Godalming 1 -0 Lewes
What a relief and joy to report a win, a clean sheet and three points for Dan and the lads. It was not pretty football at times as the Gs had to defend for long periods, but they battled through and got what they deserved, for once taking their chances (and they had the clearer chances) better than the opposition.
After a string of tremendous performances, where we could have won but invariably lost out on any points in the final minutes, without getting a sniff of any good fortune, it was great to feel that the Gods of Football were smiling upon the Gs for once.
Callum Eagle, Graeme Purdy and Nick Sowden were all injured while Bobby Dormer was unavailable, so Manny Quarshue started up front again. Matt Bunyan was playing deeper than usual really as part of the midfield, which included Darren Wheeler, Piers Oldland and William Efambe and Steve Brown in front of the back four who were Sean Mason, Chris Wales, Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang with Oneal Garnes in goal. On the bench were Rory Sellick and Joseph Strochetti.
Without the energy of Bobby Dormer and Nick Sowden it would fall to William Efambe and Piers Oldlands to do the chasing in the midfield and they did just that.
Lewes came to Wey Court still chasing to get into the play-off places and from the encounter at The Dripping Pan earlier in the season were probably taken aback at the resistance they faced.
The visitors started brightly attacking the training pitch end and forced several corners in the first 10 minutes, but could not really find anything to trouble Oneal Garnes.
The Gs then mustered an attack on the left where Darren Wheeler produced a superb curling cross that Matt Bunyan was lined up for in the centre, when a defender got a slight glancing header in, which directed the ball towards William Efambe who was able to get a powerful shot in that the visiting keeper was only able to parry out, but William could only hit the side netting with his second bight of the cherry from a rather more acute angle.
Piers Oldland ended up in the referee’s book after 16 minutes alongside Steve Brown who had exchanged details with the referee some minutes earlier.
Manny Quarshue saw the ball loop into the area conveniently for him, but he could not connect with this chance.
Lewes had most of the possession, but were limited to only a few shots from range by the hard working home team who were defending strongly.
As the Gs broke on 32 minutes Manny Quarshue out on the left turned the ball nicely into the middle for Darren who was frantically calling for the ball in the centre. He weaved a bit and then hit a fine curling shot past the visiting keeper as only he can. Gs 1 – 0 up.
Oneal did have to dive bravely to smother a chance for the visitors as they broke quickly minutes after the Gs opened the score.
Then Manny seemed to add a second for the Gs when he smartly put the ball in the net after getting on to the end of a ball through the middle that clearly came off a defender on the way. However the linesman gave him offside despite several vocal protests.
William Efambe showed his pace trying to get onto a diagonal ball behind the defence, which the visiting keeper did well to partially smother. William hooked the ball while on the floor but he saw it run loose and wide across the goal.
Lewes made substitutions to try to break the Gs defence down, but although they had some success in creating chances and brought an unconventional save from Oneal when he trapped the ball with his legs after a bit of a scramble in the 6 yard box. But other than that they still really produced little in the second half in the way of clear chances.
Steve Brown was replaced by Rory Sellick after another talking to from the ref and Joseph Strochetti came on in place of Manny Quarshue towards the end to add to the defensive effort.
Lewes did get the ball in the net from close range, but, like their hosts, this effort was ruled out as offside, to the great relief of the home support.
Another good team performance where finally we got the three points we have deserved.
Hard again to pick anyone of the Gs for MotM with Chris Wales as always proving what a good player he is, but Matt Bunyan for me showing what talent and a great work ethic he has. He was everywhere. The whole squad worked really hard yet again.
You will see from Michael’s stats that for all the dominant possession the visitors had, they produced less shots on target in fact only two during the whole match.
Great battling performance and a great result. Chatham will be a big match next week as they also got 3 points.
attempts 14 9
on target 2 3
corners 8 2
fouls 11 12
poss 1st half 56 % 44 %
poss 2nd half 72% 28%