Monthly Archives: September 2017

(Ladies) Clapham (H)

“Provided my son of Grey Graham thanks Andrew”

Godalming Ladies 3  Clapham 0

G.T.F.C. Ladies were back in action in the league on Saturday against Clapham who were on the top of the League prior to kick off, but the G’s Ladies returned to the top again by the end of the game.

It was another good performance by the G’ against much stronger opposition.The G’s first goal came from a Carys Potter who headed home form a great Megan Vincer corner.

The second goal came from some hard work by Ellen Thomas before the ball was finally blasted into the net by Jess Pickett when it was tantalisingly close to the goal line.

Whilst for much of the game Toni West was subdued by some strong defending she made her mark with the last goal where she found herself in possession of the ball in the middle of the pitch and hit a cracking shot from just inside the area into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The G’s all put in a good shift in defence and had to be strong against quite a physical opposition, but were able to break down most of the visitor’s attacks.

Onwards to another League game next week away at Brentford before another round of the FA Cup at Wey Court against Haringey from the Premier League at Wey Court on 8th October.

Brockenhurst (FA Vase)

Godalming Town 3-5 Brockenhurst (F.A Vase)

After such a good performance last week at CB Hounslow, where on another day we would have walked away with all three points, I think a few of the G’s supporters and probably the squad thought that they could be about to end the disappointing run of results. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

With Shawn Lyle starting his suspension and Darren Wheeler, Romario Hart and Isy Nzelo unavailable, there were two new faces in the G’s squad with Robert Webbe in the midfield and Bobby Bennett up front.

The first half performance by the G’s was poor to say the least and the visitors were applying most pressure. Long balls to the wings, where they always seemed to have a man free.  It was not that the G’s did not have chances themselves, they did, but they were few and far between.  The ball over the top of the defence into the gap behind the home defence was being exploited.

After twenty minutes, the visitors pressure told when the home side gave away a free kick on the visitors left. The ball was played in towards the far post where it was headed home from close range.

Shortly after the Badgers attacked again and Aaron Bufton was forced to leave his goal to cut down the angle down and could only watch as a speculative chip came back off his crossbar.

A second goal was not far away however and a third. So, all looking pretty bad for the G’s whose diminutive forwards were facing an uphill battle against a side with two very big centre backs.

Hakim Griffiths, who is always threatening, got in a tussle with the visitors left back after he felt he was fouled and the two of them ended up tangled on the ground before a disgraceful interlude, which involved almost all of the players on the pitch. The result was that after the ref had consulted his linesman both of the main protagonists were shown straight red cards.

But the G’s were not for giving up and towards the end of the first half they got a goal back when Robert Webbe managed a back header from close range to put the ball in the net for the G’s. So, at half time the G’s still 3-1 down, but at least a goal to close the gap.

HT Godalming 1-3 Brockenhurst

At the start of the second half with the G’s reverting to a flat back four they started to show what a threat they can be up front. A succession of beautiful passes played between Ben Cotton and Bobby Bennett saw them work the ball around the huge defenders and left Ben with an easy final ball into the net. Now G’s only 3 -2 down and the nerves starting to jangle for the Brockenhurst fans.

It then looked like the visitors might have blown it completely when, from a corner on their left, the G’s drew level with Robert Webbe hitting a low ball to the front post, which somehow went across the goal and inside the far post.

It seemed now that the change in the home sides fortunes could be about to take place. Having come back unbelievably from 3-0 down to level the score, could they now snatch the result?

Callum Rootes and Luke Elgar were both forced off with injuries in the second half to be replaced by Eugene Bongo on the left and Mert Varli on the right.

But with only about 8 minutes to go the visitors broke quickly and Aaron Bufton went to ground bravely as he always does, to block an effort from the Badgers, but somehow the ball flew almost straight up in the air and although it looked initially like it would fly over the crossbar, to the delight and relief of the visiting fans it fell just under the bar and in.

