Hanworth Villa 2 – 0 Godalming Town
Plenty of Gees supporters made the trip to Hanworth and saw yet another changed line-up in the fight to get a few more points with Paddy Kinsella returning between the posts, Tom Biss wide on the left and Craig Mountain at right back.
Steve Bettancourt was played in front of the back four, where Alex Rodrigues was alongside Joe Bendell, and Lewis Lodge at left back. Lee Boon and Chad Goulter were in the midfield with Piers Oldland wide on the right and Bobby Bennett in the number 9 slot. On the bench were Josh Pound, Bobby Webbe, Aiden Upward Tom Batten and Jack May.
It looked like the changes might bring some joy to the Gees in the first half as the home side were limited to some pretty long shots and with the two wide players providing an outlet going forward. Piers had a quick exchange of passes in the opening minutes with Bobby Bennett, which set him up for a shot as he cut inside only to see it clear the bar.
Not many realistic chances for the Gees although the ball was played back to Betts near the end of the half for him to have a pop, but either it took a deflection, or he did not quite get hold of it as it did not trouble the Villa keeper.
Villa did hit the crossbar with a shot that was hit from nearer the centre line than the visitor’s penalty area on the stroke of half time, but generally the first half was pretty even and finished
HT Hanworth Villa 0–0 Godalming Town
Gav and Jon introduced some changes early in the second half in an attempt to break the deadlock bringing on Bobby Webbe and Jack May for Tom and Piers who got a couple of good crosses in from wide and did some great work when we were defending.
The first Hanworth goal was from a shot well wide on their left which Paddy got down to well and seemed to get a hand to it, but he could only turn the ball onto the far post from where it bounced in.
There was plenty of effort from the Gees, some good quick through balls from Bobby Webbe and some energetic running from Jack May and Bobby Bennett, but they rarely looked like they were going to create enough clear scoring chances.
Lewis got booked after another good performance and the Gav felt it best to replace him with Josh Pound coming on to deal with the pace that Hanwell had out wide on both wings.
There was always that hope that we could have snatched an equaliser but as the time was running out a ball in the middle of the pitch was not cleared first time by the Gees defence and fell for A Hanworth forward to take on Paddy one on one and get their second.
The mild weather meant there was no call for Bovril at half time and no Ewing’s on hand to provide stats. Hanwell had the upper hand in the second half. We meet Hanworth again at home in the next match in the schedule. Let’s hope we can make the home advantage tell. I am sure Gav and Jon will have a plan.
So, no beefy beverage to comment upon, perhaps something stronger needed at the end.