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Bedfont & Feltham (A)

Bedfont and Feltham 5 – 0 Godalming

On the face of it this looks like a complete drubbing for the Gs, but despite the scoreline this for me was a much better performance than we saw on Tuesday night. This time against the team at the top of the table.

Make no mistake we lost to a much better team who are probably the best team we have seen in this league. An experienced well organised squad who generally towered above the Gs youngsters. But it was definitely “a game of two halves” as they say.

Jordan Knight was in goal as usual but with no Darren Wheeler, Jake Heard, Jordan Clements or Reegan Scotcher it seemed that Les lined up his squad with three centre backs Curtis, Og and Joe and presumably playing as two wing backs Ryan and the returning Kenny Kassabante. Good to see him back with us.

Jack H was in front of the defensive line and Richie and Jack C in the middle with Ollie and Donte up front. On the bench were Dom, Samba, Liam, Charlie, Matt Kerbey and a returning Abdullah Ismail who we have not seen for a while.

For me the Gs looked good when they started and indeed were the first to find the net, but Ollie was rightly flagged for an offside. Then with the visitors having had the best of the possession in the first fifteen minutes the home side managed to break down their left and delivered a simple low ball into the 6yard box for a close-range tap in.

Only six or seven minutes later they made it two when their No 11 was allowed the freedom of the parish and accepted the invitation to deliver again a square ball into the 6- yard box for a mirror of the first.

Les then chose to change the line-up and replaced Ryan Villa with Dom Hardisty as a more conventional left back in a back four.

However, the home side were able to add another before half time with a shot from well wide on their left that found the inside of the far post.

HT: Bedfont & Feltham 3-0 Godalming

The second half saw a big improvement and lots of good football from the Gs with both Donte and Richie outstanding and demonstrating their quality. Ollie as always was working hard upfront but after a period of 30 minutes when we seemed to dominate the play a defensive error at the back called on Jordan knight to make a save at point blank range.

It seemed that Donte might get one back when after some great play he headed off towards the goal fending off a defender. He hit a cracking shot that crashed against the upright and bounced back into play. It was just one of those days.

After all that the home side went up the other end and a further weakness in the Gs defence saw them fail to clear a speculative high ball into the box and the hosts were up to four against the run of play.

Just to add insult to injury we gifted another goal to them before the end with indecision at the back when we could have cleared the ball.

Perhaps the desire to play attractive football, which is itself admirable, needs to be tempered with a need to play a more direct style at times. Just a thought.

I was impressed by the set up at Bedfont :- great pitch and supporters. Very welcoming excellent squad and no whinging to the ref,. Before the game they marked a horrendous day in their history when, thirty years ago, three of their players died in a freak car crash when they were hit by a police car travelling at speed on the way back from a game.

 COYGs

Michael (Stato) Stats

                 Bedfont & Feltham                     G’s

attempts               15                                        8

on target               10                                        5

poss% 1st             65                                      35

poss% 2nd            45                                      55

cards                                                                 1

Bovril status:  No issues this week with Bovril recognition.  It was on their menu of delights just above Dog Rolls.  Being such a jet-setting hipster place we were served delicious Bovril cubes! Great idea but will it ever catch on away from the Big Smoke?

Sheerwater (H)

Godalming 0 – 3 Sheerwater

Sheerwater visited Wey Court with their sights still on promotion. So, it was another big challenge for the Gs youngsters.

A look at the team sheet before kick-off for any Gs supporter caused a fair bit of head scratching and concern. No Curtis Osano, Oghail Ogbaudu, Reegan Scotcher, Jake Heard or Jordan Clements.  Even the mighty brain of Lord Hendo of Haslemere was bemused and befuddled to see an extreme lack of defensive players and apparently our leading goal scorer wearing the number 5 shirt. Surely it must just have been the only shirt that would fit him? But no – it was for real.

In front of Jordan Knight were Dom Hardisty, Ollie Stevens, Joe Lewis and Ryan Villa.

Jack Howard, Richie M Bele in the midfield with Darren Wheeler still with a wonky leg wide on one side and Kenny Kassabante on the other. Jack Cleeveley and Donte Lodge- Francis.upfront. Abdallah Ismail, Liam Gadd, Charlie Chennell and Matt Kerbey on the bench.

In the opening minutes the visitors exploited the situation well but could only upset the kids playing on the training pitch as they cleared the bar with their shots. That is only until the twelfth minute when a well-aimed curling shot found its way into the top right- hand corner of Jordan’s net to put them 1-0 up.

Just before that Jordan was called upon to make very good stop from close range with a one- handed reaction pushing the ball over the top.

Strangely that seemed to spark off something in the Gs and they started to put together a few moves of their own and Jack Howard unleased a great long-range shot that was dipping under the bar when the visiting keeper was called upon to make a great save of his own to push it over.

The referee then took exception to Kenny Kasabante’s ankles. Yes – his ankles. They were such a distraction to him that he ordered Kenny to have yellow tape applied to them. Les failed to see that point of this, like everyone else in the crowd. We also noticed that players were wearing different colour undershirts with long sleeves, different colour undershorts. Some of their boots were even in colours that clashed dreadfully with their kit. What will we have next? Sending players off the pitch to get their hair combed?

Anyway, when the football started again Ollie had been given the nod to go forward for a set-piece and he got on the end of a ball wide of the area and lifted the ball gently toward Donte in the 6 yard box, which he headed down well but could not get enough ooomph behind it to beat the Sheerwater keeper. But the Gs were causing some problems.

Kenny was getting into the game as we saw he was getting the better of the visitors left back with his pace and trickery. Perhaps we could get something out of this after all? Kenny worked his way around his marker and to the edge of the area and chipped a great ball through to Donte who this time got a good bit on it with his head but the ball went tantalisingly just wide of the far post.

Then after the ball had gone across the home goal and out wide again the ball came in high and although Jordan got up to it he seemed to flap at it and the ball dropped for a visiting forward to take the opportunity and finish from close range just before half time going 2-0 up.

As the Gs team took to the pitch for the second half the ref insisted that several of them also needed to tape their ankles clearly it was too much for him.

In the second half with the Gs defending the goal at the road end a tentative ball from the right appeared to bounce in the 6-yard box and go straight into the Gs net.

Darren eventually gave way to his wonky leg and made way for Abdallah to the appreciative applause of the home supporters.

Jordan made a good stop diving down to his left to get a hand to a shot. Donte was again impressive both holding up the ball and using his strength and long legs to go around players. He was brought down in front of goal but much to the displeasure of the home support the ref simply waived play on. He has worked so hard for the Gs and deserves a bit of luck.

Another one who has worked so hard is Ollie Stevens. Hats off to him for taking up the challenge of playing out of position when there was little option at the back for Les.

Charlie and Liam both got to appear for the Gs and looked comfortable to me so good for the future.

Michael(Stato)  Stats:-

                               G’s                 Sheerwater

attempts                   8                           15

on target                   5                             7

fouls                        11                          14

Poss% 1st half        44                          56

Poss% 2nd half       31                          69

yellows                      3                            1

Bovril status. The chief taster was away but there were 2 happy recipients at half time on a sunny but cold afternoon.