Molesey

Molesey 2 – 2 Godalming

This was one of those games that both sides will feel they could have come away with all three points, and indeed either side had the opportunities to get the result.

The Gs had Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales at right back, Chris Musgrove returned to partner Graeme Purdy as the centre-back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Matt Males was the defensive midfielder in front of the back four with Jack Warburton in front of him with captain Darren Wheeler behind Jack Mazzone at Number9 with Josh Andrew and Hircham Abdellah in the wide positions. Rory Sellick, Will Hutton, Luke Perkins, Ryan Zidyane and Chris Atkins were on the bench in one of the strongest squads that we have seen for a while.

Once again the Gs started brightly and showed some fine touches with their passes and in the first couple of minutes produced a great move coming in from wide on the left with the ball being laid off for Jack Mazzone who on this occasion just pulled his shot wide of the near post.

To compound the effect of this missed opportunity, the first attack from the home team on seven minutes led to the opening goal where the Gs defence was caught on the back foot and Charlie Samuels took his opportunity in front of goal. Molesey 1-0 Godalming.

The Gees did not let this knock them off their stride however and continued to play some good passing moves. On 20 minutes however Jack Mazzone working hard as usual intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch and worked the ball out to Jack Warburton who did him the favour of delivering it back to him on a plate to get yet another goal for the Gs. Score 1-1.

At this stage the Gs were attacking with confidence and could have gone further ahead on a couple of occasions. Nick Hutchings again went on a good run from the left but also put his shot just wide of the near post. Josh Andrew was proving to be a major problem for the home defence in what was becoming a rather physical encounter with numerous poor challenges and yellow cards resulting. Hitchen Abdellah was also showing his outstanding pace on the opposite wing.

Molesey also had a chance on the break, but in the end to everyone’s amazement their forward seemed to just miss-hit his close range shot, which trickled straight into Oneal Garnes hands.

 

Half time 1 – 1.

 

The second half continued rather as the first, with the home team using long balls to get behind the Gs defence, but not really producing anything to worry Oneal.

On 61 minutes Will Hutton was brought on to inject some of his magic in midfield moving Darren wide to the left replacing Hitchen who had looked very promising and blisteringly fast.

A few minutes later Darren received treatment on and off the pitch for an injury and appeared to be in trouble, but asked to be allowed back on for just a couple of minutes. Will Hutton produced a great through ball for Jack Warburton to also move the ball cleverly inside to Jack Mazzone who turned the ball into the 6 yard box for the injured Darren to accept at close range with a couple of defenders also in attendance. Gs 2-1 up, but that was it for Darren and Luke Perkins was called off the bench to replace him.

With time running out the home team were pressing harder and they managed to deliver a chest height diagonal ball into the Gs 6 yard box where their forward got in front of Oneal who appeared to have it covered and bundled the ball in for a late equaliser.

At the death Jack Mazzone was still grafting away and managed to turn quickly on a sixpence on the edge of the penalty area and hit a cracking low shot that looked as if it was going to be a winner, but the home keeper made a superb save at full stretch to foil his attempt.

In the end there were lots of yellow cards for some rough tackles and one for Nick Hutchings, which I really could not understand. The Gs came within a few minutes of registering back to back wins. But that is the way it goes sometimes.

Will not be around for the East Grinstead match, but will follow it on Twitter. If someone else cares to write a few words that would be great.

COYGs

Michaels stats below:-

Stats

Molesey

G’s

Attempts

12

7

On target

6

4

Corners

9

4

Fouls

20

11

Bookings

5

2

Possession 1st Half

52%

48%

Possession 2nd Half

58%

42%