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Spelthorne Sports (A)

Spelthorne Sports 2-3 Godalming Town

Visiting other grounds is all part of the fun of following the Gees.  Sometimes you are blown away by 3 G pitches, plush corporate buildings, towering stands… and come away thinking “if only…”  Other times you visit grounds and realise just how lucky we are at Wey Court to have what we have.  Such was the case at Spelthorne.  There were two short sections of seating two rows deep housed in a  wooden bus shelter, the hospitality room was a garden shed and the covered terrace (of sorts) was little more than a timber frame with plywood roof – no sides.  First impressions were not helped by the miserable afternoon – even Dave was wearing his thermal shorts in the driving rain.   On the positive side the local fans were friendly, the Bovril flowed freely (see note below) and the game was ON unlike many others in the league.

So out came the Gees dressed in pristine white to face the might of Spelthorne who had started the season briskly but were struggling with form since New Year.  Piers and Isy made a welcome return to the starting line up alongside Pat Kinsella in goal and Chad Goulter at no.8.   The game started brightly enough for Godalming with several good passing moves switching side and releasing Isy and Hakim to create half chances in front of goal.  However Spelthorne had pace and 4 times in the first half hour turned the Godalming defence on the break and created clear chances.  The second of these, after 19 minutes, saw John Roberts through on the left wing and release a cracking shot to put the home side deservedly 1-0 up.

It is at this point that seasoned Gees watchers start to hunker down and fear the worst but what followed was 15 minutes of sheer Godalming magic.  It started with Piers floating a beautifully struck shot into the top right hand corner of the Spellthorne net.  The ball seemed to curve into the wind and left the keeper stunned –  “ragoaliesastookie” I said to young Michael.  1-1 and cheered on by rejuvenated fans the Gees went one better – this time a deliciously flighted ball from Piers headed home by Lee Boon.  2-1 and more cheering.  On the 40th minute Piers did it again and we were 3-1 up…

Capitulation is not a word widely used in Sunbury and Spelthrorne started the second half intent on clawing back a point at least.  Godalming held firm through the dangerous first ten minutes then made it to 20 on what was rapidly becoming a mud-bath of a pitch.  Jack Howard was ferocious as ever, Isy ran miles and we were gripped by the battle.  On the 71st minute the inevitable happened and  Lewis Flatman- their noted danger man- scored.  3-2 with time a plenty.  The remaining 19 minutes of normal time saw Spelthorne pile it on – one header into an open goal went wide, keeper Kinsella stopped another clear chance and several times the ball bounced dangerously around the box with players sliding in the mud around it.  But no goal and no daft penalty…  Ross predicted at least 5 minutes extra time would be added but Spelthorne were spent and Godalming had weathered the storm.  3-2 and a deserved 3 points!

The fans cheered the team off the pitch.  Keeper Kinsella, realising that there was no cash bonus for a win, decided to take his reward for sterling service in the form of topsoil leaving the pitch with 36 kilos of grade A Sunbury loam attached to every part of his strip and body.  And next time you look at Wey Court and criticise the brutalist stand seating or the Dharavi chic inspired covered terraces behind goal spare a thought for Spelthorne.  Not every club is as lucky as we are!

Teams                Spellthorne                      Godalming

Attempts                    15                                       14

On target                      9                                         6

Corners                         4                                         5

Fouls                           12                                       10

Yellow Cards                2                                         2

Poss% 1st                   50                                       50

Poss% 2nd                 68                                       32

Bovril status:  Bovril cubes!  Yes- small cubes of beefy magic all served with a wooden twizzle stick to make sure you got the cube fully dissolved.   Who would have thought you could get Bovril in a cube.  Proof indeed that travel does broaden your horizons.

Knaphill (H) Challenge Cup

Godalming Town 0-2 Knaphill 

Provided by Hendo and augmented by editor.

It was fitting and moving to see so many familiar faces come down to pay their respects to our president Bill Kyte. Past issues were put aside for the evening as the committee, volunteers, players and supporters from both sides stood stood and perfectly observed the minutes silence in respect of the great man.  The game itself seemed strangely incidental after that.

