Faversham 3 – 2 Godalming
When we travel to the away games we play a game of “Who do you think will be in the squad today”. With Jack Mazzone having moved on to Tooting and Mitcham it remained to be seen who would be playing upfront for the Gs. The answer was that the Gs were going to line up with more of a 4-4-2 formation with the ever reliable Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan making his Gs debut both upfront.
The misty murk and drizzle that enveloped Faversham was forgotten as we pulled up in the car park to see both Graeme Purdy and the diminutive Jack Warburton warming up on the pitch, both having been absent for a while. A sight to warm the cockles.
Oneal Garnes was in goal, Steve Brown at right back Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Carl Garstang at left back. Bobby Dormer, Nick Sowden, Darren Wheeler and Jack Warburton in midfield with Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan up front. On the bench were Rory Sellick, William Efambe, Piers Oldland and Callum Roots.
The Gs looked lively at the start but when the home side went 1-0 up after fifteen minutes it seemed like we could be in for another miserable day. It was a good goal made by a diagonal ball from the wing being played quickly inside and behind the Gs defence for their forwards to chase down. Oneal got his hands to it but could not quite deflect it round the post.
Soon after Jack Warburton worked his way into the midfield and slid the ball through to Matt Bunyon who hit a shot that went just wide of the right hand upright.
But Purdy and Bunyan seemed to be getting a bit of an understanding going upfront and then on 41 minutes when Darren Wheeler drove the ball low in to the area, from the left, Matt Bunyan stretched and got a touch on the ball, which was parried by the keeper, but Graeme Purdy was on hand to poke it home from close range.
Not long after it was Purdy who laid on a chance for Bunyon to put the Gs 2-1 up at half time. A rare feeling for Gs supporters who were enjoying the occasion but feeling a little nervous.
Clearly the home side were going to throw everything at the Gs to get level but the whole squad were working well and playing with great passion. Bobby Dormer, Jack Warburton and Nick Sowden working tirelessly. Jack Warburton received treatment on the pitch and was substituted with Rory Sellick replacing him.
Piers Oldland came on for Steve Brown. Nick Sowden taking the right back position and Piers the midfield.
Nick Sowden received a very strange yellow card from the ref when he clearly won the ball in a tackle and the Faversham player appeared to fall over him. This was to prove costly as with about 25 minutes to go he received a second yellow and therefore the Gs were down to 10 men. The ten men battled well however with Matt Bunyon sitting back into the midfield at times.
But as the weariness took its toll and as we were entering into 5 minutes of extra time the home side levelled the score, taking away that dream that we might actually hang on for all 3 points. At least we should get a point out of it- shouldn’t we?
The game become a completely yo-yo affair with the ball going from one end of the pitch to the other Purdy with a remarkable pace seemed to have a couple of chances to take back the lead, but the footballing gods were once again against the Gs with the home keeper making an unconventional save with the ball bouncing off of his body and then his head on the second attempt to give the Gs a corner.
So despite the massive effort the Gs could not get a third. Not good for the blood pressure at all.
Then with the match nearing the end of 5 minutes extra time the home team delivered a cross well beyond the far post, which with a looping header crept in under the bar beyond Oneal Garnes, who had made a great contribution throughout the game.
Heart-breaking for the Gs team and the supporters who made the trip. To come away with nothing after such a good performance.
Some comments to me from the somewhat relieved home supporters as we walked out:-
1) “You were robbed – Bad luck”
2) “You are far too good to be at the bottom of the table.”
So take heart, that was a display of great commitment and passion.
It is true that football can be a very cruel game and as I have said before, when you are at the bottom of the League you just do not get the lucky breaks.
Congratulations to Dan Turkington who seems to have started to bring together a team that a) Want to play for GTFC, b) Have the ability to play at this level and c) Are prepared to give 100% effort on the pitch.
This was by far the best effort we have seen and everyone of the team gave 100%.
Attempts 19 8
On target 7 4
Corners 7 2
Fouls 13 12
Yellows 1 6
Poss 1st 50 50
Poss 2nd 60 40