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(Ladies) League Cup Final

Ashford Ladies 8  –  4 Godalming Town Ladies 

 It was another day better suited to lounging on the beach rather than football when the G’s ladies met Ashford, yet again, to compete for the League Cup Final at Bedfont SC. It turned out to be a crazy game.

The G’s were without their influential striker Toni West and several other regulars including Ella Chandler, Terri Brown, Charlotte Benson and Jo Harford. The good news was that Steph Le was named on the bench after a very long lay-off for a bad ankle injury and Kim Ketchell returned in goal.

Apart from a shot from Becky Monroe 10 minutes into the game that brought a great save from the Ashford keeper tipping the ball onto the bar and then over, the G’s started rather slowly and were forced to defend. After a miss-hit clearance and a bit of a mix-up in the middle of the G’s defence Ashford latched onto the ball and scored their first goal.

A second Ashford goal followed not long after and when a third came after 25 minutes from a ball that was spinning and seemed to deceive Kim Ketchell with its bounce. It seemed that it could be a long afternoon for the G’s as Ashford seemed to threaten every time they got forward. Steve and Darren made a change and brought on Steph Le for Hester Benham.

But, then after a good run down the right, the ball was played square into the area where Megan Vincer put the chance away well to give the Gs a glimmer of hope before half time. We have seen the G’s Ladies come back before, but they would need to get some breaks soon if they were to cut the deficit.

The G’s won a free kick on the left played into the box well by Loz Carnell. There was a bit of a scramble and the ball came back to Steph Le who threaded the ball through a crowd of bodies to Tamara Sidwell who got away a powerful shot, but it flew tantalisingly over the bar from close range. Had that gone in who knows what might have happened.

HT Ashford (Middx) Town 3-1 Godalming Town 

At the start of the second half it was clear that the next goal would be important. No one would have thought there were another 8 goals to come!

The next goal came from Ashford, 4-1 to them, but the G’s came back and put the Ashford defence under pressure and hit the post twice during a volley of shots, which were then cleared, before Ellen Thomas then hit a long range shot that cleared the Ashford keeper for the Gs second goal. Score now 4 -2 to Ashford. But straight after that Ashford scored again taking the score to 5 -2.

The G’s then cut the deficit back to two goals with a goal from Tamara Sidwell only to see Ashford cancel it out straight after. 3 – 6.  Becky Bloor then got a fourth for the G’s having made her way past a string of defenders. 4 – 6.

But with the Gs pressing to score they were open at the back and Ashford again scored 4 – 7. Becky Munroe was brought back, at right back and did some good chasing and tackling before in the closing minutes of this crazy game Ashford scored their eighth after a clash with the G’s keeper took her out and the ball ran free.

All credit to Ashford who were the better team on the day, but credit also to the Gs Ladies who never gave up the chase.

It has been a terrific season again for the GTFC Ladies gaining promotion yet again and I am sure we will see them well supported again next season although they will be without Megan Vincer who I believe is going to the States. She has been instrumental in providing so many good crosses and corners on top of a good number of goals and her defensive game has been outstanding. It will be difficult for Steve and Darren to find a replacement to match her. But I am sure the supporters will join her team mates in wishing her well.

Another exciting season for the ladies to look forward to next year.

North Greenford (A)

North Greenford Utd  8  – 4  Godalming Town

On paper this looked like a game that neither side had much interest in but it was a rip-roaring goal fest and a fiercely contested encounter that was really exciting. NGU were on a bit of a high having had some good results recently and scoring quite frequently.

Hats off to the whole Gees squad with tired limbs, injuries and niggles who turned out on the night for their third game in five days. They did themselves the Gees supporters and the club proud.

We arrived minutes before kick off and Dom Hardisty was behind us in the car park. We wondered who would feature in the squad. Once inside, the lads were already lined up to come onto the pitch and it was clear that things were tight as Gav Smith was kitted up and ready to go. To his relief he did not need to start as Dom somehow made the transition onto the pitch. Gav was the only option on the bench.

The squad was the same as for the Knaphill game on Monday other than Lewis Lodge and Tom Biss were not available, but Jack May returned up front and Tre Trower was on from the start.

Things did not go too well at the start as there seemed to be some slack marking in the Gees defence, who were appealing for offside when an NGU forward gently headed the ball over Aidan’s head from close range.