The game was played on one of  the coldest nights of the year and was a game of two key parts. Part one the football being dominated by both defences, resulting in few chances for both sides. Part two was the unpleasant and unnecessary mix of fighting and shouting.

Knaphill started better and had most of the early possession. Their first goal after 16 min resulted from a free-kick just outside the area and a well struck ball beat Tom Webb and finished up in the  top left corner of the G’s goal.

Knaphill continued to have the better of the possession and were awarded another free-kick in almost the identical position in the 30 min. The same Knpahill player stepped up and the result was the same though this time Tom was beaten by an unfortunate bounce of the ball.

HT Godalming 0-2 Knaphill 

The G’s started much better in the second half and began to create some chances. However after a rash challenge from Josh Pound followed by retaliation form the Knaphill player resulting in an unsightly ‘hand bags’ incident involving virtually all the players.  Both Josh and the Knaphill player were shown straight red cards.

After that the game slowly petered out and while as a spectacle it will soon fade from memory what will remain forever is the memory of a great man, our president and inspiration of our club – RIP Bill Kyte.

#COYGS

Banstead Athletic (H)

Godalming Town 3 – 0 Banstead Athletic

What a difference a few days can make!

Tuesday night’s performance was disappointing at Colliers Wood, but this was a whole lot more enjoyable. With Steve Bettancourt unavailable the Gees fielded probably the youngest back four in living memory. Andrew is convinced that their combined age is less than mine. His addition is flawed, but not by much. They really impressed. Dom Hardisty was at right back and Josh Pound at left back, while Josh Kempton and Lewis Lodge were the centre backs. Tom Webb was in goal and had a pretty easy game, having only one really testing shot that he had to deal with and he did just that, getting down at full stretch in the second half.

In the midfield Jack Howard, and Lee Boon (captain for the day) were everywhere. Ben Cotton was wide on the right, while new faces Hanson Gilkes wide on the left and Nathan Webb up front alongside Hakim Griffiths. The bench included Benga Ogunseye, Ainsley Everett, Isy Nzello  and Jon Palmer. Bobby Bennett is suffering with a ham string problem, but hopes to be back in a week or so, if all goes well.

The game could not have started better for the home side as within 6 minutes of the start Nathan Webb slipped the ball neatly through the Banstead defence for Hakim Griffiths to run onto and score from close range. Just reward for the effort that Hakim always puts in to his game.

Shortly after the goal Jack Howard hit a powerful shot that the visiting keeper had to get down well to stop. A dominant performance from the Gees in the first half that saw them lead 1-0 at half time.

HT Godalming Town 1-0 Banstead Athletic

Hakim and Nathan were giving the visiting defence no time on the ball and early in the second half there was some indecision in the Banstead defence and the lively Hanson Gilkes responded quickly and poked the ball past the visiting keeper to give the Gees some breathing space.

With 30 minutes to go Ben Cotton who seems to be getting back to match fitness was replaced by Ainsley Everett and soon after Hakim came off as Benga replaced him upfront. The third replacement saw Isy come on for Hanson. Like Ben, Isy is recovering match fitness after a long period out with injury, so it is good to see him getting some match time.

The second half saw the visitors throw everything they could at the Gees, but the back four stood up well, as did the rest of the squad.

Ainsley made a terrific run out of defence and made it into the area where he was brought down. After the ref consulted his assistant he awarded the penalty. Ainsley hit it well and with power. Just as well as the keeper got his hands to it, but could not keep it out.

A terrific result, three points and a clean sheet. It is not over by a long way, but well done to the whole squad including Gav and Jon for a great performance.

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                 Gees       Banstead

attempts                 8                 11

on target                4                   5

corners                  4                    6

fouls                     13                  12

Yellow cards          1                    3

poss%1st             57                  43

poss% 2nd          42                  58

    

Bovril status:  freshly milled black pepper,a steaming mug of black magic and three points in the bag… it just doesn’t get better than this!

#COYGS

CB Hounslow (H)

Godalming Town 0 – 0 CB Hounslow

 It was good to see the Gees play some football again after quite a few weeks when the weather got the better of it. This one must have been touch and go as well. The weather was fine early on, but the rain started about midday and left the pitch really soft and slippery everywhere by kick-off. This rather put paid to any chance of much attractive football being played with the players struggling to keep upright.