This probably took the wind out of the sails of the home side as another goal at the death made the score line look like this was an easier victory for the visitors than it actually was.

Brockenhurst deserved the result, but the G’s can be proud of the fightback in the second half together with some very good individual performances, including those from newcomers Robert Webbe and Bobby Bennett.

#COYGS

Michael’s Stats:

Teams         G’s        Brockenhurst

attempts      12                    19

on target       5                       8

corners         5                       5

fouls            10                    12

poss 1         50                     50

poss 2         55                     45

yellows         3

reds              1                       1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastbourne (H) Women’s SSE FA Cup

Godalming Town Ladies 3 – 2 (AET)  Eastbourne Ladies

This was a hard fought battle between two very good teams, but the Godalming Town Ladies came out on top after a bit of a nail-biting finish and go through to the next round of the SSE Ladies FA Cup.

The G’s line up was, Kim Ketchell in goal, Hannah Davies, Mairaid Wheeler and Carys Potter as the centre backs with Laura Funnell, Steph Le, Jess Winchester and Becky Bloor in the midfield and Megan Vincer, Toni West and Becky Munroe upfront. On the bench were Megan Oliver, Lauren Carnel, Charlotte Benson and Grace Merry.

The first fifteen minutes of the game were very keenly contested, but the home side had marginally more of the possession attacking the goal at the road end. Then on 17 minutes they broke the deadlock when Megan Vincer delivered a pinpoint corner from the left flank, which found Toni West who got in a powerful header past the visiting keeper.  G’s 1-0 up.

The G’s were looking strong when the lively Becky Munro got on the end of a good though ball and found herself bearing down on the visiting keeper, but her shot was hit straight at her so failed to convert this chance.

The G’s won a number corners and applied a fair bit of pressure.  However, towards the end of the first half Eastbourne started to get back into the game and created one or two half chances, but nothing much to trouble Kim Ketchell. Eastbourne’s best effort called for Kim to tip the ball over the ball from a shot from range.

Halftime 1-0 to the G’s.

At the start of the second half the G’s defence were caught at sixes and sevens in their own area and although Kim stretched to scoop the ball away the linesman called that it had crossed the goal line. 1 – 1 now and the game in the balance.

The G’s responded and upped their game. Megan Vincer was having a great game chasing everything in attack and putting in a good shift defending as well at one point running the full length of the pitch to win the ball back.

Steph Le was also putting in the miles in the centre of the pitch winning almost everything she went for and breaking up the visitors attacking efforts.

G’s won a corner on their left which Megan Vincer delivered powerfully to the near post where it found its way into the net with several G’s in close attendance. G’s back in the lead at 2- 1. Grace Merry came on for Becky Munro and got in an adventurous shot from wide on the right, which hit the visitor’s crossbar.

Megan Vincer used her pace to get around her defender and beat the keeper with a curling shot that just failed to bend enough to find the far corner of the net.

On the 77th minute the visitors drew level again when they latched onto a ball and manged to play it under Kim as she came out of goal. Score now level again at 2 – 2. Into injury time.

With the G’s again attacking the road end they won another corner on the left, which was not cleared effectively and fell to Lauren Carnel who had replaced Mairaid Wheeler midway through the second half. She took the opportunity well as she blasted a low drive through the crowd of defenders and into the net to put the G’s in front for the third time in the match.

Becky Bloor also got in on the act with a good shot that just went over the crossbar.

There was defending to do, but the G’s managed to play much of the rest of the match in their opponent’s half using Toni West to hold the ball up and continued to chase down everything.

Although both side were visibly tiring they never gave up until the final whistle came to the relief of the home side and their supporters.

A great all-round effort from all of the G’s squad. If you had to pick a Lady of the Match to award, it would be a tough job, with so many individual stars. However, Megan Vincer and Steph Le for me stood out amongst the heroines in yellow today.

