Godalming 0 – 1 Cray Wanderers
Today saw the start of a new era at Wey Court with Darren Wheeler taking the helm as Caretaker Player Manager after the departure of Andy Hunt. This was always going to be a tough fixture, playing yet another one of the top 9 teams in the league and after an absolute drubbing at Carshalton a few days earlier with the subsequent departure of the previous management team.
Darren and his team had done a great deal of work during the week in reconstructing the Godalming squad, which featured Oneal Garnes in goal, Nick Hutchings at left back and Chris Musgrove at right back. The returning Tom Willment partnering on loan Adam Brice as the centre back pairing, Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four. Returning Will Hutton, Darren Wheeler, new signing Jack Warburton and Luke Perkins made up the midfield with Matt Anton up front. On the bench for the G’s were Chris Wales, Jake Kempton, Rory Sellick, George Spiers and Piers Oldland.
In the opening minutes Cray Wanderers put pressure on the home team and in one incident requiring Oneal Garnes to make a good reaction save from close range, but then the G’s started to apply some pressure themselves’ winning a corner and then a free kick on the edge of the box, which was whipped in by Darren Wheeler and while Chris Musgrove in the 6-yard box went dangerously close he could not make contact.
In the end the score was opened by Cray Wanderers winning the ball on the left hand side breaking quickly and after a cross to the far post, which Danny Haynes met and heading the ball past Oneal Garnes.
Cray Wanderers 1 – 0 up at half time.
To their credit the reconstituted home team were not put off the task and started the second half well.
Early on Will Hutton made a typical interception in the Cray’s half and ran at them on the right side of the field and squared the ball beautifully for Matt Anton, who hit a low shot, which struck the foot of the upright and bounce back into the grateful arms of the visiting keeper, who was stranded.
Not long after that the G’s continued to attack and after a good run down the right by Chris Musgrove he crossed the ball and Luke Perkins was brought down just outside the area in front of the referee who awarded a second yellow to the Cray Wanderers number 2 Adetayo Osifuwa and dismissed him. Darren Wheeler took the free kick, which looked like it might creep in but grazed the top of the bar and went over.
The whole of the G’s midfield was dominating play and working hard to pick up anything loose. At around 52 minutes Luke Perkins made a great run and played a quick one two while advancing down the left. He turned the ball into the 6yard box where Matt Anton met the ball, but it was fractionally behind him and Matt could not turn it in from where he was.
The G’s were totally dominating the second half possession as you can see from Michael’s stats below and during another attack Caretaker Player Manager Wheeler had another great shot headed of the line by a defender.
On 66 minutes Matt Anton was replaced by Jake Kempton. The G’s threw everything at their visitors and replaced Chris Musgrove with Piers Oldland on around 72 minutes to add to the attacking threat. On 78 minutes Rory Sellick came on to replace Darren Wheeler.
With only minutes left Nick Hutchings made a good individual run into the penalty area and hit a low shot that the visiting keeper Nick Blue had to once again go full length to save.
By contrast the home keeper had not one shot to deal with in the second half.
The change from Monday could not have been greater and the character shown by the lads was tremendous. Tom Willment was a tremendous influence in defence and the midfield was at last dominant with their work rate and passing the ball on the ground. Perkins, Warburton and Will Hutton were all so sharp which is something that is most welcome.
The G’s can look at this result as a great step forward and once the newcomers have had a chance to bed in to the team they should be able start notching up some points again.
Looking forward to Tuesday and the visit of Chipstead.
|Bookings||–||2 (double booking 1 red)|