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Chertsey Town (H)


Godalming Town 1 – 2 Chertsey Town

 This was only the second time that Gav Smith will have seen the squad in action and the first time Joint Manager Jon Palmer has seen any of them. But, what a frustrating result, yet again, for the Gees.

In this bottom of the table clash it seemed that the Gees might finally earn three points in the League. Their first half performance looked like they would blow away their opponents. But then Chertsey came out stronger in the second half and the Gees somehow conspired to lose the game when they ran out of players and puff, which was otherwise theirs for the taking.

It was great to see Wes Harrison at the back for the Gees again and in fact on the day wearing the captain’s armband. Also, great to see Rory Sellick back at Wey Court and in the starting line-up. Robert Webbe was also back, but unusually playing at centre back alongside Wes, presumably as there were no other candidates. Isy Nzelo was at right back, Kurt Greenaway at left back, and Dimitri Kyriatkis in goal.

The home side started well playing towards the road end and Rory got the first Gees shot in within a few minutes. Well struck, but too close to the visiting keeper to really trouble him.

The Gees pressed well throughout the first half and dominated play, both when they were attacking and forcing numerous corners, but also when they were not in possession. The midfield, with Piers Oldland and Rory chasing down the opposition along with Eugene Bongo and the impressive Gurken Gokman, giving their opponents little time on the ball. Mert Varli started out wide with John Bennet wearing the number 9 shirt.

The Gees were displaying some good football and on about 17 minutes Gurken Gokman worked his way forward on the right, cut inside and hit a curling left footed shot just inside the far post. It was a shot that Darren Wheeler would have been proud of. The Gees 1 -0 up.

More chances came. Even the reliable Piers Oldland lifted a shot over the bar from just a couple of yards out, when it looked easier to score. This after Mert Varli had got down the wing well and crossed low across the penalty area.

Mert Varli went close himself with a diagonal shot minutes later, as did the mercurial Isy Nzelo turning up in attack but just not able to get his shot on target. The visitors did start to get a bit more into the game towards the end of the first half and indeed with the last kick of the first half they hit a low shot from their right, which Dimitri could not hold and a visiting forward was on hand to tap the ball home to equalise.

HT Godalming 1-1 Chertsey Town

The second half saw the visitors step up and with their pace up front they played high balls out of defence. This almost proved successful when they had a one on one with Dimitri early in the second half when the Gees were pressing. The shot went well over the bar. Isy Nzelo made a number of crucial interceptions and timely tackles and was moved into centre back position when Wes Harrison went off after he had looked so solid.

Piers went off after receiving attention for a back problem, as did Mert Varli . Tre Trowers came on in front of the back four, Estoban Salgado came on out wide and with Ben Cotton still nursing an injury the only option left was the Gees replacement keeper Tom Webb who came on upfront. With these substitutions made, Gurken Gokman went down off the field of play nursing his hip. He finally limped off after treatment. So the Gees down to ten men.

Having had a great game, as usual, Dimitri then tried to play his way out of his area, when put under pressure by a back pass, and gave away a penalty to give the visitors all three points. As I do my Stewarding duties at the away team end I got to hear the comments as Chertsey left the pitch. They were mighty relieved to get the result found it a tough contest so well done to the lads.

The performance in the first half must give us encouragement that things are on the up and the new management team have been universally welcomed at the club.

COYGS

 

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                      G’s                Chertsey

attempts                  14                         8

on target                    4                         6

corners                       5                        5

fouls                         11                      12

yellows                       3                        2

poss% 1st                60                      40

poss% 2nd               40                      60

 

 

 

Bovril- excellent as always.  Comfort in the face of adversity.

Sutton Common Rovers (A)

 

Sutton Common Rovers 3 – 0  Godalming Town

This was the first chance for the new management team to have a look at their squad in a match situation.

Gav Smith was assisted by the Mr Reliable of GTFC Adam Rootes on the day, as his co-manager Jon Palmer was away on business and the team that took to the pitch included five new faces and some that we have not seen for a while.  The whole squad is on the GTFC Twitter page. A statement about who is available and who is not is also on the website. Looks like there are quite a few that want to show Jon and Gav what they can do on the pitch, over the next few games.

