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Molesey

Molesey 2 – 2 Godalming

This was one of those games that both sides will feel they could have come away with all three points, and indeed either side had the opportunities to get the result.

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. Matt Males was the defensive midfielder in front of the back four with Jack Warburton in front of him with captain Darren Wheeler behind Jack Mazzone at Number9 with Josh Andrew and Hircham Abdellah in the wide positions. Rory Sellick, Will Hutton, Luke Perkins, Ryan Zidyane and Chris Atkins were on the bench in one of the strongest squads that we have seen for a while.

Once again the Gs started brightly and showed some fine touches with their passes and in the first couple of minutes produced a great move coming in from wide on the left with the ball being laid off for Jack Mazzone who on this occasion just pulled his shot wide of the near post.

To compound the effect of this missed opportunity, the first attack from the home team on seven minutes led to the opening goal where the Gs defence was caught on the back foot and Charlie Samuels took his opportunity in front of goal. Molesey 1-0 Godalming.

The Gees did not let this knock them off their stride however and continued to play some good passing moves. On 20 minutes however Jack Mazzone working hard as usual intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch and worked the ball out to Jack Warburton who did him the favour of delivering it back to him on a plate to get yet another goal for the Gs. Score 1-1.

At this stage the Gs were attacking with confidence and could have gone further ahead on a couple of occasions. Nick Hutchings again went on a good run from the left but also put his shot just wide of the near post. Josh Andrew was proving to be a major problem for the home defence in what was becoming a rather physical encounter with numerous poor challenges and yellow cards resulting. Hitchen Abdellah was also showing his outstanding pace on the opposite wing.

Molesey also had a chance on the break, but in the end to everyone’s amazement their forward seemed to just miss-hit his close range shot, which trickled straight into Oneal Garnes hands.

 

Half time 1 – 1.

 

The second half continued rather as the first, with the home team using long balls to get behind the Gs defence, but not really producing anything to worry Oneal.

On 61 minutes Will Hutton was brought on to inject some of his magic in midfield moving Darren wide to the left replacing Hitchen who had looked very promising and blisteringly fast.

A few minutes later Darren received treatment on and off the pitch for an injury and appeared to be in trouble, but asked to be allowed back on for just a couple of minutes. Will Hutton produced a great through ball for Jack Warburton to also move the ball cleverly inside to Jack Mazzone who turned the ball into the 6 yard box for the injured Darren to accept at close range with a couple of defenders also in attendance. Gs 2-1 up, but that was it for Darren and Luke Perkins was called off the bench to replace him.

With time running out the home team were pressing harder and they managed to deliver a chest height diagonal ball into the Gs 6 yard box where their forward got in front of Oneal who appeared to have it covered and bundled the ball in for a late equaliser.

At the death Jack Mazzone was still grafting away and managed to turn quickly on a sixpence on the edge of the penalty area and hit a cracking low shot that looked as if it was going to be a winner, but the home keeper made a superb save at full stretch to foil his attempt.

In the end there were lots of yellow cards for some rough tackles and one for Nick Hutchings, which I really could not understand. The Gs came within a few minutes of registering back to back wins. But that is the way it goes sometimes.

Will not be around for the East Grinstead match, but will follow it on Twitter. If someone else cares to write a few words that would be great.

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Michaels stats below:-

Stats

Molesey

G’s

Attempts

12

7

On target

6

4

Corners

9

4

Fouls

20

11

Bookings

5

2

Possession 1st Half

52%

48%

Possession 2nd Half

58%

42%

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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%

 

Cray Wanderers

 

Godalming 0 – 1 Cray Wanderers

 

Today saw the start of a new era at Wey Court with Darren Wheeler taking the helm as Caretaker Player Manager after the departure of Andy Hunt. This was always going to be a tough fixture, playing yet another one of the top 9 teams in the league and after an absolute drubbing at Carshalton a few days earlier with the subsequent departure of the previous management team.

