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Epsom and Ewell (H)

Godalming 1 – 3 Epsom and Ewell

That was a whole lot better than we have seen recently. With an ever-increasing injury list, which included captain Curtis Osano and Chris Burke as the latest casualties, Les had to introduce more new names and faces for this game.

The previous encounter at Chipstead between the two sides saw the Gs two goals up in no time at all, but the match settled by some strange decisions, where the G’s seemed to have bagged a third goal, only for it be ruled offside,  E& E then scored from a similarly dubious  off side position and the winning goal for E&E was only awarded several minutes after the event when the referee, having waved play on then stopped the game and changed his mind after the event. Thought you could only do that with VAR and although they have an excellent pitch at Chipstead I don’t think it stretches to that.

The Gs had Jordan Knight between the posts and Oghale Ogbaudu returned from injury after his impressive debut at Woking against Sheerwater to lead the back line of Joe Lewis and newcomer Jordan Clement. Another newcomer in the shape of Reece Weekes wore the number 3 shirt but was a sort of roving wide player on the opposite side to Darren Wheeler.

Jack Howard was in front of the back line with another newcomer Richie Mbele. Jack Cleeveley was playing centrally behind Ollie Stevens and another newcomer Donte Lodge-Francis.

On the bench were Samba Betts, Jake Heard, Abdullah Ismail (who we have not seen for months if my memory is correct) Charlie Chennel and Matt Kerbey.

It was a pretty good start from the home side playing towards the road end. But after only 18 minutes the visitors attacked quickly down their right and crossed to their number 9 who had acres of space to pick his spot and put them 1 -0 up. A pity as the new guys and for me Oghale had started so well.

On about half an hour the tall figure of Donte battle to get onto a through ball and found himself one on one with the visiting keeper who pulled of a great save diving low to his left to deny the Gs. One of those “what if” moments that leaves you wondering.

The Gs continued to press their opponents and Reece Weekes was showing some great skill and pace while Darren delivered some quality crosses into the box. But the Gs could not level it before half time. Despite the difference in the league positions it was a very competitive game and could be going either way.

Thirteen minutes into the second half that man Ollie Stevens did it yet again battling for the ball through the middle and despite being floored managed to poke the ball in to bring the score to 1- 1. He has now scored in every game he has played in. What a record Ollie.

It was bound to bring a reaction from Epsom and it did. Only 5 minutes later they attacked down their left and played the ball in low and quickly for was a good goal to put their noses in front again.

The Gs were not done for and continued to make a game of it with all of the new faces doing remarkably well, Donte worked hard upfront Richie Mbele was influencing the midfield and Reece was charming the home crowd with his David Luiz style hair and some great play.

Bobby Bennett however was getting more into the game and we know what a good player he is. Apart from Bobby we saw Hakim Griffiths and Luke Elgar who also wore the G’s shirt along with two of his relations under Gs manager at the time and visiting manager for E&E Simon Funnell.

Darren had been nursing an injury and made way for Sam Betts. The game was getting more open and the action was moving from end to end. Oghale had to help out with a goal line clearance.

The ref felt Bobby Bennett was brought down in the area and so a penalty was awarded, and the visitors went 3 -1 up.

The Gs were coming under more pressure and Jordan Knight was required to tip the ball over the bar from a long-range effort. Unfortunately, the only person who did not see that the Gs keeper got a hand to it was the ref who ignored his linesman and even yellow carded Bennett for his protest in the process.

Sam Betts then had to sit back in defence after Joe Lewis was given a red card for a second offence, presumably for dissent, with about twenty minutes to go (having won a yellow in the first half). That of course made the task even harder for the Gs.

As always Jack Howard worked his socks off and Jack Cleeveley got involved in some of the attractive build up play that we saw. In the end the visitors deserved the result, but it was an exciting game.

COYGs

Michael(Stato) Stats:-

                Gees             Epson & Ewell

attempts        8                      16

on target        3                        9

corners          1                        8

poss 1          50                      50

poss 2          47                      53

yellows           2                        3

reds               1

Bovril status:  Drinks are essentially a product of geography.  Aperol makes no sense in Sunderland but perfect sense in Sorento.  Bovril was obviously born in Godalming because on a dreich Saturday afternoon the idea of condensing half a cow with a kilo of salt into a cup made perfect sense to me!