Let see who they get drawn against in the next round.

COYGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from where she Gs Ladies went in front

CB Hounslow Utd (A)

CB Hounslow 3 – 0 Godalming Town

Hounslow will not have a luckier game this season. The score line might suggest that the G’s were outplayed, but that was not the case.

The hosts had an inspired performance from their keeper and the woodwork to thank for their three points today.

The G’s started with Aaron Bufton in goal, Callum Rootes left back, Steve Betancourt centre back and captain and Kieron Wright at right back. Tre Trowers starting in front of the back three. Darren Wheeler wide on the left, Ben Cotton, and Luke Elgar as the midfield and Hakim Griffiths, Romario Hart at no 9 and Shawn Lyle upfront. On the bench were Mert Varli, Eugene Bongo and Joe Smith.

After a series of attacks down the G’s right they soon reverted to 4 4 2 with Luke dropping to right back and Hakim dropping deeper on the right. In the opening minutes, the G’s seemed to be quite threatening and Luke Elgar had a shot which was saved by the home keeper.

The first half saw the home side create more chances, but the possession was pretty equal. Then the deadlock was broken by a mistake from the normally solid Aaron Bufton who delivered a short pass straight to an opposition forward, who had the easiest opportunity to open the scoring. Shortly after this there was a great exchange of passes, which saw Luke Elgar go right down the right-hand side and into the home penalty area. However, his powerful shot hit the nearside post.

Then, having seen an unusual error from the G’s keeper (who has been outstanding in earlier games), we could not believe that he misplaced another kick, which again fell to the opposition and although the defence scrambled the ball off the line initially the ball popped up and was headed into the net from under the bar.

The G’s never gave up and Hakim, Shawn and Romario all looked dangerous in their approach play linking passes with the likes of Ben and Darren, but could not fashion the final ball to get their shots in. Aaron did redeem himself with a fine save towards the end of the first half. We have seen what a fine keeper he is, but today will be one he will choose to forget.

G’s won a free kick on their right just beyond the penalty area, Wheeler Country. He hit a fine dipping curling shot, which somehow the big home keeper got down to and just tipped around the post to the relief of his team.

HT G’s 2-0 down at half time.

The G’s started the second half well and never looked back. Tre Trower delivered a great shot, which rattled the upright and yet somehow the ball dropped straight to the keeper who was prostrate on the ground. Yet another piece of unbelievable luck.

The G’s were now dominating possession to the obvious dislike of the home team’s manager who was reduced to shouting, “Get the f****** ball, you know the round thing – and hold it”.

Eugene Bongo came on for Shawn Lyle and Mert Varli for Tre Trowers as the G’s went for all out attack. Despite their efforts the Gods of Football conspired to deny them any luck whatsoever in this encounter. Hakim broke through the middle and delivered a fantastic drive, which again hit the crossbar possibly the result of the home keeper getting his fingers to it. Ben Cotton and several others hit shots that went just clear of the bar.

You will see from Michael’s stats that the G’s really dominated the second half, but, to add insult to injury in the dying minutes of the game, against the run of play the home side broke quickly down their right and got a one on one opportunity with Aaron, which just crept in at the far post. Probably only their second meaningful attack of that half.

So again, a disappointing result, but much that the G’s can look at as positive. The front players all looked lively and in midfield and defence there were many good performances. On another day they would have walked away as 3-0 winners. A funny old game.

 

COYGs

 

Michael’s Stats and Comments:-

 Teams   CB Hounslow            G’s

attempts        14                         12

on target         6                            8  (4 hit or deflected onto woodwork)

corners           2                            6

fouls             12                            8

yellows          1                            1

poss% 1st   53                          47

poss% 2nd  45                          55

Michael’s additional tasting note:  yet another CC ground without Bovril on sale!  Hounslow gain points for their great bar/changing facility but are docked 2 Michel stars from their rating – one for not selling Bovril and the second because upon being asked for some non-available Bovril the lovely girl at the hatch replied “What’s Bovril?”

