Godalming 4 – 1 Petersfield
The G’s played Petersfield at Wey Court this evening, the second meeting of the two sides in seven days following the 1-1 draw at Love Lane last week. Although there was not that much on paper for either side to play for other than bragging rights and pride both sides went for it from the start.
The G’s line up saw many changes to the side that played last Wednesday with Richard Ossai returning in goal, Chris Wales started as right back for the injured Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills partnered Chris Musgrove, while Nick Hutchings made his first appearance at left back for several weeks, coming back from injury.
Liam Roberts was in the central midfield partnering Will Hutton whilst Piers Oldland started wide on the right and Iven Kumanda on the left. Graeme Purdy was partnered upfront with Jake Kempton.
On the Bench were Rory Sellick, Darren Wheeler, Steve Laidler, Danny Bassett and Oneal Garnes.
The first few minutes seemed to show that the revised set up was going to test the visitors with Graeme Purdy hitting a long shot from wide in the opening minutes pushed round by the Rams keeper, while Chris Musgrove then headed just wide from the resulting corner.
Iven Kumanda was proving to be a handful and had a few shots and a powerful run in the first twenty minutes. He also latched onto a ball that the visitors failed to clear effectively and chose to unselfishly slide the ball through for Jake Kempton, but the delivery was a little over hit.
The G;s were putting lots of pressure on and getting shots in when possible with Petersfield breaking quickly on occasions. They did threaten when a long cross landed in the G’s 6 yard box, but they could not capitalise on it. Straight after Will Hutton hit a long range shot that was reasonably comfortable for Joshua Young in the visitors goal.
Even Nick Hutchings was getting forward and hit a speculative right footed shot that almost crept in under the bar at the far post (reminiscent of Darren’s a week or so ago that did just that).
The G,s were awarded a free kick on 28minutes just beyond the right hand side of the Rams penalty area, which Iven Kumanda took and hit a low hard shot to the far post which went in through a throng of players. G’s one up.
Richard Ossai appeared to be fouled on a high cross into his area and failed to make contact, but to the relief of the home fans the ball went harmlessly wide.
Jake Kempton them got on the end of a through ball that saw him one on one with the Rams keeper but he could not score from the opportunity lifting the ball over the bar.
Liam Roberts and Steven Green for the visitors were both yellow carded not long after a lecture from the referee Tristan Greaves.
Just before the half time break Petersfield headed a cross from their left just over the bar and it felt as if perhaps the G’s were possibly going to regret the missed opportunities of the first half which they largely dominated.
At the start of the second half the visitors seemed to commit more to attack and their No 10 Joe Briggs had a shot pushed round for a corner by Richard Ossai. This resulted in 2 corners for the Rams which was the first period of sustained pressure that the home team had to deal with.
On 60 minutes Will Hutton took a free kick for the G’s which allowed Graeme Purdy to tap in at the far post for the hosts second goal of the evening
Liam Roberts who had had a good game showing all his usual energy around the pitch was replaced by Steve Laidler.
Iven Kumanda then took a corner on the golf course side at the training pitch end which he swung in to the far post where Jake Kempton was able to head in from close range to put the home team 3-0 up on 65 minutes.
Gary Moorgate came on for The Rams replacing Sean Wain. Petersfield then got a consolation goal on 71 minutes from Howard Neighbour who latched on to a through ball on the ground that the G’s defence failed to cut out and he beat the advancing Richard Ossai. The G’s appeals for an offside decision were overruled.
Any relief this goal may have given the visitors was short lived a minute later as Will Hutton delivered a corner for the hosts to the near post which Jake Kempton was able to turn in with his head for his second of the game.
The impressive Iven Kumanda came off for Rory Sellick to come on for his first appearance for a few weeks.
Petersfield continued to push for another goal and Chris Musgrove had to clear off the line on the 80th minute.
Darren Wheeler came on for Will Hutton who had had an impressive game covering miles of the pitch and a including a couple of assists.
Steve Laidler also had a spectacular run past several defenders but his final shot was unable to beat the visitors keeper.
Jake Kempton then had an even more spectacular run where he beat everyone including the keeper only to see his side footed shot cleared off the line and the ball ricochet back to the arms of the grateful Rams keeper.
A deserved win for the team who really could have put the game out of sight in the first half. No complaints however as they move on to face Rushden and Diamonds at the weekend in the final game of the season.
Stats below from the Ewing family.
attempts on goal 19 9
on target 11 3
corners 7 6
fouls 7 10 (3o/s)
poss 1st 61% 39%
poss 2nd 21.06 min (55%) 16.57 min (45%)
bookings 1 1
2nd half poss calculated with DST. Ist half calculated with the time honoured and uncannily reliable “wadyathink” method. Michael sound asleep this evening but back on duty Saturday for R&D