Godalming Town FC

British Airways (H)

Godalming 2 – 1 British Airways

Another three points for the Gs and it was so, so deserved. If there can be any criticism at all it would only be that the score line should have reflected the Gs dominance for so much of the game. The first meeting of the two teams at BA’s ground (Bedfont and Feltham) earlier this year was the farcical one where we finished the game with, I think 9 or maybe 8 players on the pitch having dominated the first half play. Ryan being inexplicably sent off at the end of the first half and Joe Lewis getting what he thought was a second yellow card having been just sin binned and therefore sent off for leaving the pitch. Mo Amghar also being sin binned later. A very bad experience that we did not want to repeat.

Paul Bonner’s first game in charge of the first team and the squad gave him the most fantastic performance. The last game that Andrew and I were present at was the 5 – 2 win against Farnham in the league Cup and this again, saw the Gs show extraordinary pace everywhere on the pitch.

It was a cold rainy day when we arrived at the ground with the normal trepidation about who would be named in the squad and indeed as there was more heavy rain forecast, whether the game would even be on. There was a fair bit of standing water on the pitch at the start.

In the build up to the game we saw a couple of new names on the team sheet. Matt Brown at number nine. I believe he is also part of Paul ‘s coaching team and he looked pretty sharp upfront, but, unfortunately after only ten minutes he had to be helped off the pitch having suffered an ankle injury. Can only hope that he is okay and recovers quickly.

In goal was the impressive Adrian Giles. In front of him were an equally impressive back four of Dom Hardisty, Rory Sellick, Reegan Scotcher and Raisan Francis. Ben Bauchop and Richie Mbele in the midfield with Darren Wheeler, who was doing his usual roaming thing. Ryan Villa wide on the right and Reece Weeks wide on the left and Matt Brown upfront. On the bench were Elijah Carter, Liam Gadd, Arthur Chosen and Ollie Ballam.

The injury to Matt Brown saw Arthur Chosen (another new name) introduced far earlier than anyone can have expected, but the home side had started well and were playing some good passes despite the worsening conditions on the pitch.

The first shot of the game came from Richie, but was comfortably saved by the visiting keeper. Moments later Reece cut in from wide on the Gs left and curled the ball past the keeper only to see it clip the far post and bounce wide. More shots came from the Gs from Darren and then Raisan got in another great run and delivered a fine cross, which unfortunately neither Reece or Ryan could stretch far enough to make contact with at the far post.

Ben Bauchop then got in a cracking shot from just inside the area that dipped in front of the BA keeper, but he was still able to push the ball around for another corner to the Gs in a string of corners.

The general pace of Ryan, and Reece was too much for the visitors, whilst the back four were looking comfortable in mopping up anything that the visitors could put together in the way of an occasional attack. Ben and Richie were having an outstanding game.

So, despite battering away at the opposition goal, the Gs had got nothing on the score sheet at half time. When you play well, but you do not score, there is always that nagging doubt about the result. Goals are the only thing that counts in the end.

Imagine the relief then as the game restarted when Ben Bauchop, who has been improving for me every game he plays, won the ball on the hallway line and flicked it on. The ball was then played through to where Reece could use his pace to get behind the BA defence and bearing down on the goal Reece was able to glide the ball past the keeper into the net to put us 1-0 up.

Only a couple of minutes later Ben Bauchop got forward again and hit a thunderous drive from the edge of the area that hit the near post and somehow found its way in the net. To put the Gs 2-0 up.

The home side kept pressing and chances came and went for Darren and Richie amongst others. Darren came off to be replaced by Elijah with about 15 minutes to go.

Almost immediately after BA got a goal back when a rare shot took a wicked deflection off a Gs defender and past Adrian. Richie got a yellow card. Shortly after the BA No 8 also picked up a yellow. Towards the end Dom received a yellow card after another good game.

It was a fine performance of fast passing and inventive build up play on a pitch that was not really suited to it. A great all-round performance from all the lads.

Talking of fine performances, how about Hendo and his super match reports. Thanks, Hendo.  If you fancy doing a write up at some time let me know. It would be great to see one or two other people contribute reports. Rather than my same old stuff.

 Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                   G’s                BA

Attempts               14                    9

On target                5                    4

Corners                 11                     3

Fouls                       9                  18

Pos% 1st              61                   39

Pos% 2nd           64                   36

yellows                 2                       1

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