Godalming Town went out of the Aldershot Senior Cup loosing 4-1 to Fleet.
It was a slightly experimental looking G’s team with no Louis Hutton and Steve Laidler on the bench along with Joao Andrade and Iven Kumanda. So they lined up with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton and Nick Hutchings as the full backs alongside Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove as the centre backs and Ashley Lloyd sitting in front.
Darren Wheeler, Will Hutton, Liam Roberts and Piers Oldland in midfield and Danny Bassett up front.
The first half saw some pretty good approach play at times from the G’s who were playing up the hill with little in the way of shooting chances to either side. At one time the Fleet defence playing 5 at the back were under pressure and blocked shots from Will Hutton and Danny Bassett in a congested goal area and Piers Oldland then hit the rebound well, which was tipped over by the Fleet keeper.
So it was surprising that in the last few minutes of the first half that Fleet went ahead chasing down a long ball into the Godalming area which the G’s keeper advanced to collect but seemed to miss the ball when he went to ground in front of an advancing attacker, the Fleet player managing to then collect and cross the ball into the area for them to go 1-0 up.
Even tougher then when the Fleet team went 2-0 up within a few minutes of starting the second half with a well struck shot from just to the left of the goal area which went over the G’s keeper and seemed to dip into the top of the net.
Graeme Purdy then moved up to the No9 position as the G’s went forward to try to win the game and Darren Wheeler came off to be replaced by Iven Kumanda. Ashley Lloyd dropped back to centre back.
G’s then got one back from a long free kick by Ashley Lloyd into the area, which was nudged on by Chris Musgrove to Graeme Purdy who put it in from close range.
A third goal for Fleet really settled things when Fleet moved the ball across the the G’s goal area and the back inside to score.
But there was no come back for the G’s despite the fact that they continued to create chances and more shots on goal.
A fourth goal seemed to come from a bit of confusion in the defnce and the ball was bundled into the goal.
Iven Kumanda had a powerful run from the left wing resulting in a good save from the Fleet keeper but was only able to put the resulting shot from the rebound wide of the post.
Another run from Iven saw him get past several defenders moving in toward the goal and he then squared the ball to Will Hutton who hit a fine shot just wide from 35 yards. Danny also hit a fine opportunist volley but that also went narrowly wide.
Joao came on for Danny towards the end.
Charlie Hutton also went off injured and that saw Steve Laidler come on for the G’s. Piers Oldland brought another great save from the Fleet Keeper diving at full stretch to his right. Another shot from Piers who was now finding more space crashed against the crossbar minutes later.
A frustrating result for the G’s who seemed unable to get a fair reward for their possession. But that is what happens sometimes.
On to Barton Rovers at the weekend.