Godalming 2 – 1 Ramsgate
Only the second win of the season for the Gs, but lifting them off the bottom of the league, which will have cheered the home supporters who have seen the team fight for everything, but not always get what they deserve so far. But the Gs looked like a much improved side despite being without Chris Musgrove at the heart of the defence. This meant Gs talisman Graeme Purdy was called upon again after probably 5-6 weeks out of action. Darren Wheeler was also making his return after a couple of weeks, this time as captain, taking the armband back from Chris Wales who has done so well in Darren’s absence.
The team was Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales, Durrell Brown, Graeme Purdy, Nick Hutchings, as the back four. Jack Warburton, Matt Males, Darren Wheeler (c) in the midfield of what looked like a 4 3 3 formation and the on form Jack Mazzone at No 9 with the wide players Josh Andrews and Hitcham Adbellah. On the bench were Rory Sellick, Chris Atkins, Luke Perkins and Goncalves Christiano.
The game started with the Gs attacking the goal at the road end and in the opening minutes looking lively and applying most pressure. From a sustained early attack they saw the ball rattle the visitors crossbar after a shot that took a deflection.
Ramsgate produced a chance a few minutes later, but were wide of the target in what was an open free flowing, but quite physical game..
Durrell Brown was forced to leave the pitch after only ten minutes or so with what look like a hamstring pull. Chris Atkins replacing him.
Shortly after that the Ramsgate number 3 went to ground as he made a challenge on the speedy Josh Andrew as he advanced into the right hand side of the box not getting any contact on the ball at all and bringing Josh down in the attempt. But the ref felt that it did not warrant a penalty.
However it was only shortly after that incident that Josh Andrew opened the scoring for the G’s after a good passing move down the left flank this time, which gave him the opportunity to cut inside and across the penalty area to score with a fierce right footed shot. His first for the Gs I think.
Half time 1-0 to the Gs.
The second half started as the first finished with Josh Andrew and Hitcham Adbellah showing great pace in the wide areas and with Matt Males seemingly very solid in his defensive role. Ramsgate put plenty of effort in but could not produce a shot to trouble Oneal Garnes into making a save.
On around 74 minutes, with the Gs breaking forward, the ball was swept into the middle where Darren Wheeler had been playing deeper than usual. He took off and somehow managed to dribble his way past three or four defenders, as only he can, before he put the ball past the visitors keeper for another memorable Wheeler goal to add to the list. Gs 2-0 up.
With time running out Ramsgate knew they had to throw everything at it and ten minutes later they attacked down their left flank and delivered a good penetrating low cross into the Gs box where the defence for once looked a bit static and the ball squeezed through them allowing the ball to be cracked in from the edge of the 6 yard box giving Oneal no chance.
But it was too late for the visitors to rescue anything.
A fiercely competitive match which featured some controversy and 3 good goals. Thanks to a couple of inspired individual goals the Gs got another win.
No Michaels Stats I am afraid but Gs received 1 yellow card and Ramsgate 3 yellows.