 

 

 

 

Colliers Wood (H)

Godalming 1-3 Colliers Wood 

Unfortunately, did not get to the game until almost half time when the Gs were 1-0 down.

It was an awful night weather wise with constant rain, which was heavy at times and perhaps it is me but Colliers Wood playing in a blue kit were almost invisible at times through the murk. But I did spot ex G William Effambe wearing the number nine shirt for the visitors. A player who I felt last season had enormous potential.

The outstanding Aaron Bufton was back in goal having served his suspension against Westfield. Isy Nzelo returned at right back, with Callum Rootes at left back, Steve Betancourt was partnered by Kieran Wright as the centre back pairing. Lewis Taylor was sitting in front of the back four, Darren Wheeler, Ben Cotton, Piers Oldland made up the midfield with Hakim Griffiths and Shawn Lyle up front. Tre Trowers and Mert Vali were on the bench.

Clearly the G’s style of passing football was not best suited to the conditions, but it was pretty even possession in the second half with Isy and Kieran showing how well they can perform. Good to see Callum getting to start again (following his brief appearance last week) after eye surgery, which meant he was unavailable for the past six weeks.

The visitors deserved the result in the end being able to be more threatening when in attack and went 3-0 up. For me we missed a bit of defensive presence in the midfield.

The G’s did create chances and scored a typical Darren Wheeler consolation goal late on when he chipped in from wide on the left.

One of the best Gs chances came when Mert Varli was introduced and worked his way across the visitor’s goal, but neither he nor any of the other G’s could conjure up a shot.

Most memorable event in the match was probably the sending off of Shawn Lyle minutes from the end of the game when he challenged for a ball that the visiting keeper came out to cover. From my point of view the ball was clearly there to be played and Shawn was really hard done by.

#COYGS

(Ladies) Kingstonian (H)

Godalming Ladies 10-1  Kingstonian Ladies

The GTFC Ladies announced their arrival in the GLWFL Division 1 in the most positive way possible on Sunday with a 10 -1 win at Wey Court. Having been promoted yet again last season this must have been more than managers Darren Wheeler or Steve Davis could have dreamt of.

From the start the G’s looked the brighter of the two teams and pressurised the visitors. Within the first ten minutes they created opportunities and in one attack they hit the visitor’s crossbar twice within seconds.

The first goal came from Toni West who had made an impressive start for the G’s last week in the cup encounter against Worthing. She scored with a diagonal shot, which the visiting keeper could not get enough on to stop it finding the far corner.

The second goal came not long after by Toni West again, when she latched onto a bouncing through ball and headed neatly over the advancing Kingstonian keeper, then rounded her and headed the ball into the net from close range.

Mairaid Wheeler then got on the score sheet from a corner on the G’s left, which saw the ball played in towards goal and Mairaid got a nifty back heel to put the ball in.

The G’s were constantly pressing and won another corner on the right, which Megan Vincer beautifully floated into the 6-yard box where Toni West powerfully headed past the keeper. So, 4-0 to the G’s at half time.

HT Godalming 4-0 Kingstoniaian

Kingstonian mounted their first meaningful attack when they delivered a good shot from their right and Kim Ketchell dived to tip it wide and onto the post just before half time.

Early in the second half Toni West scored again (her fourth) with a good shot from wide on the right, which just made it over the line before Laura Funnel helped it into the net from close range.

Imogen O’Flanagan added the next goal using her pace to good effect on the right.  She then added her second minutes later in similar style. Jess Pickett then joined in with a goal from another great through ball for the G’s ninth.

That was not enough for Imogen who went on to add a third for her hat trick when she broke through and found herself one on one with the visiting keeper the G’s tenth of the evening. Plenty of substitutions throughout the game and lots of promising looking players.

