Monthly Archives: January 2018

CB Hounslow (H)

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

 

Bovril status:  Wey Court has won another Egon Roney Cows Tail for dishing up more sublime magic!

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Epsom and Ewell (H)

Godalming 1 v 2 Epsom and Ewell

No doubt that this result was a considerable disappointment after the great results of recent weeks.

Sure, the Gees were without Tom Biss who has been very influential, but the equally impressive Lee Boon moved to left wing and Jack Howard was back in the boiler room. So, what went wrong is beyond me. A couple of games on 3G pitches? The moon was in the wrong quarter? Who knows. But it was a pretty lack lustre performance in truth.

Having said all of that it was not for lack of chances as Michael’s stats will show. Gees had by far the greater possession, far more chances five on target, but only one found the net. E & E had only three on target and two of them found their way in.

It all started quite well with Hakim looking dangerous, as always, breaking free early on only to pull his shot just wide of the left-hand post, when one on one with the keeper.

Not long after Bobby Bennett, who had another good game, got free on the right after a good ball from Benga put him through and hit a shot across the goal, which came back off the far post and Hakim was on hand to pop it into the net.

The Gees were pressing for a second when they were caught on the break and the resulting cross found the only E& E player in the 6-yard box who had an easy conversion for the equaliser.

HT Godalming 1 v 1 Epom and Ewell

Much as the Gees huffed and puffed, with some good passing but they could not find the required finish.

The Gees then went 2-1 down when E&E broke quickly again and delivered a great cross from their right over Dimi dropping under the bar at the far post making it easy for it to be bundled in.

The big excitement for me was to see the name of Guy Hollis back in the Gees squad, albeit for just one game. Did not see that one coming. Was watching him on the telly a couple of weeks back in Slough’s clash against Rochdale.

It brought it all back. Shaping up for some really long throws and watching him match the opposition winger for pace. He nearly got on the score sheet from close range in the second half, but it went just around the post. What a Roy of the Rovers story that would have been.

Memories of Guy partnering Adam Foulser at the heart of the Gees defence, with Wes Harrison and Ryan Lake as the backs, Jamie Mc Clurg and Ben Edwards, a couple of Harris’ (Warren and Scott), and a Darren Wheeler. Even a Gav Smith and Jon Palmer – whoever they might be!! Those were the days. But they also had some poor performances against lowly opposition, when we had expected much better. It happens. We need to get back on the bike straightaway and back to winning ways.

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Michael (Stato) Stats 

Teams                 G’s        Epsom & Ewell

attempts             13                      5

on target                5                     3

corners                   2

fouls                      18                  14

yellows                    1                     1

poss% 1st             52                   48

poss% 2nd            60                  40

Bovril status: A welcome moment of salty warmth on an otherwise bleak afternoon

Camberley Town (A)

Camberley 0  Godalming Town 0

After so much rain it was doubtful whether the Krooner Park pitch would be playable, but they got the thumbs up and fortunately the rain held off for the duration of the game. Well done to Camberley for getting the game on.

The Gees knew that this was going to be a tougher match than their recent encounters as the League position of their hosts made it clear that they would have to be at their best to get anything in the way of points from the game.

Having recently seen a number of injuries to the Gees squad and the introduction of another batch of new players against North Greenford, it was good to see that there were some of the injured players, not on the squad sheet, but warming up on the pitch. Piers Oldland says he is another couple of weeks away from returning (ankle injury). Josh Kempton has a groin injury and was advised to rest it rather than risk further damage and Alex Rodrigues (groin injury) was accompanying Gav Smith in the dugout.

So, the versatile Lewis Lodge found himself partnering Lea Van Sullivan as the centre backs in front of Dimi Kyriatkis in goal with the impressive Shaun Smart at right back and from the U 18 squad Dominic Hardisty at left back. Tre Trowers started alongside Jack Howard with Darren Wheeler and Bobby Bennett the wide players and Hakim Griffiths and Kieran Campbell up front. On the bench were, Aaron Parfitt, Ainsley Everett, Ben Cotton, Benga Ogunseye, and Tom Webb.

Looked like Tom would get his knees dirty when Dimi bravely went down to collect the ball at the feet of an advancing forward and took a blow requiring attention only minutes in. But Dimi stayed on.

The first chance for the Gees came from a run by Bobby Bennett down the right and he pulled the ball back in to the edge of the box where Hakim got in a shot that went just wide.The home team probably had the edge on possession, but did not give Dimi too much to worry about.

During the second half the Camberley team put some more pressure on the Gees but apart from one attempt were limited to long shots, most of which went well high over the bar. The Gees continued to battle on and never gave up. But Camberley, from the League statistics, are good at defending, but not so good at scoring.

The last five minutes were all at the home end when Aaron Parfitt (on for Tre) used his long throw and almost caught out the home team when it landed in line with the far post and rebounded of the foot of the post from someone who I could not identify. From the ensuing corner the Gees had another chance from close range, which was hit over the bar.

As I was in the middle of some home supporters who were urging the ref to blow for full time as they clearly felt that the Gees might nick it with a goal at the end. But it ended 0-0.

Good points for the Gees:-

  • We would have taken a point when we arrived. So, no complaints.
  • 4 wins and a draw in the last 6 games.
  • Dominic at left back looked like he had been there all season.
  • Shaun at right back looked just as good as he did on his debut.
  • It was Kevin Goodman’s 50th birthday and he was well pleased.
  • Not a single yellow card in the game.
  • There was, as usual, a great turn out from the travelling Gees supporters

Michael (Stato) Stats

Stats

Camberley Town

Gees

Attempts

20

10

On target

7

3

Corners

7

3

Fouls

12 (4 o/s)

14 (3 o/s)

Poss 1

57

43

Poss 2

54

46

Cards

NONE

NONE

 

Bovril status – Fine quality brew prepared by the Flippin Burger team – all served with freshly ground black pepper served from the largest pepper mill in Surrey.  ah… Bovril

 

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