Frimley Green 2 – 2 Godalming
Having travelled to the game with that familiar feeling of concern about who we would see in the Gs line up, as we faced the team currently second in the league, the nerves were not improved when we learned that Curtis Osano was on holiday, Reegan Scotcher was not available and Chris Burke was no longer with the club.
But this turned out to be one of the most entertaining and exciting games of the season, which, after a lack lustre first half from the Gs, they somehow fought their way back to dominate in the second half. Perhaps Les has invested in a magic wand!
Jordan Knight was in goal with Ryan Villa at right wing back and Jordan Clements on the left. Oghale Ogbaubu partnered Joe Lewis as the centre back pairing.
Jake Heard and Jack Howard were in the middle with Darren Wheeler (captain for the day) and Ollie Stevens on the opposite wings and Donte Lodge-Francis at number nine and Jack Cleeveley at No 10. On the bench were Dom Hardisty, Richie Mbele, Samba Betts, Charlie Chennell and Matt Kerbey.
After only three minutes Jack Howard went in to a 50/50 challenge with the opposition No 6 and both of them went down and received treatment. Unfortunately, Jack was then carried off to spend the rest of the game in the dugout with an ice pack on his knee whilst his opposite number played on. Richie Mbele came on for Jack.
Jordan Knight was called upon to dive bravely at the feet of the opposing No 10 after he latched on to a poor ball across field and advanced on goal.
Only 14 minutes in Gs were penalised for a challenge on the goal-line wide of the goal and the ref pointed to the spot. Jordan went the right way but could not stop the hosts going 1-0 up.
The hosts had been finding holes in the Gs defence but were wayward in front of goal on a couple of occasions and Jordan was again needed to be on his metal to snuff out the danger.
The first proper chance for the Gs came to Ollie Stevens who got on to the end of a looped through ball from Jack Cleeveley and battled his way through on goal and hit a shot from just inside the area that the home keeper had to palm round for a corner.
The second half saw a more positive approach from the Gs, and Ryan Villa started to run at the defenders on the right wing and delivered some good crosses.
The Gs seemed to be rejuvenated and were pressing their opponents and winning a fair number of corners.
Around half an hour in to the second half the home No 3 was sent off for a second yellow card. Darren took the free kick and brought a good save from the Frimley keeper at the near post.
A few minutes later Darren took another free kick on the right and hit a great ball across the area to where Ollie Stevens met it with a great first-time volley as it dropped and the ball hit the net to bring the scores level and to continue Ollies remarkable scoring run, in the League at least.
Having kept the Gs in the game with some great goal keeping Jordan Knight somehow saw a long shot that he seemed to have comfortably covered bounce over him as he went down and the ball bounced into the net to put Frimley back in front. Perhaps it was a dodgy bounce. It certainly wasn’t sun in his eyes.
But the Gs were not done for and continued to dominate both possession and territory in the second half. Amazing after the poor first half.
Ryan Villa was enjoying himself going at the home defence and was brought down inside the box as he got past his defender once again and the ref gave the Gs a penalty this time. Captain Darren stepped up and cracked the ball home to bring the Gs back to all square.
So, the game went one way and then the other, but to hear the chants of “G Army” once again brought back memories of when we were leagues higher.
A great performance to turn it around, which speaks volumes for the character of the young lads in the yellow shirts. Well done to Les for whatever he said or did at half time.
It was only a point, but a good point in anyone’s book, and it takes us above Bagshot on goal difference into 12th place.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Frinley G Gees
attempts 13 9
on target 7 6
corners 3 5
fouls 21 10
Poss 1 53 47
Poss 2 38 62
yellows 4 2
Bovril staus: Not only was Bovril not on the menu at Frimley Green, I am unsure that the lovely lady on the till had ever heard of it! So sadly no half time warmers for the Bovril boys. Along with spirit levels and ball-stop netting some products have simply not got as far as Frimley yet