Godalming 3 – 0 Guernsey
Another three points and a clean sheet for the Gs. Cannot get any better then that.
It was not a feast of good football, but on a pretty wet pitch with the snow falling on a very cold day it was enough to cheer the hardy Gs supporters who turned out to see this foot of the table battle.
Oneal Garnes was in goal, Callum Eagle still injured from that dramatic challenge at Hythe last Saturday so Sean Mason switched to right back, whilst Carl Garstang returned at left back and the two Chris’ Wales and Musgrove the centre backs. William Efambe, Piers Oldland, Nick Sowden and Darren Wheeler in the midfield and Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan up front.
In the opening minutes, with the Gs attacking the road end, they won a throw-in on their left, deep in the visitors half, from here the ball was played square across the penalty area through the defence where Matt Bunyan was positioned on the edge of the 6 yard box. Unfortunately he scooped his shot over the bar when you would have bet on him scoring.
But on 8 minutes Carl Garstang played a curling high cross to the far post where Graeme Purdy opened his account with a header that went back across and past Addison the Guernsey keeper and inside the far post. 1-0 to the Gs.
The visitors tried to respond and Oneal Garnes had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions bravely going down at the feet of the onrushing forwards to cut out their attacks.
So although the Gs were asked to defend at times with their defenders blocking shots from range with their bodies they always looked likely to increase their lead and after a long ball was played forward and the lively Graeme Purdy got behind the visitors defence and lobbed over the advancing Guernsey keeper for his second of the day. Gs 2-0 up.
William Efambe was getting well involved with game as well with his pace and ball skills proving a problem for the visitors. On one occasion stealing the ball from the opposition midfield just inside their half and working his way skilfully past several defenders, only to put his shot past the left hand post.
Half time 2 – 0
In the second half it was more of the same with Guernsey having plenty of possession trying to get forward but being thwarted before they could get through to threaten Oneal’s goal. The Gs struggled to make the best of the possession that they had, giving the ball away in midfield at times, but always looked as if they could add to their tally.
Darren Wheeler got forward at times and produced some dangerous crosses and a fierce shot from inside the area which the visiting keeper did well to parry at his near post to clear. Shortly after Chris Wales came close when well inside the penalty area, but also put his shot over when after, on reflection, he said perhaps he would have been better heading the ball.
Matt Bunyan was again instrumental in many of the good things that the Gs created getting up alongside Purdy whilst also putting in a considerable shift deeper in the midfield. Oneal Garnes was pretty well untroubled in the second half.
With the Gs creating more pressure later on in the second half, Graeme Purdy nearly got his hat trick from a header at close range, which was cleared off the line. However he got the last laugh shortly after when he latched on to another good through ball from that man Matt Bunyan, outpaced a defender then rounded the keeper and put the ball low into the net.
So a well deserved hat trick for GP who would probably have edged MB for the MOTM award, if their was one.
This season has had enough twists and turns so far and most of them undesirable. The good thing is that the squad under Dan Turkington now seems to be starting to gel a bit more and with a few more wins being contemplated, who knows what will happen.
attempts 19 14
on target 9 5
corners 3 9
fouls 16 12
Poss 1 40 60
Poss 2 47 53
bookings 2 1