The big news on the day was that Dimi, who has been such a star between the sticks, for the Gees has apparently been signed up to a German professional team. So, I am sure we all wish him well for the future.

Welcome to Pat Kinsella in goal today for the Gees. On a day not really suited to goal keepers he had a terrific game. Not that he was that busy, but he was up to the challenge when we needed to be on two occasions in the first half.

Josh Kempton was back on the team sheet at right back and Josh Pound at left back with the versatile Lewis Lodge partnering Steve Bettancourt as the centre backs. Ben Cotton, Jack Howard and Lee Boon in midfield with Bobby Bennett and Hakim Griffiths as the wide players and Benga Ogunzi  up front. Good to see both Isy Nzello and Piers Oldland fit again and on the bench alongside Tom Webb, Tre Trowers and Aynsley Everett.

For me the Gees had the majority of the possession in the first half, but the goal scoring opportunities were limited to long range shots. The remarkable thing to me was that the referee, who was clearly not frightened to blow his whistle for any anything, chose to completely ignore the visiting keeper flooring Bobby Bennett when he was miles from the ball and simply waived play on.

Benga and Bobby both looked threatening, but were unable to create any clear chances. The half time entertainment included two squeegee rollers being employed in attempt to remove some of the water from the goal mouths.

HT Godalming 0 – 0 CB Hounslow

The second half saw the Gees and the visitors slipping and sliding as the surface of the pitch deteriorated. Lots of yellow cards were shown. The Gees kept attacking and Pat Kinsella saw little action, but although they got into the last third repeatedly, again they were mainly limited to long shots form Ben, Hakim,and Benga. The ball just did not seem to run for us in front of goal.

So, we look forward to the visit to Colliers Wood on Tuesday, which will be another important game.Hopefully the rain will subside and allow a reasonable pitch to play on.

 Michael (Stato)  Stats

 Teams              Gees  CB Hounslow

attempts                7              8

on target                3             3

corners                   2             3

fouls                     15            16

yellows                   4              4

poss% 1st            57            43

poss%  2nd          61            39

 

Bovril status:  Wey Court has won another Egon Roney Cows Tail for dishing up more sublime magic!

#COYGS

Epsom and Ewell (H)

Godalming 1 v 2 Epsom and Ewell

No doubt that this result was a considerable disappointment after the great results of recent weeks.

Sure, the Gees were without Tom Biss who has been very influential, but the equally impressive Lee Boon moved to left wing and Jack Howard was back in the boiler room. So, what went wrong is beyond me. A couple of games on 3G pitches? The moon was in the wrong quarter? Who knows. But it was a pretty lack lustre performance in truth.

Having said all of that it was not for lack of chances as Michael’s stats will show. Gees had by far the greater possession, far more chances five on target, but only one found the net. E & E had only three on target and two of them found their way in.

It all started quite well with Hakim looking dangerous, as always, breaking free early on only to pull his shot just wide of the left-hand post, when one on one with the keeper.

Not long after Bobby Bennett, who had another good game, got free on the right after a good ball from Benga put him through and hit a shot across the goal, which came back off the far post and Hakim was on hand to pop it into the net.

The Gees were pressing for a second when they were caught on the break and the resulting cross found the only E& E player in the 6-yard box who had an easy conversion for the equaliser.

HT Godalming 1 v 1 Epom and Ewell

Much as the Gees huffed and puffed, with some good passing but they could not find the required finish.

The Gees then went 2-1 down when E&E broke quickly again and delivered a great cross from their right over Dimi dropping under the bar at the far post making it easy for it to be bundled in.

The big excitement for me was to see the name of Guy Hollis back in the Gees squad, albeit for just one game. Did not see that one coming. Was watching him on the telly a couple of weeks back in Slough’s clash against Rochdale.

It brought it all back. Shaping up for some really long throws and watching him match the opposition winger for pace. He nearly got on the score sheet from close range in the second half, but it went just around the post. What a Roy of the Rovers story that would have been.

