Godalming 0 – 5 Dorking Wanderers
The new Gs manager Dan Turkington saw the strength of the challenge in front of him when the League leaders, Dorking Wanderers visited Wey Court on Saturday.
With the festive season well under way this was the sort of fixture that the visitors would have relished, allowing them to boost their points tally and to increase their goal difference between them and second placed Tooting and Mitcham.
When the Gs met with the same opposition in September they were also well beaten although the score on that occasion was only 2-0, it could well have been more.
After a 2016 season, which is just over half way through, the Gs have been through four (or is it five?) managerial changes and more changes to the team than I care to recall.
So today the team sheet again featured the same 5 young players from Adam Roots development squad as were named against Horsham on Boxing Day. But there was no Graeme Purdy, nor was there Jack Mazzone who has played so well recently.
Brannon Daly was in goal and had a very impressive game, Sean Mason was at right back with Matt Males and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Callum Roots at left back. Chris Wales and Steve Brown in the defensive midfield with Evander Lopez and Piers Oldland in the wide positions, Darren Wheeler (C) behind the No 9 Sean Lydon (a name from the past) who has, as far as I am aware, only appeared for the Gs in the Chelsea Legends game back in the summer in the last 4 years or so that I have been watching.
It took only 10 minutes to remind the home supporters how fast Matt Briggs is as he tore down the right and delivered an inch perfect ball into the area for James McShane to finish with a powerful shot that gave the home keeper no chance. At times Matt Briggs reminded me of former G, Warren Harris.
The second came shortly after when the Gs appeared to have covered a high cross into their 6 yard box, but failed to head sufficiently clear, allowing Dean Gunner to score the visitors second.
Brannon Daly was very busy in the rest of the first half, which gave the Gs a slim hope that they might get something out of the game.
Piers Oldland was replaced by William Efambe at half time.
Early on in the second half Dorking were awarded a free kick wide of the penalty area on their left flank and ex Woking striker Guiseppe Sole hit a brilliant high curling shot that found the top near corner.
If that was not enough Matt Briggs made another powerful run on the right and hit a shot from close range to beat the Gs keeper at his near post.
Gil de-Sousa replaced Sean Lydon on 63 minutes and shortly after Rory Sellick joined the fray replacing Darren Wheeler.
The fifth goal came from another great run on the right by the Dorking No8 who again delivered a great ball inside for James McShane to finish off as he had done early in the game.
Although the game was well won by this time the Gs defence dug in and the youngsters did a great job never giving up and creating several chances.
On one exchange with some good passing ending with Rory Sellick putting the ball in the net, only for it to be ruled offside.
Shortly after the visitors keeper was called upon to make some great saves from close range parrying the ball, which found its way to Chris Wales who unfortunately on this occasion could only hit his shot just over the bar.
It would not have been unjust for the Gs to get at least one goal for their efforts in the final 20 minutes or so and Adam Roots youngsters who have stepped up in the last few days should feel well pleased with their efforts.
Gs face Three Bridges on Monday in an important bottom of the table encounter.
Gs Dorking Wanderers
attempts 8 23
on target 3 15
corners 2 7
fouls 16 18
poss1 70 30
poss2 42 58
bookings 4 1