A tremendous win for the ladies. Do get along to see them, it is really competitive football and good entertainment.

Westfield (A)

Westfield 7 -2 Godalming 

After the excitement and passion of the FA cup last week this was a tough fixture against the top team in the league and perhaps there was a bit of a hangover from last week. Certainly because of events last week the G’s were without Aaron Bufton due to the suspension for his red card and Ashley Lloyd believed due to injury in that game. They were also without Isy Nzelo, Kieran Wright, Danny Elgar

So in goal for his debut was Jack Wingate, Joe Smith and Lewis Taylor started as the full backs while Steve Betincourt was joined by Scott Elgar as the centre back pairing. Piers Oldland, Ben Cotton, were in the midfield, Darren Wheeler and Shawn Lyle were both playing in the wide positions with Hakim Griffiths and newcomer Romario Hart up front. On the bench were:- Callum Rootes after his eye surgery, Tre Trowers, Mert Varli, Luke Elgar and Eugene Bongo.

In the first few minutes the G’s did well and dominated possession and put the home team under pressure. Darren took a free kick, which was headed out powerfully and towards Hitchem Adbullah, (former G), who used his pace and found space as the G’s defence had gone up for the free kick and finding him one on one with the G’s stand in keeper slipped the ball past him to go one up within ten minutes. That was to set the tone for the rest of the match. G’s were dominant in the possession stakes, but the home team were happy to defend and had bags of pace everywhere up front when they were on the break, turning quickly and playing the ball into the space behind the G’s defence. Hakim and Romario both showed plenty of determination and pace of their own and looked menacing.

On 20 minutes with the G’s pressing their hosts again they were awarded another free kick central between the half way line and the home penalty area. Captain Lewis stepped up and blasted a shot, which took a fierce deflection off the defensive wall and past the keeper to get the scores back level. It did not stay that way for long as the home team attacked down their left and delivered a good shot diagonally into the far corner of the goal. 2-1 to Westfield.

Romario was leading the fight back and made another run into the box when he was brought down under the attentions of 4 or 5 defenders. Mysteriously the referee gave the decision against him signalling a free kick to the home team. Indeed, the G’s got very little from the ref. G’s kept pressing and one several corners but the Westfield third came from another quick break. More G’s pressure and Ben Cotton almost got one back for the visitors, but the ball somehow trickled past the wrong side of the post after the home keeper only partially held it.  Yet another break gave the home side a 4-1 lead at half time.

HT Westfield 4-1 Godalming

Luke Elgar came on at right back for the second half. Not long into the second half the G’s ironically were penalised when Scott Elgar made what seemed to be a good tackle clearing the ball right on the same spot where the ref denied them a penalty in the first half. So now 5-1 down. Scott was injured and eventually replaced by Callum Rootes coming on at left back with Lewis Taylor moving to centre back. Mert Varli also came on for Darren Wheeler.

G’s did get a second goal from Romario as some consolation for the team and his own very lively performance, despite a bit of a battering, which saw him receive attention off the pitch on a couple of occasions.

Final score 7-2 to Westfield, which rather flattered in my book, but they were well worth the result for their finishing power. Although this looks like a complete trouncing and very similar to the 8 – 0 Hereford result, but that is far from the truth. The G’s had by far the greater amount of possession and could easily have had a few more goals. For me the loss of Ashley Lloyd meaning Scott playing at the back lost the G’s his presence in the midfield where he has shone in the earlier games.

 Michael’s Stats

Teams        Westfield        G’s

attempts         22                 13

on target        11                    4

corners            4                     7

fouls              14                   15

poss 1st        43%                57%

poss 2nd      45%                55%

yellows                                  3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worthing (A) -SSE Women’s FA Cup

Worthing 1-2 Godalming *

* Away fixture but played at Wey Court due to Worthing ground unavailable

The drama at Hereford on Saturday was forgotten on Sunday for a while as the Godalming Ladies entertained Worthing Ladies in the SSE Women’s FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying.

