Godalming 1 – 6 Walton Casuals
From the scoreline you would think that the home side were totally outplayed. That was not the case. Although Walton were definitely worthy winners, but the Gs conceded 3 goals in the first half all of which were soft goals.
The squad featured several players from the development team and was without first choice keeper Oneal Garnes, Josh Andrew and Chris Wales, who has proved himself to be so effective in the midfield.
Tom Webb was in goal, Kyle Bailey, (CJ) Chidi Williams, Graeme Purdy and Nick Hutchings, George Brown, Jack Battie, Jack Warburton, Jack Mazzone, Darren Wheeler and Jamel Johnson. On the bench were Ryan Zidyana, Chris Musgrove, Chris Managa, Chris Atkins and Piers Oldland.
I am sure that when setting up the team for the game the intention was to keep things tight at the back. It is tough being a goal keeper at the best of times and unfortunately the home keeper failed to deal with a ball that came back to him comfortably, appeared to have the ball in his hands and then spilled it to Walton’s Sol Kinnock, in the second minute. Walton 1-0 up.
Then only 6 minutes in Walton’s (Jordan Cheadle) scored direct from a free kick.
At the other end the Gs won a free kick of their own in Darren Wheeler territory just outside the box. It was delivered brilliantly, but again it hit the inside of the right hand upright and somehow bounced clear. That is the way things have been going in the recent games.
To the teams credit, the Gs were not put down by that and the on-form Jack Mazzone found some space in the middle of the pitch, when he broke free from his markers, drove forward and hit a great shot to bring the score back to 2-1 on 23 minutes.
The Gs had slightly more of the possession in the first half and despite how much they pressed they got no joy. They played some very good stuff for brief moments. On one move stringing together some great passes and ending with the energetic Jack Warburton just failing to keep his shot down.
In defence the Gs were giving out free kicks like Santa gives out gifts in his Grotto. That gave Jordan Cheadle the opportunity for another free kick on the edge of the home team’s area, which he curled in around the wall again. 3 -1 to Walton.
So Gs supporters at half time wondering what might have been, had their chances been taken, balls not bounced clear off posts – yet again.
The second half saw Chris Musgrove replace Jamel Johnson for the Gs. Within minutes Chris was penalised for a tackle and a penalty awarded. Tom Webb made a great save getting down to his right hand side to push the ball round the post.
Whilst the Gs were attacking at the start of the second half they were caught out when the visitors attacked down the left and although there seemed to be plenty of defenders in attendance and in the six yard box, Gabriele Odunaike hit a fierce shot that somehow squeezed in at the near post.
Some great passing again by the Gs saw the ball taken to the goal line by Nick Hutchings and laid back for Jack Battie who also hit his shot fractionally over the bar.
Shortly after Chris Musgrove got on the end of a corner and hit a shot from just wide of the goal that rattled the crossbar. You don’t get lucky when you are at the foot of the table.
Another blatant penalty awarded to Walton soon after and that made it 5-1 and Gave Jordan Cheadle his hat trick.
The final goal came in the first minute of extra time when again the visitors scored at the near post in an attack following Gs pressure.
Noticeable not a single yellow or red card issued according to Michael’s stats and I would not want to argue with him.
G’s Walton Casuals
attempts 10 18
on target 6 11
fouls 15 21
cards 0 0
corners 4 5
poss 1st 55 45
poss 2nd 48 52
A nice story
One of our senior spectators had an unfortunate trip on the concrete steps up to the pitch while the teams were lined up outside the changing room about to come onto the pitch. The Walton players saw that he was being helped to his feet and insisted that they get their physio to take a look at him.
As they helped him to the steps to their changing room it was clear that he had cut his hand in the fall, as there was a fair bit of blood. So he was tended to in their dressing room and repaired and even given a replacement cup of Bovril. He was able to take his place in the stands after that. So well done to Walton, their Management and Physio who could not have been kinder. On his behalf – thank you. Great to see.