Petersfield Town 1-1 Godalming Town FC
After so many postponements, finally the two teams got to play each other for the first time this season at Love Lane last night in the first of two encounters within 7days.
The G’s featured Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton at right back, Julian Sills and Chris Musgrove as the centre back pairing and Liam Roberts at left back. Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four with Darren Wheeeler, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Will Hutton in the midfield and Graeme Purdy upfront again.
On the bench were Danny Bassett, Iven Kumanda, Piers Oldland, Jake Kempton, Chris Wales. Good to see Nick Hutchings was training with the lads before the game.
In the opening moments a Louis Hutton free-kick saw Ashley Lloyd put a powerful header just over the bar.
15 minutes in Louis had a great shot just clear the bar and a while later his brother Will also shot over the bar.
G’s fans were concerned to see a header back to Oneal Garnes allow the Rams No 10 to chase the ball down calling for the G’s keeper to block with his legs.
Other than that the first half seemed to be locked into a fairly even contest, if a little frantic and scrappy at times, until Louis Hutton played a through ball to Darren Wheeler who had made his way into the middle and was brought down in the area as he raced towards goal. He scored from the penalty spot putting the ball into the bottom corner wide on the left hand side of the home keeper.
Within a minute of the restart a ball played forward on the Petersfield right into the edge of the G’s area was met on the volley by Petersfield’s Jordan Neal who lifted the ball over the G’s keeper and into the net.
Petersfield probably had the better of the very few scoring chances for either side in the first half in a pretty even contest.
So at half time it was 1-1.
The G’s started the second half positively, as they had the first, but with Louis seeming to play further up the pitch. It was noticeable that with Purdy upfront again and winning balls in the air played long from the back there had been no one to feed off them.
On 60 minutes the G’s tried to change things and Will Hutton, who was probably the G’s most threatening player, was replaced by Danny Bassett to feed off of these opportunities. His pace showed straight away in troubling the home defence. The home side also replaced M Needham with Dan Woodward.
The G’s were applying more pressure and on one occasion, after a cross from the left, the ball hung tantalisingly in front of the Rams goal line but Purdy could only keep the ball in play and could not find any support in the 6 yard box. Moments later a cross found Purdy in space in the area but he was unable to make contact.
Ashley Lloyd received a yellow card for a tackle in the middle of the pitch. While soon after Purdy was substituted for Jake Kempton on around 75 minutes.
Despite their increased pressure and dominance in possession the G’s were unable to create too many clear chances as Petersfield held out.
Jake Kempton made a run and squared the ball across he face of the Rams goal but there was no one on hand for the tap in.
The G’s then took off the influential Louis Hutton to enable Iven Kumanda to come on and within seconds he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area after a G’s corner, but again his shot went just over the bar.
The home side brought on Jordan Geddis for Sean Wayne and managed to produce occasional dangerous attacks on the break, but the G’s were largely dominant without themselves producing a killer blow, Jake Kempton also hitting a long shot over the bar for the visitors.
In the dying minutes the home sides No 4 was yellow carded for a foul on Steve Laidler having been spoken to by the referee previously.
A frustrating evening for the G’s in the end when they were unable to convert their midfield pressure into points.
The second meeting of the two sides is due for Wey Court next Tuesday 19th.
Attempts on goal 8 10
On target 5 3
corners 4 5
Fouls 15 (1o/s and 1 pen) 15 (6 o/s)
Poss 1st half 52 48
Poss 2nd Half 39 61
Bookings 2 1
Normal STATS service will be resumed on Saturday when younger eyes take over the job. We will also be piloting a dual stopwatch possession calculator… ground breaking scientific technology designed to eliminate the skewing effect of dead time on single stopwatch calculations.