Ash Utd (A)

Ash Utd 6 – 2 Godalming

Last week I said that the score did not reflect the game. I am afraid that this time I feel it did. Apart from a short spell at the end of the first half the G’s really were not in this one, despite some individual good performances.

The original encounter between the two sides a couple of weeks back saw the game abandoned at around 71 minutes played, the G’s down to ten men and 1-1. Unfortunately for the G’s the weather on this occasion could not save them.

I understand that Les put out a statement on Facebook that two of the impressive newcomers from last week’s squad were not available for this game and of course Jack Howard was under suspension for his two yellow cards. So, Les expected it to be a tough game for the G’s. He was not wrong. It was tough for the supporters to watch as well.

It took only 8 minutes for the home side to expose the G’s defensive frailty when Ash attacked down their left wing and with a simple ball into the 6-yard box, which somehow evaded the G’s defensive line, they set up a simple tap in from close range.

On 37 minutes Joe Lewis was penalised for a pretty agricultural challenge inside the area. So, we were 2-0 down, awaiting half time, when we saw a dramatic change in the G’s fortunes and at last the possibility of getting something from the game.

With Darren Wheeler playing a sort of midfield role, where he could look to distribute the ball, we had no recognised wide players. Chris Bourke found space out on the left from where he delivered a good high diagonal ball in to the Ash 6-yard box, where it seemed the home keeper pushed the ball out and wide, only for it to be headed back towards goal and finally put into the net by Ollie Stevens from close range. In truth it did have an air of offside to it, but the ref, having had a chat with his assistant on that side, was happy to grant the goal. 2-1.

Then just some 3 – 4 minutes later with the G’s finally developing a bit of steam the ball was played back to Darren on the edge of the area where he set himself and hit as sweet a low curling shot as you will see that nestled into the net. Out of the blue we were back on level terms and it shook the home side.

Early on in the second half we had a chance to go into the lead when Jack Cleeveley had a chance from a cross, which he could not convert. Had that gone in who knows what would have happened.

Almost immediately the home side broke quickly and won a corner on their right. Unfortunately, they were able to convert the opportunity virtually unchallenged.as the ball was played in to the Gs 6-yard box the towering No 7 headed home. 3-2 down. Within about 8 -10 minutes they had added two more making it 5-2.

To add to the G’s woes the “on form striker” Ollie Stevens was taken off limping after a challenge. This saw another new face in the way of Samba Betts take to the pitch.

Not long after Taylor Davis also came on at right back to replace Curtis Osano who also seemed to be struggling. This meant that Reegan Scotcher ended up partnering Joe Lewis as centre backs. Dom Hardisty made up the back four. The final nail in the coffin was the home sides fourth goal in the second half.

Michael was not available, so no stats I am afraid, and probably a good thing as it happened.

Let’s hope that Jack, Curtis and Ollie are all available again for our next league encounter along with Ryan Villa and Oghale Ogbaudu.

COYG’s

Sheerwater FC (A)

Sheerwater 5 – 1 Godalming

Another trip to the impressive home of Woking FC. If only all the clubs had pitches this flat.

Anyone looking at the score line could be forgiven for thinking that this was a bit of a trouncing for the G’s. However, it was anything but, for the first 80 minutes of the game it was a tight game. The last 10 minutes or so saw some strange decisions, which totally changed the game.

With a look at the respective league positions of the two teams this was always going to be a problem for the visitors. If you add to that that there were so many new players in the G’s line-up that had not played in the G’s squad before. That having lost Richard Acheampong to a Cypriot professional team and Ollie Stevens not being available. The G’s were always going to be up against it.

But the new players fitted in well and despite having to absorb a fair bit of pressure at the end of the first half the score was just 1 – 0 to the hosts who scored from as good a shot as anything you are likely to see on MOTD, giving no chance to Jordan Knight as it nestled right in the corner of the net.

So, we all felt a bit smug as we saw the teams come off at half time and it was all to play for. We had ridden our luck it is fair to say, but all in all with the diminutive Ryan Villa looking very lively out wide and putting in a good shift in defence while Oghale Ogbaudu looking like he was settling in well at right back. Joe Lewis was a welcome sight returning alongside Curtis Osano and Reegan Scotcher moving to left back. Darren Wheeler was wearing the no 9 shirt and Jack Cleeveley supporting him. Chris Bourke, Jack Howard and Jake Heard in the midfield.

