Horsham 8 – 1 Godalming
With the departure of Dean Thomas and it seems a whole bunch of his recent players have also disappeared, Adam Roots was left with 5 players from his development squad on the team sheet and only 2 subs on the bench. All the youngsters did themselves proud and should not be too disappointed at the result. Adam himself should be thanked for having the guts to stand in at short notice. The club are fortunate to have someone like Adam in the set-up.
The squad was Brannon Daly in goal, Piers Oldland right back, Chris Musgrove and Graeme Purdy as centre backs with Callum Roots at left back. Chris Wales, Steve Brown, Matthew Males in the midfield, Darren Wheeler and William Efambe in the wide positions and Jack Mazzone up front. Only Rory Sellick and Gil de-Sousa were on the bench.
Early in the first half saw the new Gs keeper Brannon Daly make a good save low down which he turned round for a corner.
However Horsham applied some more pressure and won a couple of corners and after about 19minutes they managed to score with a header from close range at a corner from their left.
A few minutes later Jack Mazzone worked his way into the home penalty on the left hand side and appeared to be brought down, but the referee waved away the Gs appeals.
The home side went two up after 32 minutes with a shot that curled in to the top corner from wide on the left.
But after some good work on the right William Efambe played the ball in for Jack Mazzone who had to turn and hit a shot at the second attempt that came of a defender and conveniently set itself up for Matt Males to bring the score back to 2-1.
So at half time it seemed that the makeshift team that Adam had put together were doing ok and might even nick a point, despite the home side having the better of the possession and shots on target.
The second half was a different story and as the Gs bravely sent players forward they repeatedly got caught out on the break.
Of all the goals Horsham’s final one was an absolute cracker, as they say, being hit on the volley, leaving Brannon Daly no chance.
Jack Mazzone again stood out for me giving so much and in one passage of play in the second half repeatedly challenging and trying to win the ball from the defenders whether he was upright or on the deck, until his legs simply gave up.
Looking forward to 2017 with hopefully a new permanent manager in place and improving results.
Attempts 17 5
On target 12 2
Corners 8 3
Fouls 11 15
Poss1 60 40
Poss 2 63 37
yellows 1 4