Overnight rain had left the pitch rather soft in areas, but after attention the pitch inspection declared the pitch playable – so match on.
In the end it was a pretty comfortable victory for the G’s who ran out 3-1 winners. They had been disappointed by the fixture at North Greenford earlier in the season when the G’s lost 1-2 after dominating much of the match.
The G’s were awarded a free kick on the right hand side of the North Greenford penalty area after 3 minutes play when Joao Andrades was bought down outside the penalty area. Ideal territory for Darren Wheeler who swung the free kick low in at the near post. G’s 1-0 up.
Soon after Steve Laidler delivered a great cross from the left but the was no one who could get onto the end of it.
Chris Musgrove took a nasty knock to his knee during a tackle and needed attention. The G’s supporters were relieved to see him recover having recently lost Tom Willment to Harrow Borough and Chris Wales still some way off recovering from injury. Captain Graeme Purdy featured alongside Musgrove at centre back.
Darren Wheeler made another good run moments later turning in towards the goal, but could only shoot wide while under pressure from the defence.
Both sides were playing the offside game to advantage, but Darren Wheeler was finding more space available and was repeatedly tormenting the opposition right back on a difficult surface. Liam Roberts also had a fine game swapping wings to effect with Wheeler.
North Greenford appeared to be looking to attack wide on the left wing showing pace and skill, but could not get the better of the G’s defence and couldn’t produce more than one long range shot that went wide of the post in the first half.
Three minutes into the second half the G’s were awarded a corner at the road end which Wheeler swung in, for it to be met by Ashley Lloyd who headed in off the underside of the crossbar.
The G’s really looked quite comfortable with Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton both having good games dominating midfield despite the difficult conditions and both making runs forward. Louis in particular had a typical shot that just went over from well outside the area.
North Greenford scored on 63 minutes when the G’s defence failed to effectively clear pressure and a stray header fell to the visitors who scored from close range.
Godalming got their third after a fine run from Darren Wheeler yet again broke loose down the left and played the ball in to the area. From there a quick exchange of passes saw Louis Hutton played the ball to Joao Andrade who put the ball past the keeper from 6 yards out.
After a lunging tackle two North Greenford players were yellow carded by the referee who had a very good game.
30 minutes into the second half Joao Andrades and Liam Roberts were substituted They were replaced by Danny Bassett and Will Hutton.
Yet another cross from Wheeler saw a fine set up from Will Hutton, with his back to the goal, for his brother Louis, but his shot from 10 yards out went over the bar.
With ten minutes to go Darren Wheeler was substituted for Iven Kumanda who showed his pace and strength cutting in from the wing. The replacements also gave the North Greenford defence a torrid time and came close to scoring on a couple more occasions in the dying moments with Danny Bassett getting a fine shot in, which was well beaten away around the post by the North Greenford keeper Lewis Todd.
The G’s will feel pleased that they were able to further extend their run of good results at home as well as away from Wey Court.
Many of the G’s had excellent games, in fact they all did, but at the end of the day M o M should probably go to Darren Wheeler again for his fine performance.
Sorry there have been no formal stats from “Stats-man Michael” lately, but he is away at present.
G’s are away at Fleet on Tuesday night in the Aldershot Senior Cup and are away to Barton Rovers next Saturday.
Report written by Graham Harris.