Monthly Archives: March 2017

Chatham

 

Chatham 0 Godalming 1

We are on a role! Two wins in a row, six points and two clean sheets. Cannot ask for more than that. What an achievement by Dan and his team off the pitch to guide the boys on the pitch back to winning ways.

Gs were without Callum Eagle still recovering from injury and Sean Mason who was unavailable due to a family wedding, but Graeme Purdy was back from injury and leading the attack again alongside Manny Quarshue.  So the versatile Piers Oldland dropped back to right back alongside Chris Wales, Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang at the back while Oneal Garnes was in goal. In the midfield were William Efambe, Matt Bunyan, Steve Brown and Darren Wheeler. On the bench were Joseph Strocchetti, Rory Sellick, Nick Sowden and Tom Webb.

It was a pretty dominant performance on the pitch when from the kick off the Gs attacked and Manny Quashie went close before the sound of the refs whistle had died away.

A string of Gs corners followed with the hosts defending strongly and receiving yellow cards early on. Matt Bunyan saw his header pushed wide by the home keeper Louis Lawlor as it seemed to be heading in.

Then on thirty minutes in the home number 3 Abdul Lyoubi received his second yellow for a tackle on Darren Wheeler and his marching orders from the ref. Chris Wales amongst others had chances from corners that went wide.

Then shortly before the break the rejuvenated Purdy latched on to a ball from Wheeler on the right outside the area and had an opportunity to lob the home keeper, which he did, but the home stopper was able to scramble back and save.

Both the home number 9 and 10 ended in the referees book including a loud vocal exchange with the referee about tying his laces. So the Gs went in at half time having dominated the hosts and one man up knowing that their keeper had had little to do other than to deal with some high corners.

 

The second half was similar to the first with the visitors having most of the possession, but could not convert their chances to goals. The ref did seem to be rather keen to dispense yellow cards. Chatham did get a free kick outside the area, which was hammered well wide.

At the other end when the Gs were awarded a free kick midway between the half way line and goal area which Darren took quickly and almost caught the home keeper out of place but it just cleared the bar.

It was after this that the Chatham side created their first shot from open play.

Then Graeme Purdey showed a clean pair of heals to the home defence as he latched on to a ball through the middle from Manny and slipped the ball past the home keeper to put the Gs one up.

William Efambe showed his pace and had a couple of chances to attack the home defence. On one occasion the keeper was booked for infringing William outside of the penalty area.  Shortly after William himself was booked.

Nick Sowden came on in place of William to add his energy in the midfield.

Matt Bunyan was able to get on the end of a through ball and battled his way past a couple of defenders, but the onrushing home keeper was able to deflect the shot wide.

Chris Wales was then booked for a foul although he had appeared to be the recipient of an elbow to the face.

Rory Sellick came on Manny and after a few minutes he was able to pick up the ball in midfield and ran forward cleverly making a one two on the way and then selflessly tried the same trick with Graeme Purdy who simply had run out of gas and was about to be replaced. So this chance petered out

So the Gs had plenty of chances to go further ahead, but were unable to capitalise.

Michael’s stats tell a story too. Where as against Lewes we concentrated on defending for much of the game. Against Chatham we attacked them and that forced them back, preventing them getting any meaningful shots in at all. It was a quiet day for Oneal although of course he had to deal with a number of high balls, which he did really well.

Gs MoM could be Matt Bunyan again but it was another great performance all round.

Michael’s stats:-
                    Chatham                   Gees

Attempts       5                              15

On target      0                               7

corners         6                               9

Fouls            15                             25

Poss1%        45                             55

Poss2%        51                             49

Yellows         5                               3

Reds            1                                 0

Lewes

 

Godalming 1 -0 Lewes

What a relief and joy to report a win, a clean sheet and three points for Dan and the lads. It was not pretty football at times as the Gs had to defend for long periods, but they battled through and got what they deserved, for once taking their chances (and they had the clearer chances) better than the opposition.

After a string of tremendous performances, where we could have won but invariably lost out on any points in the final minutes, without getting a sniff of any good fortune, it was great to feel that the Gods of Football were smiling upon the Gs for once.

