Sandhurst Town 1 – 3 Godalming Town
I can hardly believe it. What a difference a week can make! Having come away from the Bagshot Game with a 5 – 0 result on Wednesday night breaking the losing streak, which I was unable to get to, the G’s can now feel that they are on a role.
Finally, with the rain coming down heavily after the hottest driest summer on record, it felt like “proper football weather”. But the rain did nothing to dampen the mood of the travelling G’s supporters who were there in force and seemed to outnumber the home supporters.
There were a good few slips and sliding tackles in the rain, but to come away with all six points from the last two games and an aggregate of 8 -1 has done no harm at all to the G’s status in the League. The G’s line-up was the same as for the Wednesday night game apart from Ethan Kaiser coming in for David Oppong at right back.
As usual the G’s started well and created all the pressure in the first 15 minutes, only to see the home side in their first proper attack, break quickly down the left wing and finally deliver a cross to the middle of the 6-yard box where one of their forwards managed to get a glancing header that crept inside the far post. We have seen this before and somehow it just seems to keep happening.
The disappointment, this time however. was only momentary as almost from the restart Chris Burke went down the left and pulled the ball into the centre where Coxey got in an initial shot, which came back out to the G’s right where Kenny picked it up and fired a shot to bring the G’s level.
The G’s went on pressing and Jack Howard came close with a good attempt. Sandhurst also came close from a spectacular overhead bicycle, which hit the crossbar. Jordan Knight had to be alert and made a couple of good saves from close range. The G’s kept the pressure on their hosts for long periods but conspired to give the ball away at crucial times putting themselves under pressure.
HT Sanhurst 1 -1 Godalming
Early in the second half Chris Burke put in a good shot that the home keeper saved, but he did not clear the ball well and it fell to Coxey, some 35 yards or so out. Seeing the keeper on the edge of his area he lifted the ball high and well over him into the vacant net. 2-1 to the G’s.
Coxey then found himself getting onto a through ball and one on one with the keeper who made a good block.
Kenny had had a physical battle with the home number 3 all game and after they were both challenging for the ball in front of the stand they ended up head to head, pseudo rutting style, before Kenny responded with a head movement. The referee had no choice but to give him a straight red card. The first time I think that I have ever seen Kenny even cautioned or spoken to by a referee.What seemed strange was the home number 3 escaped without even a talking to from the referee.
So, the G’s faced most of the second half with only ten men on the pitch. They all stepped up and did a great job. Chris went on a run through the middle of the pitch going past several players and hit a good shot that the keeper saved. Coxey was coming more in to the game and doing a great job in the defence when needed.
When Coxey was brought down well outside the area captain Jordan Bird stepped up and hit a peach of a curling left footed shot that crept in, giving the keeper no chance. Much to the delight of his team mates.Reminiscent of one Darren Wheeler I thought who also has a very sweet left foot.
Really pleased for all the lads in the squad to finally be feeling what it is like to win a couple of games. Particular praise must go to Les and his team for all the work they have been doing on and off the pitch. Hope they are enjoying it as well.
Let’s keep those wins coming.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams Sandhurst G’s
Attempts 11 13
On target 7 10
Corners 5 3
Fouls 13 9
Cards 1 yellow 1 red
Poss% 1st 45 55
Poss% 2nd 50 50
Bovril status: On arrival at Sandhurst we were asked a most unusual question: “How strong would you like your Bovril?” What a way to start the afternoon. We loaded up with double strength black stuff and sat down to watch the Gees grab 3 points. Thank you, Sandhurst,! You win my destination of the Month award for services to the mighty Bov.