However, within minutes the lively looking Jack May latched on to good through ball and bearing down on the advancing keeper saw his shot blocked by the keeper, only for it to rebound back onto his leg and bounce in from the edge of the area. Relief to be back to 1-1.

The tireless Bobby Bennett made a great run forward and won the ball, when it seemed lost, and played it back to Bobby Webbe, who hit the junction of the upright and the crossbar with a long-range drive.

Then on 18 minutes in Piers Oldland delivered another great through ball for Jack May to use his strength and pace as he had done a few minutes earlier and this time he slotted the ball home cleanly and the Gees were now 1-2 up.

More was to come when the energetic Bobby Bennett chased down a ball beating the home keeper to it and neatly lobbing the ball from wide on the left straight into the net. So now the Gees were 1-3 up, to the disappointment of the home team dugout.

NGU replied with a good move down their right, which ended with a ball into the middle on the edge of the box which was curled into Aidan’s net, just inside the far post. 2-3.

A third from the home side came from what looked a bit like a poorly hit shot on their right at an angle. But it stayed at 3-3 for half time.

HT: North Greenford 3-3 Godalming Town

Bobby Bennett went close coming in from the right wing when he found himself one on one with the home keeper again, but this time his shot went just wide of the far post.

The question was, could the Gees squad keep up the pace with no options on the bench? Bobby Webbe received treatment, to the end of the first half and again early in the second.

NGU have a very dangerous winger of their own in Sandro Costa who, from a clever run from the left cut inside and put the home side back into the lead. This was disappointing as the move started with a blatant handball by a NGU player in their own half, right in front of us and you would have thought the linesman.  It seemed it would all be over for the Gees.

But, Bobby Webbe was subbed off and on came the new young forward sporting the number 18 on his back. Gav made an impression within minutes and headed a corner home to bring the Gees back to 4-4 and make a game of it. It was crazy. Just wait until Palms hears about that.

The home side then added another goal with 18 minutes to go and it was clear that the Gees were running on empty. But they kept on digging in against a side that had plenty of pace wide and used it well. Aiden made several crucial blocks in the dying minutes.

Just to prove that Gav hasn’t lost “it” (although if he’s anything like me he often forgets where he has put “it”) he nearly added another when he found himself in front of goal but could only pull his shot wide on this occasion.

The last ten minutes saw the NGU side capitalise on the situation and put the result beyond doubt, but well done to all the lads who battled through the game. It was really exciting and they made a proper match of it.

Hope to see a good few of these players back at Wey Court next season, in whatever league we might end up in.

The GTFC Ladies are in League Cup Final action on 20th May at Bedfont Sports against Ashford. I am sure they would appreciate as much support as possible.

Guildford City (A)

Guildford City 4   –  4  Godalming Town

After Saturdays goalless thriller against Hanworth the two teams in this local derby served up an 8 goal, nail biting, physical spectacular that was played at a frantic pace. Slightly weird as it was an away game for the Godalming side, but played at Wey Court because City’s ground was not available.

Amongst the City team were Jack Battie and Kieran Wright, both ex Godalming players. Amongst the crowd there were also some very well-known faces who are sadly rare visitors to Wey Court, but could not resist the evenings offerings.

There was little to chose between the teams in the first half, but for me the Godalming side edged it with the tireless running of Tom Biss back at left wing, Bobby Bennett in the No 9 position and Piers Oldland on the right.

Piers and Bobby Bennett both went very close to opening the scoring in the early exchanges. Eventually their pressing of the City defence led to a miss-hit clearance that shot straight up in the air and would have landed inside the 6-yard box, but Tom Biss challenged the City keeper for it in the air and headed home to give Godalming the lead at the break.

The Godalming midfield were battling for everything and Lee Boon and Bobby Webbe showed a good deal of skill and passion, with some great quick passes backheels etc in the build-up moving from defence to attack. But the question was, could they sustain the pace?

HT Guildford City 0-1 Godalming Town

Not long into the second half Piers Oldland popped up in the middle of the pitch and slid a super pass through the City defence for Bobby Bennett to chase down and slot the ball past the City keeper. So, at 2-0 up, all was looking good from the GTFC point of view. But we all know how quickly things can change in football. Guildford had started the second half with a bit more determination and were threatening.

In a matter of minutes, they got two goals back. The first from a corner to the near post that was headed on to the far post for ex Town player Kieran Wright to head in at close range. The other where it seemed they caught out the Town defence for pace, the shot initially hitting the post but the rebound was put in by Jordan Gallagher.

