Greenwich Borough 2 – 0 Godalming
Without both Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan clearly Dan was short of options again, with only one player, the very promising William Efambe on the Bench.
The starting set up saw Oneal Garnes in goal as usual and three centre backs Carl Garstang, Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove with Piers Oldland and Sean Mason as the wing backs, Nick Sowden, Bobby Dormer and Rory Sellick in the midfield and Darren Wheeler (C) and Manny Quarshue upfront.
Godalming started this game against 3rd placed Greenwich in bright style, being quicker to the loose ball and pressing where they could. They won the first couple of corners and had probably the majority of the possession and territory in the first 20 odd minutes with Darren Wheeler and Sean Mason both having shots on goal. Darren’s was blocked and Sean’s shot went into the side netting.
There were some really good passing moves in the build ups and at the start of the game you would not have known who was at the top of the League and who at the bottom.
But as we all know the only thing that matter is ball in net.
After 23 minutes Greenwich got their first attempt in, hitting a long shot well over the bar. However a few minutes later and somewhat against the run of play the home side delivered a long ball which their No 11 Mo Eisa got onto on the left hand side of the Gs box where one of the visiting defenders slipped and Eisa found space to slide the ball to the edge of the 6yard box where Charlie MacDonald was able to tap home from close range and put the home team 1 – 0 up.
It was a minute or two later that the hosts won their first corner.
Another defensive slip saw a through ball on the ground go at pace under the Gs defenders foot and that gave the dangerous Eisa another opportunity to get on the ball wide of the goal on their right and as a few minutes earlier he was able to square the ball into the 6yard box for another easy tap in for their Charlie MacDonald.
So the hosts were 2-0 up at half time.
Dan changed things around at the start of the second half as the Gs started to play down the slope. They went back to four at the back and moved Piers up front alongside Manny and Darren playing a bit deeper.
Gs tried to get back in it but despite plenty of effort they were not able to threaten the home keeper.
Greenwich were well organised and broke quickly down both wings. But the Gs defence stood strong through the second half blocking and tackling doggedly and Oneal showed what a good keeper he is making several good saves with his legs and in one case taking a knock to the head.
So the second half finishes as a draw after some determined defending by the Gs.
William Efambe came on replacing Piers Oldland who had had another good performance at around 70 minutes and was able to show some of his pace and nifty footwork. However despite a short rally towards the end when Chris Wales had a shot from the edge of the area, the Gs did not really look like scoring. Darren had a couple of speculative long shots and Carl Garstang had a chance very late on but narrowly missed the target.
Gs MOTM for me was Oneal Garnes.
Greenwich Borough Gees
Attempts 12 6
On target 5 2
Corners 6 5
fouls 13 17
Poss 1 55 45
Poss 2 49 51
yellows 1 3