Bedfont and Feltham 5 – 0 Godalming
On the face of it this looks like a complete drubbing for the Gs, but despite the scoreline this for me was a much better performance than we saw on Tuesday night. This time against the team at the top of the table.
Make no mistake we lost to a much better team who are probably the best team we have seen in this league. An experienced well organised squad who generally towered above the Gs youngsters. But it was definitely “a game of two halves” as they say.
Jordan Knight was in goal as usual but with no Darren Wheeler, Jake Heard, Jordan Clements or Reegan Scotcher it seemed that Les lined up his squad with three centre backs Curtis, Og and Joe and presumably playing as two wing backs Ryan and the returning Kenny Kassabante. Good to see him back with us.
Jack H was in front of the defensive line and Richie and Jack C in the middle with Ollie and Donte up front. On the bench were Dom, Samba, Liam, Charlie, Matt Kerbey and a returning Abdullah Ismail who we have not seen for a while.
For me the Gs looked good when they started and indeed were the first to find the net, but Ollie was rightly flagged for an offside. Then with the visitors having had the best of the possession in the first fifteen minutes the home side managed to break down their left and delivered a simple low ball into the 6yard box for a close-range tap in.
Only six or seven minutes later they made it two when their No 11 was allowed the freedom of the parish and accepted the invitation to deliver again a square ball into the 6- yard box for a mirror of the first.
Les then chose to change the line-up and replaced Ryan Villa with Dom Hardisty as a more conventional left back in a back four.
However, the home side were able to add another before half time with a shot from well wide on their left that found the inside of the far post.
HT: Bedfont & Feltham 3-0 Godalming
The second half saw a big improvement and lots of good football from the Gs with both Donte and Richie outstanding and demonstrating their quality. Ollie as always was working hard upfront but after a period of 30 minutes when we seemed to dominate the play a defensive error at the back called on Jordan knight to make a save at point blank range.
It seemed that Donte might get one back when after some great play he headed off towards the goal fending off a defender. He hit a cracking shot that crashed against the upright and bounced back into play. It was just one of those days.
After all that the home side went up the other end and a further weakness in the Gs defence saw them fail to clear a speculative high ball into the box and the hosts were up to four against the run of play.
Just to add insult to injury we gifted another goal to them before the end with indecision at the back when we could have cleared the ball.
Perhaps the desire to play attractive football, which is itself admirable, needs to be tempered with a need to play a more direct style at times. Just a thought.
I was impressed by the set up at Bedfont :- great pitch and supporters. Very welcoming excellent squad and no whinging to the ref,. Before the game they marked a horrendous day in their history when, thirty years ago, three of their players died in a freak car crash when they were hit by a police car travelling at speed on the way back from a game.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Bedfont & Feltham G’s
attempts 15 8
on target 10 5
poss% 1st 65 35
poss% 2nd 45 55
Bovril status: No issues this week with Bovril recognition. It was on their menu of delights just above Dog Rolls. Being such a jet-setting hipster place we were served delicious Bovril cubes! Great idea but will it ever catch on away from the Big Smoke?