Godalming 1 – 4 AC London
Unfortunately, the G’s could not find a way to end their losing streak. As usual there was no lack of effort from Les Cleevely’s young team, but they were caught out by a side with some quick and strong players up front.
The first half was disappointing with the home side not able to muster a single shot on target during the first half. It was good to see Connor Gale back in the squad and also a new face in Anthony Myers who impressed throughout the game.
The G’s squad was Jordan Knight in goal, David Oppong and Ashley Wright as the full backs, Ethan Kaiser and Connor Gale as the centre back pairing. Jack Howard in front of the back four. Jeff Yuhou on the left wing and Kenny Kassabante on the right. Jack Cleevely and Anthony Myers in the middle and Pat Cox up front in the number nine shirt. On the bench Levi Crew, Chris Bourke, Kai Bartlett, Dom Hardisty and Marvin Asiamah.
It only took 15 minutes for the visitors to go ahead when they attacked on the left and worked the ball into the box and scored from close range. Not long after Jordan Knight was called upon to make a good save, low to his right from a long shot.
Kenny looked like the G’s best threat and he worked his way down the right beautifully and pulled the ball into the 6 yard box where unfortunately Jack Cleevely could only lift the ball over the bar.
The second goal was rather strange as it seemed the attack was fading out and the ball was going out of play, but apparently someone lifted the ball over Jordan and into the goal, which I did not see.
Then the G’s defence conspired to give the ball away rather than clear it deep in their own half. That gave Jordan no chance to prevent the third goal.
The mercurial Kenny made another fine run down the right and drew the ball square into the middle where it found Coxey who was able to do what he does so well and finished it with a low shot. To bring it to 3 -1 down and a glimmer of hope for the G’s.
Late in the first half the G’s went to playing with three at the back, moving Connor up alongside Jack Howard. This did seem to improve the situation no end and the second half was a much more closely contested affair. So, whatever Les and his team did or said at half time seemed to work.
HT Godalming 1-3 AC London
The G’s pressed the visitors defence and had far more attempts on goal and some near misses, but they could not turn the pressure into goals.
Indeed, after a series of attacks they conceded again on the break after Jordan made another good stop, but he could only parry the ball and it fell kindly for an AC London player, ending any remote hope that the G’s could have narrowed the gap.
Another good performance from Pat Cox upfront and Jordan Knight in goal and Kenny Kassabante on the wing.
Lets hope for some points against Frimley Green.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams G’s AC London
attempts 14 21
on target 4 11
corners 3 2
fouls 15 14
cards 2 4
poss% 1st 35 65
poss% 2nd 50 50
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