Monthly Archives: April 2018

Islington Borough (H) (cup semi-final)

Godalming Town Ladies 1 – 1 Islington Borough Ladies (League Cup)

(Godalming go through 4-2 on penalties)

 The Godalming Ladies were without a few of their established players for this League Cup semi-final encounter including goal keeper Terri Brown who was unavailable. So, the diminutive Lilly Clarke, who had only appeared once for the development squad, was called upon to make her debut for the first team.

The Gees did not have the best of starts when after only a few minutes Islington were awarded a free kick, which was played into the home teams penalty area just on the edge of the 6-yard box. One of the visitor’s forwards was running in at speed from the opposite wing, but she missed the ball and the bounce eluded the Gees keeper and the ball ended up in the net.

Islington had no clear chances on goal and were making themselves known to the Gees in their tackling and clearly had some good players in their midfield. But it was the Gees who slowly started to put pressure on their visitors although the final touch seemed to desert them.

Then Toni West was brought down inside the area after some good work and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Becky Bloor stepped up and confidently put the ball away to level the score before half time.

The second half saw the home side continue to press, but despite a few good chances for Toni West and Becky Munroe, who was tireless as usual up front, it became clear that the game would be settled with a penalty shoot-out. Both Becky Bloor and Toni West were suffering on the pitch and so were subbed off only to be brought back for the final few minutes to be available to take penalties.

Becky Bloor again stepped up bravely to start the procedure and unusually put her shot just wide. If the Gees were to go through it would need some luck or something special from their keeper.

Lilly produced the goods with a good save, diving to her right. So, when one of the Islington players also missed the target, it was up to the Gees ladies to take their chances. They did just that and at the end Lilly was mobbed by her team mates as they celebrated making it to the final.

A good performance from the whole team and difficult to pick out anyone individual player. However for me Lauren Carnell was again superb dealing confidently with anything high into the Gees area towards the  and delivering some great passes and free kicks.

On to the final against Ashford once again.

COYG’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanworth Villa (A)

Hanworth Villa  2  –  0 Godalming Town

Plenty of Gees supporters made the trip to Hanworth and saw yet another changed line-up in the fight to get a few more points with Paddy Kinsella returning between the posts, Tom Biss wide on the left and Craig Mountain at right back.

Steve Bettancourt was played in front of the back four, where Alex Rodrigues was alongside Joe Bendell, and Lewis Lodge at left back.  Lee Boon and Chad Goulter were in the midfield with Piers Oldland wide on the right and Bobby Bennett in the number 9 slot. On the bench were Josh Pound, Bobby Webbe, Aiden Upward Tom Batten and Jack May.

It looked like the changes might bring some joy to the Gees in the first half as the home side were limited to some pretty long shots and with the two wide players providing an outlet going forward. Piers had a quick exchange of passes in the opening minutes with Bobby Bennett, which set him up for a shot as he cut inside only to see it clear the bar.

Not many realistic chances for the Gees although the ball was played back to Betts near the end of the half for him to have a pop, but either it took a deflection, or he did not quite get hold of it as it did not trouble the Villa keeper.

Villa did hit the crossbar with a shot that was hit from nearer the centre line than the visitor’s penalty area on the stroke of half time, but generally the first half was pretty even and finished

HT Hanworth Villa 0–0 Godalming Town

Gav and Jon introduced some changes early in the second half in an attempt to break the deadlock bringing on Bobby Webbe and Jack May for Tom and Piers who got a couple of good crosses in from wide and did some great work when we were defending.

The first Hanworth goal was from a shot well wide on their left which Paddy got down to well and seemed to get a hand to it, but he could only turn the ball onto the far post from where it bounced in.

There was plenty of effort from the Gees, some good quick through balls from Bobby Webbe and some energetic running from Jack May and Bobby Bennett, but they rarely looked like they were going to create enough clear scoring chances.

Lewis got booked after another good performance and the Gav felt it best to replace him with Josh Pound coming on to deal with the pace that Hanwell had out wide on both wings.

There was always that hope that we could have snatched an equaliser but as the time was running out a ball in the middle of the pitch was not cleared first time by the Gees defence and fell for A Hanworth forward to take on Paddy one on one and get their second.

The mild weather meant there was no call for Bovril at half time and no Ewing’s on hand to provide stats. Hanwell had the upper hand in the second half. We meet Hanworth again at home in the next match in the schedule. Let’s hope we can make the home advantage tell. I am sure Gav and Jon will have a plan.

COYG’s

So, no beefy beverage to comment upon, perhaps something stronger needed at the end.

 

 

Cherstey (A)

Chertsey 1 – 0 Godalming Town

This was a crucial fixture for the Gees in their fight to avoid relegation at Chertsey who are only just above the Gees in the table.

They were without the injured Jack Howard Ben Cotton, Tom Biss and Bobby Bennett and a good few others. But, to be honest we have seen so many different players this season it is far from clear to me which players are still “on the books”.