This was a very entertaining game as so many in Women’s football are. If you have not watched any do come and support the girls at Wey Court.

It turned out to be the visitors who had the best of the opening 25 minutes or so and were showing some threat with pace out wide on the wings. But the G’s also had some pace on the wings and with “a few tweeks” as Steve Davis put it, during the first half, the home side started to get more possession in the later stages of the first half, while attacking the road end.

The second half saw the G’s putting more pressure on the visitors, but could not convert their chances into goals.

The deadlock was broken by a scrambled goal for the visitors when Kim Ketchell in the G’s goal was left on the ground, claiming she had been impeded. But the goal stood and the G’s 1-0 down.

There on the G’s really turned up the tempo and created a number of opportunities, but the visiting keeper kept her side in it with some good saves from close range.

Then, in the middle of the second half, Toni West, a recent addition to the squad, was brought on as the centre forward and straight away she showed some of the skill she had. In the end, a good break from Megan Vincer down the G’ s left flank gave her the chance to square the ball into Toni who delivered a powerful right footed shot that gave the visiting keeper no chance.

1-1 and the G’s back in it.

From here on the home midfield took a hold on the game and within ten minutes Toni West again got on the end of a good through ball from the defence, which saw her turn her defenders inside, outside, inside and out again before she delivered another thunderous drive, with her left foot this time to the delight of her team mates.

With the G’s in front for the first time in the game it was all pretty well tied up and Toni West who appeared to have picked up a knock along with her two goals, was replaced.

A great result for the Ladies squad who look forward to the next round of the competition.

#COYGS

Emirates FA Cup – Hereford (A)

Hereford 8-0 Godalming

This was a dream draw for the G’s, being picked out of the hat against the ex-national second division side at their home, which is a real football ground, concrete terraces and seating above on the upper tiers.

The sun was shining and although the Google search suggested it could take around four hours to make the trip we cruised through towards the Welsh boarder in less than three. And didn’t it look gorgeous coming through the Forest of Dean and the Severn Valley.

So, with realistic expectations that the G’s would need their hosts to field a second-string side and our lads to play out of their skins, plus something of a divine intervention if they were to be able to put up much of a contest against a team in the top half of a League, two levels above the G’s, but the dream remained.

However, in a very strange twist of fate the G’s were struck by intervention of a different kind, from the ref, who initially saw nothing wrong with Aaron Bufton making a typically brave block with his legs on the edge of his area (without coming into contact with an advancing home forward), when the ball ricocheted off of him and bounced back towards the G’s keeper off Lewis Taylor a few metres away. Bufton then played the ball quickly out by rolling it along the ground.

The linesman in front of the Main Stand under pressure from the crowd, after the event, raised his flag and the ref back-peddled towards him.

After deliberation Aaron was shown a straight red card to the astonishment of everyone watching. The only one who knows why Aaron was dismissed is the referee and I understand the Club are appealing the red card, as there is video evidence.

So, the dream became a nightmare and the sinking feeling that we were going to be down to ten men virtually from the off, sank in.

The question then was who would put their hand up to go in goal, with no recognised second keeper in the squad. Captain Lewis Taylor took the responsibility himself and what followed was incredible. We were always going to be fighting with backs to the wall however many players we had on the pitch, but this was going to make it even worse.

No-one could have expected the fine display of goalkeeping that he delivered, while being in front of the hundreds of home fans terraces for the first half. The score shows 8 – 0, but it really could have been many more, but for the brave heroics of Captain Lewis. Michael’s stats will show that the home team were totally dominant throughout the game and somehow conspired to hit around 30 attempts in the first half.

It was a wonder that the score at half time was only 3 – 0, but the home crowd in the main stand were good enough to acknowledge the fighting performance of the whole G’s squad as they left the pitch at the break.

