Monthly Archives: October 2018

British Airways (H)

Godalming Town 1 – 1 British Airways

This was a very good performance from the Gs, but they were unable to capitalise on their superior possession and general dominance in the first half.

There were some more new faces to me in the Gs squad Bradley Kay in the number 9 position and and Bryan Bontamba in the midfield.

From the off the Gs seemed to be livelier and created plenty of half chances, but they could not convert their chances. On about 30 minutes the Gs developed a move on their left and Darren Wheeler produced a great floated ball to the far post where Kenny Kassabante was poised on the 6 yard box, but to his frustration he put his header just over the bar.

Almost immediately after that the Gs Keeper Jordan Knight was called upon to made a stop, against the run of the play.

Ashley Wright was partnering Curtis Osano as the centre backs alongside Jordan Bird and Taylor Davies as the full backs.

Jack Howard was in front of the back four but was not feeling well. Jeff Yohou and Kenny were switching around with Darren. All of them had other opportunities but could not hit the spot.

HT Godalming 0-0 British Airways 

The Gs started the second half well again with Chris Bourke coming on for the struggling Jack Howard. But after putting the visitors under pressure it was Jordan Knight who was called upon again to make a decent save from a quick break.

For me the two Gs centre backs were having a great game. Curtis has shown how good he is and was absolutely commanding, reading the game well and breaking up so many attacks. But I don’t remember seeing Ashley playing centre back before, but he looked super in the role.

Curtis was unlucky to get yellow carded in my book. The home side were still getting plenty of crosses in to the box but could not finish them off.

Then came the controversial “penalty” award which had clearly hit Jordan Bird on the chest as he showed to the ref. All credit to the ref for having the guts to talk to his assistant and after their chat overruled his initial award. That took a lot of courage.

Having perhaps thought that the Gs were going to get the rub of the green, they conceded to a very good goal from a corner on the BA right wing. The ball was played in to just inside the penalty area where a powerful header crept in just under Jordan Knight’s crossbar. After all that good work it seemed that the Gs would get nothing from the game.

On the 90th minute the Gs were awarded a free kick, which Jordan Bird took and lofted the ball to the far post where after a scramble Ashley Wright got the final touch to level the score and to underline what a good game he had had. Man of the match alongside Curtis for me.

It almost looked like the Gs might take all three points when Jeff went on one of his great runs, but in the end he blasted over the bar.

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(Ladies) AFC Wimbeldon FA Cup

AFC Wimbledon Ladies 4 – 0 Godalming Town Ladies

The G’s Ladies were knocked out of the FA cup last year by the same opposition at Sutton. At least this time Steph Le managed to finish the whole game in one piece.

Clearly being drawn against opposition two leagues above meant a tremendous challenge to the G’s Ladies and they would clearly have to defend for their lives and they did just that.

Had they been able to convert the chance that fell to Jade Johnson early on, when Toni West managed to play her in with a great through ball, who knows what would have happened. Jade took it well and rounded the keeper who was left stranded on the deck on the edge of the area, but mishit her shot.

The score remained at 0-0 until late in the first half. Having gone two down late in the first half you might have expected that the flood gates would open, but the G’s did really well in the second half competing for everything, although they were under the cosh for some long periods of play.

It seemed that the deadlock would not be broken until Steve and Darren took a brave decision at 2-0 down to try to get something out of the game and sent Alex White upfront. “Just score a hat trick” said Steve. It was a gamble and all credit to them for giving it a go.

Unfortunately, it did not come off and Wimbledon scored twice exploiting the situation. As soon as Alex went back to right back she shut the door and that was it.

Well done to Darren Steve and all the squad. They did us and themselves proud. The G’s looked a stronger side than when the two met last year.

Molesey (H) (Cup)

Godalming 0 – 6 Molesey SCC

 This was an encounter that brought to Wey Court opponents from two leagues above the G’s current position and the visitors included in their line up fans favourite Chris Wales, affectionately known as “Horse,” who was at the heart of the G’s defence for years.

The G’s were without both Kenny Kassabante and Jeff Yohou so included young Wilson Bernal in the line up at only 16 years of age. He certainly impressed with his confidence and pace wide out on the left flank.

Indeed, the first half saw the G’s take the game to their visitors and this approach carved out several good chances, but they just could not make their pressure count. After only ten minutes Wilson got on the end of a great through ball from Jordan Bird, but it ended with two attempts on goal, which were both blocked.

