Godalming Town 1- 2 Corinthian Casuals
Following their successful visit to Molesey last week in the FA cup, the G’s entertained an “in form” Corinthian Casuals squad at Wey Court this afternoon, their having had a 9 match unbeaten run in the league and looking to extend this.
Godalming started brightly and took the lead again through Matt Anton, only to see the Casuals draw level, just before half time and eventually comfortably win in the second half.
The G’s had Oneal Garnes in goal, Nick Medcraft, George Spiers, Graeme Purdy, and Nick Hutchings at the back, Ashley Lloyd, Tristan Campbell, Darren Wheeler and Piers Oldland in midfield with Jake Kempton and Matt Anton up front although at times it looked like they were playing a 4–3-3 system.
G’s started well and after a few minutes the G’s Darren Wheeler won a free kick on the left wide of the visitor’s penalty area. Darren Wheeler delivered to the far post where Ashley Lloyd headed powerfully only see the Casuals keeper parry the ball, which gave him a second snap chance, which he could only direct over the bar.
Lloydy clearly had a taste for goal as a couple of minutes later he hit a long range shot that bounce off the top of the Casuals crossbar.
On the 16th minutes the G’s attacked down the left and Nick Hutchings played a neat chip in to the visitors penalty area, which fell in front of the Casuals keeper Danny Bracken and G’s Matt Anton contested it and in the end he headed past the keeper and into an open net.
On 39 minutes with the G’s looking for an offside decision as the ball came into the penalty area the Casuals number 9 Shaun Okojie hit a shot from close range, which Oneal Garnes managed to tip onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
Moments before half-time The Casuals won a free kick ten yards outside the penalty area in the middle of the pitch. Their number 11 Jordan Clarke hit a stunning shot past the wall and into the top left hand corner of the G’s goal giving Oneal Garnes no chance.
Half time 1-1.
Casuals took the lead on 56 minutes. At the time the G’s were applying a lot of pressure at the other end, but the Casuals managed to break quickly, the ball finding its way to their number 9 Shaun Okojie who managed to turn quickly and get behind the G’s defence and made a good run into the box, firing low past the G’s keeper to put them 2-1 up.
The visitors then really dominated much of open play seeming to find themselves more time and space on the ball in the midfield, but the home Keeper Oneal Garnes was a match for everything the visitors could throw at him, making a string of saves to keep the G’s in the match.
Andy Hunt tried some changes bringing on the promising new signing Jaz Rattarey-Smith for Piers Oldland with around 25 minutes to go. Tristan Campbell was replaced by Rory Sellick shortly after with Goncalves Christiano replacing Darren Wheeler for the last fifteen minutes, whilst Graeme Purdy moved up to the front to try to snatch a point for the home team, but it was not to be.
In the end the visitors deservedly took the points.
The G’s can be pleased at their first half performance and had one more of those early chances gone in perhaps they would have found themselves 2-0 up. But that is football.
Graeme Purdy had a good performance at centre back in the absence of Chris Musgrove, as did the stalwart Nick Hutchings who stood out yet again alongside Oneal in goal.
Matt Anton scored again on his second appearance.
Andy now has more options in the squad although many of the new additions and young players will need game time to bed in.
Michael’s stats board:
|Possession 1st half||58%||42%|
|Possession 2nd half||35%||65%|