 

Darren and his team had done a great deal of work during the week in reconstructing the Godalming squad, which featured Oneal Garnes in goal, Nick Hutchings at left back and Chris Musgrove at right back. The returning Tom Willment partnering on loan Adam Brice as the centre back pairing, Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four. Returning Will Hutton, Darren Wheeler, new signing Jack Warburton and Luke Perkins made up the midfield with Matt Anton up front. On the bench for the G’s were Chris Wales, Jake Kempton, Rory Sellick, George Spiers and Piers Oldland.

 

In the opening minutes Cray Wanderers put pressure on the home team and in one incident requiring Oneal Garnes to make a good reaction save from close range, but then the G’s started to apply some pressure themselves’ winning a corner and then a free kick on the edge of the box, which was whipped in by Darren Wheeler and while Chris Musgrove in the 6-yard box went dangerously close he could not make contact.

 

In the end the score was opened by Cray Wanderers winning the ball on the left hand side breaking quickly and after a cross to the far post, which Danny Haynes met and heading the ball past Oneal Garnes.

 

Cray Wanderers 1 – 0 up at half time.

 

To their credit the reconstituted home team were not put off the task and started the second half well.

Early on Will Hutton made a typical interception in the Cray’s half and ran at them on the right side of the field and squared the ball beautifully for Matt Anton, who hit a low shot, which struck the foot of the upright and bounce back into the grateful arms of the visiting keeper, who was stranded.

 

Not long after that the G’s continued to attack and after a good run down the right by Chris Musgrove he crossed the ball and Luke Perkins was brought down just outside the area in front of the referee who awarded a second yellow to the Cray Wanderers number 2 Adetayo Osifuwa and dismissed him. Darren Wheeler took the free kick, which looked like it might creep in but grazed the top of the bar and went over.

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The whole of the G’s midfield was dominating play and working hard to pick up anything loose. At around 52 minutes Luke Perkins made a great run and played a quick one two while advancing down the left. He turned the ball into the 6yard box where Matt Anton met the ball, but it was fractionally behind him and Matt could not turn it in from where he was.

 

The G’s were totally dominating the second half possession as you can see from Michael’s stats below and during another attack Caretaker Player Manager Wheeler had another great shot headed of the line by a defender.

 

On 66 minutes Matt Anton was replaced by Jake Kempton.  The G’s threw everything at their visitors and replaced Chris Musgrove with Piers Oldland on around 72 minutes to add to the attacking threat. On 78 minutes Rory Sellick came on to replace Darren Wheeler.

 

With only minutes left Nick Hutchings made a good individual run into the penalty area and hit a low shot that the visiting keeper Nick Blue had to once again go full length to save.

 

By contrast the home keeper had not one shot to deal with in the second half.

 

The change from Monday could not have been greater and the character shown by the lads was tremendous. Tom Willment was a tremendous influence in defence and the midfield was at last dominant with their work rate and passing the ball on the ground. Perkins, Warburton and Will Hutton were all so sharp which is something that is most welcome.

 

The G’s can look at this result as a great step forward and once the newcomers have had a chance to bed in to the team they should be able start notching up some points again.

 

Looking forward to Tuesday and the visit of Chipstead.

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Michael’s stats:-

Statistics Godalmings Cray Wanderers
Attempts 13 8
On Target 10 4
Corners 3 4
Fouls 11 8
Bookings 2 (double booking 1 red)
Possession 1st 45% 55%
Possession 2nd 69% 31%

Cray Wanderers

A New Era Begins

 

The next chapter in Godalming Town’s story starts this Saturday as we host Cray Wanderers at Wey Court in the league. Darren Wheeler will be taking charge of his first game as acting manager, so why not come down and show your support for the team and be there at the start of a new era. K.O. 3pm

 

If you can’t make it there is a NEW LIVE feature on our website. Simply go to Teams menu and select Live to get real time live updates during the game.

 

 

Greenwich Borough

Godalming Town 1 – 4 Greenwich Borough

 

Godalming returned to league action at Wey Court for the first time in almost a month. Having played several of the top teams in the league away already it would be a challenge to play yet another of the top sides, but at home this time.

