Godalming Town 3-5 Brockenhurst (F.A Vase)
After such a good performance last week at CB Hounslow, where on another day we would have walked away with all three points, I think a few of the G’s supporters and probably the squad thought that they could be about to end the disappointing run of results. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
With Shawn Lyle starting his suspension and Darren Wheeler, Romario Hart and Isy Nzelo unavailable, there were two new faces in the G’s squad with Robert Webbe in the midfield and Bobby Bennett up front.
The first half performance by the G’s was poor to say the least and the visitors were applying most pressure. Long balls to the wings, where they always seemed to have a man free. It was not that the G’s did not have chances themselves, they did, but they were few and far between. The ball over the top of the defence into the gap behind the home defence was being exploited.
After twenty minutes, the visitors pressure told when the home side gave away a free kick on the visitors left. The ball was played in towards the far post where it was headed home from close range.
Shortly after the Badgers attacked again and Aaron Bufton was forced to leave his goal to cut down the angle down and could only watch as a speculative chip came back off his crossbar.
A second goal was not far away however and a third. So, all looking pretty bad for the G’s whose diminutive forwards were facing an uphill battle against a side with two very big centre backs.
Hakim Griffiths, who is always threatening, got in a tussle with the visitors left back after he felt he was fouled and the two of them ended up tangled on the ground before a disgraceful interlude, which involved almost all of the players on the pitch. The result was that after the ref had consulted his linesman both of the main protagonists were shown straight red cards.
But the G’s were not for giving up and towards the end of the first half they got a goal back when Robert Webbe managed a back header from close range to put the ball in the net for the G’s. So, at half time the G’s still 3-1 down, but at least a goal to close the gap.
HT Godalming 1-3 Brockenhurst
At the start of the second half with the G’s reverting to a flat back four they started to show what a threat they can be up front. A succession of beautiful passes played between Ben Cotton and Bobby Bennett saw them work the ball around the huge defenders and left Ben with an easy final ball into the net. Now G’s only 3 -2 down and the nerves starting to jangle for the Brockenhurst fans.
It then looked like the visitors might have blown it completely when, from a corner on their left, the G’s drew level with Robert Webbe hitting a low ball to the front post, which somehow went across the goal and inside the far post.
It seemed now that the change in the home sides fortunes could be about to take place. Having come back unbelievably from 3-0 down to level the score, could they now snatch the result?
Callum Rootes and Luke Elgar were both forced off with injuries in the second half to be replaced by Eugene Bongo on the left and Mert Varli on the right.
But with only about 8 minutes to go the visitors broke quickly and Aaron Bufton went to ground bravely as he always does, to block an effort from the Badgers, but somehow the ball flew almost straight up in the air and although it looked initially like it would fly over the crossbar, to the delight and relief of the visiting fans it fell just under the bar and in.
This probably took the wind out of the sails of the home side as another goal at the death made the score line look like this was an easier victory for the visitors than it actually was.
Brockenhurst deserved the result, but the G’s can be proud of the fightback in the second half together with some very good individual performances, including those from newcomers Robert Webbe and Bobby Bennett.
Teams G’s Brockenhurst
attempts 12 19
on target 5 8
corners 5 5
fouls 10 12
poss 1 50 50
poss 2 55 45
reds 1 1