Godalming 2 – 4 Chessington and Hook
After some encouraging performances in the pre-season “Friendlies” we hoped to get the new season underway with a home win at the newly named Bill Kyte Stadium. Unfortunately, the plan did not come to fruition as intended.
There was no Darren Wheeler, Reegan Scotcher or Felix Onabanjo, but we had Jordan Knight in goal, Ethan Kaiser, Joe Lewis, Curtis Osano and Rory Sellick as the back four. Jake Heard, Adam Bicknell and Jack Cleeveley in the middle, Francis Sey wide on the left, Jack Stow wide on the right and Ollie Stevens at number 9. On the bench were Liam Gadd, Kenny Kasibante, Matt Kerbey and Don Hardisty.
After only a couple of minutes we saw the visitors waltz through the G’s defence and put the ball in the back of the net, before any of the players had broken sweat. Worse was to come when the home side went two nil down after appearing to have defended an attack but failed to clear the ball effectively.
At times the G’s were passing the ball well amongst themselves in the middle but found it difficult in the final third of the pitch. The third goal was a self-inflicted wound when an innocuous looking back pass to Jordan went clean under his foot and into the net. In my days we were always told to play the ball back wide of the goal for this very reason, but no-one seems to bother these days. Our heads were in our hands by now wondering what tragedy we would see next.
Then within about the first 40 minutes we were 4-0 down and wondering whether it was worth watching the rest of the game when Ethan got forward on the right hand side and played the ball low into the 6-yard area where Ollie Steven did what he does so well and steered the ball into the net.
The G’s were pressing again and won a couple of corners as a result. From a corner on the left the ball was pulled back to Jake Heard and Adam Bicknell who delivered the ball beautifully into the box for Ollie to net again for the G’s second before half time. It gave us the faintest hope that perhaps we would see a Liverpool like come back.
All of a sudden it looked quite possible that the game was not a forgone conclusion. Six goals in the first half and three of them score by the G’s.
The second half did not start that well either as the G’s gave away a penalty opportunity early on, but Jordan Knight picked the correct side, getting down well to pushed the ball away to his right while diving full length. Maybe this was the catalyst for a G’s recovery, a sign from the footballing Gods?
Jack Stow for me did well enough although out of position but gave way to Kenny on the right wing. The second half was much more evenly contested with Curtis going close with a header from a corner, but the goals dried up. This was of course was disappointing for the opening game but let’s hope we see a better performance on Saturday at Fleet Spurs.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams G’s Chessington & Hook
attempts 10 10
on target 5 6
corners 3 1
fouls 7 9 –
poss% 1st 50 50
poss% 2nd 60 40
Yellows 2 1
Reds 1 (manager)
Sin bin 1
Bovril status: Too hot for the tasting committee. Given how the climate is changing when will the big brains at Bovril HQ bring out Bovril’s ice lollies or Bovril’s ice creams for the summer season? Imagine a Bovril ice cream with a stick of beef jerky sticking out of it as a sort of meaty 99?