 

Such a scoreline would appear to represent a dominant performance by the visitors, but that was not the case for much of the game.

 

The G’s line up was more of a 4-4-2 formation with Matt Anton and Graeme Purdy up front. The midfield included Luke Perkins, Rory Sellick and Connor Gales with Ashley Lloyd returning from injury. With Chris Musgrove on the bench (as a precautionary measure presumably) Goncalves Christiano was moved to partner George Spiers at centre back, whilst Chris Wales was selected at right back, Nick Hutchings at left back and Oneal Garnes (Tuesdays hero) in goal. On the bench were Darren Wheeler, Jaz Ratteray-Smith, Nick Medcraft and Chris Musgrove.

 

Again the G’s made a lively start to the game with a good quick clearance from defence up to Matt Anton who turned it inside to Luke Perkins who ran on strongly and got a good shot in, but the visiting keeper did well to parry it and keep it from the advancing Matt Anton. However the attempt was ruled offside.

 

On 23 minutes the Greenwich Borough number 11 Mo Eisa broke through into the middle of the G’s defence.  Chris Wales was in close attendance and the linesman flagged for a foul on the Greenwich No 11 well outside of the penalty area. However the players ran on into the penalty area and towards the 6 yard box where he was finally brought down. After much discussion with the linesman the referee decided to award the penalty. Clearly he had absolutely no idea of who was the perpetrator as he appeared to want to issue yellow cards to every G’s player he could see, including those who were on the opposite side of the pitch. In the end he appeared to give it against Luke Perkins who was certainly nowhere near at the time. So who received yellows at the end of the day we will have to wait and see. Michael Power took the penalty for the visitors to put them one up.

 

The G’ s continued to create opportunities and Matt Anton hit a shot that cannoned off the foot of the post on about 28 minutes.

10 minutes later the lively pairing of Matt Anton and Luke Perkins  came close again when Matt picked up a loose ball and fed it in to Luke but he shot wide. Not long after Perkins got another shot in which the Greenwich keeper did well to parry out. The G’s could not capitalise on their pressure.

In another attach George Speirs tried to steer a shot in from inside the box, but it was not to be and the score was 0-1 at half time.

 

Early on in the second half Graeme Purdy headed wide from a Connor Gales corner for the left-hand side of the penalty area.

 

Just as the G’s continued to press the Greenwich defence broke quickly playing the ball forward and Mo Eisa played it on but an unfortunate header from the G’s defence put the ball over Oneal Garnes who had left his goal in anticipation of taking the ball. Even the fleet footed Chris Wales could not stop the ball dribbling into the net. So the visitors went 2-0 up.

 

That signalled a mad few minutes when Greenwich seemed to be able to score at will and they put another two goals past the G’s keeper within a few minutes. One from a poorly defended corner to the far post and the other from a good move down their left. This left the G’s. 4-0 down.

 

The G’s were still coming forward in attack as the visitors sat back on their commanding lead. Nick Hutchings hit a super shot from just outside the box, which the visiting keeper did well to tip over for a corner.

 

Not long after Matt Anton, who had worked tirelessly up front all day, won the ball from a defender on the goal line wide of the goal and pulled the ball back into the box where Rory Sellick blasted it, only to see his shot blocked and cleared.

 

Oneal Garnes was also called upon to make his usual contribution with a smart save as the G’s went on the attack.

 

With around 15 minutes left Darren Wheeler came on for Matt Anton and after not too long produced a run from the right side back across the front of the penalty area and squeezed a shot back across the goal for a consolation goal for the G’s. He then, moments later, almost repeated the same move, but this time hit his shot went narrowly wide.

 

Jaz Ratteray Smith came on in the closing minutes for Luke Perkins who had also been impressive.

 

So a strange game in which the G’s competed well in the first half having had the majority of the possession and plenty of opportunities to score.  The second half featured a strange spell when the visitors were able to score 3 in around 5 minutes.