The home side had a shot hit the post and showed that they were very dangerous in attack and well drilled. Jack Howard also hit a thunderbolt of a shot from 30 yards but the home keeper who had a fine game was able to get hands to it at full stretch for a cracking save. 

In the whole of the game the referee did not seem to move far from the centre circle and he issued three yellow cards in the opening spell for what were innocuous challenges from both sides and I did not see him talk to any players. But we all have bad days.

The G’s were mounting some spells of pressure themselves in the second half and the energetic Chris Bourke almost managed to chip the home keeper and only minutes later Jack Cleeveley was brought down in the area and the ref pointed to the spot. Darren Wheeler stepped up and placed it well low and wide, but the home keeper made yet another great save pushing the ball wide.

A few minutes later Chris was replaced by John Black for his first appearance for the G’s. Darren got onto the ball at the end of a good passage of play for the Gs down their right and hit a powerful shot of his own cutting in from the right. This time the home keeper could not stop it although he got a hand to it. Back to 1 – 1 and all to play for.

Jack Howard hit a good free kick that the home keeper had to push round for a corner. But only two minutes later the home side worked a move with a bunch of them attacking a far post corner squeezing the ball in from close range. 2- 1

The referee awarded a penalty to Sheerwater, which they score from. 3 – 1. Jack Howard was dismissed apparently for a second yellow card offence, which I did not see. So, we were down to ten men. Reegan Scotcher was taken off to make way for another player and Curtis was sent up front to act as a target man. This leaves not much at the back and the G’s got caught out again twice in the last few minutes.

Must reallybe frustrating for the lads to have put so much in to it and come away with ascore line like that, which was not indicative of how most of the game went.

                 Sheerwater                    Gees

attempts        21                                 7

on target       15                                  5

corners          5                                   5

fouls             18 (6 o/s, 1 pen)   12  (1 o/s. 1 pen)    

poss 1           60                                40

poss 2           50                                50

yellows        2                                    4

reds                                                    1

Bovril Status:  Posh stadiums usually mean posh prices so I negotiated a credit facility with the domestic bank and came prepared to be fleeced for my half time pleasure.  I am delighted to report that the delightful and efficient bar staff served up some sublime Bov for the princely sum of £1.20 a cup!  Just shows you should never judge a book by the elegance of its bookshelf.

Bagshot (H)

Godalming 2 – 0 Bagshot

On a cold afternoon the G’s chalked up their second win in a row and their third this season against Bagshot, including one in the cup.

With Woking not having a game a considerable number of their supporters decided to visit Wey Court and they were most welcome. It is some time since we have had a crowd of well over 100 to make themselves heard on a cold day.

Once again there were a number of changes to the squad with new faces and names on the squad sheet.

The G’s were without the impressive Ashley Wright, Jordan Bird, Craig Adu-Adjay and Joe Lewis who seemed to be forming a good partnership alongside Curtis Osano. Richard Acheampong, who has been so impressive in recent games, has it seems signed for the Cypriot team that he was trialling for, so we wish him well. If he ever decides to return he will be welcome at Wey Court.

On the good side we saw the fans favourite Jack Howard was passed fit again and the return of Bryan Botamba who made a couple of appearances earlier in the season, if I am correct.  A welcome to Jack Heard was a newcomer at number 8.

Reegan Scotcher was named at right back with Bryan Botamba and captain Curtis Osano the centre backs and Dom Hardisty at left back in front of Jordan Knight.

Jack Howard and Jack Heard in front of the back four Ollie Stevens upfront with Jack Cleeveley with Darren Wheeler and Chris Burke as the wide players.

On the bench Taylor Davies, Charlie Chennell, and Matt Kerbey as well as further newcomers Kay Bradley and Cedric Oula. Also really good to see Liam Gadd, as a local lad, warming up with guys

It was a fairly slow start for the home side playing towards the road end and they had to absorb some pressure from the visitors, but then on 30 minutes Ollie Stevens was put through with a good ball on the edge of the area and he hit a cracking shot first time that the visiting keeper could do nothing about to put the G’s 1-0 up.

This seemed to inspire the home side and they started to put together some good approach play and apply some pressure themselves with Jack Cleeveley and Chris Burke both having attempts turned around for corners.

With twenty-four minute gone of the second half the G’s won a corner on their right, which was delivered beautifully with that cultured left foot of Darren Wheeler and Ollie Stevens rose like a salmon to head it home from the edge of the 6-yard box for his second of the game.

