Hythe Town 2 – 0 Godalming Town
Fifth placed Hythe were worthy winners in this contest, but Gs supporters should feel really proud of the team that Dan is putting together. They worked really hard today and made enough opportunities, but could not find the final finish.
Without Bobby Dormer or Carl Garstang (both suspended) and Nick Sowden who is ill there were more changes to the squad that performed so well in the rain at East Grinstead bringing in some of the development squad.
Oneal Garnes was in goal, Callum Eagle at right back, Sean Mason at left back with Chris Musgrove and Chris Wales the centre back pairing. Steve Brown, Piers Oldland, Darren Wheeler and William Efambe nominally the midfield with Graeme Purdy and Matthew Bunyan up front. Tom Webb, Joseph Strocchelli, Jaz Ratterray-Smith and Gil de Souza were on the bench.
Only a couple of minutes into the game Callum Eagle went in so powerfully for a 50/50 ball and went full circle in the air as he somersaulted like a gymnast before hitting the deck. Although he recovered for a moment he soon went down again and needed treatment on his knee.
In the early moments the Gs won a couple of corners and Chris Wales headed over from the second.
On 20 minutes in the home side produced a quick breakaway and brought a great save at full stretch from Oneal. But there was nothing in it between the two teams although Steve Brown picked up a yellow card.
Gs were battling well and the match was pretty even until just on half time when the deadlock was broken as an initial attack and shot from the home team was blocked by Oneal and a pile of bodies, only for the rebound to fall for the home teams Ben Wilson to hit it home from close range.
1-0 to Hythe at half time.
Just after the break Hythe got their second when they attacked on the right and got a low cross in to the danger area that seemed to get through the defence and allowed Jay May to score. But the Gs having been hit with two goals in quick succession did not give up.
William Efambe was showing the skills he has running at the defence on his side of the pitch and getting into the area well, while Darren was doing the same on his side.
In one break on the left Darren fashioned a cheeky lobb/shot that was heading for the top corner and took a mighty leap from the home keeper to capture the ball with his finger tips.
Chris Musgrove received a yellow card. Shortly after that Steve Brown was replaced by newcomer Joseph Strocchelli. Graeme Purdy was cautioned on 69 minutes and soon after Jaz Ratteray Smith came on for Callum Eagle who was by now clearly struggling with his damaged knee. This meant that Jo moved to replace Callum at right back and Jaz went into the midfield.
Darren produced another great through ball which William got onto and broke into the box crossing the ball tantalisingly into the 6 yard box where Purdy and Bunyan appeared to both try to apply the final touch without success. So frustrating.
The whole team were doing their bit and fighting for everything Piers was putting in the miles in midfield and found some good passes. But if Tuesday night was special for Purdy, today it was Matt Bunyan who was everywhere both in attack and in front of the back four winning the ball and clearing headers and then getting forward in attack. Tremendous performance from him, deft touches and good passes while chasing for everything.
Towards the end in a final bid to try to get something out of the game Gil de Souza came on for Sean Mason who had had a good game back at left back.
OK we were beaten, but it was a team performance, a performance for all the lads, youngsters and the not so young, to be very proud of against a team in the play off places. Well done to you all and well done to Dan and his management team for building some momentum.
attempts 11 9
on target 8 6
corners 5 6
fouls 17 14
poss 1 52 48
poss 2 48 52
bookings 1 4