Callum Eagle, Graeme Purdy and Nick Sowden were all injured while Bobby Dormer was unavailable, so Manny Quarshue started up front again.  Matt Bunyan was playing deeper than usual really as part of the midfield, which included Darren Wheeler, Piers Oldland and William Efambe and Steve Brown in front of the back four who were Sean Mason, Chris Wales, Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang with Oneal Garnes in goal. On the bench were Rory Sellick and Joseph Strochetti.

Without the energy of Bobby Dormer and Nick Sowden it would fall to William Efambe and Piers Oldlands to do the chasing in the midfield and they did just that.

Lewes came to Wey Court still chasing to get into the play-off places and from the encounter at The Dripping Pan earlier in the season were probably taken aback at the resistance they faced.

The visitors started brightly attacking the training pitch end and forced several corners in the first 10 minutes, but could not really find anything to trouble Oneal Garnes.

The Gs then mustered an attack on the left where Darren Wheeler produced a superb curling cross that Matt Bunyan was lined up for in the centre, when a defender got a slight glancing header in, which directed the ball towards William Efambe who was able to get a powerful shot in that the visiting keeper was only able to parry out, but William could only hit the side netting with his second bight of the cherry from a rather more acute angle.

Piers Oldland ended up in the referee’s book after 16 minutes alongside Steve Brown who had exchanged details with the referee some minutes earlier.

Manny Quarshue saw the ball loop into the area conveniently for him, but he could not connect with this chance.

 

Lewes had most of the possession, but were limited to only a few shots from range by the hard working home team who were defending strongly.

As the Gs broke on 32 minutes Manny Quarshue out on the left turned the ball nicely into the middle for Darren who was frantically calling for the ball in the centre. He weaved a bit and then hit a fine curling shot past the visiting keeper as only he can. Gs 1 – 0 up.

Oneal did have to dive bravely to smother a chance for the visitors as they broke quickly minutes after the Gs opened the score.

Then Manny seemed to add a second for the Gs when he smartly put the ball in the net after getting on to the end of a ball through the middle that clearly came off a defender on the way. However the linesman gave him offside despite several vocal protests.

 

William Efambe showed his pace trying to get onto a diagonal ball behind the defence, which the visiting keeper did well to partially smother. William hooked the ball while on the floor but he saw it run loose and wide across the goal.

Lewes made substitutions to try to break the Gs defence down, but although they had some success in creating chances and brought an unconventional save from Oneal when he trapped the ball with his legs after a bit of a scramble in the 6 yard box. But other than that they still really produced little in the second half in the way of clear chances.

Steve Brown was replaced by Rory Sellick after another talking to from the ref and Joseph Strochetti came on in place of Manny Quarshue towards the end to add to the defensive effort.

Lewes did get the ball in the net from close range, but, like their hosts, this effort was ruled out as offside, to the great relief of the home support.

Another good team performance where finally we got the three points we have deserved.

Hard again to pick anyone of the Gs for MotM with Chris Wales as always proving what a good player he is, but Matt Bunyan for me showing what talent and a great work ethic he has. He was everywhere. The whole squad worked really hard yet again.

You will see from Michael’s stats that for all the dominant possession the visitors had, they produced less shots on target in fact only two during the whole match.

Great battling performance and a great result. Chatham will be a big match next week as they also got 3 points.

COYGS

 

Michael’s Stats:-

Lewes                                         Godalming

 

attempts               14                                                        9

on target                2                                                         3

corners                  8                                                         2

fouls                      11                                                       12

poss 1st half       56 %                                                   44 %

 

poss 2nd half      72%                                                    28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sittingbourne

 

Sittingbourne 2 – 1 Godalming

It was good of the home supporters to concede that the better team on the day lost, but it does not make it any easier to take for a Godalming side that really dominated the hosts for long periods and had enough chances in the first half alone to put the game to bed by half time.

The Gs were without Chris Musgrove, (suspended) Callum Eagles, Graeme Purdy still recovering from injury and Nick Sowden with a ham string injury. They did have the welcome and unexpected addition of Keith Emmerson for this game only. Those that were at a pre-season friendly at Holyport a few seasons back will recall his influence that night when Hendo, amongst others, were mercilessly bitten to bits by some beasts in the grass. He was influential again controlling and encouraging from the back.