We also saw a very welcome return of Scott Elgar in the midfield bringing his energy and nifty footwork. The influential Ben Cotton was with the squad, but is still nursing an injury.

Steve Betancourt took the captain’s armband on a day when the weather was unpredictable, having seen some powerful down pours in the morning and extreme high winds that meant anything played in the air could end up anywhere.

There was plenty of energy in the Gees as they started and of course with half the squad never having played together before and the manager never having seen them before and playing against a very physical opposition, it was always going to be tough.

However, in the end the Gees new back line contrived to generously give away a couple chances for the hosts first two goals. Piers Oldland never disappoints and in the first half got the only decent shot on goal for the Gees.

Gavin was bound to make changes and he did. The set up looked better in the second half.

Bobby Bennett came on for Khalid Senusi and was lively from the off. The impressive Kieran Wright also came on for Kurt Greenaway and Hailu Theodros came on for Scott Elgar.

Isy Nzelo looked very impressive going forward on the left using his pace and skill and on one occasion delivered a great diagonal through ball to Bobby Bennett after cutting in from the left leaving his marker in floor.  Gurken Gokmen made some powerful runs and hit a good shot that was the only one to really trouble the home keeper

Then in an incident where Hakim Griffiths (who was starting to find some space and turning defenders) while going past a defender appeared to be upended dramatically. But the referee was not going to give it.  Unfortunately, Hakim continued to debate the matter with the linesman and Steve also got involved. Both were given second yellow cards and the Gees were down to nine players.

Dimitrios Kyriatkis was superb in goal for the Gees and thwarted several attacks. But after some more Gees pressure the home side broke down their right and a cross to the far post was the result, being headed in at the far post.

So presumably come next Saturday against Chertsey we will see some of those who did not make it onto the pitch today.

COYG’s

 

(Ladies) QPR Dev. (Capital Cup)


Godalming Town Ladies 4–2 QPR Ladies Development

 The GTFC Ladies delivered yet another blistering performance to win this League Cup encounter against a side who are top of the Premier League, (a level above the Gees) and what is more, have won all their 5 League games so far, this season. So, they should be very proud of this performance.

This was the strongest side that the Gees have faced at Wey Court this Season. QPR had a very skilful squad who passed the ball with confidence and put the home side under pressure for periods during the game. To their credit the Gees defended those situations well and went on to turn the tables.

The visitors started well and went two goals up before the Gees got on the scoreboard. In fact also before I got to the ground. They never did look like they would capitulate. But the outstanding Toni West got a goal back for the home side to keep them in touch

They worked so hard in every position on the pitch. The whole defence was superb and would not let their heads drop. Becky Bloor and Steph Le were outstanding in their energy and determination in the middle of the pitch while Becky Monroe and Toni West were always dangerous. In the end Toni got her second to square the score by latching on to a through ball, which she does so well.

So, the Gees fought their way back with such determination and belief to level the score at 2 all, only to see the visitors put the ball in the net again, only for it to be ruled offside. But it was a thrilling game to watch as the action was moving from one end of the pitch to the other. It was a credit to both sides to see the level of football being played.

Gees almost put their noses ahead just before half time when a great free kick from Lauren Carnell was delivered into the visitor’s penalty area and for once it was not Toni who met it but Ellen Thomas who hit a fine diving header with such power that on almost any other day would have hit the back of the net, but the visiting keeper brought off a great dive herself to save at full stretch.

HT Godalming Ladis 2-2 QPR Dev

The second half saw the visitors pile pressure on the Gees and the defence had to play their hearts out. Lauren Carnell was superb and calm under pressure, while Laura Funnell was called upon to use her strength and pace to clear up several times.

Laura also put in a great run down the left to get onto the end of a cross from Toni. Laura got a good left foot shot in but it curved away, clear of the goal.

