Godalming 2 -1 Eversley & California
A second win on the trot for Les and his Gs squad and three more points to cement their position amongst the mid table bunch. Even without the goal scoring machine that is Oliver Stevens the home side comfortably won this encounter.
No denying that the visitors looked good going forward and played some good approach play and had plenty of the ball, but they did not produce any shots on goal to worry Jordan Knight in between the sticks for the Gs.
Without Ollie up front it meant that Jack Cleeveley started, having only coming on for the last few minutes last week. The Gs were also without Chris Burke, Joe Lewis, Ryan Villa, Jordan Clements and a few others.
For the first few minutes the visitors put the Gs under pressure and earned themselves a few corners. After the heavy rain of the last 48 hours it was no surprise that there had to be a pitch inspection before the thumbs up was given. But the surface was cutting up in the middle.
After a slow build up from the Gs the ball was played out to the left by Darren to Jack Howard who pulled the ball back to the middle of the area where Jack Cleeveley hit it first time with his left foot giving the visiting keeper no chance. Good to see Jack hit the mark again after quite a time. Good for him to get something after all the effort he puts in.
This seemed to put the wind up the visitors for a while and the Gs got the upper hand and Darren worked his way into the area and hit a shot that ricocheted of a defender’s legs. The ball spun to the left and Donte tried a clever back-heel that was cleared off the line.
1 – 0 to the Gs at half time. It could have been more.
Donte was having another good game, giving the option of a target man, showing his strength and pace and holding the ball up well. He got onto the end of a long clearance from Jordan Knight and worked his way toward the goal line before pulling the ball into the middle for Darren to make his way around the keeper before just poking the ball into the net for the Gs second goal of the afternoon.
All afternoon Curtis marshalled the defensive line brilliantly and was covering everything alongside Reegan Scotcher, Oghale Ogbaudu and Dom Hardisty.
Jack Howard as usual was racking up the miles and tackling anyone who came within range alongside Jake Heard, Darren Wheeler and Richie Mbele.
Jack Cleeveley was supporting Donte Lodge-Francis up front.
Only Samba Betts and Charlie Chenelle on the bench alongside Matt Kerbey.
Clearly the visitors needed to throw everything into attack and did so without if my memory is correct getting a single decent shot on target that bothered Jordan Knight. Credit to the defensive effort of the whole squad. Eversley had plenty of the ball but the Gs were putting the squeeze on in the middle and snuffed out any trouble.
It meant that there were more opportunities for the Gs and Donte at least twice got away from his markers and shot across the goal narrowly missing the far post on each occasion. Jack Cleeveley almost managed to get on the end of the second effort by could not quite stretch far enough as he slid in.
Donte also chased the keeper down and won the ball from him well outside the area, but his chip was cleared from the goal line.
After the visitors made a double substitution, they got a consolation goal when the ball was squeezed across the Gs goal mouth and bundled in from a couple of yards out.
As usual it got a bit nerve wracking at the end, but the Gs deservedly held on to take the spoils. Another good performance from the whole squad. A tougher test to come next week when we travel to second placed Frimley Green after we have another trip to Epsom and Ewell in the cup on Tuesday night.
Michael (Stato) Stats:-
Gees Eversley and California
attempts 10 7
on target 8 3
corners 5 8
fouls 10 11
Poss 1 40 60
Poss 2 40 60
Bovril status. The point Bovril always tastes the best. Did I mention the points? Nuff said!