Kensington Borough 1 – 0 Godalming
Having seen the Gs earn three points on Saturday and a well-deserved point against Frimley on both occasions with a much better second half performance after poor first halves I am afraid they started this game in a similar style.
After 3 minutes they gave away a penalty to allow the home side to go in front and from that point onwards were hustled off the ball, were unable to hold on to the ball, were pressured into mistakes at times and on other occasions the Gs just could not string any passes together and came off looking second best. So well done to Kensington who appeared to want it more.
The Gs were without Donte Lodge-Francis, Richie Mbele, Darren Wheeler and Jordan Clements. So, Ryan Villa started on one wing and Samba Betts on the other. Ollie Stevens was in the number 9 shirt and Jack Cleevey as No 10. Jake Heard and Jack Howard were in the middle with Curtis retuning to the captaincy after a few weeks away partnering Joe Lewis as the centre backs and Oghale Ogbuadu at right back and Reegan Scotcher at left back. Jordan Knight in goal as usual. On the bench were Dom Hardisty, Charlie Chenelle, Liam Gadd and Matt Kerbey.
In fact Dom was not on the bench for long as Reegan Scotcher had to be helped off the pitch early on.
The Gs did apply a fair bit of pressure and indeed won an indirect free kick on the edge of the 6 yard box but could not convert the chance. See the Twitter feed. Ollie came close with a chance when he hit a shot from the right that went across the face of the goal.
Dom Hardisty delivered a good free kick into the box which Ollie got his head to, but the ball went just wide of the post. Early in the second half Curtis got on to the end of a good free kick into the box from Jack Howard that just hit the top of the crossbar.
Ollie worked his way into the box from the left and somehow pulled the ball into the 6 yard box where Ryan went for a header but was taken out by the keeper as the ball went over again.
Disappointing result for the travelling fans. We will need to be a lot better on Saturday at Bedfont and I am sure that Les will do all he can to get the lads up for that game.