Godalming 0-4 Bedfont Sports
An interesting clash of third placed Bedfont against second from bottom Gees. The battling performance on Tuesday night at Dorking in the SSC gave us hope that perhaps things were looking up for the Gees.
For those who have been around Wey Court for a while, it was good to see that Dan Read was on the team sheet. He was a part of “Bakes and Unders” squad, before the departure to Slough. Just what we could do with, a centre forward who has a record of scoring at Wey Court.
Unfortunately, within minutes of the kick off the visitors went ahead. A shot from the edge of the area just crept inside the post when the home defence failed to close down the opposition quickly enough after a ball from deep on the Gees right side was mysteriously played back to the centre of the pitch as a gift to their opposition.
Shortly after the restart the home side had a good opportunity when Kurt Greenway cut in from the right to collect a loose ball, but he could not capitalise on the chance.
Despite the poor start and the dominance of the visitor’s forwards who were so effective on the break the Gees held out until moments before half time when, once again, they conceded. 2 -0 down at half time.
The second half saw a much better performance from the home side. The impressive Isy Nzello had had to leave the pitch with a groin injury just before the break to be replaced by Calum Roots. With only a few minutes of the second half gone Rory Sellick went down and had to be stretchered of the pitch to be replaced by Jon Palmer.
The Gees now seemed more settled, or perhaps it was that the visitors sat back a little having a bit of a buffer. But Hakim Griffiths worked hard upfront and when Kurt Greenway was replaced by Dan Read we saw the Gees come more into the game. Hakim used his pace to beat the visiting keeper to a through pass and steer the ball past him, but as the home supporters were on their feet the ball rolled agonisingly just wide of the post.
Jon Palmer was proving to be a handful for the visitor’s defence in the air particularly, but he also latched on to a quick through ball and fired low into the net, only for the stand-side linesman to flag that he had come back from an offside position. It looked a good goal to the home supporters who were less than pleased with the decision.
The Gees were pushing up as hard and as far as they could but again at the death they conceded another goal and a fourth well into injury time.
Good to see Palms and Readie on the pitch together again at Wey Court. Good also to see Scott Harris another legend from “Bakes and Unders” days at Wey Court, albeit as part of the Bedfont Squad.
Another odd thing was that the referee somehow lost his whistle towards the end of the game and despite a detailed inspection of the pitch and checking with his assistants he could not come up with a replacement. So, he had to rely on shouting his commands. Never seen that before.
Squad was the impressive Dimitri Kyriatkis in goal, Joshua Pound at full back with Matt Buck, Steve Betancourt and Alex Rodrigues centre backs, Tre Trowers, Rory Sellick, and Robert Webbe in the midfield with Kurt Greenway at number 9, Hakim Griffiths and Isy Nzello. Dan Read, Calum Roots, Scott Elgar, Tom Webb and Jon Palmer were named on the bench squad sheet.
Michael (Stato) stats:
Teams: G’s Bedfont
attempts 6 21
on target 2 11
corners 3 5
fouls 11 19
poss% 1st 47 53
poss% 2nd 55 45
bovril status- you know it’s good.
A card free game – we think! another odd thing – to the credit of the ref.