The G’s seemed to be enjoying it now and mounted more attacks with Reegan Scotcher and Chris Burke getting in on the action.

Ollie Steven had a powerful drive from range that just cleared the bar.

Only moments later he was through one on one with the keeper when he was brought down by the visiting keeper diving bravely at his feet to deny him his hat trick.

Although the visitors got behind the G’s defence on a couple of occasions, they were unable to cause too much to trouble Jordan Knight.

Another good performance for Les, his management team and the whole squad. If we can just keep hold of the players, we have we must surely get a few more wins this season.

Happy New Year to all at GTFC and particularly those who work so hard behind the scenes. Nice to see that the ref even commented upon the quality of the programme. Well done Giles on the hard work and photo’s and Hendo who has given us some cracking twenty-yard screamers.

COYGs

 

Michael (Stato) Stats:-

                    GEES         BAGSHOT

attempts       15                  11

corners         7                    5

fouls             13 (3o/s)      16 (4 o/s)

poss 1          41                 59

poss 2          53                 47

yellows        1                   1  

Bovril status:  After a morning spent with wax strips and razors to achieve a perfectly smooth epilated torso, I returned from the match like an extra from Planet of the Apes.  Living proof that Bovril this strong does indeed put hairs on your chest!

Fleet Spurs (A)

Fleet Spurs 1 – 2 Godalming Town

Fortunately for the G’s their first half performance and two good goals from Ollie Stevens where enough to see them take all three points from this re-scheduled fixture and provided a late and welcome Christmas gift of three points taking us up a place in the league.

The first attempt to play this fixture at Kennels Lane a few weeks back, with the forbearance of the referee, saw a small band of G’s including Les working on the pitch alongside the Fleet Spurs guys to try to reduce the standing water on the pitch. Whilst that endeavour initially seemed to be paying off, the weather had the final word as the heavens opened yet again and caused the match to be postponed, just minutes before the delayed kick off.

No such problems today, just the usual interest in seeing who was present and available for the squad. On arrival there was good news that the G’s human dynamo Jack Howard was wearing the kit and recovering from the injury he succumbed to last week at Dorking. It was clear after a quick work out under the watchful eye of G’s Physio Rebecca he was only going to be on the bench. Also, it was really good to see that Ashley Wright was back as was Chris Burke and Joe Lewis in one of the new away kits that we now seem to have several of. Mercifully not the pale blue one, but the yellow and black.

In front of Jordan Knight was a back four of Taylor Davies, Curtis Osano (wearing the captain’s armband) Joe Lewis and Ashley Wright.

Chris Burke and Reegan Scotcher were in the midfield boiler room with Darren Wheeler and Ollie Stevens the wide players and Jack Cleevely up front alongside Richard Achampong.

Craig Adu-Adjay was back from suspension and on the bench alongside Charlie Chennell, Liam Gadd, Matt Kerbey and Jack Howard.

Again, the G’s were on top from the start with Curtis going close with a good header from a corner in the first few minutes.

Shortly after Richard battled well in the midfield to win possession and threaded a good ball forward to Ollie Stevens who latched on to the ball and finished calmly low into the net. The G’s were on top and applying more pressure. Richard had a shot blocked on the line.

Towards the end of the first half Ollie put the G’s 2-0 up when he used his pace to beat the home keeper to a ball on the edge of the area sliding the ball into the net.

The G’s seemed to have the game in their control as they left the pitch at half time.

At the start of the second half they continued to dominate and Ollie again came close on a couple of occasions with a possible hat trick looming, working his way into the 6-yard box, but was unable to convert his chances. Richard also had a chance or two, but the G’s could not increase their advantage.

 Then, to their credit, the home side started to commit more men forward and it started to work for them and about twenty-seven minutes into the second half they got a goal back with a good strike from just inside the box.

This “Spur-red” them on and they hit the top of the crossbar from a corner, but although they mounted more attacks towards the end of the game, they could not get too much on target to bother Jordan Knight.

Lots of good performances in the whole G’s squad, Chris Burke, Curtis Osano, Reegan Scotcher all stood out for me as well as Ollie Stevens of course,

A result is a result  and the three points most welcome, but we made hard work of it in the end.

