Godalming 0 – 2 Faversham
On a hot sunny day, with the weather more conducive to beach volleyball than football “The Faversham Factor” crept in again at Wey Court on Saturday.
When we went to Faversham earlier in the season we were 2 – 1 up until they scored not one, but two goals in injury time to pinch all three points and leave everyone watching shell-shocked. This time the referee gave Faversham the softest of penalties, which he was the only person to see. There is an excellent video on the Faversham website. Make your own mind up. It was going to be one of those days.
Despite the Gs going behind to that penalty they came out in the second half and started to dominate the game hitting the woodwork twice and bringing some excellent saves from their keeper to keep them in it.
With the absence of Matt Bunyan, Graeme Purdy, Steve Brown, Rory Sellick and Jamal Johnson Dan had little to spare and in fact only Dev Squad keeper Tom Webb on the bench. He did make a brief appearance towards the end replacing William Efambe who had battled away all game. Darren Wheeler was upfront with Manny Quarshue, while Piers Oldlands, and Nick Sowden were in the middle doing the graft, Callum Roots and William Efambe in the wide positions and Sean Mason, Chris Wales, Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang the back four in front of Oneal Garnes in goal.
So after what was a fairly even but bitty first half, which was notable for a fine save from Oneal tipping over from close range and William going close the Gs piled on the pressure in the second half and did everything but score.
Manny created several chances and in one of these hit a fantastic shot from 25 yards, which somehow the visiting keeper dived to push round at full stretch. He kept Faversham in it with more saves from corners from Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove as well.
But when you are desperate to get an equaliser and you commit players forward you leave yourselves open to counter attack. And so it was. Faversham got their second with ten minutes of normal time to go, when they had done very little at all to threaten the Gs goal in the second half.
It might well have signalled the Gs heads to drop, but they kept at it right until the final whistle. It was another brave performance, which showed the resilience, character and the will to battle for everything, but in the end the 10 outfield players that the Gs could field could not score and that is all that counts at the end of the day.
Great individual performances for lots of the lads including Darren, nearly scoring with his head, yes his head. Again the proof is on the Faversham website and Chris Wales who for me has been outstanding in defence recently.
We have to try for more points on the Easter Weekend fixtures even though it will certainly be tough against Greenwich and Horsham, but on the basis of this performance the lads will give it everything. You can’t ask for more.
attempts 14 8
on target 6 4
corners 7 6
fouls 15 16
poss 1st 41% 59%
poss 2nd 61% 39%