QPR were unlucky in one attack, down their left and got a shot in that hit the far post and bounced straight back to Kim Ketchell, while she was flat out.

The Gees then started to come back themselves and put more pressure on their visitors winning a penalty, which was well hit home by Becky Bloor. Gees ahead now for the first time in the game. The next goal would be absolutely critical.

All game Toni West was managing to get her head to balls from Kim out of defence and again she got a deft flick onto a clearance to release Becky Monroe at pace behind the visitor’s defence. With great skill and calmness, she put the ball away to the delight of her all her teammates.

Now 4-2 up the Gees simply needed to remain strong and not lose focus. They did just that. Darren introduced some fine replacements to provide fresh legs. They showed the same commitment and energy to those that they replaced.

Another improvement in the GTFC Ladies performance, both in skill levels and sheer determination and effort.

Well done all of them, yet again, for another tremendous team performance.

AFC Hayes (H)

Godalming Town 1–2 AFC Hayes

 After a string of good performances recently this result was a big disappointment for the whole squad and the first half was probably the worse that we have seen.

Kyan Nicholls was a new face to the team playing wide in attack, while Tom Webb returned in goal.  The influential Ben Cotton still injured. Piers Oldland was involved in an awful car crash where his car was written off earlier this week. So it was great to see that he was OK and up for the game, although still feeling the after effects.

The starting line-up was Tom Webb in goal and a 4 4 2 formation in front of him, with Kieran Wright at right back and Isy Nzelo at left back, while Lewis Taylor and Steve Betancourt were the centre back pairing. Piers Oldland, Robert Webbe, Estoban Salgado and Kyan Nicholls with Shawn Lyle and Bobby Bennett up front.  On the bench were Tre Trowers, Mert Varli and Luke Elgar. Hakim Griffith was named, but I did not see him.

The first goal for the visitors arrived within four minutes. The Gees had been attacking the road end when their defence appeared to be caught out, while calling for an offside decision against the visitors on their first attack on the Gees left and the ball was played in and Tom Webb stopped it. but the ball bounced around and was bundled in. Not the start we wanted.

The visitors continued to look dangerous, whenever they attacked, breaking quickly from defence and putting the Gees under pressure. There were a number of chances where they could have gone further ahead, missing from close range.

Robert Webbe was yellow carded for dissent when he felt Shawn Lyle was impeded in the visitor’s area, but the referee was not having it and Robert was the first of many to go into the book. Kieran Wright was yellow carded as well for a tackle out wide on the Gees left, when the ball was near the goal line.

Steve Betancourt received treatment on the pitch for a leg strain and shortly after went off. So more changes at the back with Kieran going back in to partner Lewis in the centre, while Luke Elgar came on at right back.

The second half was better, it had to be. Isy Nzelo made a good run on the left and delivered a low cross that unfortunately neither Shawn nor Bobby could get hold of. Shortly after that from a Robert Webbe corner Isy had another chance on goal when the ball was not well cleared, but he could not get his shot on target

The Gees had more possession and applied more pressure on their visitors and Estoban weaved his way in from the left and curled a shot that hit the far upright and bounced clear. The curse of the woodwork again.

On the visitors first attack in the second half they advanced down their left, cut in and again Tom Webb blocked the shot but the ball bounced clear to a visiting forward inside the area who put the ball in with a low shot. Gees now 2-0 down.

The Gees continued to attack and had chances, won a corner, which Robert Webbe delivered perfectly, but although Lewis Taylor met it well, it went just over.

Shawn was obstructed in the area, which the linesman flagged for, giving the Gees a penalty, which captain Lewis Taylor again put away.

More chances for the Gees but it was` not going to be their day. Onwards to Tuesday, when we hope they will return to winning ways at Wey Court.

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Teams              G’s           AFC Hayes

attempts            12                 18

on target             4                    7

corners                8                   2

fouls                     8                 20

poss% 1st          45                 55

poss%  2nd        53                 47

yellows                 3                   3

 

 

Bovril tasting:-  Intense dark body, iodised after notes and proper black pepper from a grinder.  Aahh bovril….

