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Chessington and Hook (H)

Godalming 1 – 3 Chessington and Hook

The Gs were without Curtis Osano (presumably suspended), as well as Jeff Yohou and Anthony Myers. But they had Richard Acheampong back in the number nine shirt after he first appeared briefly, but impressively, for the Gs at Farnham a good few weeks back.

Reegan Scotcher was also on the team sheet after his equally impressive debut last week. With Curtis out another new face in Joe Lewis teamed up alongside Ashley Wright at the back.

It was a horrible day murky, wet and cold. The pitch was soft and slippery in places. Neither side did much to impress. The visitors did not impress the ref as their number 9 managed to get a stern talking to before he got a yellow card, presumably for dissent, within the first 15 minutes.

The Gs were coming under a fair bit of pressure, but Chessington did not get much in the way of clear attempts on target.

Darren cut in from the left and had time to hit a long-range shot that was just tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper at full stretch.

The referee had already had a word with the Chessington managers when the assistant referee on the dugout side called the ref over. The result was that the Chessington manager was asked to leave the dugout and make his way to the stand or the changing room. Reluctantly he did head for the stand.

Immediately following a Gs attack the visitors attacked down their right where there was space as Jordan Bird was upfield.  A low cross was delivered and hit first time past Jordan Knight to put the visitors 1 – 0  up.

Richard won the ball well by challenging the defenders wide on the Gs left and he pulled the ball into the area where Kenny made his way goalward only to see his shot saved by the keeper’s feet.

Chessington came close and should really have scored when they missed the target when it seemed easier to score.

The game was getting more fraught and tetchy when Jordan Bird was booked for a needless challenge.

Shortly after Jordan Knight had to dive low to his right to nudge the ball round the post from a well struck shot. There then developed another rather nasty fracas, which had no real.  Jack Howard hit a low shot just past the far post.

The Gs then levelled the score when Darren Wheeler popped up on the left near the goal line and in the way that only he can, lifted the ball to the far post where Jack Cleevley hit an initial shot that was saved, but Richard was on hand to put the rebound in.  Score 1 – 1.

The referee then awarded a penalty to Chessington against Reegan Scotcher, which just found its way in after coming off the inside of the post. 1 – 2 to Chessington.

The Chessington number 7 was getting past the Gs defenders at times and he produced a good cross to be put away from close range for the visiting team’s third of the afternoon.

The dismissed manager then absurdly ran on to the pitch to congratulate the goal scorer and was waved off the pitch again by the referee. Not a good performance by either team and not much of an advert for fair play or football.


Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams               G’s           Chessington & Hook

attempts             14                         14

on target                5                          8

corners                   3                          5

fouls                      16                        13

poss% 1st             52                        48

poss% 2nd             48                       52

yellows                     3                         5

reds                                                     1 (manager)


Farnham Town (H)

Godalming 1 – 1 Farnham Town

If you look at the relative positions of the teams with the visitors at third place and the Gs nearer the bottom at 15th you have to accept that a draw was a reasonable result for the home side going in to the game.

However, I cannot hlp feeling that this was an opportunity for three points that we have missed.

The first half saw a fairly frantic game with the home side, for me, dominating possession, but missing a few opportunities when they arose.

The home side started well with Jordan Bird making a good run down the left and he delivered a good ball back into the box where Jack Cleevley was on hand to hit a powerful shot. Unfortunately, it went wide from a good position. Farnham then went close when from a free kick they headed over.

After more Gs pressure they finally got on the scoreboard when, after several chances in the 6 yard box fell to other players, Chris Burke finally poked the ball over the line. Gs 1 – 0 up.

Just before the break however the Gs, who had seemed to be quite in control, conceded a free kick a few metres outside the penalty area at the training pitch end. All credit to the taker who hit an absolute peach of a shot over the wall and just under the bar. So the Gs did not go in to half time in front.

HT Godalming 1-1 Farnham Town

Farnham seemed to put more player forward in the second half and at one stage things seemed to get a bit combative and a number of cards were waved. The biggest threat from the visitors for me revolved around ex G Nick Medcraft.

For the Gs they also had a couple of good chances themselves that fell to Jack Cleevley, but again he could not put them away.

Darren Wheeler got a good effort in that was cleared off the line. He also managed to deliver a number of sweet looking crosses from the left with great class but the Gs had no one to profit from and convert them. Oliver Steven did get his head to one, which came back off the post. He had a good debut for the home side.

From a fairly innocuous attack Curtis was adjudged to have fouled a Farnham player as the last defender and for that was given a straight red card, which seemed a bit harsh, but he did say afterwards that there was contact, so I guess we cannot argue.

This seemed to further unsettle the Gs who, now down to ten men, were getting a fit of the jitters. However, they held out despite some close calls and a great bit of defending from Ashley who has been so influential. Nick Medcraft did not endear himself to his former team and was booked for a blatant dive.

So, the Gs hung on in the end to the relief of the home fans.


Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                        Godalming                 Farnham

Attempts                           10                             12

On target                             5                               6

Corners                               3                                0

Fouls                                  18                              10