Godalming 2 – 1 Northwood
Well who would have believed on Friday that the Wey Court pitch would be in a fit state for the game to go ahead today. It was Kev Shepherd who decreed on Friday that “the match must go on” – and so it was.
Much huffing and puffing, forking and squeegeeing of the pitch from Friday evening all under the watchful eye of Bill Kyte and again Saturday morning. Then we had another hour of rain, which was greeted by “Oh Bother” from the morning crew Dave Allen, the Hirons, the Moses and all – as it threatened to undo all the good work that had been done.
But as it was the Community /Corporate day, it had to go ahead. So well done all those who turned out to get the pitch playable and lets hope that all the youngsters who turned up enjoyed their day at Wey Court as well.
The G’s were looking to finish the season strongly and started with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills, Chris Musgrove, and Liam Roberts as the back four. With no Ashley Lloyd available through suspension the set up was more of a 4-4-2 with Louis Hutton sitting in front of the back four when the G’s were defending and Steve Laidler covering that spot when Louis was in the attack, as he does so well.
Piers Oldland was on the right and Darren Wheeler on the left with Danny Bassett partnering Graeme Purdy up front.
On the bench were Chris Wales, Will Hutton, Iven Kumanda and Rory Sellick.
Nick Hutchings was training with the squad and looks to be fit again soon.
In the first few minutes both sides started well and under the circumstances were to be praised for trying to play football. The G’s put together some neat passes in the first twenty minutes as usual without generating any clear chances to trouble the Northwood keeper. The G’ s forced their first corner on 24 minutes.
In one move Charlie Hutton swept up the right wing and cut inside neatly going past the Northwood captain Mark Burgess and playing the ball in to the near post, but the G’s forwards efforts to capitalise did not come off.
In another Piers Oldland also cut in from the right and was brought down 6 yards outside the penalty area. Darren Wheeler hit the free kick just past the near upright.
Steve Laidler was giving a strong performance breaking up the opposition possession. Joakin Ehui hit a cross from wide on the left that Oneal Garnes had to palm away at around 38 minutes.
Louis Hutton was looking to shoot when the opportunity arose and he hit one shot over the bar from range and minutes later made another tremendous strike which was on target but Berkeley Laurencin made a superb save turning the ball round at full stretch just before the end of the first half.
Northwood threatened with a good cross from their Joakin Ehui but it went just behind his team mates.
Will Hutton came on for Darren Wheeler who was struggling with an injury. Not long after he hit a good drive that was saved quite comfortably by the visitors keeper. Soon after Louis had a fierce shot that came off a defender and the referee signalled for a penalty for the G’s. The referee then had a long debate with the linesman on the far side of the pitch before allowing Louis to take the penalty, which he hit hard and low to the Northwood keepers left, putting the G’s 1-0 up.
Charlie Hutton went down after a challenge with an injury to his knee and was replaced by Chris Wales after having a fine game.
Piers Oldland showed his pace with a good break on the right and finishing with a delicate chip to the near post, but the G’s strikers could not beat the Northwood defence. Northwood were now playing a more attacking formation in trying to get back on terms.
Louis Hutton made a great through pass to his brother Will who almost managed to pull the ball into the net on the volley. But the ball went narrowly wide and the linesman gave him offside anyway. However moments later Louis produce another great through ball for Will to run onto and beat the Northwood keeper when he was one-on-one with him.
G’s 2- 0 up now and again playing some very good one touch passing moves in approach play.
Northwood continued to press and in one attack worked the ball into the G’s box but their No 12 missed with his shot.
The lively Danny Bassett, who had been working well alongside Graeme Purdy and had received treatment for a knock to his ankle earlier, was replaced by Iven Kumanda.
Oneal Garnes had to palm away a shot from wide on the left for a corner.
Northwood No 8 & 12 were both spoken to by the referee at length for what appeared to be backchat.
Liam Roberts received a yellow card for a late challenge. G’s broke well after clearing the pressure and Louis Hutton played another fine through ball in behind the Northwood defence for Piers Oldland to show his pace but the winger was foiled by the advancing visitors keeper when one-on-on with him. Another good save from him keeping them in the match.
Northwood no 3 Andy Lomas was yellow carded for a foul.
Iven Kumanda brought another good close range stop from the Northwood keeper when he cut into the area. Soon after the Northwood no 11 Rob Hastings was yellow carded.
The G’s were looking comfortable and playing some good passing moves before the visitors broke and Chris Wales brought down the Northwood No 12 George Nicholas in the penalty area in injury time. Niko Muir put the penalty away, but shortly after was yellow carded for dissent.
Chris Musgrove then also received a yellow card for an unacceptable tackle although he did not actually make contact with anything other than the ball just before full time.
Another three points for the G’s. And a very pleasing performance from the whole squad who played well throughout.
Latest advanced technology Stats from Michael Ewing below:
Attempts 14 15
On target 7 6
Corners 3 7
Fouls 15(1p) + 4 o/s 20(1p) +5o/s
Poss 1st 22.48 (min/sec) 52% 20.44 (min/sec) 48%
poss 2nd 19.24 (min/sec) 46% 23.04 (min/sec) 54%
Bookings 2 2
Stats man Mike back on the boards
Dual stopwatch technology- 85% free from human error
Thought that Northwood had 3 bookings as in my report above, but could be wrong. Grey Graham.