That said there was a pretty good selection of players warming up as we arrived including some new names including at left back Tommy Batten and at centre back Joe Blendell, both apparently previously at Chertsey until a day or so ago!

Aiden Upward was in goal, Josh Kempton, Alex Rodrigues, Joe Blendell and Tommy Batten made  the back four with Chad Goutier in front. Bobby Webbe and Lee Boon a bit further forward with Piers Oldland and Ben Toye the wide players and John Bennett at number 9. On the bench were Lewis Lodge, Josh Pound, Romario Hart, Hakim Griffiths.

There was little football played by either side and few chances created. But for the Gees John Bennett looked lively up front and after 38 minutes when the visitors won their first penalty the ball was played deep past the far post and was headed back towards the 6 yard box where Bennett managed to hook the ball back over his shoulder, only for it to hit the far post and bounce clear.

At the back Joe Blendell also impressed looking like he had played alongside “Roders” for ages.

HT Cherstey 0-0 Godalming

Early in the second half the Gees defence was caught out when the home side broke quickly and attacked down their right and then pulled the ball into the centre of the pitch, where Josh Kempton was left “holding the fort” and became entangled with the advancing forward.  So, the home side were awarded a free kick plumb centre of the pitch a few metres outside the penalty area. Despite a defensive wall the free kick was hit hard and low to the left of Aiden, just inside the post.

The Gees did have a couple of chances for John Bennett who brought a good save from the home keeper and Lee Boon who lifted a shot over the bar.  However, the home side had a couple of much better chances that they either they could not convert or were thwarted by Aiden.

Romario Hart was brought on for Ben Toye, who had been introduced to the home number 4 on a number of occasions. Romario was lively and caused the home defence a few problems.  Lewis Lodge made an appearance later for Piers as did Josh Pound who came on for Josh Kempton who had had a good game as usual.

A huge disappointment for the Gees supporters and the team. It is hard to see where the points will come from, but come they must.

COYGS

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams           Cherstey FC        Gees

attempts           12                      9

on target             7                        4

corners                4                        1

fouls                   11                      18

yellows                 1                        2

poss% 1st          50                      50

poss% 2nd        48                      52

 

balls kicked out the park;  9

Bovril status:  Cubes again – a rare breed of square cattle providing the beefy magic at the Curfews.  What is great about cubes is their inability to totally dissolve in a regulation polystyrene cup.  The last mouthful takes you by surprise with its intense saltiness.  Makes expensive cardiac testing equipment redundant – if your ticker survives the last gulp test then it is in great shape for sure.

 

 

Sutton Common Rovers (H)

Godalming Town 3 – 6 Sutton Common Rovers

 With the Gees third from bottom of the league and going down 1-0 at Chertsey last weekend, when needing to scrap for any points they can from the remaining games, they hosted third place SCR at Wey Court.

The Gees were without Bobby Webbe, Ben Cotton, Hakim Griffiths, Romario Hart, Lewis Lodge to name just a few in addition to Jack Howard who seems likely to be out for a few weeks yet.

During the first half the Gees seemed to be in a very friendly mood, failing to convert a good opportunity in the opening minutes. They were even more generous when the visitors won their first corner at the road end and watched in admiration as the visitors headed their first goal unchallenged.

SCR went on to score two more before Bobby Bennett (probably the smallest player on the pitch) replied for the home team with a close-range header from a free kick later in the first half.

Unfortunately, shortly after this John Bennett, who has been looking lively on his return, was taken out in a 50 /50 challenge with the visiting keeper. John came of worse, having to be subbed off later and also received a yellow card, which seemed pretty unlucky to me. Newcomer Jack May was introduced.

HT Godalming 1-3  SCR

Bobby Bennett was having a good game and early on in the second half received a good free kick wide on the left, he cut inside past the defenders and netted with a right footed shot to give the Gees the idea that they were actually still in with a shout.

Indeed, the Gees were going to make a game of it and after that disappointing first half they upped their game in the second to put the wind up the visitors for a while.

In their efforts to equalise the home defence were also playing a high defensive line, which left them open at the back and Aiden was penalised for bringing down a SCR player in the box as he went past him. SCR converted the penalty making it 2 – 4. But the Gees were not done for and Jack May brought the score back to 3 – 4 on his debut.

Gees had to throw everything at the visitors and Alex Rodrigues was subbed off allowing Piers Oldland to join the midfield and Ben Toye also joined the fray later.

But when you do that it is all or nothing and the visitors were too good up front and got another couple of goals at the death.

COYGs

Michael (Stato) Satats

Teams              Godalming                    Sutton Common Rovers

attempts                   7                                             15

on target                   4                                             11

corners                      1                                               7

fouls                         10                                             21

yellows                        1                                               1

poss% 1st                 45                                            55

poss% 2nd               52                                             48

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