Kings Langley 1 – 1 Godalming Town.
The G’s travelled to a windswept Gaywood Park to take on the league leaders Kings Langley. They were without Nick Hutchings and Darren Wheeler both through injury, whilst Steve Laidler, Rory Sellick and Julian Sills were all unavailable.
They lined up for the first half playing into the fierce wind blowing straight along the length of the pitch with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton at right back, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre backs and Liam Roberts at left back, with Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four.
Piers Oldland, Louis Hutton, Will Hutton and Iven Kumanda in midfield with Danny Bassett upfront.
On the bench where Chris Wales, Jake Kempton and Pasha Tayo-Walker.
The squally rain showers and high gusting winds threatened to curtail any thoughts of good football although the pitch itself did not look too bad after the rain in the morning.
Both sides seemed to be trying to play long balls from the defence but this did not produce any real goal scoring opportunities until on 35 minutes KL played the ball forward and with the G’s defence appealing for offside Mitchell Weiss rounded Oneal Garnes but was driven wide and could not get a clear shot in but the G’s were forced to clear the ball off the line.
Apart from this there was not much to bother the G’s keeper in the first half despite the home team having the advantage of the wind and rain at their backs. The G’s broke occasionally and produced a few good passing moves when the got the ball on the ground, but could not break down the KL defence.
Half time 0-0
At the start of the second half KL made a double substitution bringing on Steve Ward and Dean Hitchcock replacing Gary Connelly and Immanuelson Duku.
Iven received a yellow card for clumsy challenge a few minute into the second half. But otherwise the G’s started to press their opponents more and when they had to defend they did so well with captain Purdy showing great composure at its heart.
However on 65 minutes with KL in possession wide on the left hand side they delivered a speculative cross, which went high across the G’s goal and with Oneal Garnes watching it apparently going out of play when it dropped behind him, just inside his far post. KL 1-0 up.
2 minutes later however the G’s hit back when Will Hutton just to the left of the KL goal lifted the ball from 30 yards out over the KL keeper Xavi Comas the ball dropping into the net for a spectacular equaliser.
This renewed the G’s faith that they could win and shortly after the goal Louis Hutton hit another of his specials that was saved by Comas at full stretch. The rain eased but the wind did not.
KL were then awarded a penalty when Oneal Garnes came out to collect a ball and he did not make it. He also received a yellow card as he came into contact with the KL No 11 Matt Bateman who received treatment. The G’s keeper made amends for this when he dived low to his right to palm the penalty from KL’s David Hutton around for a corner to the delight of his G’s team mates.Hutton was then replaced by Lorenzo Ferrari for KL.
One of the G’s best chances to win outright ended when another good G’s attack saw the ball find its way out to Piers Oldland who got in his shot, but it went just wide of the upright to his left.
Graeme Purdy went to help out upfront in search of the winner with the impressive Ashley Lloyd dropping back to partner Chris Musgrove as the G’s changed their set up to go all out to win. This did see the G’s win much more of the aerial balls from their defence. The G’s also managed a few more good passing moves one of which saw Will hit another shot just over the bar. The G’s were applying much more pressure with both sides going for a result and both Will and Louis hit more shots that failed to hit the target.
Chris Wale came on for Iven Kumanda late to make his first playing appearance for several months. Louis Hutton hit another shot, which was just wide of the right hand upright at the end when G’s had been pressing to find the winner.
It was another good performance from the team who battled hard throughout and might have on another day got a win. They all played their part in a good result for the G’s. In the end although the visitors had chances to take all three points they must be happy that with a depleted squad they came away with a share of the points.
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Report by Graham Harris