Memories of Guy partnering Adam Foulser at the heart of the Gees defence, with Wes Harrison and Ryan Lake as the backs, Jamie Mc Clurg and Ben Edwards, a couple of Harris’ (Warren and Scott), and a Darren Wheeler. Even a Gav Smith and Jon Palmer – whoever they might be!! Those were the days. But they also had some poor performances against lowly opposition, when we had expected much better. It happens. We need to get back on the bike straightaway and back to winning ways.

#COYGS

Michael (Stato) Stats 

Teams                 G’s        Epsom & Ewell

attempts             13                      5

on target                5                     3

corners                   2

fouls                      18                  14

yellows                    1                     1

poss% 1st             52                   48

poss% 2nd            60                  40

Bovril status: A welcome moment of salty warmth on an otherwise bleak afternoon

Camberley Town (A)

Camberley 0  Godalming Town 0

After so much rain it was doubtful whether the Krooner Park pitch would be playable, but they got the thumbs up and fortunately the rain held off for the duration of the game. Well done to Camberley for getting the game on.

The Gees knew that this was going to be a tougher match than their recent encounters as the League position of their hosts made it clear that they would have to be at their best to get anything in the way of points from the game.

Having recently seen a number of injuries to the Gees squad and the introduction of another batch of new players against North Greenford, it was good to see that there were some of the injured players, not on the squad sheet, but warming up on the pitch. Piers Oldland says he is another couple of weeks away from returning (ankle injury). Josh Kempton has a groin injury and was advised to rest it rather than risk further damage and Alex Rodrigues (groin injury) was accompanying Gav Smith in the dugout.

So, the versatile Lewis Lodge found himself partnering Lea Van Sullivan as the centre backs in front of Dimi Kyriatkis in goal with the impressive Shaun Smart at right back and from the U 18 squad Dominic Hardisty at left back. Tre Trowers started alongside Jack Howard with Darren Wheeler and Bobby Bennett the wide players and Hakim Griffiths and Kieran Campbell up front. On the bench were, Aaron Parfitt, Ainsley Everett, Ben Cotton, Benga Ogunseye, and Tom Webb.

Looked like Tom would get his knees dirty when Dimi bravely went down to collect the ball at the feet of an advancing forward and took a blow requiring attention only minutes in. But Dimi stayed on.

The first chance for the Gees came from a run by Bobby Bennett down the right and he pulled the ball back in to the edge of the box where Hakim got in a shot that went just wide.The home team probably had the edge on possession, but did not give Dimi too much to worry about.

During the second half the Camberley team put some more pressure on the Gees but apart from one attempt were limited to long shots, most of which went well high over the bar. The Gees continued to battle on and never gave up. But Camberley, from the League statistics, are good at defending, but not so good at scoring.

The last five minutes were all at the home end when Aaron Parfitt (on for Tre) used his long throw and almost caught out the home team when it landed in line with the far post and rebounded of the foot of the post from someone who I could not identify. From the ensuing corner the Gees had another chance from close range, which was hit over the bar.

As I was in the middle of some home supporters who were urging the ref to blow for full time as they clearly felt that the Gees might nick it with a goal at the end. But it ended 0-0.

Good points for the Gees:-

  • We would have taken a point when we arrived. So, no complaints.
  • 4 wins and a draw in the last 6 games.
  • Dominic at left back looked like he had been there all season.
  • Shaun at right back looked just as good as he did on his debut.
  • It was Kevin Goodman’s 50th birthday and he was well pleased.
  • Not a single yellow card in the game.
  • There was, as usual, a great turn out from the travelling Gees supporters

Michael (Stato) Stats

Stats

Camberley Town

Gees

Attempts

20

10

On target

7

3

Corners

7

3

Fouls

12 (4 o/s)

14 (3 o/s)

Poss 1

57

43

Poss 2

54

46

Cards

NONE

NONE

 

Bovril status – Fine quality brew prepared by the Flippin Burger team – all served with freshly ground black pepper served from the largest pepper mill in Surrey.  ah… Bovril

 

COYGs

 

North Greenford (H)

Godalming Town  2 North Greenford 1

Christmas came a few days earlier at Wey Court, where the rejuvenated Gees under the manger-ship of former players Gav Smith and Jon Palmer entertained North Greenford. Despite going behind to a penalty in the first half the Gees came back in the second to take all three points in a thrilling finish to the game.

