Godalming 1 – 5 Tooting Bec
We had hoped for a win against promotion chasers Tooting Bec on the last game of the season at home. But, despite a reasonable performance, it was not to be. Tooting were armed with a flying number 11 Eddie Mibango who had one heck of a game and came away with four goals to his name.
The Gs fielded a more settled side and it was great to see Reegan Scotcher declared fit again after 5-6 weeks away. In the opening minutes Ollie Stevens in typical style showing strength and speed got himself in between the visiting keeper and his defender to poke a shot goal-wards that narrowly missed the target.
But the Gs defence which seemed to start with three in the back line was undone when a ball from the Tooting left wing was allowed to travel across the face of the goal for a close-range header to put the visitors 1-0 up almost immediately after Ollie went close.
Matters got worse when from a corner out on their right a first-time unstoppable volley was hit spectacularly into the Gs net to put Tooting 2-0 up with only 17 minutes gone.
For me the Gs were matching Tooting in the build-up play, but it was clear that the visitors had improved since we played them at their place and were a well organised and experienced side compared to the Gs youngsters.
Darren Wheeler delivered a cracking corner for the Gs out on their right at the road end and we saw Curtis Osano get up and place a glancing header inside the far post to bring the score back to 1-2. It was all to play for.
Gs mounted a fair bit of pressure on the visitor’s goal but could not convert their pressure into goals. Then another quick break out of defence saw that pesky number 11 gain his hat trick before half time when he was being challenged by Reegan, but somehow still manged to beat Jordan Knight as he came out to close down the angle.
HT Godalming 1-3 Tooting Bec.
Joe Lewis received a yellow card and then not long after was unfortunate to hurt himself as he cleared the ball away near the dugout touchline, the ball taking out a Tooting player as it struck his head. Joe fell awkwardly and the damage was done so he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Hope he is on the mend now. Dom Hardisty came on for him.
Shortly after Donte who had another great game for me played Kenny in and he went beautifully around the visiting keeper only to be given as offside. Had that brought the score back to 3-2 who knows what would have happened.
But Tooting were not done for when that number 11 managed to squeeze another shot home at the near post from what appeared to be a very tight angle. Darren was Yellow carded as he tried to help a Tooting player onto the bench.
Jake Heard came on for Richie Mbele in the middle. Richie unable to come up with another spectacular goal on this occasion. Jordan the was unable to keep hold of a speculative long range shot which gave the visitors a close-range tap in to effectively finish things of. Good to see Liam Gadd come on for Darren and make his mark on the game, even if some of the Gs supporters were unsure about the growth on his chin.
The Gs never gave up in a more dominant second half performance although the result was clear and Kenny got in a good shot that brought a great save from the visiting keeper at the death. You will see from the stats that we had plenty of pressure and corners but it was one of those days when the Tooting number 11 could do no wrong while the Gs can feel that they got little in the way of luck. But that is the way it goes.
Cannot make it to the game at Chessington so if someone else feels the urge to make a few notes that would be great. That also means I will not be able to make it to the awards evening, which is unfortunate. I think Les now has the basis of a very good squad for next season, if he can hold these lads together. Here’s to a great next season. Probably see a few of you before then.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Gees Tooting Bec
attempts 10 11
on target 6 7
corners 7 4
fouls 13 5
poss 1 44 56
poss 2 52 48
cards 2 yellows
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