COYG’s 

Michaels Stats

               Fleet Spurs            Gees

attempts        12                        9

on target        9                          5

corners          5                          2

fouls              18 ( 1 o/s)            21 (7 o/s)

poss 1            45                       55

poss 2            57                      43

yellows          3                        4

Bovril status:  Despite not being advertised on the menu the cosy little clubhouse at fleet DID have a tub of powdered magic.  Despite the “best before ” date possibly being in the last century it tasted pretty decent and was all the more delicious in their lovely Fleet Spurs branded disposable mugs.  A touch of class and a notch up from your standard polystyrene receptacle.

Ash Utd (A) (match abandoned)

Ash Utd 1 – 1 Godalming (Abandoned 71 mins)

For the second week running the heavens opened up during the game and in the end it was the weather that won.

Once again, the Gs supporters turned out in their numbers despite the near freezing conditions. They saw a first for me with a blue kit that reminded me of several other teams, but definitely not the Gs.

We also saw a debut start for Charlie Chennel from the Under 18s and only a second start for Craig Adu-Adjei.

Ashley Wright was out injured, and Jordan Bird unavailable so I was delighted to see Dom Hardisty get the call from Les to start at left back alongside Curtis Osano, Joe Lewis and Craig in front of Jordan Knight in goal. Jack Howard, Charlie Chennel, Reegan Scotcher and Darren Wheeler making a welcome return in the midfield and Ollie Stevens and Jack Cleevely upfront. Ryan Maynard on the bench alongside Matt Kerbey.

The start could not have gone much better for the Gs as only 3 minutes in Darren Wheeler found himself with a bit of space out on the left where he reminded us of his skill when he popped the ball neatly past one defender, did the second one for pace and cut the ball in from the touchline low to the near post where the impressive Ollie Stevens turned it in from close range. What a find Ollie has been.

The home side then put a fair bit of pressure on and won a string of corners but failed to get any real shots in that would test Jordan.

At about 30 minutes Ollie got the ball in the back of the net again from a good ball through from Reegan Scotcher only to be ruled offside.

Reegan Scotcher has also been enormous for the Gs since he arrived a few weeks ago.

Only a minute or so later Craig drew himself to the referee’s attention when he was yellow carded for a challenge just inside the box. So, Ash drew level from the penalty spot.

So, it was 1-1 at half time and a lone figure on the pitch in the diving rain bravely working away with a fork trying to diffuse the standing water in the middle of the pitch.  Thought of giving him a hand, but that thought did not last long.

Ten minutes after the restart Craig was adjudged to have been over the top on a tackle on the touch line. Second yellow and hence red. FA official next to me commented that he felt the conditions could be contributary.

Darren came off to allow Ryan Maynard to join the fray amongst the back four.

But after 26 minutes of the second half the referee decided that there was a danger to the players and spoke to the managers and called it a day.

Cannot make it to the Dorking game this week so a Happy Christmas to all and see you in the New Year.

COYG’s.

Sandhurst (H)

Godalming Town  2 – 1 Sandhurst Town

Three points at last. What a relief. We need a few more three pointers. On a dark dismal day when the heavens opened up halfway through the game we still left the ground with a smile on our faces.

Again, without any recognised wingers (Darren Wheeler was watching and confirmed that he was still injured) and Jordan Bird presumably suspended, Craig Adu – Adjei in the right back position, starting for the first time with Joe Lewis, Curtis Osano and Ashley Wright at left back in front of Jordan Knight. Jack Howard in front of the back four, Chris Burke, Reegan Scotcher and Jack Cleevely, Ollie Stevens and Richard Acheampong upfront. Dom Hardisty, Charlie Chanel and Matt Kerbey on the bench.

After only 15 minutes with the home side playing towards the road end Richard battled well for the ball amongst the visiting defence and the ball was played forward where Ollie Stevens reminded us how quick he is to spot a chance when he go between the defenders and their keeper and lifted the ball over the keepers head to put the Gs one up.

While it was a game which did not feature too many clear-cut chances for either side it was quite a midfield battle. Richard was playing for the first time I think alongside Ollie and the pair of them complimented each other. Richard with plenty of skill at his feet and the physicality to back it up and Ollie again with no little skill and plenty of quick thinking, energy and an eye for the opportunity.

I was also impressed by Joe Lewis after a few games alongside Curtis and looking comfortable there.