 

 

 

 

(Ladies) Haringey Borough (H) FA Cup


Godalming Town Ladies 5-0 Haringey Borough

 The GTFC Ladies marched into the first round proper of the SSE Ladies FA Cup on Sunday with a tremendous whole team performance that blew away their opposition although they are from the Premier League, a level above the G’ses.

From the first whistle, the G’ses were quicker to the loose ball and generally sharper all around the pitch. They created plenty of chances and the Gees looked like they were the team from the higher division.

After applying substantial pressure and having won a corner on the right the Gees went ahead from a close-range header from Toni West after a superb delivery from Megan Vincer

Only moments after this Becky Monro hit a powerful shot that crashed against the bar bounced down and out (memories of Frank Lampard), but the linesman did not award it.

Toni went on to grab 4 goals and Becky 1 in the first half from a match which they totally controlled.

Some of the approach play was memorable with Hannah Davies playing a great initial through ball for Ellen Thomas to run on to and deliver a tremendous low cross under pressure for Toni to score again.

Good first time passes and great covering when we were not in possession. Becky Bloor playing impressively in the centre of midfield and Steph Le with her tireless running in defence and support of the forwards.

Although the Gees did not add to the score in the second half, thanks in part to the performance of the visitor’s keeper, they were not really under any pressure either and Kim Ketchell had a pretty quiet game thanks to the organisation and the performance from the team in front of her.

Another great team performance from the ladies who should feel proud of this performance and have now won themselves a game against AFC Wimbledon Ladies in the next round on 12th November. They will have to do it all again and produce the same sort of performance to go through. No reason why they should not on this showing.

COYGs

 

 

Banstead Athletic (A)

  • Penned by Dave

Banstead Athletic 2-2 Godalming

My build up to the weekend started on Thursday evening.  I work with Darren Bird, who used to be a defender at both Kingstonian and Dorking back in the 80’s.  Chatting after work he recalled that Banstead Athletic were a notoriously difficult team to beat at home and referred to Merland Rise as a “graveyard- because you never took anything away from it”.  Ominous.

Fast forward to Saturday.  A train trip for young Michael and I and there we were- at Merland Rise.  No tombstones but a nice bar (with Bovril – but no pepper) and a pitch that could only look flat after dark.  It did feel a bit ghostly on arrival.  Once again the travelling Gees fans seem to make up at least half of the throng.  But were we there as mourners or could we buck the curse?

The match started in brisk style.  The Gees made their intentions clear when Bobby Bennet struck an early shot that hit the back of the net but was ruled offside.  More chances followed  but the energy and desire to win came at a cost. Banstead spurned one great chance at about 15 minutes in.  The Gees defence was caught out of position and Banstead broke unchallenged only to spurn the chance with a poor final cross.  But the writing was on the wall and on the 19th minute their no. 9 scored after a similarly unopposed break (sorry – can’t find a Banstead team sheet online).  Godalming continued to push and rained  attempts on the Banstead goal.  Michael’s stats give some idea of the amount of chances Godalming were creating but the finishing was not clinical enough.  Bansted soaked up the pressure and created one more break that would have killed the match had it gone in.

It was all too familiar.  Godalming had the best of the chances, pushed hard and were down at half time.  However  the management team reacted positively.  Eugene Bongo, who seemed less effective than of late, was replaced by Luke Elgar just before half time.

HT Banstead Athletic 1-0 Godalming 

Going into the second half the defence seemed stronger – which was needed as Bansted pushed hard in the first 10 minutes trying to secure a win. However Godalming were just too good.  They continued to press the Bansetad goal and on the 59th minute Robert Webbe made no mistake as he drilled a half cleared ball into the back of the net.  Godalming had made 18 attempts on goal when finally one went in!  The Gees looked more and more dangerous as the half went on.  The bench replaced Estaban Salgado who had caused all kinds of problems for the Banstead defence with Shawn Lyle – returning after suspension.  Shawn quickly created his own problems for Banstead and looked menacing from the off.  5 minutes later after a screaming run at the Bansetad goal Shawn did what others had not – he took his time and placed the ball right in the back of the net.  2-1 up and deservedly so!

