South Park 6 – 2 Godalming
The score line would suggest that this was a trouncing, but it did not seem that to me. With the wholesale changes that have been taking place in the squad the lads have had little time to gel. That means that mistakes are more likely to happen and they did last night where the home side where gifted three of the goals through errors at the back, which gave the opportunities for the South Park forwards to capitalise.
With Darren Wheeler having been the caretaker player/manager while awaiting the appointment of a new boss it compounded the G’s problems that Darren himself needed treatment for an abscess and was not available to perform either role on the night. So it was Adam Roots who was the man in charge on the night ably supported by his ball boy Kevin S. It’s good that the G’s have this sort of expertise that they can call on. So thanks to Adam and Kev.
On top of this the fixture being played on a Wednesday rather than the normal Tuesday together with injuries meant that other players were not available. But the beauty on Non-League football is that you are never quite sure who your team will consist of until kick off. But last night it was a particular concern when we arrived that there were only 11 G’s players available and the only thing on the bench was the maker’s name.
However throughout the turbulent start of the season without the results going their way the lads have shown that they have character and fight in abundance and led again by Ashley Lloyd who set fine captains example for perseverance and determination they kept plugging away and coming forward despite this creating more opportunities for the home side.
The good news on the night was that amongst those eleven were Wes Harrison, who was with us back in the Bakes and Unders days, and started initially playing in a wide position, but then moved to a more familiar right back position. Due to the lack of options the G’s ended up with two defenders playing in wide positions. Neither of the Bermudan’s (Jaz and Leo) were available, apparently one at least having been recalled for National team duties.
The other welcome returning former G was Jack Mazzone who worked extremely well up front and got both the goals with his striker’s instincts and ability to turn opposition defenders. He linked well with the ever energetic Rory Sellick who once again was playing in a more forward role and saw the opportunities to get forward.
The impressive Jack Warburton was lively as usual until he suffered a knock halfway through the first half having been on the wrong end of a couple of hefty challenges and needed treatment on several occasions, but finally succumbed to the injury in the later stages of the second half.
South Park went 1 up after the visitors had dominated the possession in the opening ten minutes or so pushing the G’s back for a corner, which the defenders found hard to clear resulting in a further 5 corners on the trot the last of which resulted in a scramble in the 6 yard box where the ball was bundled in to the net.
There second came on around 24 minutes when they delivered a cross from the right to the far side of the box where Dylan Merchant took the ball and turned well to hit a shot just inside of Oneal Garnes post. However as first half was coming to a close the G’s got one back from a corner hit to the far post which was headed on target but the home keeper parried it only to see Jack Mazzone finish it off.
Half time 2-1 to South Park.
Having been keen to get forward again the G’s were open to the long ball over the top and failed to deal with all of them as they would have liked leading to some soft goals which they will be unhappy about. They did keep going and got a second with another energetic run and assist from Rory Sellick which again gave Jack Mazzone the opportunity for his second.
There were other near chances with a Musgrove header, which looked good, but just crept over the bar and a run, beating numerous defenders and a cracking shot (perhaps a hint of deflection) from Charlie Hutton, which the home keeper got his hand to, tantalisingly tipping it over the bar.
On to the match on Saturday where we will need all the squad to be on form and able to go up against fellow strugglers Herne Bay where, with a bit of luck and a few less errors we could get the first win of the season.