Fifteen minutes in to the second half Jack Cleevely chased down a ball in typically energetic style that was going nowhere wide on the Gs left. He hit a good shot that the Sandhurst keeper appeared to have covered, until one of the defenders in front of him mis-headed the ball and steered it into the net leaving his keeper flat footed.  Jack deserves a few breaks after his repeated energetic performances. G’s 2-0 up.

Ollie Steven put in a run and the final shot brought a good save from the visiting keeper.

Then with the rain pouring down Jordan Knight, normally so solid at the back mis-hit a clearance straight to a Sandhurst forward on the edge of the area who took the opportunity calmly to pull back 1 goal.

With the rain absolutely pouring down the Sandhurst number 10 received a second yellow and a red card.

Another yellow card to Sandhurst as Jack Howard is taken out. His energy is tremendous and despite his size he battled for everything.

Jordan Knight was sharp minutes later when he had to make a close range save beating the ball around the post from a fierce shot.

Richard who had a super game showed all his strengths as he charged with the ball from his own penalty area beating numerous defenders on the way only for the final shot to be blocked.

But the Gs hung on for the three points.

COYG’s

 Micheal’s Stats

                  Godalming             Sandhurst

attempts             5                            2

on target             2                            2

corners               1                            4

fouls                   8 (3 o/s)                16 ( 6 o/s)

poss 1                59                          41

poss 2                47                          53

yellows               1                            5 (including manager)

reds                                                 1

Bovril Status:  Three point Bovril always tastes the best.  From the first sip of beefy magic to the salt drenched liquid tar that glooped its way down our throats at the end this was bliss.  Hats off to the Oven Door magicians. Pure class!

Epsom and Ewell (A)

Epsom and Ewell 3 – 2 Godalming

One of the interesting things about Non-League football is that you never really know who is going to turn up for the game from week to week. Last Saturday I had not expected the game to be on in view of the incessant rain that had been falling for a few days. But “The Sponge” as Chessington call their pitch, has a superb drainage system that actually works.

On arrival and seeing the squad warming up it was clear that there were some of the “regulars” from the last few games missing. Indeed, we had 11 in the starting line up and 2 on the bench including Matt Kerbey a very fine goal keeper and Craig Adu-Adjei on the bench.

It was a clear change of line up with no wingers at all. No Darren Wheeler, Kenny Kassabanty or Jeff Yohou. Perhaps forced by circumstance or “a cunning plan”. We need one or two of those.

Talking of wingers, it was a chance to see once again the Gs fans favourite of last season Bobby Bennett and we know how good he is. Pity he would not be in a yellow shirt.

In front of Jordan Knight was a back three of Joe Lewis, Curtis Osano and Ashley Wright and the impressive Reegan Scotcher started at right wing back and captain Jordan Bird at left wing back. Jack Howard, Chris Burke and Anthony Myers in the boiler room. With Jack Cleevely supporting Oliver Stevens who was wearing the number 9 shirt again.

It could not have started better for the Gs as within the first 5 minutes Jack Cleevely from a clearance chested the ball down and behind him. Initially the ball appeared to have gone tantalisingly behind Ollie, but as it continued on its course towards the wing, Jordan Bird was racing through and smacked the ball sweetly into the net from some way out.

I for one was struggling to get a description of what was a cracking goal onto my phone when Ollie showed how sharp he is and latched onto a mistake in the E& E defence and put the ball calmly away past the home keeper for a second goal leaving the home side wondering what was happening and those of us watching in unfamiliar territory only 7-8 minutes in.

The Gs were well on top when on 26 minutes Jack Cleevley was on the end of a good move down the left, which found him in front of goal and he put it past the home keeper for a third goal only to be ruled as offside. Three goals up at half time would surely have put the result beyond doubt.

Then just before the break the Salts were awarded a penalty for a foul on their No 7 as he was being shepherded towards the line. The eagle eyed travelling Gs supporters felt that the No 7 was offside anyway when he latched onto the ball as it was played through, but there was no flag from the assistant ref on that side who managed not to see any offsides in the first half.  It was Bobby Bennett who took the spot kick and pulled the score back to 1- 2 at the interval.

The Gs were clearly going to have some defending to do as E & E were in 4th place in the League when the game started.

After only a few minutes of the second half a corner on the E & E right was apparently cleared from the Gs goal, but found its way back to the guy taking the corner and he cleverly drove the ball back across the goal low and hard where, of course it was that man Bobbby Bennett who was on the scene to tap it home from close range. Now 2 – 2.