The Gs lined up in a 4 – 4 – 2 formation. Oneal Garnes in goal, Sean Mason, Chris Wales, Keith Emerson and Carl Garstang at the back. Piers Oldland, Steve Brown, Bobby Dormer and Darren Wheeler (c) in the midfield, and Matt Bunyan and William Efambe upfront. On the Bench were Rory Sellick and Joseph Strocchetti.

From the start the visitors were showing more urgency and defending strongly. The Gs were impressing upfront as well. After 20 minutes Matt Bunyan got a flick on which Darren chased down and got a diagonal shot in, which hit the far post only to bounce out again.

Minutes later Matt Bunyan came in at pace from the left only to put his shot over the bar from close range.

Then Bobby Dormer latched on to a clearance and hit a fierce shot that deflected several times at pace and  finally to Darren Wheeler a few metres out who could only direct the ball with his head straight to the grateful home keepers chest.

When you see a string of chances go begging you always wonder “will those missed chances be the difference”.

Sure enough, although the home team had created very little to get their supporters excited, on 39 minutes the home number 7 somehow wriggled through the Gs defence, having lost the ball to the defenders who could have cleared it, but did not. Somehow he got the ball back and made it to the goal line and played the ball into the area for a close range tap in against the run of play.

However the Gs got straight back when they attacked again and after a skirmish in the area the ball came to Bobby Dormer who brought the score level just on the stroke of half time.

An impressive first half as good as anything we have seen recently with Piers Oldland putting in the miles and Chris Wales dealing with anything in the way of long high balls into the Gs area. All the guys did a great job.

 

With memories of a few games lately that featured really contrasting performances in the two halves nothing was certain, but the somewhat depleted travelling G army were feeling very pleased with the performance at half time.

The Gs were just as good in the second half and Matt Bunyan, who had been massive once again both upfront and in defending set pieces, found himself on the end of a through ball leaving him through on the keeper only to see his shot crash against the foot of the upright and bounce out.

Shortly after Piers fed the ball in and it found its way to Darren who somehow put his shot just wide when you would have put your house on him scoring.

The home team’s management team where obviously unhappy about what they were seeing and made all three substitutions early in the second half.

Chris Wales received a very unfortunate yellow card for a tackle where he had clearly won the ball and the opposition player fell over him. As usual he had put his body on the line repeatedly as the home team started to come more into the game towards the end with their three subs on.

Having run their legs off throughout there was always a chance that the Gs  would run out of steam at the end, but Dan was still looking for all three points rather than sitting on a single point. So we saw Sean and Piers more forward. He replaced Steve Brown who had picked up a yellow card with Rory Sellick. The Gs came close again when Darren weaved around in the box and fed the ball to Rory, but he could not get his shot on target.

Oneal was called on to dive bravely at the feet of one the home forwards, but they produced mostly poor shots well wide of the target.

Joseph Strocchetti came on for Carl who had also picked up a yellow card.

In the three minutes of extra time being added Sittingbourne attacked on their left and a miss hit shot that was going wide fortunately for them crashed into two of their players and bounced around on the edge of the 6 yard box where they were able to bundle the ball into the net from close range..

We have to be proud of another great performance as far as energy and commitment are concerned and had we taken those missed chances we would have comfortably won. We did not. But the performance of the whole team must be praised. Hard to single anyone out as it was a good team performance all round. But Bobby Dormer looked strong throughout the game and Piers seems to be more comfortable in his midfield role and William showed great skill with the ball at his feet putting his marker on his back on one occasion with some nifty footwork and tackling like someone twice his size.

 

Well done all of you. Everyone who saw the game knows you deserved the three points.

COYGs

 

Michaels stats:-

Sittingbourne            G’s

attempts                  12                       12

on target                   6                        3

corners                     3                         3

fouls                        19                       12

bookings                  2                        3

poss 1st Half          47                      53

poss 2nd Half        42                     58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tooting & Mitcham

 

Godalming 0 – 3 Tooting & Mitcham

 

With Tooting flying high at the top of the league and the Gs well and truly at the bottom despite a recent improvement in form, this was always going to be a tough fixture for the home team. But with Chris Musgrove on a very unlucky suspension, Graeme Purdy and Darren Wheeler both out injured (though Purdy was named on the bench) would have made life even tougher.

