Cove (H)

Godalming 1 – 0 Cove

Three points and a clean sheet, which on paper sounds good and it is just what we wanted to see when the game started, but in truth the first half was as poor quality as I have seen for a long time. A real change from the fantastic performance we saw the previous week in the second half against Frimley Green. Too much to ask that we would see some more good football?

We were hoping that Curtis would be back from holiday in the heart of the defence and wearing the captain’s armband again, but it seems he was unwell and was sent home before the start.

On the good side it was great to see that Jack Howard was in the starting line-up after being carried off a week ago.

There was no Jordan Clements after a couple of impressive performances at left back so Ryan Villa started on the left of the back four with Reegan Scotcher on the right. Joe Lewis and Oghale Ogbaudu were the centre backs in front of Jordan Knight in goal.

Even the cultured left foot of Darren Wheeler (wearing the captain’s armband again) seemed to be unusually wayward in the first half where the football skills seemed to be left in the changing rooms. Darren was trying to be the play maker alongside Jack Howard and Richie Mbele in the middle with Jack Cleeveley at No 10 and Donte Lodge-Francis wearing the number 9 shirt and the incredible scoring machine Ollie Stevens playing wide.

Samba Betts, Dom Hardisty, Charlie Chenelle, Jake Heard and Matt Kerbey were all on the bench.

The one bright spell in the pretty miserable first half saw the Gs attacking the road end goal when Ollie Stevens get on to the end of a ball through the middle and with his combination of strength and skill hit a fine powerful shot that cannoned off the foot of the post leaving Aiden Upward (ex G) in the goal static.

Darren also had a free kick opportunity on the right which he curled beautifully towards the near post, but on that occasion Aiden had it covered. Apart from that there was little worthy of mention.

HT Godalming Town 0-0 Cove

The second half was better and there were a couple of good attacks from Ryan down the right when he swapped wings with Reegan to avoid the attentions of the rather grumpy Cove No 2. One memorable move saw a delightful backheel from Donte to play the ball on for Ryan. Jake Heard came on for Richie Mbele.

Jack Howard had a shot on goal that should at least have been on target after Darren played a short corner to him, but he put it over the bar. It was sad to see that after appearing to be enjoying his football again and looking like he was getting more confident in going past opponents again Darren pulled up after a run across the Cove goal area and had to be replaced by the lively Samba Betts. Darren was carried of later with what seems to be a calf injury that may keep him out for a while.

In the end it was a cross from Samba on the left which found Ollie at the far post to keep up his incredible scoring record in the league. In truth I did not see it as my grandson chose to painfully slide of his seat in the stand at the crucial moment.

The stats show that it was a pretty quiet afternoon for Jordan with not many attempts on target from the visitors. The lads are off to Leatherhead on Tuesday night take on Kensington Borough and then have a really big game against Bedfont on Saturday 2nd March.

 COYG’s

Michael (Stato)Stats

                     G’s              Cove

Attempts       10                  10

On target        7                    2

Corners          9                    3

Fouls            13                    8

Poss% 1st     45                  55

Poss% 2nd    57                  43

Yellows          1                    1

Bovril status. Sunshine, another 3 points, one half worth watching and a delicious summery skinny Bovril.  The secret to the perfect skinny? Don’t stir the sludge so the water embraces rather than snogs the full meaty wonder within!