 

Michaels stats below:-

Stats G’s

Greenwich

Borough

attempts 12 14
on target 2 11
corners 2 6
fouls 11 16
bookings 2 0
Possession 1st 61% 49%
Possession 2nd 45% 55%

 

 

East Grinstead

 

East Grinstead 2 – 2 Godalming Town (G’s go through 6-5 on penalties)

 

Godalming battled their way through to the next round of the League Cup last night against fellow strugglers in the League East Grinstead, finally winning after a penalty shootout. Despite expecting extra time the game went straight to penalties as East Grinstead Town have a 9:30 curfew on their flootlights

 

On a very warm and humid night under a pale moon in East Grinstead the G’s made a bright start with a new partnership of Graeme Purdy and Matt Anton up front, Darren Wheeler just behind them with Rory Sellick and newcomer Connor Gales in the midfield with Goncalves Christiano replacing the injured Ashley Lloyd who has been so pivotal for the G’s recently. Chris Wales was at right back with George Spiers and Chris Musgrove as the centre back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. The result of this was that Purdy, despite appearing to pick up a knock early on, was able to win a few of the early balls and get a few flicks on for Matt to chase. After a good run on the left by Connor Gales in the number 7 shirt for the G’s he squared the ball to captain Purdy who was clumsily brought down in the box by a pair of defenders, leaving the spot kick for Darren to take, putting it comfortably past the home keeper after about 11 minutes. G’s 1-0 up.

 

Despite G’s continuing to play well and probably shading possession, on the first meaningful attack by the home side their number 8 hit a stunning curling shot from well outside the box finding the top right hand corner of Oneal Garnes net to equalise.

 

The G’s continued to look menacing with much more support up and around Purdy than we have seen in the past. East Grinstead were quick to break, as seems to be case with many teams in this league and on occasions did move the ball well and only a super one-handed save from Oneal Garnes from close range kept the scores level.

 

Purdy seemed to be struggling with an injury, but soldiered on. Goncalves was taken off by the referee for treatment for a blood injury and on about 25 minutes Chris Musgrove was felled taking a full blown clearance from his own advancing keeper full in the face. The East Grinstead physio was quick to attend to him and he was gratefully restored after a few minutes.

 

With around 10 minutes of the first half remaining Chris Musgrove made a good tackle, but required treatment for an ankle injury. Again, despite fears, he was able to continue.

 

So the half time score was 1- 1 and the G’s had finished it brightly with another attack and a Graeme Purdy shot to finish towards the end.

 

After a few minutes of the second half Chris Musgrove finally left the pitch, which meant that Chris Wales moved to centre back and Nick Medcraft came on to take his place at right back.

 

On 70 minutes, Gales who appeared to be having a good debut game was replaced by the other newcomer Ademiju Toyosi.

 

With some 15 minutes left to go captain Graham Purdy was substituted for Luke Perkins up front with Darren  Wheeler taking the captain’s armband.

 

In the dying moments a mistake in the G’s defence allowed the ball out to the East Grinstead left, which was pulled back from close range for an easy goal that appeared to spell defeat for the visitors.

 

With only moments left the G’s produced some more good attacking play with Luke Perkins coming very close and moments later the ball bobbled around in East Grinstead’s area and the tireless youngster Rory Sellick managed to poke the ball home to level the score at 2 – 2.

 

So not a pretty performance, but a gutsy one, which showed some character.

 

Then to the penalty shoot-out:-

 

Apart from Darren Wheeler and Matt Anton, three of the first  5 penalty takers were from the G’s defence being Chris Wales, Nick Hutchings and Nick Medcraft all of whom did their stuff. Oneal Garnes made a super save only to see the home team keeper save from Matt Anton.

 

It then went to sudden death where Luke Perkins and others scored, (to be honest I lost count then) but the home team keeper made another save from Ademiju Toyosi before they hit the post and then on another attempt Oneal made another cracking save to resolve the game.