Godalming 2 – 4 Chatham Town
It was a miserable looking day with heavy cloud overhead when they kicked off at Wey Court. But after the first fifteen minutes things on the pitch looked pretty bright with the Gs fielding almost the same side that stubbornly battled through on Tuesday night when they narrowly lost to Merstham in the SSC. The only change was that Evander Lopez was chosen at number 11 and Ryan Zidyana started on the bench.
In fact Evander was making a name for himself with his pace and ball skills, proving he was a threat. But the final ball was not quite up to it. However on around sixteen minutes in the Gs attacked with Evander carrying the ball from the Gs side of the halfway line and with Darren Wheeler calling eagerly for the ball as it was slipped through to Jack Mazzone who hit a good low shot to put the home side ahead.
Was this to be the start of a revival of fortunes for the Gs? Dare we think of some points at last?
Unfortunately that feeling did not last too long as the score was level within about 7 minutes when the visitors no 10 Luke Medley found space to get into the box and shoot past Oneal Garnes. But worse was to come. Within the next ten minutes the visitors No 10 had a hat trick, scoring all three goals from roughly the same spot just wide of the right hand post. It was hard to see how the defence that was so efficient on Tuesday appeared to be open wide.
The Gs did have some opportunities and the tireless Jack Mazzone cut through the visitors defence only to see his shot saved by the visiting keeper stretching a long leg to steer the ball to safety.
Oneal at the other end had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions when through balls were played in behind the Gs defence.
Half time G’s 1 – 3 Chatham.
Ryan Zidyana replaced Jack Battie at half time as the rain fell down as it had threatened to do since the start.
The second half was pretty well dominated by the Gs as you will see from Michael’s statistics at the end of this report. Michael only made it for the second half as he was busy competing in a Junior Fishing match in which he came second.
Minutes in to the second half saw Jack Mazzone in the visitors penalty area turn and hit a good shot that just went the wrong side of the visitors post.
The game was decided with an unfortunate incident when Oneal appeared to comfortably catch a ball below his crossbar, only for the ball to slip through his grip and hit the foot of the far post and roll conveniently towards Ricky Freeman for the visitors to tap in for their fourth goal.
The Gs did get one goal back, but that did not really reflect the dominance they had in the second half. Lopez was awarded the MOTM but there were other good performances from Jack Mazzone as usual and Ryan Zidyana who brought energy and enthusiasm to the midfield as he did against Merstham.
The search for more points goes on with a trip to Walton Casuals on Wednesday.
Michael missed the first half as he was fishing in the Godalming Angling Society Junior Christmas Match. Here is what he made of the second half…
Attempts 8 3
On target 4 2
Corners 5 3
Fouls 8 6
Poses 2nd 58% 42%
Bookings 1 3