Time for nail biting, which led to despair when the Town defence seemed to be unable to clear a ball that was in the middle of a small group of defenders in the 6 yard box, none of whom could put their boot through it. Dan Stewart however stuck his boot in and poked the ball home for City.

So, from having a two-goal lead to being 3 – 2 down, it was surely all over for the Godalming team. Not so. Clearly the Town had no choice but to go for it.  With the introduction of Jack May up front and Tre Trowers in the midfield for the knackered Bobby Webbe and Lee Boon they started to come back and continued to play some exciting stuff in attack and following a great run down their right the ball was played in quickly for Jack May to hit the equaliser. 3 -3.

City were hitting all sorts of shots from range, but mercifully for Godalming they mostly sailed over the bar.

Having recovered what seemed to be a hopeless situation the Godalming side then were running themselves into the ground and the tireless Bobby Bennett, who chased everything all night somehow got to a through ball that it seemed would beat him to the goal line. But he pulled it back into the middle where Jack May’s back heel flick failed to find the net, but he was close enough to chest it over the line to unbelievably put GTFC back in the lead. 4-3 with only a minute or so of time left. Surely this was the three points that GTFC so desperately needed if they were to improve their position in the League.

All seemed to be under control until a City player hit a great long-range shot/cross from their right that found the far top corner of Aiden Upwards net to level. Aiden had played his part in a thriller, making a couple of first class saves when called upon to do so. One from a free kick on the edge of the box, which he did really well to tip over the bar.

An absolute thriller that left all those watching experiencing a mixture of emotions. Funny old game football.

Michael (Stato) Stats: (On a school night? – Ed.)

Teams                  Guildford City                Godalming

attempts                           15                                  11

on target                             8                                    7

corners                                7                                    3

fouls                                  13                                  12

Yellows                                0                                    0

poss%  1st                       50                                   50

poss% 2nd                      52                                   48

Bovril status:  Seemed strangely familiar… mmmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanworth Villa (H)

Godalming Town 0 – 0 Hanworth Villa

This was a far more impressive performance from the Gees than the away encounter to “The Villains” almost two weeks ago. Despite the score line this was a thrilling game, which if there was any justice the home side would have won comfortably. They rattled the woodwork 4 times and had a goal disallowed, apparently for offside.

On top of this there was a great display from the visitor’s goalie who was inspired, making a string of saves and somehow plucked the ball out of the air one handed when it seemed Piers had chipped the ball over his head late in the second half.

It was a similar Gees line up that took to the field to that which lined up against Hanworth last Tuesday, but for Aiden Upward returning as keeper and Harrison Gilkes in for Tom Biss.

In the early exchanges it was clear that Gilkes and his opposite number Piers Oldland were planning to have a go at the visitor’s defence and they did just that. Piers having the first attempt rounding off a move with a fierce shot that just missed the top corner.

Minutes later and Bobby Bennett, who is always dangerous when he gets in the area, had a good header tipped over the bar. Well, everyone in the ground saw the visiting keeper tip it over, except the referee, who insisted upon a goal kick restarting the game.

Harrison Gilkes then had an astonishing run from deep in his own half down the left flank, beating several defenders on the way with sheer pace and then cut inside and hit a powerful shot that at first sight seemed to be in as the netting bulged, only to realise it was on the outside of the side netting.

Towards the end of the first half a long-range effort from the visitors hits the Gees crossbar as it dips going over Aiden.

HT Godalming 0-0 Hanworth Villa 

The second half saw the Gees dominate play.

Piers made a run past several defenders only for the shot to be turned around by the visiting keeper. Chad Goulter went close with a shot as the ball came out from the area from the ensuing corner. A swinging corner from Bobby Webbe hits the crossbar.

The home side were putting some good passing moves together linking well. Gilkes popped up in the middle and slid the ball through to Bobby Bennett who hit the upright and Piers put the rebound in to the relief of the home fans before it was ruled offside.

This was the best performance from the Gees for a while and they were well on top when Bobby Webbe went off to be replaced by Jack May upfront to go all out for the winner. The impressive Dom Hardisty came on for Joe Bendell who appeared to be suffering.