The first half performance from the home side was at times a bit flat, but that was probably due to the number of new players making their debuts, no less than six including those on the bench.

The home fans however were undoubtedly well in front of the visitor’s supporters on the “Dress for Christmas” front. There can’t be many Santa hats left in the local shops!

Alex Rodrigues, Robert Webbe, Piers Oldland, Rory Sellick and Isy Nzelo all injured. Steve Bettancourt suspended and Ben Cotton ill, hence the need for the new signings.

Dimi Kyriatzis was in goal, newcomer Leavan Sullivan wore the captain’s armband and partnered Josh Kempton as the centre back pairing and newcomer Shaun Smart at right back making up the back four with left back Josh Pound. The returning Jack Howard partnered Lewis Lodge who moved to fill the gap in midfield for his managers. The Gees legend Darren Wheeler was wide on the left with Bobby Bennett on the right and newcomer Kieran Campbell and Hakim Griffiths more central.

The visitors had the upper hand in the first half with the greater possession, but did not really produce much to bother the impressive Dimi Kyriatzis in the Gees goal. They won a penalty towards the end of the first half to go in one up at the break and probably deserved it on the balance of play.

HT Godalming 0-1 North Greenford

However, the Gees started the second half more brightly and Bobby Bennett was looking very threatening cutting in from wide positions at pace.

Early in the second half the Gees went close to levelling the score bringing a good save from the visiting keeper pushing the shot just around the post.

With the new signings Jon and Gav found themselves with options to change the set up and they did. The hard-working Hakim replaced by Ainsley Everett and Darren replaced by Benga Ogunesye. The lively Bobby Bennett nicked the ball off the visiting keeper, but was just unable to score.

The Gees levelled, but as I was recovering a ball I did not witness it. I am reliably informed that it came about when the visiting keeper attempting to clear the ball hit the ball straight at one of his team mates (flooring him) and then made a poor clearance, which Bobby Bennett latched onto and passed to Benga to score. Sorry if that is wrong.

The Gees then stated to play with more freedom and created some good passing moves.

Bobby Bennett worked his way towards the visitor’s box before squaring the ball well to give Benga the chance to score his second, which he took well.

Only minutes later Benga had the opportunity to go for his hat trick, but unselfishly played the ball wide instead and the move broke down. This set the stage for a nail bighting finish for the home fans and they saw Dimi once again somehow keep the ball out in the closing minutes.

Another tremendous come back for the Gees and the gap between the teams above us now almost closed. So, another tremendous job done by all the lads and of course Jon and Gav and their mnagement team. It will not be lost on them though that the job is not yet done, but we do have a competitive team now as we approach some tough games.

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                    G’s                 North Greenford

Attempts                  9                               16

On target                 6                                 5

Corners                   5                                  4

fouls                     20                                 16

yellows                   2                                   6

reds                       0                                    1

Poss% 1st          45                                  55

Poss% 2nd        56                                  44

 

Champagne Bovril served at the end – dry yet zingy with a distinct aftertaste of relief.

COYGs.

Video Highlights – https://youtu.be/M6TMN27Tp70

Redhill (H)

Godalming 1 Redhill 0

It may have been 1-0 at the final whistle, but it was a second win against Redhill this season and for me underlined what progress has been made since Gav and Jon took over the reins at Wey Court.

We talk about important matches and of course all of them are important. But after that tremendous win at Epsom and Ewell we needed to know how good the current squad really is against stronger opposition.

The game at Horley showed those of us who travelled that we really do have a competitive squad now, even when we play teams near the top of the table, but we cannot always rely on all of them being available.

So, the Gees entered the game without the impressive Aaron Parfitt and a string of other players who were not available or injured including Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland. There was a bit of good news however that Ben Cotton was again named on the bench after a long period out with a foot injury.

Dimitrios Kyriatkis was in goal, Josh Kempton at right back, Steve Bettancourt and Alex Rodrigues the centre back pairing and Josh Pound, who is looking more and more impressive, at left back.  Eugene Bongo chosen to play in front of the back four (no doubt to give Jon a break), Lee Boon, Robert Webbe, in midfield with Bobby Bennett playing wide on one wing with Tom Biss on the other and Hakim Griffiths in the centre. Ben Cotton, Estoban Salgado, Gabriel Oliviera, Jon Palmer and Tom Webb on the bench.

