Godalming Town 0 – 0 CB Hounslow
It was good to see the Gees play some football again after quite a few weeks when the weather got the better of it. This one must have been touch and go as well. The weather was fine early on, but the rain started about midday and left the pitch really soft and slippery everywhere by kick-off. This rather put paid to any chance of much attractive football being played with the players struggling to keep upright.
The big news on the day was that Dimi, who has been such a star between the sticks, for the Gees has apparently been signed up to a German professional team. So, I am sure we all wish him well for the future.
Welcome to Pat Kinsella in goal today for the Gees. On a day not really suited to goal keepers he had a terrific game. Not that he was that busy, but he was up to the challenge when we needed to be on two occasions in the first half.
Josh Kempton was back on the team sheet at right back and Josh Pound at left back with the versatile Lewis Lodge partnering Steve Bettancourt as the centre backs. Ben Cotton, Jack Howard and Lee Boon in midfield with Bobby Bennett and Hakim Griffiths as the wide players and Benga Ogunzi up front. Good to see both Isy Nzello and Piers Oldland fit again and on the bench alongside Tom Webb, Tre Trowers and Aynsley Everett.
For me the Gees had the majority of the possession in the first half, but the goal scoring opportunities were limited to long range shots. The remarkable thing to me was that the referee, who was clearly not frightened to blow his whistle for any anything, chose to completely ignore the visiting keeper flooring Bobby Bennett when he was miles from the ball and simply waived play on.
Benga and Bobby both looked threatening, but were unable to create any clear chances. The half time entertainment included two squeegee rollers being employed in attempt to remove some of the water from the goal mouths.
HT Godalming 0 – 0 CB Hounslow
The second half saw the Gees and the visitors slipping and sliding as the surface of the pitch deteriorated. Lots of yellow cards were shown. The Gees kept attacking and Pat Kinsella saw little action, but although they got into the last third repeatedly, again they were mainly limited to long shots form Ben, Hakim,and Benga. The ball just did not seem to run for us in front of goal.
So, we look forward to the visit to Colliers Wood on Tuesday, which will be another important game.Hopefully the rain will subside and allow a reasonable pitch to play on.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams Gees CB Hounslow
attempts 7 8
on target 3 3
corners 2 3
fouls 15 16
yellows 4 4
poss% 1st 57 43
poss% 2nd 61 39
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