The referee also appeared to be suffering and even after reluctantly having a cosy chat with his assistant who had flagged for a Gees goal kick he refused to budge.  Who would be a ref when even your assistants cannot agree with you! Bobby Bennett hit the post with a good shot but the ball bounced clear. The visiting keeper made a good block coming off his line smartly to stifle a one on one chance.

In the final few minutes Piers, who was having an outstanding game, cut in yet again from the right and appeared to have lifted the ball over the advancing keeper only to see him stretch one hand up and somehow pluck the ball out of the air.

A tremendous effort from the lads, which on another day would have and should have seen them walk away with all three points.  At least it put an end to the run of defeats and a point is a point.

It seems crazy to me that even now there seems to be no certainty as to how many teams will go down from this league this year with the League restructuring taking place.  Seems like running a race when you are not sure where the finishing line is. Someone must know surely?

Michael  (Stato)  Stats

Michael  (Stato)  Stats

Teams         Godalming Town        Hanworth Villa

attempts             19                                        10

on target               8                                          5

corners                  6                                          6

fouls                       8                                       19

poss% 1st           50                                        50

poss%  2nd         58                                        42

Bovril status:  After last weekend’s swelter fest today was a day made for Bovril!   A significant number of Godalming fans are climate refugees from more northern climes who understand that summers may only last 3 or 4 days and the rest of the year should be spent comfort drinking whatever beverage gets you through the other 361 days of grotty weather.

 

 

 

 

Islington Borough (H) (cup semi-final)

Godalming Town Ladies 1 – 1 Islington Borough Ladies (League Cup)

(Godalming go through 4-2 on penalties)

 The Godalming Ladies were without a few of their established players for this League Cup semi-final encounter including goal keeper Terri Brown who was unavailable. So, the diminutive Lilly Clarke, who had only appeared once for the development squad, was called upon to make her debut for the first team.

The Gees did not have the best of starts when after only a few minutes Islington were awarded a free kick, which was played into the home teams penalty area just on the edge of the 6-yard box. One of the visitor’s forwards was running in at speed from the opposite wing, but she missed the ball and the bounce eluded the Gees keeper and the ball ended up in the net.

Islington had no clear chances on goal and were making themselves known to the Gees in their tackling and clearly had some good players in their midfield. But it was the Gees who slowly started to put pressure on their visitors although the final touch seemed to desert them.

Then Toni West was brought down inside the area after some good work and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Becky Bloor stepped up and confidently put the ball away to level the score before half time.

The second half saw the home side continue to press, but despite a few good chances for Toni West and Becky Munroe, who was tireless as usual up front, it became clear that the game would be settled with a penalty shoot-out. Both Becky Bloor and Toni West were suffering on the pitch and so were subbed off only to be brought back for the final few minutes to be available to take penalties.

Becky Bloor again stepped up bravely to start the procedure and unusually put her shot just wide. If the Gees were to go through it would need some luck or something special from their keeper.

Lilly produced the goods with a good save, diving to her right. So, when one of the Islington players also missed the target, it was up to the Gees ladies to take their chances. They did just that and at the end Lilly was mobbed by her team mates as they celebrated making it to the final.

A good performance from the whole team and difficult to pick out anyone individual player. However for me Lauren Carnell was again superb dealing confidently with anything high into the Gees area towards the  and delivering some great passes and free kicks.

On to the final against Ashford once again.

COYG’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanworth Villa (A)

Hanworth Villa  2  –  0 Godalming Town

Plenty of Gees supporters made the trip to Hanworth and saw yet another changed line-up in the fight to get a few more points with Paddy Kinsella returning between the posts, Tom Biss wide on the left and Craig Mountain at right back.

Steve Bettancourt was played in front of the back four, where Alex Rodrigues was alongside Joe Bendell, and Lewis Lodge at left back.  Lee Boon and Chad Goulter were in the midfield with Piers Oldland wide on the right and Bobby Bennett in the number 9 slot. On the bench were Josh Pound, Bobby Webbe, Aiden Upward Tom Batten and Jack May.

It looked like the changes might bring some joy to the Gees in the first half as the home side were limited to some pretty long shots and with the two wide players providing an outlet going forward. Piers had a quick exchange of passes in the opening minutes with Bobby Bennett, which set him up for a shot as he cut inside only to see it clear the bar.

Not many realistic chances for the Gees although the ball was played back to Betts near the end of the half for him to have a pop, but either it took a deflection, or he did not quite get hold of it as it did not trouble the Villa keeper.