The first half was pretty competitive with the visitors ahead on possession and shots on target although there was not too much to worry the Gees keeper, but the Gees probably had the two best chances of the half, but neither side were able to find the net.

HT Godalming Town 0-0 Redhill

The home side seemed a bit slow to get into the game at the start of the second half playing towards the road end and came under pressure for a while, but at about fifteen minutes in to the second half the Gees won two corners in a row. Robert Webbe played it short with a 1-2 to with Bobby Bennett, but frustratingly seemed to lose possession. But to his credit Webbe won it straight back and played a diagonal short ball through the crowd of defenders for Lee Boon to latch on to and put a good shot into the net, to the relief of the home crowd.

This seemed to inspire the whole Gees squad, as within moments Tom Biss hit a speculative lob towards goal from wide on the right, having spotted the visiting keeper well off his goal line. It rattled the crossbar and bounced clear.

The Gees won another corner and the visiting keeper failed to hold it with the ball falling to Bobby Bennett with his back to the goal. Unfortunately, he could only hook the ball over the bar. For me Bobby had another great game and he deserved a goal.

The Gees were dominating play at this stage and the hard-working Hakim Griffiths worked the ball through to Tom Biss, finding himself one-on-one with the Redhill keeper, who bravely saved with his legs.

15 minutes from the end saw Ben Cotton make his appearance with typical energy, giving Hakim a chance of a breather, while Estoban came on for Bobby Bennett.

There was defending to do and the Gees defence coped with it all so well. But credit to the visitors they never gave in and continued to press until the end. The gap to the teams above has now been halved so, while that is great, there is much more to do.

More signings have been made so watch this space.

COYG’s

 

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Teams                    G’s                  Redhill

attempts                11                       16

on target                  5                       10

corners                     5                       11

fouls                         8                        11

yellows                     2                          1

poss 1st              40%                     60%

poss 2nd            51%                      49%

 

 

 

 

Bovril status – 3 point bovril always tastes meatier… undiluted by tears of disappointment

 

 

 

 

Horely Town (A)

Horley  2  Godalming Town 1

After the introduction of some new players to the squad over the last 3-4 weeks the improvements are now there to be seen.

It was great to see the Gees get an emphatic win at Epsom and Ewell on Tuesday, but they are at the bottom of the table with us. Horley were at seventh place at the start of the game. So, this was always going to be a different story.

In summary the home side will be feeling relieved that they took all three points and have for me the footballing Gods to thank for that. It was such a close game from the start to the final whistle.

The Gees started well as they finished on Tuesday with the lively Bobby Bennett making a run cutting in from the right wing, but hit his shot wide.

Shortly after, with the Gees still pressing and forcing the home side to defend, Dan Read was brought down in the penalty area in what looked like a pretty good shout. But the referee was not prepared to award it.

But, despite all the visitors early pressure, after 15 minutes a shot on the Gees goal was deflected on its way through a crowded penalty area, but Dimitrios  got an arm out to stop it. However, it bounced clear to the edge of his area where a Horley player did well in hitting a shot that went in off the upright.

Gees had a perfect opportunity to level the score when they were this time awarded a penalty on half an hour. Robert Webbe bravely stepped up to take it and directed it well to the keepers left, but for me it seemed that he did not quite hit it as cleanly as he would like and the home keeper did well to save.

HT Horley Town 1-0 Godalming Town

The visitors started well again and after a few minutes and some good approach play, Dan Read got a shot in that was deflected by a home defender past his keeper and into the net to level the score at 1 – 1.

Straight after the goal Hakim Griffiths came on for Dan Read and Tre Trowers for Josh Kempton, who had unfortunately picked up an injury, after a very impressive first half performance. Jon Palmer moving back to left back and Tre sitting in front of the back four.

Robert Webbe found a great through ball for Tom Biss who produced a good shot that the home keeper saved at full length.

Jon Palmer received a yellow card for a tackle just outside the area. Another good performance from Jon with some timely tackles. Bobby Bennett was making good attacking runs from the right.

