Staines 4 – 0 Godalming FA Cup
The G’s were knocked out of the FA cup today at Wheatsheaf Park in the first qualifying round stage by a strong Staines side. The immaculate pitch and professional facilities were all that the G’s squad would enjoy at the home of the Chelsea Ladies team.
It was always going to be a difficult for the G’s being drawn against Staines from the Ryman Premier Division and they would have had to be at their very best, defend as a team for long periods and get a fair share of any luck, make the most of any chances that did come their way, to get a result.
They were already without captain Graeme Purdy and Chris Wales whilst Matt Anton was cup tied. On top of that three of the squad were stuck in a massive traffic jam on the M25 and did not arrive in the dugout until the match was well under way.
On the plus side Chris Musgrove was back at the heart of the defence with George Spiers and Nick Hutchings was back at left back allowing Nick Medcraft to return to right back. Oneal Garnes was in goal and Ashley Lloyd wore the captains armband giving encouragement to his team mates where needed.
Piers Oldland, Tristan Campbell, Goncalves Christiano and Darren Wheeler formed the midfield with Jake Kempton upfront.
Kassim Sandah and Rory Sellick were on the bench as were Luke Perkins, Leo Burgess and Jaz Ratteray–Smith when they finally escaped the clutches of the M25.
The first real chance of the match went to the G’s and was created after a quick clearance from Oneal Garnes forward found Jake Kempton who was able to play a neat 1-2 with the advancing Piers Oldland who broke clear. However his resulting shot was comfortably taken by the home keeper.
Only a few moments later Staines attacked in numbers down their left wing and were able to get a cross in that looked like it was going out on the far side but was pulled back across the G’s goal for an easy tap in from close range to go one up.
On 11 minutes the Staines number 11 (looking remarkably like Liam Roberts older brother) hit a long shot from the corner of the box, which hit the foot of the post and bounced clear.
With Staines attacking quickly from defence in numbers Oneal Garnes made another fine save getting down at full stretch to deflect a low shot wide of the post.
Despite not having too much of the possession the G’s did have a few chances and at only a single goal down it seemed they were growing into the game. Jake Kempton was challenged by the Staines keeper on the edge of the area and the ball ran free, but there was no support to capitalise on the error which could have presented an easy chance.
On 30 minutes the G’s were awarded a free kick wide on the left, taken by Darren Wheeler, on which Chris Musgrove made a trade mark run to the far post, but his effort was turned round for a corner. Despite getting his head to the resulting corner Chris could not get his effort on target. Much to the annoyance of a few Staines supporters Chris was getting onto a number of crosses but was always under pressure.
On 38 minutes Staines attacked again down the left and delivered another good cross into the G’s box for another close range shot for their 2nd from Mo Bettemer.
With a few minutes of the first half to go a long ball towards the G’s goal landed well in front of the advancing Oneal Garnes and the ball was scrambled into the net to put Staines 3-0 up at half time.
At the start of the second half the G’s replaced Tristan Campbell and Piers Oldland with Jaz Ratteray Smith and Luke Perkins.
The second half performance was better for the G’s and Luke Perkins looks to be a very promising addition with a good work ethic, pace and strength upfront. In fact after the G’s went four down he had a fine run in the middle of the pitch and delivered a powerful shot that the home keeper did well to beat around the post.
A couple of other half chances were created, but nothing on target that bothered the home keeper.
There were other good performances by the G’s with Ashley Lloyd again being outstanding in defence. Nick Hutchings and Oneal Garnes were also notable.
The G’s were well beaten on the day as Michaels stats show below and the home team missed a penalty near the end, but they were still battling and must feel that they are now starting to develop as a team with the new introductions and look forward to the coming league fixtures.
With Dorking away on Tuesday we hope to see some of that promise become a reality.
|Possession 1st half||30%||70%|
|Possession 2nd half||45%||55%|