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North Greenford (H)

Godalming Town  2 North Greenford 1

Christmas came a few days earlier at Wey Court, where the rejuvenated Gees under the manger-ship of former players Gav Smith and Jon Palmer entertained North Greenford. Despite going behind to a penalty in the first half the Gees came back in the second to take all three points in a thrilling finish to the game.

The first half performance from the home side was at times a bit flat, but that was probably due to the number of new players making their debuts, no less than six including those on the bench.

The home fans however were undoubtedly well in front of the visitor’s supporters on the “Dress for Christmas” front. There can’t be many Santa hats left in the local shops!

Alex Rodrigues, Robert Webbe, Piers Oldland, Rory Sellick and Isy Nzelo all injured. Steve Bettancourt suspended and Ben Cotton ill, hence the need for the new signings.

Dimi Kyriatzis was in goal, newcomer Leavan Sullivan wore the captain’s armband and partnered Josh Kempton as the centre back pairing and newcomer Shaun Smart at right back making up the back four with left back Josh Pound. The returning Jack Howard partnered Lewis Lodge who moved to fill the gap in midfield for his managers. The Gees legend Darren Wheeler was wide on the left with Bobby Bennett on the right and newcomer Kieran Campbell and Hakim Griffiths more central.

The visitors had the upper hand in the first half with the greater possession, but did not really produce much to bother the impressive Dimi Kyriatzis in the Gees goal. They won a penalty towards the end of the first half to go in one up at the break and probably deserved it on the balance of play.

HT Godalming 0-1 North Greenford

However, the Gees started the second half more brightly and Bobby Bennett was looking very threatening cutting in from wide positions at pace.

Early in the second half the Gees went close to levelling the score bringing a good save from the visiting keeper pushing the shot just around the post.

With the new signings Jon and Gav found themselves with options to change the set up and they did. The hard-working Hakim replaced by Ainsley Everett and Darren replaced by Benga Ogunesye. The lively Bobby Bennett nicked the ball off the visiting keeper, but was just unable to score.

The Gees levelled, but as I was recovering a ball I did not witness it. I am reliably informed that it came about when the visiting keeper attempting to clear the ball hit the ball straight at one of his team mates (flooring him) and then made a poor clearance, which Bobby Bennett latched onto and passed to Benga to score. Sorry if that is wrong.

The Gees then stated to play with more freedom and created some good passing moves.

Bobby Bennett worked his way towards the visitor’s box before squaring the ball well to give Benga the chance to score his second, which he took well.

Only minutes later Benga had the opportunity to go for his hat trick, but unselfishly played the ball wide instead and the move broke down. This set the stage for a nail bighting finish for the home fans and they saw Dimi once again somehow keep the ball out in the closing minutes.

Another tremendous come back for the Gees and the gap between the teams above us now almost closed. So, another tremendous job done by all the lads and of course Jon and Gav and their mnagement team. It will not be lost on them though that the job is not yet done, but we do have a competitive team now as we approach some tough games.

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                    G’s                 North Greenford

Attempts                  9                               16

On target                 6                                 5

Corners                   5                                  4

fouls                     20                                 16

yellows                   2                                   6

reds                       0                                    1

Poss% 1st          45                                  55

Poss% 2nd        56                                  44

 

Champagne Bovril served at the end – dry yet zingy with a distinct aftertaste of relief.

COYGs.

Video Highlights – https://youtu.be/M6TMN27Tp70

Redhill (H)

Godalming 1 Redhill 0

It may have been 1-0 at the final whistle, but it was a second win against Redhill this season and for me underlined what progress has been made since Gav and Jon took over the reins at Wey Court.

We talk about important matches and of course all of them are important. But after that tremendous win at Epsom and Ewell we needed to know how good the current squad really is against stronger opposition.

The game at Horley showed those of us who travelled that we really do have a competitive squad now, even when we play teams near the top of the table, but we cannot always rely on all of them being available.

So, the Gees entered the game without the impressive Aaron Parfitt and a string of other players who were not available or injured including Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland. There was a bit of good news however that Ben Cotton was again named on the bench after a long period out with a foot injury.

Dimitrios Kyriatkis was in goal, Josh Kempton at right back, Steve Bettancourt and Alex Rodrigues the centre back pairing and Josh Pound, who is looking more and more impressive, at left back.  Eugene Bongo chosen to play in front of the back four (no doubt to give Jon a break), Lee Boon, Robert Webbe, in midfield with Bobby Bennett playing wide on one wing with Tom Biss on the other and Hakim Griffiths in the centre. Ben Cotton, Estoban Salgado, Gabriel Oliviera, Jon Palmer and Tom Webb on the bench.

The first half was pretty competitive with the visitors ahead on possession and shots on target although there was not too much to worry the Gees keeper, but the Gees probably had the two best chances of the half, but neither side were able to find the net.

HT Godalming Town 0-0 Redhill

The home side seemed a bit slow to get into the game at the start of the second half playing towards the road end and came under pressure for a while, but at about fifteen minutes in to the second half the Gees won two corners in a row. Robert Webbe played it short with a 1-2 to with Bobby Bennett, but frustratingly seemed to lose possession. But to his credit Webbe won it straight back and played a diagonal short ball through the crowd of defenders for Lee Boon to latch on to and put a good shot into the net, to the relief of the home crowd.

This seemed to inspire the whole Gees squad, as within moments Tom Biss hit a speculative lob towards goal from wide on the right, having spotted the visiting keeper well off his goal line. It rattled the crossbar and bounced clear.

The Gees won another corner and the visiting keeper failed to hold it with the ball falling to Bobby Bennett with his back to the goal. Unfortunately, he could only hook the ball over the bar. For me Bobby had another great game and he deserved a goal.

The Gees were dominating play at this stage and the hard-working Hakim Griffiths worked the ball through to Tom Biss, finding himself one-on-one with the Redhill keeper, who bravely saved with his legs.

15 minutes from the end saw Ben Cotton make his appearance with typical energy, giving Hakim a chance of a breather, while Estoban came on for Bobby Bennett.

There was defending to do and the Gees defence coped with it all so well. But credit to the visitors they never gave in and continued to press until the end. The gap to the teams above has now been halved so, while that is great, there is much more to do.

More signings have been made so watch this space.

COYG’s

 

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Teams                    G’s                  Redhill

attempts                11                       16

on target                  5                       10

corners                     5                       11

fouls                         8                        11

yellows                     2                          1

poss 1st              40%                     60%

poss 2nd            51%                      49%

 

 

 

 

Bovril status – 3 point bovril always tastes meatier… undiluted by tears of disappointment