Godalming 0 – 3 Carshalton
This fixture on the frozen wastes of Wey Court brought back the painful memories of the game at Carshalton, which saw the end of Andy Hunt as Gs Manager. Those of us who were there still suffer bad dreams of that night. Even Hendo was stunned into silence, shuffling uncomfortably on the terraces mumbling like the rest of us.
So the thought of the opportunity to put the record straight for dreamers like me was strong, but it seemed unlikely when we arrived to see that there was only one outfield player on the bench.
Recent performances showed that Dan is now bringing together a much more competitive squad.
The starting line up was based on using three centre backs Musgrove, Purdy, and Garstang with Oldland and Roots as wing backs, Wheeler, Brown, Dormer and Efambe in the midfield and Bunyan on his own up front.
Tom Webb and Gil de Sousa were named on the bench as was Jack Warburton who was involved in a vehicle accident and could not make it to the match. With Chris Wales unavailable and Nick Sowden suspended it was going to be even tougher.
The youngsters from the Dev Squad all did a great job, seeming now to be more comfortable in the first team.
But in the opening moments William Efambe made a great break showing his pace and skill with the ball working his way into the penalty area. Unfortunately he could not get his shot past the visiting keeper on the angle. Matt Bunyan was in the 6yard box but the ball did not fall to him.
Then on 13 minutes from a high cross from their left Carshalton went ahead with a shot from close range. Seems to have happened a few times that after being positive at the start we concede around 15 minutes in.
The second goal for the visitors came from a long clearance behind the Gs defence, which allowed the visitors forwards to use their pace and again beat Oneal from close range.
The second half saw a better performance from the Gs with the whole side digging in and Matt Bunyan was doing well on his own, but needed some support at his side more quickly at times. Then William Efambe made another run and slipped the ball through to Matt who stuck it in the net only to find it ruled offside.
Carshalton responded and had a goal disallowed for offside at the other end minutes later.
The Gs line up was then changed to 4 4 2 bringing on Gil de Sousa (replacing Callum Roots, who had had a good game) along side Matt Bunyan in an attempt to get something from the game. It did give us more up front, but at the death the visitors put the game out of site with a third goal, which was initially cleared off the line, but eventually fell to one of their forwards to put it in after a bit of a scramble.
It was another gutsy performance against a very strong team who were able to attack fast and in numbers and are now back in contention for the play-offs. Bobby Dormer was a fine example running himself into the ground.
Plenty of heart from the lads on the pitch, although of course they were very disappointed at the result. They will come up against less organised teams and surely will get a slice of luck from time to time.