Godalming 0 – 5 Jersey
We were all keen to see what the newcomers to the League were like and as they arrived at the Bill Kyte Stadium as top of the League scoring nine goals and without conceding a goal in their opening two matches it seemed that they were going to be pretty good. That was an understatement. If they can hold the team together for the season, from what I saw, they will win the League at a canter.
It was a worry to see on the trip to the ground that the Gs would be without Joe Lewis, Jack Stow and no sign of Reegan Scotcher as yet, but also no captain Curtis Osano as well. So, neither of Les’ favoured centre backs. Also, a worry to see that, although he was back from holiday, Darren was wearing the number 4 shirt. Not really centre back material I wouldn’t have thought. It was clearly another cunning plan, or was it just that the shirts did not fit that Adam Bricknell was also shown as number 7?
Dom Hardisty came into the back four as did Ryan Villa with Ethan Kaiser and Rory Sellick being drafted in to the centre back positions. It was also good to see the talented Richie Mbelle back on the squad sheet for the first time this season. Adam Bricknell was also in the midfield with Jack Cleeveley and Francis Sey and with Ollie Stevens upfront there was at least some hope of a goal or two.
For some reason Kenny Kassabante was starting on the bench along with Matt Kerbey, Charlie Chennel, Liam Gadd and new name Myron Mckenzie. In fact, for once, the G’s got into their stride well in the opening minutes and pressed their opponents when Darren Wheeler made a well-timed tackle before slipping the ball through the visitor’s defence to Jack Cleeveley who delivered a shot from outside the area that hit the crossbar, but bounced harmlessly away.
Then I think it was Richie Mbele who wiggled his way to the left-hand side of the visitor’s area and finally delivered a floating ball into the 6 yard box where Ollie had perhaps a bit too much time to pick his spot, but unusually on this occasion he did not hit the target with his header.
The visitors first goal was all my fault as I had just commented upon the fact that we were dominating the play after 11 minutes. However, a very soft free kick was awarded to Jersey from where they played the ball diagonally wide down their left and then back across the face of the G’s goal before it was hit on the volley powerfully past Jordan.
The second goal was an unstoppable shot from 35 yards out wide on their right that just found the top far corner of Jordan’s net. Don’t think we could have stopped that if we had two keepers. The G’s cause was not at all helped when Adam Bricknell went down injured midway through the first half. He soldiered on until the break, but clearly was not able to run it off.
Despite being behind to two fine goals the lads did pretty well through the first half but inevitably the Jersey lads found their feet well and looked very strong in defence.
The second half saw Kenny come on to replace Adam but was pretty well dominated by the visitors. Despite this it has to be said that there were some superb performances from the G’s squad particularly from both Rory and Ethan who were getting in some crucial tackles and blocks.
Sometimes you just have to accept that you are beaten by a much better team and that was the case in this game. Seems unlikely that Jersey will remain in this League beyond this season as they were so much stronger everywhere on the pitch. 5- 0 does not look good, but I suspect other teams will suffer a similar fate.
Onwards to the next encounter with Epsom and Ewell where we hope to get some joy and possibly a point or two.