Egham Town 0 Godalming Town 1
After the heady success of the cup semi-final on 3G on Tuesday evening Godalming came back to earth quite literally when they travelled to 2nd placed Egham and their league campaign.
In goal was the increasingly impressive Oneal Garnes. Charlie Hutton returned at right back, Captain Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing with the always impressive Nick Hutchings at left back and Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four where he has done so well. Will Hutton, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler and Liam Roberts made up the midfield with Jake Kempton up front.
On the G’s bench were Danny Bassett, Iven Kumanda, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland.
Most of the early pressure came from Egham without them producing any meaningful shots. In fact apart from a run by Nick Hutchings, which ended with him pulling the ball back into the area where Louis Hutton hit his shot high over the bar, the game lacked any real composure and was really very bitty. My notes read “not much football played in the first 20 minutes”. This was amended periodically to 30 minutes; 40 and 45minutes. Lots of high balls played and lots of the balls cleared out of the ground. In fact “Stats Man Michael” introduced a new category for these as you will see below.
There was a shot from Will Hutton, which was saved following a free kick from his brother Louis. Shortly after Will received attention on the pitch from the new lovely replacement physio.
Louis Hutton had another shot well pushed round by the Egham keeper.
Half time 0-0.
Fortunately some football did break out in the second half Jake Kempton ran and chased hard receiving some reward when he managed to pick the pocket of the Egham No 3 Mitch Gutteridge early on wide on the right, but could not capitalise on it.
However shortly after the G’s won a corner, which was cleared by the defence, but fell to Steve Laidler who deftly chipped the ball back into the box where Chris Musgrove was able to shoot past the Egham keeper Jamie Norris. The G’s 0-1 up on 54 minutes.
Egham changes ensued. Their no 2 Elliott Carey went off for No 12 Ryan Philips to come on as Egham went to playing three at the back. After some good build up play Will Hutton hit another shot wide of the left hand upright. All in all he had a good game showing his tireless effort in defence and being happy to run at the opposition when he had the ball at his feet.
More changes for Egham when No 17 Chris Moore came on for No 10 Brendan Matthews and No 6 Kurtney Brookes went off for No 15 Jake Cass to come on.
Godalming were finding themselves winning more possession and territory than in the first half. A free kick from Louis Hutton fell for Ashley Lloyd who was probably trying to prove to Chris Musgrove that he could match anything Chris could do, narrowly fired his shot over the crossbar from just outside the 6 yard box.
Danny Bassett came on for the G’s and replaced Jake Kempton who had battled well upfront.
Louis Hutton had another long shot well pushed round by the Egham keeper. Egham continued to attack on the break but apart from a long shot from Egham No 7 Callum Webb, which seemed to be quite comfortably saved by Oneal Garnes there was not much to worry the G’s keeper.
The G’s defence dealt with anything that came at them either wide on the flanks or through the middle and all worked really well. Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton proving their partnership in the middle really works while Purdy again proving how good he is in the heart of the defence alongside Chris Musgrove.
Danny Bassett was injured and enter stage right that new physio looking strangely like Chris Wales. Danny was restored and continued to cause trouble for the home defence with his pace and movement.
Oneal Garnes also received attention late on in the game following a late challenge by Chris Moore which earned him a booking.
So it finished 1-0 to the G’s. A good result for them. Another clean sheet, 3 points and no cards. They move on to their next game in the league at Wey Court on Tuesday against Hanwell.
Man of the Match for G’s could be one of many. Will Hutton stood out for me, but once again it was a good squad performance.
Attempts 10 11
On target 5 5
Corners 5 3
Fouls 18 (2o/s) 19 (5o/s)
bookings 1 0
Poss 1st 55% 45%
Poss 2nd 45% 55%
Useless stat of the day
Balls kicked out of the stadium 9
Report by Graham Harris