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Horsham

Godalming 1 – 2 Horsham

Horsham had demolished the Gs previously when we met them on New Years day. So it was a chance to put that bad memory behind us.

It was another gutsy performance from the lads on the pitch to make this a really exciting encounter.
Excitement has been building over the last few weeks with the rejuvenated Gs proving to be so much stronger than the squad of earlier in the Season and closing the gap on those above them, toppling some big names on the way.

The Gs always needed to get a result and hope that the Three Bridges result went in their favour as well. However in the end, with the result from Three Bridges going against us, anything less than 3 points was never going to be enough to save the Gs from relegation.

Graeme Purdy was back up front alongside Manny also Steve Brown returned to the midfield with no Matt Bunyan or Bobby Dormer available.

It was all pretty exciting stuff but tight in the first half. Although the Gs had plenty of possession they did not create many real chances upfront. Purdy did get in behind the defence halfway through the first half, on one occasion, but was unable to capitalise, not getting a clean connect on his shot.

The Gs put themselves under some pressure when there seemed to be some reluctance about clearing a ball from the defence and the ball was bobbling in front of Oneal Garnes who had to try to kick the ball clear himself, bringing down the visitors James Thurgar and was rightly penalised. The Gs may have thought that they were getting a slice of luck at last however when from the penalty spot the visitors Scott Kirkwood fired his shot well over the bar.

But, just before the half time whistle, a through ball from the visitors on the right of the Gs goal saw Horsham’s Darren Boswell twist to hit a stunning shot on the volley that flew into the far corner. A great strike.

In the second half the Gs again went for it and Chris Musgrove, who has been a prolific goal scorer from set pieces in the past, headed narrowly wide from corners on a couple of occasions.

Then after more pressure from the Gs the visitors headed clear only for the ball to be collected by Carl Garstang who hit a fine shot with his left foot low into the goal to give the Gs some hope yet again.

Dan brought on the young guns to try to take all three points in the shape of Callum Roots, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland and their pace and determination looked as if they might find a winner.

The visitors claimed another goal with minutes to spare only to have it ruled out by the linesman who had flagged for the ball over the line before it was played in.

Oneal made another great stop as the play was going from end to end. Then, at the death, the Gs gave away what seemed to be a pretty innocuous free kick well outside the area. This was hit low and curling into the bottom corner to the disbelief of Oneal and the lads who must have felt they had done enough to get a point.

Very sad to see the faint hopes of the recent weeks finally dashed, but there where a number of terrific performances again and for me Chris Wales stood out again alongside Sean Mason who shows has pace and attacking ability. Dan Turkington and the lads can be proud of what they have achieved recently. They just ran out of games to get them up the table a bit.

COYGs

Michael’s Stats:-

Godalming Horsham

Attempts 9 12
On target 5 5
Corners 4 3
fouls 16 17
Poss 1 51 49
Poss 2 54 46
yellows 2 3

Greenwich Borough

Greenwich Borough 2 – 0 Godalming

Without both Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan clearly Dan was short of options again, with only one player, the very promising William Efambe on the Bench.

The starting set up saw Oneal Garnes in goal as usual and three centre backs Carl Garstang, Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove with Piers Oldland and Sean Mason as the wing backs, Nick Sowden, Bobby Dormer and Rory Sellick in the midfield and Darren Wheeler (C) and Manny Quarshue upfront.

Godalming started this game against 3rd placed Greenwich in bright style, being quicker to the loose ball and pressing where they could. They won the first couple of corners and had probably the majority of the possession and territory in the first 20 odd minutes with Darren Wheeler and Sean Mason both having shots on goal. Darren’s was blocked and Sean’s shot went into the side netting.

There were some really good passing moves in the build ups and at the start of the game you would not have known who was at the top of the League and who at the bottom.

But as we all know the only thing that matter is ball in net.

After 23 minutes Greenwich got their first attempt in, hitting a long shot well over the bar. However a few minutes later and somewhat against the run of play the home side delivered a long ball which their No 11 Mo Eisa got onto on the left hand side of the Gs box where one of the visiting defenders slipped and Eisa found space to slide the ball to the edge of the 6yard box where Charlie MacDonald was able to tap home from close range and put the home team 1 – 0 up.

It was a minute or two later that the hosts won their first corner.