With Dimi being quick to come out to cover any speculative high balls over the defence, in one such incident the ball rebounded high over him, and headed towards the Gees goal, but the Gees very impressive full back Lewis Lodge appeared to have the goal line covered, but as he attempted to hook the ball around the post, he sliced the ball into his own net.

The Gees never gave up and continued to press their hosts and it was the the home sides management encouraging the ref to blow for time. Think we were unlucky not to come away with at least a point.

Another much improved performance from all the lads and well done to Jon and Gav for the improvements they have made to the squad.  If we can keep this group of players together we should be able to close the gap on the teams above.

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Team            Horley                 G’s

attempts            10                     10

On target              5                       4

Corners                 5                       5

Fouls                    10                    13

yellows                  4                       1

Poss% 1st           45                     55

Poss% 2nd           50                    50

 

 

 

 

Bovril stats:  Headline:  Gees supporters drink Horley Bovril reserves dry!  They ran out of brown gold at half time.

Epsom and Ewell (A)

Epsom and Ewell 0 Godalming 3 

What a joy to report a win for the Gees – at last!  But this was not any win, it was a GTFC emphatic win. Hendo says so.

When I say emphatic, it was such an improvement on recent performances that the Gees supporters were stunned at what they saw and were seen with a look of amazement on their faces. The first twenty minutes or so saw the Gees, with some new faces again in the squad, totally dominate their hosts with some outstanding football, being quicker to the ball than the opposition, accurate passing, passes into space for colleagues to run onto and an overall energy in the forwards that has not been seen for a while.

For such an important game for both sides languishing at the foot of the League you might have expected a nervous start and a defensive approach. The Gees were having none of it.

They were set up with Jon Bennett at Number 9, Bobby Bennett wide up-front, newcomer Tom Biss as the other wide player and Robert Webbe playing a more attacking role and he was accompanied by Aaron Parfitt (another newcomer) in midfield. Jon Palmer selected himself to play in front of the back four and made himself known to the opposition from the start. Michael Buck, Steve Bettancourt, Alex Rodrigues and Joshua Pound made up the back four in front of the impressive Dimitrios Kyriatkis. On the bench was another newcomer Lee Boon alongside some more established players in Scott Elgar, Calum Roots, Tre Trowers and Eugene Bongo.

After just seven minutes where the visitors had their hosts under the cosh and in a spin Bobby Bennett latched on to a ball on the right flank and showed skill and pace to cut in and hit a shot past the home keeper to get the Gees in front. The Gees continued to dominate, getting forward down the flanks and moments later could have doubled the score when after some good passing Tom Biss found himself at close range where his powerful shot hit the feet of the home keeper so hard that the ball bounced forwards and hit Jon Bennett on the chest before dropping back into the hands of the grateful home keeper.

More chance came for the visitors but, despite their dominance, no further goals were forthcoming. So, at half time, although incredibly impressed by the first half performance, there was that nervous feeling that one goal is never enough and recollections of past games where there were simply not enough goals scored and a fading performance in the second half there was a feeling of trepidation as the second half started.

HT Epom and Ewell 0 -1 Godalming Town

However, the Gees still kept control of the game. Jon Palmer eventually gave way to Scott Elgar having had a good game. Early on Jon Bennett got a shot in after the ball came to him rather quickly, but it was straight at the home keeper. Eugene Bongo and Lee Boon also came on later in the half.

Bobby Bennett was still looking dangerous down the wings and he put in a run down the left and squared it in to the box where it was played out to Robert Webbe, who hit a good low shot to double the Gees lead.

Only minutes later another good through ball was delivered and Jon Bennett controlled it and unselfishly played it to his left as the home keeper came out to give Tom Biss an easy tap in. There was a little more than a hint of offside, but some of the other decisions we had against us were strange, so we will take it.

Jon Bennett was brought down in the penalty, area not once, but twice in the same incident and the ref refused to give anything.

Great relief at last to pick up three points and keep a clean sheet. Well done to all the lads and to Gav and Jon for breaking the run of defeats.

One swallow doesn’t make a summer. I am sure that Gav and Jon will have spoken with the lads after this game to remind them that there is an awful lot of work to be done to get the Gees out of the lowly position in which they find themselves in the League. If we can keep a hold of some of these players, we are certainly heading in the right direction.

 

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