Godalming 1 – 2 Horsham
Horsham had demolished the Gs previously when we met them on New Years day. So it was a chance to put that bad memory behind us.
It was another gutsy performance from the lads on the pitch to make this a really exciting encounter.
Excitement has been building over the last few weeks with the rejuvenated Gs proving to be so much stronger than the squad of earlier in the Season and closing the gap on those above them, toppling some big names on the way.
The Gs always needed to get a result and hope that the Three Bridges result went in their favour as well. However in the end, with the result from Three Bridges going against us, anything less than 3 points was never going to be enough to save the Gs from relegation.
Graeme Purdy was back up front alongside Manny also Steve Brown returned to the midfield with no Matt Bunyan or Bobby Dormer available.
It was all pretty exciting stuff but tight in the first half. Although the Gs had plenty of possession they did not create many real chances upfront. Purdy did get in behind the defence halfway through the first half, on one occasion, but was unable to capitalise, not getting a clean connect on his shot.
The Gs put themselves under some pressure when there seemed to be some reluctance about clearing a ball from the defence and the ball was bobbling in front of Oneal Garnes who had to try to kick the ball clear himself, bringing down the visitors James Thurgar and was rightly penalised. The Gs may have thought that they were getting a slice of luck at last however when from the penalty spot the visitors Scott Kirkwood fired his shot well over the bar.
But, just before the half time whistle, a through ball from the visitors on the right of the Gs goal saw Horsham’s Darren Boswell twist to hit a stunning shot on the volley that flew into the far corner. A great strike.
In the second half the Gs again went for it and Chris Musgrove, who has been a prolific goal scorer from set pieces in the past, headed narrowly wide from corners on a couple of occasions.
Then after more pressure from the Gs the visitors headed clear only for the ball to be collected by Carl Garstang who hit a fine shot with his left foot low into the goal to give the Gs some hope yet again.
Dan brought on the young guns to try to take all three points in the shape of Callum Roots, Rory Sellick and Piers Oldland and their pace and determination looked as if they might find a winner.
The visitors claimed another goal with minutes to spare only to have it ruled out by the linesman who had flagged for the ball over the line before it was played in.
Oneal made another great stop as the play was going from end to end. Then, at the death, the Gs gave away what seemed to be a pretty innocuous free kick well outside the area. This was hit low and curling into the bottom corner to the disbelief of Oneal and the lads who must have felt they had done enough to get a point.
Very sad to see the faint hopes of the recent weeks finally dashed, but there where a number of terrific performances again and for me Chris Wales stood out again alongside Sean Mason who shows has pace and attacking ability. Dan Turkington and the lads can be proud of what they have achieved recently. They just ran out of games to get them up the table a bit.
Attempts 9 12
On target 5 5
Corners 4 3
fouls 16 17
Poss 1 51 49
Poss 2 54 46
yellows 2 3