Another defensive slip saw a through ball on the ground go at pace under the Gs defenders foot and that gave the dangerous Eisa another opportunity to get on the ball wide of the goal on their right and as a few minutes earlier he was able to square the ball into the 6yard box for another easy tap in for their Charlie MacDonald.

So the hosts were 2-0 up at half time.

Dan changed things around at the start of the second half as the Gs started to play down the slope. They went back to four at the back and moved Piers up front alongside Manny and Darren playing a bit deeper.

Gs tried to get back in it but despite plenty of effort they were not able to threaten the home keeper.

Greenwich were well organised and broke quickly down both wings. But the Gs defence stood strong through the second half blocking and tackling doggedly and Oneal showed what a good keeper he is making several good saves with his legs and in one case taking a knock to the head.

So the second half finishes as a draw after some determined defending by the Gs.

William Efambe came on replacing Piers Oldland who had had another good performance at around 70 minutes and was able to show some of his pace and nifty footwork. However despite a short rally towards the end when Chris Wales had a shot from the edge of the area, the Gs did not really look like scoring. Darren had a couple of speculative long shots and Carl Garstang had a chance very late on but narrowly missed the target.

Gs MOTM for me was Oneal Garnes.

Michael’s Stats:-

Greenwich Borough Gees

Attempts 12 6
On target 5 2
Corners 6 5
fouls 13 17
Poss 1 55 45
Poss 2 49 51
yellows 1 3
Reds

Faversham

 

Godalming 0 – 2 Faversham

 On a hot sunny day, with the weather more conducive to beach volleyball than football “The Faversham Factor” crept in again at Wey Court on Saturday.

When we went to Faversham earlier in the season we were 2 – 1 up until they scored not one, but two goals in injury time to pinch all three points and leave everyone watching shell-shocked. This time the referee gave Faversham the softest of penalties, which he was the only person to see. There is an excellent video on the Faversham website. Make your own mind up. It was going to be one of those days.

Despite the Gs going behind to that penalty they came out in the second half and started to dominate the game hitting the woodwork twice and bringing some excellent saves from their keeper to keep them in it.

 With the absence of Matt Bunyan, Graeme Purdy, Steve Brown, Rory Sellick and Jamal Johnson Dan had little to spare and in fact only Dev Squad keeper Tom Webb on the bench. He did make a brief appearance towards the end replacing William Efambe who had battled away all game. Darren Wheeler was upfront with Manny Quarshue, while Piers Oldlands, and Nick Sowden were in the middle doing the graft, Callum Roots and William Efambe in the wide positions and Sean Mason, Chris Wales, Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang the back four in front of Oneal Garnes in goal.

 

So after what was a fairly even but bitty first half, which was notable for a fine save from Oneal tipping over from close range and William going close the Gs piled on the pressure in the second half and did everything but score.

Manny created several chances and in one of these hit a fantastic shot from 25 yards, which somehow the visiting keeper dived to push round at full stretch. He kept Faversham in it with more saves from corners from Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove as well.

But when you are desperate to get an equaliser and you commit players forward you leave yourselves open to counter attack. And so it was. Faversham got their second with ten minutes of normal time to go, when they had done very little at all to threaten the Gs goal in the second half.

It might well have signalled the Gs heads to drop, but they kept at it  right until the final whistle.  It was another brave performance, which showed the resilience, character and the will to battle for everything, but in the end the 10 outfield players that the Gs could field could not score and that is all that counts at the end of the day.

Great individual performances for lots of the lads including Darren, nearly scoring with his head, yes his head. Again the proof is on the Faversham website and Chris Wales who for me has been outstanding in defence recently.

We have to try for more points on the Easter Weekend fixtures even though it will certainly be tough against Greenwich and Horsham, but on the basis of this performance the lads will give it everything. You can’t ask for more.

 COYGs

 

Michael’s stats:-

                     Godalming            Faversham
attempts       14                            8

on target        6                            4    

corners           7                            6

fouls             15                           16

poss 1st       41%                       59%

poss 2nd     61%                      39%

yellows                                        2

 

 

Hastings

 

Godalming 1 – 0 Hastings

Tremendous. What else can you say when the lads serve up another three points, against another play-off chasing side who claim to have the biggest budget in the League, and which from the statistics you would never have predicted.

