Godalming 1 – 0 Hanwell
It has to be said that another three points, another clean sheet and no bookings is great news for the G’s, even if it wasn’t the greatest feast of football.
The G’s were without their two stalwarts in the defence Chris Musgrove and Graeme Purdy and while Darren Wheeler was on the bench having missed the trip to Egham on Saturday, he was nursing a bandaged ankle.
The G’s line-up was Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills Ashley Lloyd and Nick Hutchings, with Will Hutton, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler and Liam Roberts in the midfield while Danny Bassett was upfront alongside Jake Kempton in a four – four – two formation.
On the bench were Iven Kumanda, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland along with Darren Wheeler.
The opening exchanges saw a lightning fast run from Charlie Hutton which took him from wide out on the right up to the touch line where he pulled the ball back low into the area, but the final shot did not match the build up and went wide.
Shortly after Liam Roberts made a good run on then left wing and delivered a good cross to the far post but neither of the front men could get on the end of it.
The seemingly indestructible Nick Hutchings then got hurt going for a 50 / 50 ball and could not continue. Liam Roberts dropped into the left back slot and Piers Oldland came on to take up the wide position.
Danny Basset did well to get to the line on the left and play another ball low into the box where Jake Kempton met it on the volley but the shot was well saved low at the near post by Martin Herdman in between the sticks for Hanwell.
Hanwell No 10 Ryan Egan was yellow carded after the ref consulted his linesman about an off the ball incident just before half time.
Danny Bassett, who was terrorising the visitors defence, got in another shot that went wide of the right hand post before Mr James Robinson blew for the end of a first half, which saw only 5 shots in total from both sides.
The lively Danny Bassett started the second half as he ended the first firing a shot from wide on the left just past the Hanwell far post.
Shortly after Oneal Garnes produced a great double save, first with his legs from the Hanwell No 7 Tom Inch when he latched on to a through ball and was one on one with Oneal,then with the rebound falling to a Hanwell forward who struck a good shot that the G’s stopper had to palm round for a corner.
The G’s did some good build up work, but could not get a decent final shot on the end until Danny once again worked his way towards the left hand corner of the Hanwell box, which was quite congested. But he managed to slip the ball through to Will Hutton who shaped to continue the ball on its way to Piers wide on the right, but at the last moment turned inside and hit a shot into the top left hand of the goal to ease the G’s nerves. G’s 1 – Hanwell 0
The G’s physio was having a busy evening and came on for a fourth time when she attended to Jake Kempton who was suffering. This allowed Rory Sellick to come on to replace him.
Hanwell broke quickly again and could have levelled if it were not for Oneal Garnes once again who was on fine form and palmed the ball round the post.
Hanwell no 5 was then yellow carded for dissent when he kicked the half way line flag off the pitch in frustration.
It was a frustrating night for Hanwell who remained dangerous on the break but got no joy on the night.
G’s travel to top of the table Kings Langley on Saturday.
G’s M O M Oneal Garnes for a fine game.
Attempts 9 12 (only 5 shots in total in the 1st half)
On target 4 4
Corners 1 6
fouls 14 (5 OS) 11 (3 OS)
Poss 1st 60% 40%
Poss 2nd 48% 52%
Bookings 0 2