Godalming 1-3 Colliers Wood
Unfortunately, did not get to the game until almost half time when the Gs were 1-0 down.
It was an awful night weather wise with constant rain, which was heavy at times and perhaps it is me but Colliers Wood playing in a blue kit were almost invisible at times through the murk. But I did spot ex G William Effambe wearing the number nine shirt for the visitors. A player who I felt last season had enormous potential.
The outstanding Aaron Bufton was back in goal having served his suspension against Westfield. Isy Nzelo returned at right back, with Callum Rootes at left back, Steve Betancourt was partnered by Kieran Wright as the centre back pairing. Lewis Taylor was sitting in front of the back four, Darren Wheeler, Ben Cotton, Piers Oldland made up the midfield with Hakim Griffiths and Shawn Lyle up front. Tre Trowers and Mert Vali were on the bench.
Clearly the G’s style of passing football was not best suited to the conditions, but it was pretty even possession in the second half with Isy and Kieran showing how well they can perform. Good to see Callum getting to start again (following his brief appearance last week) after eye surgery, which meant he was unavailable for the past six weeks.
The visitors deserved the result in the end being able to be more threatening when in attack and went 3-0 up. For me we missed a bit of defensive presence in the midfield.
The G’s did create chances and scored a typical Darren Wheeler consolation goal late on when he chipped in from wide on the left.
One of the best Gs chances came when Mert Varli was introduced and worked his way across the visitor’s goal, but neither he nor any of the other G’s could conjure up a shot.
Most memorable event in the match was probably the sending off of Shawn Lyle minutes from the end of the game when he challenged for a ball that the visiting keeper came out to cover. From my point of view the ball was clearly there to be played and Shawn was really hard done by.