Godalming 1 – 5 Tooting Bec
I have said before how frustrating it can be watching the G’s this season.
They have given us some tremendous performances and particularly lately they seem to have very little in the way of good fortune on those marginal decisions that can influence games. From the League it looks like Tooting are doing pretty well. Despite their mid-table position they have played three less games than the top two so could well be in the mix for promotion.
In the first few minutes Jordan Knight had to be on his toes to block a shot with his legs, but the Gs were giving a good account of their selves.
After about 15 minutes Kenny got down the left wing before cutting in and at the edge of the penalty area, he hit an absolute peach of a shot that curled neatly into the top right-hand corner of the net. The Tooting keeper just watched it go past. There was no way he was going to get near it. Great result for Kenny. He marked the goal with a series of acrobatic somersaults down the pitch. I think Dave Fidler must have shown him how to do them.
However, minutes later Tooting were awarded a free kick (pretty soft in my mind), way out on their right wing, in front of the stand. They floated the ball to the far post, where it was easily headed home for an equaliser, with little resistance from the Gs defence. Very disappointing.
Then, with scores level, and the Gs pressing again Donte went through on goal with only the visiting keeper to beat, bearing down on him, well outside the area. The keeper blocked the shot then clearly handled the ball pulling it under him as he went to ground, while Donte went down.
For some unbelievable reason the ref just waived the play on! One of the worst refereeing blunders I have ever seen – even at this level, where we get used to seeing some pretty poor performances. Had this correctly been penalised, it would have been a red card for the keeper, as the last man. Who knows how things would have turned out?
As it was, with everyone shouting in disbelief at the ref, Tooting broke quickly down their right and their winger delivered a low hard cross, in behind the Gs defence, which was running back to cover the threat, only to accidentally turn the ball into their own net, at the road end. Gs had a chance when Kenny crossed the ball in and Donte delivered an overhead kick that had to be tipped over the bar.
The Gs hoodoo struck again as the half time break neared. Another ball in from the right was hit home from close range to make it 1-3 and if that wasn’t bad enough the Gs defence goes absent again almost immediately, as Tooting swing another high ball in to be headed home for their fourth goal, on the stroke of half time.
HT Godalming Town 0-3 Tooting Bec
As the second half commenced Darren Wheeler came on for Saul Grant. Gs mount a good attack down the left with Donte and the ball is squared into the edge of the 6-yard box, Kenny tries to shoot, but the shot is blocked and bounces out again, but Jack Cleeveley can only lift the ball over the bar. Ben Bauchop got a shot in, but did not really trouble the keeper.
In the end Tooting got a 5th goal to add to our misery. The one exciting part of the second half was that Pete Hirons thought it would give him a win on the golden goal. Sorry to burst his bubble, but that did not last long.
Generally the second half performance was not great, but all credit to the lads that they did not give up. There is no doubt that we have some really talented guys in the squad, we often seem to dominate play, but we have got to get the defensive strategy sorted to stop conceding at set pieces.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams Gees Tooting Bec
attempts 7 14
on target 8 5
corners 7 3
poss% 1st half 55 45
poss% 2nd half 51 49
yellow Card 1 2
Bovril status: Beefy relief from on pitch woes slightly seasoned with home fans tears. Sadly, the best bit of the afternoon for the Bovril boys!