Godalming 1 – 3 Three Bridges
This was looked upon by the home supporters as a “must win 6-pointer”, so, having been well beaten a couple of days earlier by League leaders Dorking (who looked every bit the likely winners of the League, and in truth a League above the Gs on the night), many fingers must have been crossed on Monday for more of a contest.
However any hope that the ravaged Gs squad could win some desperately needed points was squashed by the end of the game, which saw Three Bridges move 9 points clear of the Gs at the foot of the table.
There was some good news on the day for the Gs. Oneal Garnes had returned in goal and the Gs in-form striker Jack Mazzone was making another appearance before his rumoured move to Tooting and Mitcham.
The back four comprised Steve Brown at right back, Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove as centre backs with Carl Garstang coming in at left back, also new to the Gs were Nick Sowden and Bobby Dormer in the midfield alongside Matt Males with Darren Wheeler and Evander Lopez in the wide positions. On the bench were the impressive youngsters from the development squad Piers Oldland, Rory Sellick, William Efambe, Gil de Sousa and Callum Roots who have played so well in the last few games.
In the opening minutes the Gs had the best of the game creating pressure with newcomers Nick Sowden and Bobby Dormer involved in providing a bit more energy in the midfield. Evander Lopez got forward well and had a good shot parried by the visiting keeper, but the Gs couldn’t put it away at the second chance.
Three Bridges started to get back into the game after the first 15-20 minutes and after 24 minutes the went ahead after they attacked down their left flank and managed to produce an overlap, shooting past Oneal Garnes from close range.
Their second was another cheap goal, came the Gs gave the ball away in their own half on around 38 minutes. To their credit the Gs did not let their heads drop.
Early in the second half the Gs won a corner on their left, which was taken by Darren Wheeler and hit to the near post, where it bobbled around allowing Jack Mazzone to poke it home from close range. Back to 2-1 and some hope again for the home supporters.
With their tails up Darren Wheeler went on one of his typical runs cutting in from the left and working his way into the box, but he was forced to shoot with his right foot rather than his magical left and the keeper made a save from it.
That did not last too long as the visitors forced a corner of their own on their left, which was delivered high into the box and Oneal went up to take it under a challenge from 2 of the visitors. The ball was headed home as Oneal was taken out; needing attention on the pitch, but the ref waived away the Gs appeals claiming that the ball was headed in by the attacker who challenged him. The Gs fans behind the goal believe that was not the case. However the ref had had a pretty good game on balance.
Darren Wheeler stepped up to take a free kick on the right of the visitors area hit it low and hard, but the visiting keeper was able to turn it onto the post and round for a corner.
Evander Lopez was substituted with around 20 minutes to go and made way for the impressive Rory Sellick to play a central attacking role. Dan Turkington chose not to bring on any other substitutes.
To their credit the Gs continued to attack and created several chances, which they were unable to capitalise on.
Next challenge is at Faversham on Saturday.
Gs Three Bridges
attempts 13 18
on target 6 7
corners 3 5
fouls 14 12
bookings 0 0
poss 1st 45 55
poss 2nd 57 43
bookings 0 0