So Dan Turkington had come up with plan to deal with the visitors who were rampant in their last few away games. He certainly seemed to have managed to do that right up to the 78th minute when it was still 0 -0. So while the feeling after Tuesdays match was of extreme frustration and disappointment there was a feeling that in the battling performance from the home side almost won them some points.

The visitors had a huge amount of possession in the first half, but despite that produced very little other than the odd long shot. They won ten corners in the first half, but were unable to produce any real threat from them with some strong performances from the home defence led by captain for the day Chris Wales and Matt Bunyan yet again who had another really impressive game helping out in defence as well as leading the attack.

Nick Sowden returned to the midfield to add some more energy in that department alongside Steve Brown and Bobby Dormer, whilst upfront Gs started with newcomer Emmanuel Quarshue alongside Matt Bunyan.

In the back row were Piers Oldland, Joseph Strochetti, Chris Wales Carl Garstang and Sean Mason. Oneal Garnes was in goal. The bench was made up of Graeme Purdy, Tom Webb, Callum Roots, Rory Sellick and William Efambe.

 

It was a cold and windy day with rain forecast for the second half.

While T& M showed why they are top of the league with some good passing moves in their build ups the Gs defence was a match for them. Incredible though it seemed with the score at 0-0 at half time it gave some hope to the home supporters that they might indeed get something from this game. Jo Strochetti received a yellow card and a further talking to from the ref, so was replaced at half time by Rory Sellick.

A few minutes into the second half T& M brought on Jack Mazzone, who only a couple of months back was the fans favourite at Wey Court with so many brilliant and inspiring games for the Gs when they were managerless and in real trouble.

Fifteen minutes into the second half William Efambe came on for Emmanuel Quarshue. He is a promising youngster growing in confidence every game.

Twenty minutes in to the second half the T&M no 7 had a shot from range which rattled the crossbar when it hit the junction of the upright and the crossbar Oneal Garnes having watched it go past.

Then at the other end Matt Bunyan got onto a free kick from Carl Garstang and back headed the ball towards the T&M goal but Kyle Merson (also an ex G) was up to it and saved comfortably.

The influential Bunyan appeared too receive an unfriendly elbow to the throat, which felled him in front of the dugouts. Fortunately he was able to continue.

The Gs won their first corner after 30 minutes of the second half. Could they snatch a goal against the run of play? So the scores stayed level, but not for much longer.

Carl Garstang gave away a free kick on the Gs left. T&M No 3 Peter Wedgeworth hit a curling shot over the wall that dipped into the far corner of the net. Rather as we are used to seeing a certain Darren Wheeler do over the years.

So now on 78 minutes the Gs were one nil down. Hard for the lads who had battled so hard. But they did not let their heads drop.

Matt Bunyan saw another attempt go just wide of the post.

The Gs were pressing more now trying to get back into the game with their wing backs getting forward more.

Of course that left them a bit more exposed to the quick break, and so it was. The visitors attacked down their left when a low cross was delivered to that man Mazzone who was not going to miss from a couple of yards out.

The Gs still battled on and having won a few more corners with Rory and William bringing some more pace up front. They seemed to have scored a goal from a Garstang corner, but the referee insisted that there was interference with the visitors keeper rather than that he had just missed it in the wind as so many saw it at the time. Difficult to take when you think of some of the treatment that has been handed out to Oneal in the past when opponents have scored this season. But there it is.

Not that it could have changed the result.

Anyway almost straight from the restart of play Jack Mazzone got his second and the visitors third just before the final whistle.

Worthy winners but as I have said before it is tough when the guys fight so hard and get nothing.

 

Michaels stats:-

G’s          Tootng & Mitcham
attempts               6                     14

on target               2                     7

corners                 3                     15

fouls                    14                    18

Dayglow cards     3                      1

poss 1st Hasf       31                    69

poss 2nd Half       48                    52