Only two, minutes later after some nifty passing through the middle Jack Cleevley found himself with a chance inside the area, but his shot cleared the bar.

But having had the best of the first 24 minutes the G’s conceded when the Molesey attacked down their right and scored, beating Jordan at his near post.

Only three minutes later the second came when there seemed to be some hesitation in the G’s defence.

The G’s were still making a game of it however and from a free kick from captain Jordan Bird, Curtis Osano headed on and across the face of the goal resulting in Anthony Myers getting in a shot that came back off the crossbar. The ball then fell to Coxey amongst others in the 6-yard box, but they could not get the ball in the net, when it seemed certain the G’s would score.

HT Godalming 0-02 Molesey 

Somehow the score was 2-0 in favour of Molesey at the break, but they were not happy with their performance as they went into their changing room. They knew they had had some luck and needed to improve.

Within minutes of the game restarting they added a third by breaking quickly through the middle. The G’s did get the ball in the net when Curtis Osano neatly showed his forwards how to put the ball away, only to have his effort ruled out for a hand ball in bring the ball under control.

That seemed to take the steam out of the home side as I am sure they felt it was going to be one of those days and there was no way back. The G’s were still pushing forward and of course that left them open to counter attacks. They conceded a couple more rather soft goals in the end, which compounded the misery.

On the bright side Les introduced some more promising looking youngsters to give them a taste of football at this level.

With their current recent improvement in form in the League the G’s can look forward to their next game against second placed Bedfont and Feltham on Saturday. They will need to be at their best again.

Where are they now?

We also got to share some reminiscences with Chris Wales in the bar afterwards and got the low down on a couple of other ex G’s stalwarts. It seems that Purdie is now a Dad. Congratulations to him and his long-suffering better half. Chris Musgrove is now playing rugby it seems. “Mr Reliable” Nick Hutchings at Hartley Wintney. They were all great characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Dorking Wanderers Res (H) (Cup)

Godalming 2 – 0 Dorking Wanderers Res.

 This was sweet revenge for the defeat in the league encounter only a few weeks ago when the G’s went down 2 – 5, somewhat unfortunately in my book, to a team that featured several of the Dorking first team.

This was an emphatic win, which could well have ended with a higher score for the home side. Apart from one or two occasions when Jordan Knight was called upon there was little threat to the G’s throughout the game. The one fear was that despite the G’s dominance they would not be able to put the ball in the net.

Les had selected Levi Crew, Dom Hardisty, Marvin Asiamah, Jack Cleaveley and Jeff Yohou in the starting line-up leaving Kenny Kassabante, Chris Bourke, Jack Howard on the bench.

In fact, Kenny was not on the bench for that long as he had to replace Marvin after about 20 minutes when he was carried off. But in that time, he showed how fast he is and looked quite a threat. Look forward to seeing him on the pitch again soon. Jordan Bird hit the crossbar from a free kick shortly after Kenny came on.

Jeff did some great work wide on the left finally delivering the ball into the box where Coxey got his head to it, but the visiting keeper did well to block it, the ball rebounding towards Jack Cleaveley, who unfortunately managed to miss the target from close range.

 

HT Godalming 0-0 Dorking Wanderers Res.

Kenny produced one of his wonderful runs down the right and produced a good shot that again the visiting keeper did well to save. Kenny was switching sides and got in another good run on the left which resulted in Anthony Myers getting a good shot in, which again the Dorking keeper parried. But the ball went only as far as Chris Burke who found the net to finally settle the nerves of the G’s squad and their supporters. This is hopefully the first of many goals for the G’s for Chris.

The G’s now, for the first time in seasons, looked comfortable. A result of the influence of Curtis alongside Connor in the back line and captain Jordann at left back. Dom again showed his composure at right back while Levi had his best game for the G’s.

The G’s continued to press and had what looked like a very reasonable shout that the ball had crossed the line in another skirmish in the visitor’s goal mouth. The ref was not having it though. But soon after it was Kenny again down the left who lifted the ball across the goal to beyond the far post where Jack Howard hit a ferocious shot on the volley that had the linesman near us comment. “Well that one certainly crossed the line”. Great to see Jack get on the score sheet.

A goodnight for the Gs all round.

The one mystery was the new kit that the lads wore. Yellow with what looked like a chocolate flash. A mystery to all it appears.

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