Villa did hit the crossbar with a shot that was hit from nearer the centre line than the visitor’s penalty area on the stroke of half time, but generally the first half was pretty even and finished

HT Hanworth Villa 0–0 Godalming Town

Gav and Jon introduced some changes early in the second half in an attempt to break the deadlock bringing on Bobby Webbe and Jack May for Tom and Piers who got a couple of good crosses in from wide and did some great work when we were defending.

The first Hanworth goal was from a shot well wide on their left which Paddy got down to well and seemed to get a hand to it, but he could only turn the ball onto the far post from where it bounced in.

There was plenty of effort from the Gees, some good quick through balls from Bobby Webbe and some energetic running from Jack May and Bobby Bennett, but they rarely looked like they were going to create enough clear scoring chances.

Lewis got booked after another good performance and the Gav felt it best to replace him with Josh Pound coming on to deal with the pace that Hanwell had out wide on both wings.

There was always that hope that we could have snatched an equaliser but as the time was running out a ball in the middle of the pitch was not cleared first time by the Gees defence and fell for A Hanworth forward to take on Paddy one on one and get their second.

The mild weather meant there was no call for Bovril at half time and no Ewing’s on hand to provide stats. Hanwell had the upper hand in the second half. We meet Hanworth again at home in the next match in the schedule. Let’s hope we can make the home advantage tell. I am sure Gav and Jon will have a plan.

COYG’s

So, no beefy beverage to comment upon, perhaps something stronger needed at the end.

 

 

Cherstey (A)

Chertsey 1 – 0 Godalming Town

This was a crucial fixture for the Gees in their fight to avoid relegation at Chertsey who are only just above the Gees in the table.

They were without the injured Jack Howard Ben Cotton, Tom Biss and Bobby Bennett and a good few others. But, to be honest we have seen so many different players this season it is far from clear to me which players are still “on the books”.

That said there was a pretty good selection of players warming up as we arrived including some new names including at left back Tommy Batten and at centre back Joe Blendell, both apparently previously at Chertsey until a day or so ago!

Aiden Upward was in goal, Josh Kempton, Alex Rodrigues, Joe Blendell and Tommy Batten made  the back four with Chad Goutier in front. Bobby Webbe and Lee Boon a bit further forward with Piers Oldland and Ben Toye the wide players and John Bennett at number 9. On the bench were Lewis Lodge, Josh Pound, Romario Hart, Hakim Griffiths.

There was little football played by either side and few chances created. But for the Gees John Bennett looked lively up front and after 38 minutes when the visitors won their first penalty the ball was played deep past the far post and was headed back towards the 6 yard box where Bennett managed to hook the ball back over his shoulder, only for it to hit the far post and bounce clear.

At the back Joe Blendell also impressed looking like he had played alongside “Roders” for ages.

HT Cherstey 0-0 Godalming

Early in the second half the Gees defence was caught out when the home side broke quickly and attacked down their right and then pulled the ball into the centre of the pitch, where Josh Kempton was left “holding the fort” and became entangled with the advancing forward.  So, the home side were awarded a free kick plumb centre of the pitch a few metres outside the penalty area. Despite a defensive wall the free kick was hit hard and low to the left of Aiden, just inside the post.

The Gees did have a couple of chances for John Bennett who brought a good save from the home keeper and Lee Boon who lifted a shot over the bar.  However, the home side had a couple of much better chances that they either they could not convert or were thwarted by Aiden.

Romario Hart was brought on for Ben Toye, who had been introduced to the home number 4 on a number of occasions. Romario was lively and caused the home defence a few problems.  Lewis Lodge made an appearance later for Piers as did Josh Pound who came on for Josh Kempton who had had a good game as usual.

A huge disappointment for the Gees supporters and the team. It is hard to see where the points will come from, but come they must.

COYGS

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams           Cherstey FC        Gees

attempts           12                      9

on target             7                        4

corners                4                        1

fouls                   11                      18

yellows                 1                        2

poss% 1st          50                      50

poss% 2nd        48                      52

 

balls kicked out the park;  9

Bovril status:  Cubes again – a rare breed of square cattle providing the beefy magic at the Curfews.  What is great about cubes is their inability to totally dissolve in a regulation polystyrene cup.  The last mouthful takes you by surprise with its intense saltiness.  Makes expensive cardiac testing equipment redundant – if your ticker survives the last gulp test then it is in great shape for sure.