The G’s continued to dominate the game.  Bobby Bennet and Piers Oldland both engineered  several great moves forward and It would have been all over if Shawn Lyle had made better contact with a great Bobby Bennet cross.  However fate can be cruel.  Into injury time Ross shouted to Captain Lewis “Two minutes to go”.  “Two minutes too long!” was the reply and so it proved.  Banstead went on a final break and almost sleepwalked the ball into the back of the net. 2-2 with no time to recover!

 A look at the stats tells the story.  The Gees had beaten the curse of Merland and dug a point out of the day.  The team were aggressive and exciting in attack.   We were not buried in the cemetery but we are not working in a goalmine quite yet.  Thanks to the squad for providing us with an exciting and positive day out and as this squad get more confident in their own abilities the future’s bright – it may even be yellow!

Micheal (stato) Stats

Teams                   Banstead                 G’s

Attempts                    9                            25

on Target                   5                            12

Corners                      3                             3

Fouls                        12                             9

Poss% 1st                43                          57
Poss% 2nd              45                          55
yellows                       1                           4

Camberley Town (H)

Godalming 2-2 Camberley Town    

I have said it before, and will probably say it again, but, football is a funny old game.

Before the game we probably would have settled for a draw, to end the run of defeats. But why then did we feel so disappointed at the result?  Answer – Because it seemed there were THREE points there for the taking. Tantalisingly close, we could smell them!!! 2 – 0 up and comfortably enough.

But in a minute of madness at about 10 minutes from the end of the game the visitors came back to equalise and share the points.  It was good to see Adam Rootes in the dugout on Saturday, helping Simon out and on Tuesday he was holding the reins on his own, while Simon had an evening off. So a good result for him too.

As far as familiar faces in the Camberley squad were concerned there were Callum Lunn in goal and Steve Brown as ex Gees

This was another good all-round performance from the lads and they seem to be starting to gel as a team with some great passing moves. I have said that before as well.  With Tom Webb in goal, Eugene Bongo at right back, Steve Betancourt (returning from suspension) and Kieran Wright as the centre backs and Isy Nzelo at left back. Lewis Taylor in front of the back four and Ben Cotton, Robert Webbe in the middle and Bobby Bennett upfront with Piers Oldland and Estaban Salgardo, the wide players.  Tre Trowers, Mert Varli and Hailu Theodros on the bench. The latter arriving a few minutes after the kick off.

The Gees, attacking the road end, started well and in the first minute Bobby Bennett worked his way behind the visitor’s defence, but was pushed wide of the near post and could only hit the side netting with his shot.

Although Camberley were able to attack wide on the flanks and won some corners, but did not manage too much on target. The home team were showing some nifty footwork and approach play as they have done in the past.  Steve Betancourt headed wide from a free kick, when I am sure he will feel he should have done better.

Shortly after Lewis Taylor hit one of his specials, that looked like it would creep in under the bar, only to see ex Gee Callum Lunn do very well to dive backwards and tip it over the bar.

On about 35 minutes Piers Oldland was involved as usual in one of the Gees passing moves into the penalty area, where he was pulled down. Captain Lewis stepped up to hit the ball low into the net. Gees  1-0 up.

HT Godalming 1-0 Camberlely Town

Isy Nzelo was having a great game on the left and made some great well-timed tackles and a couple of runs from deep. On one of them he crossed to see Bobby Brown try a neat flick from close range, which once again the visiting keeper did well to save.

He then linked with Estaban and manufactured a shot himself. Not happy with that he made yet another run and delivered a low ball across the face of the goal, which a defender covering back at pace, could not help turning into his own net.  Gees now 2-0 up.

Camberley now needed to throw everything they could at the home team, and they did that. Tom Webb was called upon to bravely smother and block with his legs two attacks from the visitors.