The Gs responded well and Reegan Scotcher was brought into the midfield to try to get back in front. Jordan Bird found another great run down the left getting behind the home defence and hit a powerful shot low and hard which the Salts keeper did well to save at full stretch. If that had found it way in as for Jordan’s first goal it would have been all over I think.

Tackles were coming in thick and fast now as both sides tried to gain the upper hand. Jack Howard needed treatment on the pitch as did Anthony Myers on returning to his old club. The yellow cards started flowing.

After last week’s strange goings on we were treated to yet another rarity in the refereeing department when after a long shot from the E& E left flank appeared to hit the upright and bounce back conveniently to Jordan Knight the referee was happy for play to continue and it did so for a minute or two with the Gs attacking their hosts goal. At that point the referee then decided he would stop the game and consult with his assistant at that end of the pitch finally deciding to award a goal. 3 – 2 to the home side. Never seen that before either.

Free kick to the Gs after a tackle on Ollie Stevens from Steve Bettancourt who earned a yellow card.  Minutes later Bettancourt was guilty of another bookable offence and so was dismissed for bringing down Anthony (Freddie) Myers who needed attention on the pitch.

Lots of Gs pressure and Jordan Bird got in an overhead kick, but the ball went wide. Shortly after he followed the Salts captain into the dressing room for his second yellow.

Anthony Myers taken out again as he made a typical charge through the midfield which, after treatment on the pitch saw him carried off and another yellow card for the hosts No 10.

Craig Adu-Adjei comes on to replace Fredddie Myers for the last few minutes.  

A good performance all round from the lads who were on the pitch and with them performing well against some of the top teams in the league you would have thought we should pick up points against the lower teams quite easily, but “it’s a funny old game” as someone once said.

 COYGs

 Michaels Stats

                  Epsom&Ewell            Gees

attempts       14                             8

on target       10 (2 w/work)           6

corners          8                              3

fouls              9 (3 o/s)                    20 (7 o/s)

poss 1           57                             43

poss 2           53                             47

yellows          5                              6

reds              1                              1

Bovril status.  Godalming is clearly the wrong side of the downs when it comes to refinement.  We were treated to the daintiest tea spooned drop of powdered bovril to create a slightly smoky transparent broth called “eau d’Urn with bovril hints”.  The last time I saw a spoon that small was when I got a chemistry set as a kid.  But all credit to the staff- it was pleasant in a watery way.  Would i trade it for the regular black gunge of salt laden richness?  Not in a million years.

Bagshot (H) Cup

Godalming Town 6 – 0  Bagshot

This was a most emphatic win for the Gs and in a really up and down season in the league. This Division One League Cup encounter, proved a welcome relief.

The past couple of seasons have been tough for the supporters to watch from the side-lines. So, to witness this display was an enormous relief albeit against a team who were not the strongest in the league and possibly not at their best.

To our intense frustration Andrew and I missed the previous league encounter with Bagshot in which we won 5 – 0. On that occasion Pat Cox got a hat trick, Anthony “Freddie” Myers and Jeff Yohou each added to the tally.

After a disappointing result against Cove, this was a great response and credit for that must go to Les and his management team, as well as to the lads in the squad themselves. After numerous games where we have had substantial possession without being able to capitalise upon it, this was a different story. It was good to see that we are able to score goals even without an acknowledged striker at number nine.

Kenny is a mercurial player, returning to form I hope after a few weeks off, who was well worth his hat trick on the day, but for me there were two other players who stood out. Anthony “Freddie” Myers brought a great energy and attack from the midfield both in defence and going forward without hesitation and well deserved his brace of goals and could have had more. Curtis Osano was again enormous in the centre of the defence reading the game and even getting forward to support the guys up front.

From the start the Gs were on the attack and their pressure resulted in a succession of corners. Before long Freddie Myers won the ball in the middle of the park and rounded a defender before slotting the ball neatly, low into the net.

Moments later he again won the ball in the middle and played the ball beautifully forward for Jack Cleevely who found himself one on one with the Bagshot keeper who produced a great stop. He had a good game, despite the score line and received some polite applause in acknowledgement from the Gs fans at the end.

Curtis was clearly enjoying the game, getting forward at times and played a great ball in behind the visitor’s defence for Kenny to make it 2 – 0 to the Gs.