 

 

Sutton Common Rovers (H)

Godalming Town 3 – 6 Sutton Common Rovers

 With the Gees third from bottom of the league and going down 1-0 at Chertsey last weekend, when needing to scrap for any points they can from the remaining games, they hosted third place SCR at Wey Court.

The Gees were without Bobby Webbe, Ben Cotton, Hakim Griffiths, Romario Hart, Lewis Lodge to name just a few in addition to Jack Howard who seems likely to be out for a few weeks yet.

During the first half the Gees seemed to be in a very friendly mood, failing to convert a good opportunity in the opening minutes. They were even more generous when the visitors won their first corner at the road end and watched in admiration as the visitors headed their first goal unchallenged.

SCR went on to score two more before Bobby Bennett (probably the smallest player on the pitch) replied for the home team with a close-range header from a free kick later in the first half.

Unfortunately, shortly after this John Bennett, who has been looking lively on his return, was taken out in a 50 /50 challenge with the visiting keeper. John came of worse, having to be subbed off later and also received a yellow card, which seemed pretty unlucky to me. Newcomer Jack May was introduced.

HT Godalming 1-3  SCR

Bobby Bennett was having a good game and early on in the second half received a good free kick wide on the left, he cut inside past the defenders and netted with a right footed shot to give the Gees the idea that they were actually still in with a shout.

Indeed, the Gees were going to make a game of it and after that disappointing first half they upped their game in the second to put the wind up the visitors for a while.

In their efforts to equalise the home defence were also playing a high defensive line, which left them open at the back and Aiden was penalised for bringing down a SCR player in the box as he went past him. SCR converted the penalty making it 2 – 4. But the Gees were not done for and Jack May brought the score back to 3 – 4 on his debut.

Gees had to throw everything at the visitors and Alex Rodrigues was subbed off allowing Piers Oldland to join the midfield and Ben Toye also joined the fray later.

But when you do that it is all or nothing and the visitors were too good up front and got another couple of goals at the death.

COYGs

Michael (Stato) Satats

Teams              Godalming                    Sutton Common Rovers

attempts                   7                                             15

on target                   4                                             11

corners                      1                                               7

fouls                         10                                             21

yellows                        1                                               1

poss% 1st                 45                                            55

poss% 2nd               52                                             48

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Spelthrne sports (H)

Godalming Town 2 – 4 Spelthorne Sports

This was another disappointing result in the fight for more points, but an encouraging performance none the less from the home side, in a game in which the advantage seemed to swing from one side to the other.

The Gees had Aiden Upward in goal, Josh Jackman, Steve Bettancourt, Alex Rodriguez and Josh Pound as the back four. Chad Gouter, Lee Boon and Bobby Webbe in the midfield. Bobby Bennett and Romario Harte wide with a returning John Bennett upfront. This left Lewis Lodge, Isy Nzello, Tom Biss, Jon Palmer and newcomer Ben Toye on the bench.

The game did not start well with the home side playing towards the training pitch end and after only ten minutes the Gees gave away a free kick beyond their penalty area on the visitors left. The ball was hit hard towards goal, just above head height and went beyond the far post, the referee initially indicating a goal kick, but then changed his signal to a corner for the visitors on their right. This was played into the edge of the 6 yard box where a glancing header saw the ball creep inside the far post.

It was only six minutes later when the Gees were awarded a free kick out on their right, which Bobby Webbe took and delivered a good ball into the box for John Bennett to get his head to and power the ball past the visiting keeper.

Some obscure decisions were given by the referee. When he finally got one right it brought the noisiest reactions from the stand all afternoon. Both sides had chances, but the score was 1-1 at half time.

HT Godalming 1-1 Spelthorne Sports

Having fought their way back from the early setback the Gees went one better at the start of the second half where the ever dangerous Bobby Bennett collected the ball on the right and cut in cleverly towards the goal finally slipping the ball through to Lee Boon who played it square in to John Bennett in front of goal where he smartly hit the ball home. 2 – 1 to the Gees.

The delight for the home fans was unfortunately only short lived as the visitors hit back almost immediately when the Gees defence seemed unable to clear the danger in a bit of a goal mouth scramble. Further, the visitors went ahead again when they broke quickly and attacked down their left and came up with a vicious shot from an acute angle that somehow beat Aiden to nestle in the net at the far post.

