Cray Wanderers 5 – 1 Godalming
On a bitterly cold afternoon the Gs and their intrepid band of supporters travelled to Cray Wanderers who play at Conference Side Bromley FC. So they have an impressive set-up at present and from their website it seems they have been battling to get their own stadium complex underway. From what we saw today the planning authorities are putting up more of a defence than Godalming could muster.
These days the Gs supporters have no idea who will be turning up in the squad. We have seen plenty of changes lately and today saw some more changes. Gs were without Chris Wales recovering from surgery, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove who were unavailable and Hichem Adbullah who had work commitments.
More bad news was that the injury sustained by Nick Hutchings to his hand last Saturday has ruled him out for a while. That is a big blow, Nick having been so much a part of the squad, so we hope he can make a speedy recovery.
So a new name at left back in the shape of Sean Mason. On the right a familiar face, but one that has not been seen in a Gs shirt for a few seasons, and the shout of “Browner” echoing around the pitch announced the return of Steve Brown.
Another very welcome face not seen in the squad this season was Louis Hutton bringing back memories of some great performances last season.
The line-up also included the impressive Oneal Garnes in goal, Kyle Bailey and Chidi (CJ) Williams as the centre back pairing, Matthew Males in defensive midfield and Darren Wheeler and Jack Battie in the wide positions, with Jack Warburton and Louis Hutton trying to give service to Jack Mazzone up front. On the bench were Chris Manangu, Piers Oldland, Callum Attwood and Cameron Karembo.
Once again despite a positive opening few minutes when the Gs looked lively developed some pressure on the home side and had a couple of shots without causing the home keeper too much trouble, they then conceded 12minutes in. The home side attacked down their left and pulled the ball back into the penalty area hitting a powerful shot to go one up. Within another 7 minutes they went two up from a powerful shot that went in at the near post that was hit from probably 30 yards out.
The Gs were still able to mount some good attacks of their own as they attacked uphill and saw Darren Wheeler get the ball to the goal line before pulling it back to Louis Hutton who delivered a great diagonal cross towards the far post that evaded the home defence. That saw Jack Mazzone stooping to get his head to the ball and direct it past the home keeper to bring the score back to 2-1 and give the Gs some hope of getting something from the game. That did not last long as the Wanderers got their third on 30 minutes.
The second half was not that far in when Jack Battie got a long shot in that was well saved by the home keeper.
The Wanderers were always a threat with their fast and powerful forwards giving the Gs defence a real work out. Oneal was forced to make a couple of good brave stops from close range, but could not stop the Wanderers adding a couple more to the score line.
The G s had more chances of their own with Louis hassling the home defence and winning the ball deep in their half before he unselfishly laid it off for Jack Mazzone who hit a good shot that was equalled by the home keeper’s effort to turn it round the post. Then shortly after Darren got a great shot in that was heading towards the inside of the right hand upright only to see it headed off the line.
So despite some good passing passages of play the Gs efforts were not sufficient in the end.
The stats show that they were just a lot more effective in the end.
Cray Wanderers G’s
Attempts 19 14
On target 12 10
Corners 5 5
Fouls 12 14
Poses 1st 60 40
Poses 2nd 52 48