Hailu Theodros who had so impressed with his energy on his debut on Saturday came on for Estaban.

Then with about 10 minutes left on the clock the Gees gave away a foul wide on their right, but the ref pointed to the spot.  One back for the visitors.  They attacked immediately after this and forced a corner from their left from which they were able to head home to bring the scores level within a minute or so of their first goal.

Another great team performance for the Gees and with Shawn becoming available again next week we should have some interesting options.

 Michael’s (stato) stats

No stats for this game I am afraid (school night!)

 COYGS

Walton and Hersham (H)


Godalming Town 1 – 3 Walton and Hersham

The Gees welcomed W&H to Wey Court knowing that their visitors were in second place in the league and on very good form in recent games. So, in truth many observers would have expected a bit of a hammering for the luckless Gees.

Recent additions to the home teams squad Bobby Bennett at centre forward with both Shawn Lyle and Hakim Griffiths suspended and Robert Webbe had made a good impression on their debut last week. They were joined on Saturday by Estoban Salgado on the wing and Hailu Theodros in the central midfield. Isy Nzelo was back at left back whilst Tom Webb took over in goal. Eugene Bongo was at right back again where he seems to be making a name for himself. Lewis Taylor and Kieran Wright were the centre back pairing with Steve Betancourt also suspended. Piers Oldland playing in a slightly more forward position in midfield alongside Ben Cotton. On the bench were Tre Trowers,  Mert Varli and Callum Rootes.

During the first twenty minutes play you would not have been able to tell which team was at the top or the bottom of the league and saw the Gees with plenty of possession and some shots, but they did not really trouble the visiting keeper.

W&H went ahead when a long seemingly innocuous diagonal ball from their left flank was played into the space behind the Gees defence and there appeared to be no one around to receive it, but their right wing appeared at some pace and took it very well, tempting Tom Webb off his line and then hit a low shot inside the Gees near post.

The home side were showing some good footballing skills and some good passing moves through the midfield while Hailu Theodros was looking very effective in the defensive midfield.  But the wind was knocked out of their sails a bit when the visitors got their second goal. The Gees seemed to have cleared an attack when the ball fell to the visiting left wing on the edge of the box who advanced and hit a shot that went in off the far upright.

A great run from Kieran Wright all the way from the back to the edge of the area where he moved the ball on to Bobby Bennett and on to Ben Cotton but they could not capitalise on the opportunity.

HT Godalming 0-1 Walton and Hersham

At the early part of the second half then Gees produced another great run with Ben Cotton exchanging passes with Bobby Bennett and into the visitor’s penalty area where he was brought down in front of the ref. who pointed to the spot.

Lewis Taylor again stepped up and did the business for the Gees from the spot to bring the score back to 1 -2.

This rejuvenated the home side who continued to play some really good passing moves. Piers Oldland getting in on the act with a good shot from his left foot that curled and hit the same upright that W&H did for their second, but in this case the ball bounced off the post and wide with the W&H keeper stranded. When things are not going your way you just do not seem to get the breaks. If that had gone in and levelled the score…… who knows.

Ben Cotton looked dangerous in attack, but this was not to be the Gees night. It was however a much better performance than we have seen for a long time and possibly the best of the season against a well organised and skilful team.

Onwards to Tuesday night when we should be seeing a good few familiar faces from last year’s squad playing for the opposition together with Dan Turkington and his crew.

If the lads can reproduce performances like that again they will surely start to turn the corner. A great performance, even if the result did not go our way.

#COYGS

Micheal’s Stats

Teams               G’s      Walton & Hersham

Attempts            9                       11

On Target          4                         7

corners              2                         5

fouls                10                       14

Poss% 1st       47                       53

Poss% 2nd      55                      45

yellows              1                         1

reds

 

 

Michael’s tasting note: Michael’s uncle confirms what connoisseurs already know:  Gees Bovril tastes better than the corporate dishwashing water served at the big grounds:  Stirred by artisans and peppered with panache (and a quid a cup to boot!)

 

(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.

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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