The Gs pressure was continuing. Jack Howard got in on the act, but his shot was again well saved by the Bagshot keeper. Shortly after that Jordan Bird hit the cross bar from a free kick. But then Freddie Myers got in on goal again for his second to make it 3-0 to the home team at half time. Wonderful feeling to see the Gs so comfortable for once.

For the second half Jordan Knight made way for Matt Kerbey between the posts and he seemed to play with confidence and was extremely comfortable. To be fair there was not a lot of pressure from the visitors as the Gs continued to press their opposition.

Kenny took off again getting on to the end of a through ball on the right and danced past several defenders before finishing confidently for the Gs fourth goal.

Levi Crew came on for Jack Howard.

Darren was enjoying having the freedom to roam wherever and played some good balls through to tempt his forwards. He then went through a few defenders himself before he slotted the ball home for the Gs fifth of the evening.

Jordan Bird hit the crossbar for the second time as the Gs queued up for their chances to get on the score sheet. Bagshot ran out of players on the bench so Les sportingly took off Chris Burke so that it was ten against ten for the remainder of the match.

Freddie Myers was replaced by Jeff Yohou. Straight away he started an onslaught on the visitors battered defence. His pace and determination brought him a string of opportunities, but he was unbelievably denied by the woodwork, the visiting keeper or sheer bad luck or various combinations of all three. On this occasion it did not matter.

Kenny ended the second half as he started it by getting another good goal just to show Jeff how it is done. 

It would be great to think that there might be a few more games where the Gs dominate and score so freely in the league in the not too distant future. Great to see the smiles on the faces of the squad as they left the pitch. We know they have the ability, but it does not always click it seems.

 COYG’s

Chessington and Hook (H)

Godalming 1 – 3 Chessington and Hook

The Gs were without Curtis Osano (presumably suspended), as well as Jeff Yohou and Anthony Myers. But they had Richard Acheampong back in the number nine shirt after he first appeared briefly, but impressively, for the Gs at Farnham a good few weeks back.

Reegan Scotcher was also on the team sheet after his equally impressive debut last week. With Curtis out another new face in Joe Lewis teamed up alongside Ashley Wright at the back.

It was a horrible day murky, wet and cold. The pitch was soft and slippery in places. Neither side did much to impress. The visitors did not impress the ref as their number 9 managed to get a stern talking to before he got a yellow card, presumably for dissent, within the first 15 minutes.

The Gs were coming under a fair bit of pressure, but Chessington did not get much in the way of clear attempts on target.

Darren cut in from the left and had time to hit a long-range shot that was just tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper at full stretch.

The referee had already had a word with the Chessington managers when the assistant referee on the dugout side called the ref over. The result was that the Chessington manager was asked to leave the dugout and make his way to the stand or the changing room. Reluctantly he did head for the stand.

Immediately following a Gs attack the visitors attacked down their right where there was space as Jordan Bird was upfield.  A low cross was delivered and hit first time past Jordan Knight to put the visitors 1 – 0  up.

Richard won the ball well by challenging the defenders wide on the Gs left and he pulled the ball into the area where Kenny made his way goalward only to see his shot saved by the keeper’s feet.

Chessington came close and should really have scored when they missed the target when it seemed easier to score.

The game was getting more fraught and tetchy when Jordan Bird was booked for a needless challenge.

Shortly after Jordan Knight had to dive low to his right to nudge the ball round the post from a well struck shot. There then developed another rather nasty fracas, which had no real.  Jack Howard hit a low shot just past the far post.

The Gs then levelled the score when Darren Wheeler popped up on the left near the goal line and in the way that only he can, lifted the ball to the far post where Jack Cleevley hit an initial shot that was saved, but Richard was on hand to put the rebound in.  Score 1 – 1.

The referee then awarded a penalty to Chessington against Reegan Scotcher, which just found its way in after coming off the inside of the post. 1 – 2 to Chessington.

The Chessington number 7 was getting past the Gs defenders at times and he produced a good cross to be put away from close range for the visiting team’s third of the afternoon.

The dismissed manager then absurdly ran on to the pitch to congratulate the goal scorer and was waved off the pitch again by the referee. Not a good performance by either team and not much of an advert for fair play or football.

COYGs

Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams               G’s           Chessington & Hook

attempts             14                         14

on target                5                          8

corners                   3                          5

fouls                      16                        13

poss% 1st             52                        48

poss% 2nd             48                       52

yellows                     3                         5

reds                                                     1 (manager)