Monthly Archives: April 2019

Tooting Bec (H)

Godalming 1 – 5 Tooting Bec

We had hoped for a win against promotion chasers Tooting Bec on the last game of the season at home. But, despite a reasonable performance, it was not to be. Tooting were armed with a flying number 11 Eddie Mibango who had one heck of a game and came away with four goals to his name.

The Gs fielded a more settled side and it was great to see Reegan Scotcher declared fit again after 5-6 weeks away. In the opening minutes Ollie Stevens in typical style showing strength and speed got himself in between the visiting keeper and his defender to poke a shot goal-wards that narrowly missed the target.

But the Gs defence which seemed to start with three in the back line was undone when a ball from the Tooting left wing was allowed to travel across the face of the goal for a close-range header to put the visitors 1-0 up almost immediately after Ollie went close.

Matters got worse when from a corner out on their right a first-time unstoppable volley was hit spectacularly into the Gs net to put Tooting 2-0 up with only 17 minutes gone.

For me the Gs were matching Tooting in the build-up play, but it was clear that the visitors had improved since we played them at their place and were a well organised and experienced side compared to the Gs youngsters.

Darren Wheeler delivered a cracking corner for the Gs out on their right at the road end and we saw Curtis Osano get up and place a glancing header inside the far post to bring the score back to 1-2. It was all to play for.

Gs mounted a fair bit of pressure on the visitor’s goal but could not convert their pressure into goals. Then another quick break out of defence saw that pesky number 11 gain his hat trick before half time when he was being challenged by Reegan, but somehow still manged to beat Jordan Knight as he came out to close down the angle.

HT Godalming 1-3 Tooting Bec.

Joe Lewis received a yellow card and then not long after was unfortunate to hurt himself as he cleared the ball away near the dugout touchline, the ball taking out a Tooting player as it struck his head. Joe fell awkwardly and the damage was done so he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Hope he is on the mend now. Dom Hardisty came on for him.

Shortly after Donte who had another great game for me played Kenny in and he went beautifully around the visiting keeper only to be given as offside. Had that brought the score back to 3-2 who knows what would have happened.

But Tooting were not done for when that number 11 managed to squeeze another shot home at the near post from what appeared to be a very tight angle. Darren was Yellow carded as he tried to help a Tooting player onto the bench.

Jake Heard came on for Richie Mbele in the middle. Richie unable to come up with another spectacular goal on this occasion. Jordan the was unable to keep hold of a speculative long range shot which gave the visitors a close-range tap in to effectively finish things of. Good to see Liam Gadd come on for Darren and make his mark on the game, even if some of the Gs supporters were unsure about the growth on his chin.

The Gs never gave up in a more dominant second half performance although the result was clear and Kenny got in a good shot that brought a great save from the visiting keeper at the death. You will see from the stats that we had plenty of pressure and corners but it was one of those days when the Tooting number 11 could do no wrong while the Gs can feel that they got little in the way of luck. But that is the way it goes.

Cannot make it to the game at Chessington so if someone else feels the urge to make a few notes that would be great. That also means I will not be able to make it to the awards evening, which is unfortunate. I think Les now has the basis of a very good squad for next season, if he can hold these lads together. Here’s to a great next season. Probably see a few of you before then.


Michael (Stato) Stats

                   Gees      Tooting Bec

attempts     10                 11

on target     6                   7

corners       7                   4

fouls           13                  5

poss 1         44                56

poss 2         52                48

cards          2 yellows

Bovril status:  Bovril back in town but this time in cube form.  Head Bovrista Kevin is experimenting with dosages and stirring techniques to extract the perfect dose of beefy magic.

Kensington Borough (H)

Godalming 2 – 2 Kensington Borough

We hoped to take all three points from this encounter after the somewhat dismal showing when we were away to Kensington and they ended up with all three points as the result of an early penalty. It looked to us all as if we were going to comfortably walk away from the ground with a smile on our faces as the two superb goals that the Gs youngsters scored appeared to be enough to wreak our revenge. But, at the absolute death, there was a moment of indecision that allowed the visitors to share the points.

We are almost seeing a settled squad – at last! A bit late you say, well – better late than never I suppose and let’s hope this group can stick together to form the basis of the team next year

In front of Jordan Knight were Dom Hardisty, Curtis Osano, Joe Lewis. Jake Heard, Jack Howard and Richie Mbele in the middle Kenny Kassabante and Ollie Stevens wide and Jack Cleevely at No 10 and Donte Lodge Francis at Number 9.

The Gs started well putting pressure on their visitors and Ollie Stevens going close from a header from a corner. Curtis ended up being booked, for what I do not know, but the ref seemed a bit keen to try out his new whistle and this disrupted things for me at times. He missed totally that Curtis had his standing foot taken from him a little late but penalised all sort of delicate touches.

Gs had a few more opportunities that they could not convert but towards the end of the first half Donte worked hard on the right flank to shrug off a number of defenders before getting the ball in to the box. The ball then came out as far as Richie Mbele who showed his undoubted class yet again when he adjusted his balance and hit the ball from outside the box left footed curling the ball into the top left corner in as good a strike as you will see on MOTD.

HT Godalming 1-0  Kensington Borough

All seemed to be going quite well for the Gs although they could not capitalise on further chances. Ollie Stevens again leading the charge and in one episode showed great pace wide before cutting in and shrugging of a string of defenders and finally hitting a powerful shot across the goal that hit the upright and bounced out. Ollie certainly was unlucky not to get on the score sheet again in this game. He had a good header from a Jack Howard corner go just wide amongst others.

Then as often seems to happen if you are pressing you are open to a quick counter attack and just such a case allowed a visiting forward space down the middle to allow them to draw level one-on-one with Jordan to bring them level.

With around twenty minutes to go Kenny Kassabante chased down the visiting keeper who was a bit slow trying to get to a ball outside the box on the Gs right. Kenny got possession and lifted a delightful left footed chip into the net to the delight of all of us watching and his team mates. We know how good Kenny is and he seems to be getting his form back.

Always alert Ollie Stevens finally did get the ball, into the net, but only to be ruled as offside to the displeasure of the Gs supporters at that end.

As the home side seemed to be piling on more pressure even Joe Lewis took an excursion into the Kensington defence and hit a good shot that the visiting keeper needed to scamper across to cover.

So as we seemed to be cruising to three points a long clearance from the visiting keeper bounce in the Gs half and Jordan called for the ball, but somehow got caught in two minds about whether the ball was going to carry into his area and instead of just wellying it into the stands he was beaten to the ball, which was side-footed home to the delight of the visiting team. Who would be a keeper? There was barely time to restart the game.

Michael (Stato) Stats

                 Godalming       Kensington Borough

attempts              11                         9   

on target                8                         6

corners                  6                         2

yellows                  2                         1

poss% 1st           46                       54

poss% 2nd          53                       47

Bovril status:  Never mind Brexit or Mexican border walls… we have our very own constitutional crisis at the Oven Door.  The Bovril drought continues!