Lewis Lodge replaced Josh Pound after he received further treatment on the pitch having suffered an injury in the first half. Soon the Gees went all out in attack bringing on Tom Biss, and Ben Toye for Romario and Chad Gouter. This produced more chances for the Gees, but they could not capitalise on them despite their efforts. This also left them open to a quick break from a long ball and that is exactly what happened with Aiden coming off his line, but unable to stop the visiting forward rounding him and popping the ball in the net.

More points are urgently needed and the Gees must look towards every game as a chance to add to their tally and to make their future safe with so few games left.  We have a good enough squad, we can do it.

COYGs

 

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Team                     G’s              Spelthorne Sports

Attempts                8                             11

On target               3                               8

corners                  7                               5

fouls                      7                              12

Yellows                 1                                0

Poss% 1st           47                             53

Poss% 2nd         53                             47

 

Bovril status:  At half time… score 1-1(last goal scored 16th min)… Bovril tasted tantalisingly of meaty salt and points. Michael also had the 16th minute as a golden goal… and was sitting on a potential Golden goal treasure chest of a brand new 3×4, a holiday for two in Elstead and 2,345 Rwandan francs in cash   If only the clock stopped then!

Bedfont Sports (A)

Provided by Hendo in  Graham’s absence

Bedfont Sports 3-2 Godalming 

Team line-up. Andrew Upward, Josh Kempton, Josh Pound, Alex Rodrigues (captain), Lewis Lodge, Jack Howard, Lee Boon, Chad Goulter, Bobby Bennett, Bobby Webbe and Romario Harte.
On the bench were Piers Oldland, Tre Trowers, Dom Hardisty and Jon Palmer.

Bedfont have an excellent ground setup with a fine 3G pitch, creating a perfect spot for watching football if you happen to be stone deaf. Situated at the end of one of Heathrow’s main runways, the cries of the players and fans were drowned out by an endless aural assault from an endless stream of thundering Pratt and Whitneys. It seemed a shame that so many people were passing so close overhead, knuckles drawn white on the armrests, oblivious to the real drama unfolding just a short yellow-ice drop beneath them.

Both sides opened brightly and there were good chances at either end; the G’s having a header cleared off the line and at the other end Aiden was called upon to make a good save. Bedfont are an excellent side, who seemed to play with a nice balance of skill and aggression despite them giving an initially threatening impression dressed in their Dennis The Menace hooped jumpers. Obviously the club is not fond of conflict as the dugouts are placed fifty yards apart, which prevents any managerial spats occurring without the use of a megaphone or a bicycle.

After 15 minutes Bedfont went ahead with a strange goal that seemed to involve an accidentally brilliant dummy, a delicate chip and me not watching properly.

However Godalming came back strongly with both Bobby Bennett and the incredibly hard-working Romario both going close. Then on 35 minutes, all the industry paid off and G’s were correctly awarded a penalty, which Bobby Bennett tucked away neatly to the keeper’s right.

Six minutes later, Jack Howard went down in a heap and had to be replaced by Piers. It looked pretty painful, but let’s hope he’ll be back very soon. Just when it seemed that the G’s would be holding onto a deserved draw at halftime, after 41 minutes, a very neat, well-taken goal meant that Bedfont went into the break one up.

HT Bedfont Sports 2-1 Godalming

In the second half, our heads stayed high and we performed as well as I’ve seen us this season. Romario was not going to be denied and after fighting his way into the box, lobbed the keeper, only to see the ball bounce back off the bar. He then shrugged off the defenders, collected the rebound, remained calm, beat another man and slammed it home. 2-2.

But Bedfont are at the top of the table for a reason and threw themselves at our defence, that had looked encouragingly solid, but persistence eventually paid off and after hitting the woodwork and going close again (as did we), they finally got the winner in the 79th minute. Just about deserved ..just about.

It was an excellent game, played in the right spirit and G’s should be cheered by the performance, especially as we came within inches of taking home a point to accompany the crippling earache.

The extremely well-spoken referee got a standard amount of abuse for missing a few things, but overall had a good game eventually giving Romario a yellow card for doing something or other that I didn’t see. Tre came on for Chad near the end.

I’ve no idea if they served Bovril but the directors were given biscuits at half time.

Saturday we host Spelthorne Sports at Wey Court

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