-1 to South Park.

 

Having been keen to get forward again the G’s were open to the long ball over the top and failed to deal with all of them as they would have liked leading to some soft goals which they will be unhappy about. They did keep going and got a second with another energetic run and assist from Rory Sellick which again gave Jack Mazzone the opportunity for his second.

 

There were other near chances with a Musgrove header, which looked good, but just crept over the bar and a run, beating numerous defenders and a cracking shot (perhaps a hint of deflection) from Charlie Hutton, which the home keeper got his hand to, tantalisingly tipping it over the bar.

 

On to the match on Saturday where we will need all the squad to be on form and able to go up against fellow strugglers Herne Bay where, with a bit of luck and a few less errors we could get the first win of the season.

 

COYG’s

Chipstead

 

Godalming 1 – 4 Chipstead

 

When you are at the bottom of the league after nine games having been drawn to play against 9 of the top ten sides in the league in your opening games, you hope for strong performances from the team and a little bit of luck to help you get the points moving. The last thing you want is to have the team reduced to ten men in the first 30 minutes. You certainly do not want to be down to 9 men during the first half. But that was the story for the G’s.

 

On the plus side it has to be said that the 9 men worked their socks off as they had to.

 

The opening ten minutes seemed fairly even until Chipstead were allowed to move along the left flank and scored the opening goal from a shot from the left corner of the area went inside Oneal Garnes far post on 12minutes.

 

Chipstead’s second of the evening came 6 minutes later from Raheem Sterling-Parker from a corner on the right which seemed to be poorly defended. However the G’s did not collapse.

 

Almost immediately they got a goal back with the impressive Luke Perkins who picked up the ball wide on the left, just inside the visitors half running into their penalty area before slotting the ball past the keeper.

 

The Chipstead No 9 was proving to be a handful for the G’s defence with his pace and got beyond Chris Musgrove who was red carded for impeding him. The resulting penalty was amazing as it was chipped straight to Oneal who could not believe it.

 

However the Chipstead number 9 was continuing to make his presence felt getting on the end of balls over the top of the G’s defence this produced another good stop from Oneal Garnes.

 

Chris Wales came on for Matt Anton to bolster the defence with Ashley Lloyd dropping back into the centre back role.

 

Yellow card to Chipstead number 3, 8 and later No 11 for a foul on Darren Wheeler.

 

At the end of the first half Jake Kempton went down in the visitor’s penalty area under pressure from the defence but was yellow carded presumably for diving. It appeared that he had been cautioned earlier in the game as he was then dismissed with a red card for a second offence.

 

Half time  G’s 1- 2 down.

 

G’s then start again with 9 men. Within minutes the G’s succumbed to a third goal as they pressed forward and were caught out on the break. After that however they managed to defend efficiently, playing the offside trap very well with Lloydy marshalling the back line. Chris Wales was tireless in front of the back four, whilst in the midfield Jack Warburton was outstanding and Luke Perkins who never gave up when defending or going forward and came close to getting a second goal for the home side, but his shot went just wide in this case.

 

More yellow cards issued to Chipstead no 4 and no 10.

 

Nick Hutchings received a knock to his ankle and was eventually replaced by Rory Sellick to bring a bit of well needed energy to the G’s on about 77 minutes.

 

In the dying minutes as the G’s began to fade they were unable to prevent a fourth goal.

 

So a very disappointing outcome when after the tremendous performance against Cray Wanderers on Saturday it seemed that perhaps the G’s might be turning the corner.

 

A break in games for the first team now until the game in the Trophy on Oct 8th at Wroxham. So time to recover and look forward to that encounter. There is good heart to the squad and just one or two additions required. As soon as the first win comes I am sure they will find the second follows along behind, just like the buses they tell me.

 

Match stats;-

Stats Godalming Chipstead
Attempts 10 12
On Target 5 9
Corners 4 4
Fouls 7 22
Bookings 4 5
Possession 1st Half 46% 54%
Possession 2nd Half 53% 17%