Lewis was to go one better in the second half, where, apart from numerous saves in open play, he made a tremendous save from a penalty awarded to the home team.

Lewis had made repeated saves with dives and blocks that any keeper would have been proud of and we should all be extremely proud of him and his team, who, despite the odds, battled away until the final whistle. There was no time for their heads to drop, they just had to keep chasing as their hosts played some crisp passes and ground them down. The whole squad did their bit.

Despite the score line let’s hope that they enjoyed the experience on the day and the chance to play in a big ground, against a good side and with a crowd of 1800 crammed in largely on two sides.

Once again at the end of the game the home crowd in the Main Stand stood to applaud our team as they left and particularly Lewis Taylor. Hats off to the home supporters.

The starting line-up was Aaron Bufton, Isy Nzelo right back, Lewis Taylor left back, with Steve Betancourt and Ashley Lloyd as the centre backs. Midfield was Scott Elgar, Ben Cotton and Piers Oldland with Darren Wheeler out wide on the left, Shawn Lyle on the right and Hakim Griffiths in the middle. On the bench were Joe Smith (on for Hakim in the second half), Kieran Wright came on for Lloydie, Tre Trowers and Danny Elgar.

Michael (Stato) Statistics: –

                        Hereford        G’s

Attempts            48                   2

On target           19                   1

Corners               8                    0

Fouls                  16                   9

Yellows                1                   3

Reds                     0                   1

Poss% 1st         80                 20

Poss% 2nd       75                  25

 

COYG’s

Guildford (H)

Godalming 0 – 2 Guildford
This match was played in unusual heat and kicked off at 11.30am on Bank Holiday Monday, which it seems was a bit early for some of the G’s players, who did not appear.

The squad on the day was Aaron Bufton in goal, Joe Smith, Kieran Wright, Steve Betancourt and Isy Nzelo at the back, Ben Cotton, Piers Oldland, Tre Trowers, in the midfield with Darren Wheeler, Danny Elgar and Shawn Lyle up front. Only man on the bench was Eugene Bongo.

The home side looked a bit off the pace at the start and within fifteen minutes a long- range drive from the visitors right rattled their crossbar. A few minutes later the first goal for the visitors was scored. It came from a run across the edge of the G’s area, which was un-challenged.

Aaron Bufton made a great stop after 20 minutes only to see that the linesman’s flag was up for offside. This was to be a busy day for the home keeper.

Guildford second came from a move out on their right which was played into the box and fell to a forward who found himself one on one with Bufton and put the ball past him.

If that was not bad enough the G’s defence conspired to give a poor back pass, which a visiting forward accepted gratefully, but the impressive Aaron Bufton managed to block the shot.

The home sides first meaningful attack came with a good exchange of passes between Ben Cotton, Darren Wheeler and Piers Oldland, which gave Darren the chance of a shot, which was well saved by the Guildford keeper at full stretch. This seemed to inspire the home team to up their game and they managed a few more attempts on goal.

The start of the second half saw both Danny Elgar and Shawn Lyle get shots in without hitting the target. Darren got a yellow card for a poor tackle.

A good move from Guildford saw another fine save from Aaron blocking a shot with his body. Shawn Lyle received a yellow card for what looked like a pretty innocent tackle.

Eugene Bongo came on for Tre Trowers, shortly after Ben Cotton had a shot saved. Cotton then went down minutes later and Guildford counter attacked and Steve Betancourt was yellow carded for a desperate tackle outside the box.

Aaron Bufton was absolutely inspired in goal on the day and pulled off all sorts of saves to keep the G’s in the game so if we could give him two MOTM awards we would, he was well worth it.

Minds now turn to the upcoming visit to Hereford in the FA cup.

Stats Man Michael’s stats:-

Guildford      G’s

attempts       17                  16

on target        9                      5

corners          5                      5

fouls             16                   12

poss% 1st    50                   50

poss% 2nd  44                   56

yellows          1                      4