Godalming Town 2 – 0 Horley
The Gees gave their fans a great display, 3 points and another clean sheet on Saturday despite having a reported seven of the regular squad unavailable.
The start of the game saw the home side playing towards the road end and by far the livelier, despite the visitors being at the top of the table and their hosts at the bottom. The Gees had newcomers Aiden Upward in goal, just signed on dual registration with Farnborough and at No 9 Luke Haskell in the starting line-up along with Robert Webbe and Bobby Bennett who were both back from injury.
Dom Hardisty and Isy Nzelo were the full backs and Josh Kempton and Chad Goulter as centre backs, Ben Cotton, Jack Howard, Robert Webbe in the midfield with Bobby Bennett and Piers Oldland wide and Luke Hakell upfront. On the bench were Tre Trowers, Romario Hart, Gavin Smith Tom Webb and Alex Rodriguez.
After ten minutes of Gees pressure the home side almost conceded from an enormous throw in that ended bobbling around dangerously, but eventually was cleared. On 25 minutes Piers Oldland who bagged a brace of goals last week tried a long-range attempt from the left, which the visiting keeper did well to dive and just tip over the bar. Then, towards the end of the first half, Ben Cotton, who seems to be getting back to full match fitness, pinched the ball in the middle of the pitch and delivered a super through pass for Luke Haskell to make his way past one defender and then slot the ball past the advancing keeper to put the Gees 1-0 up.
HT Godalming Town 1-0 Horley Town
It would seem that Horley got a bit of a talking to at half time as they played with much greater urgency in the second half, but despite a number of attempts from some distance they struggled to get many shots on target. The visitors had much more possession but could not make it count.
Then, after Romario Hart had come on to replace Luke Haskell and when Horley began to flag a little, the Gees produced a good passing move that ended with last week’s hero Piers Oldland finishing off the move to the delight of the Gees supporters, to put them 2-0 up.
In truth he could have had a brace yet again and probably should have when he missed another chance from close range. Great to see him rewarded after being out injured for such a long time. Horley, according to Michael’s figures below, despite much approach work and endeavour only made 2 attempts on target in the whole game.
So, on to Tuesday night, when the Gees visit Farnham in what must be a six pointer in anyone’s book.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams Gees Horley Town
attempts 12 14
on target 8 2
corners 2 3
fouls 15 11
bookings 2 1
poss% 1st 55 45
poss% 2nd 42 58
Bovril Status: Once again that thrilling beefy three point flavour – all served in Bovril branded porcelain from our very own Michelin Stirred Oven Door.