So nine points from the last four games putting the Gs within touching distance of the teams above them in the relegation battle. What a turn around since Dan Turkington and his team off the pitch took control of matters on the pitch after the disastrous early season the Gs suffered.

The lads have been magnificent over the last few games playing as a team with real belief, passion and battling for everything. You only have to read some of the posts on the Hastings Forum to see how disappointed their travelling supporters were at their teams performance.

From Oneal at the back, who kept us in it with as good a save as you will see anywhere on the TV from a rare shot from the visitors struck with power, to Manny up front, they all did us proud.

In fact we could well have put the game to bed with a much bigger margin. True the visitors produced some chances, which they squandered, but the Gs generally had the greater number and by far the best chances throughout the game and could have had three or four goals easily.

With some of the regulars such as the rejuvenated Gs leading goal scorer Graeme Purdy, Steve Brown and Piers Oldland unavailable, Rory Sellick got a well deserved start.

So in front of Oneal Garnes were Sean Mason, Chris Musgrove, Chris Wales and Carl Garstang. The midfield was  Rory Sellick, Matt Bunyan and Nick Sowden with  Darren Wheeler and William Efambe in the wide positions and Manny Quarshue upfront. On the bench were some more promising youngsters from the Gs development squad Tom Webb (GK), Liam Beswick, Callum Roots and Jamal Johnson.

The game started with Gs going for it, rather than trying to simply defend. Matt Bunyan won the ball by battling the opposition just outside their area and created a half chance.  Hastings responded with a half chance of their own and that was the sort of appetiser that we all wanted.

Matt Bunyan then hit a header from a great ball in from Darren Wheeler. Unfortunately it was too close to the Hastings keeper, one Lennie Pidgley who any Chelsea supporters may recall from his days at Stamford Bridge.

A few minutes later the visitors star keeper collected a relatively simple ball into the box and then went down apparently having hurt his back. He received treatment on the pitch before being substituted.

We gave the ball away cheaply at one point and put pressure on ourselves by doing so. Oneal was called on to make a good save to get us out of it.

But generally we were beating them to the ball in midfield with Rory Sellick and Nick Sowden chasing everything down and Matt Bunyan playing another great game.

Matt finally got a little bit of luck when he got his head to a clearance and his looping header bounced in front of and then over the Hastings replacement keeper who seemed unsure of the flight of the ball and could only watch it go over his head and into the net. Gs 1-0 up after 38 minutes.

At this stage the Gs were well on top and the visiting supporters were incredulous. Darren who got in some great crosses saw his curling shot from the right whistle past the far post. Only minutes later Darren had another great shot saved at full stretch by the keeper who more than made up for his earlier mistake.

The visitors made the odd chance but could not convert, while the Gs back four were superb. The two Chris’ putting their bodies on the line as usual making tackles, blocks, clearances and headers despite some towering opposition.

The energetic youngster Rory Sellick got onto the end of another great Wheeler cross to the far post, but could not get his shot on target.

Hastings made changes and ramped up the pressure on the Gs and brought a tremendous save from Oneal from a well struck shot from outside the area, which he saw late but got down to at full stretch brilliantly.

Another great chance for the Gs when the ball came in from the right and William Efambe, who was dangerous with his pace and tricky footwork all through the game, neatly played the ball back for Manny who somehow hit the keepers legs from a few metres out with the goal at his mercy.

Callum Roots then came on for Darren and injected more pace and energy into the Gs midfield just when they might have been flagging.

Gs were still pressing for their second goal and Manny had another great opportunity when in the visitors area and the ball seemed to get stuck in a pile up of the defenders on the floor. His final effort clearing the bar.

Callum Roots made a great break up the left side Which he delivered well into the box but again the Gs could not put it in the net.

Sean Mason was not to be outdone when he made an astonishing run of his own down the right battling his way through the visitors defenders, but could not find the quality final shot needed to beat the keeper that his run deserved.

In the last few minutes Jamal Johnson came on for William Efambe and soon carved out a chance himself, which brought another fine save from the Hastings reserve keeper.

A great result and a relieved cheer from the stands when the final whistle went.  It was a good entertaining clean game and for that the referee played his part allowing the match to flow.

 

Michael’s Stats:-

G’s        Hastings Utd

attempts       13               13

on target        7                  3

corners          5                  5

fouls             10                 15

poss 1          53%             47%

poss 2          49%             51%

cautions       1                     0