Westfield 7 -2 Godalming
After the excitement and passion of the FA cup last week this was a tough fixture against the top team in the league and perhaps there was a bit of a hangover from last week. Certainly because of events last week the G’s were without Aaron Bufton due to the suspension for his red card and Ashley Lloyd believed due to injury in that game. They were also without Isy Nzelo, Kieran Wright, Danny Elgar
So in goal for his debut was Jack Wingate, Joe Smith and Lewis Taylor started as the full backs while Steve Betincourt was joined by Scott Elgar as the centre back pairing. Piers Oldland, Ben Cotton, were in the midfield, Darren Wheeler and Shawn Lyle were both playing in the wide positions with Hakim Griffiths and newcomer Romario Hart up front. On the bench were:- Callum Rootes after his eye surgery, Tre Trowers, Mert Varli, Luke Elgar and Eugene Bongo.
In the first few minutes the G’s did well and dominated possession and put the home team under pressure. Darren took a free kick, which was headed out powerfully and towards Hitchem Adbullah, (former G), who used his pace and found space as the G’s defence had gone up for the free kick and finding him one on one with the G’s stand in keeper slipped the ball past him to go one up within ten minutes. That was to set the tone for the rest of the match. G’s were dominant in the possession stakes, but the home team were happy to defend and had bags of pace everywhere up front when they were on the break, turning quickly and playing the ball into the space behind the G’s defence. Hakim and Romario both showed plenty of determination and pace of their own and looked menacing.
On 20 minutes with the G’s pressing their hosts again they were awarded another free kick central between the half way line and the home penalty area. Captain Lewis stepped up and blasted a shot, which took a fierce deflection off the defensive wall and past the keeper to get the scores back level. It did not stay that way for long as the home team attacked down their left and delivered a good shot diagonally into the far corner of the goal. 2-1 to Westfield.
Romario was leading the fight back and made another run into the box when he was brought down under the attentions of 4 or 5 defenders. Mysteriously the referee gave the decision against him signalling a free kick to the home team. Indeed, the G’s got very little from the ref. G’s kept pressing and one several corners but the Westfield third came from another quick break. More G’s pressure and Ben Cotton almost got one back for the visitors, but the ball somehow trickled past the wrong side of the post after the home keeper only partially held it. Yet another break gave the home side a 4-1 lead at half time.
HT Westfield 4-1 Godalming
Luke Elgar came on at right back for the second half. Not long into the second half the G’s ironically were penalised when Scott Elgar made what seemed to be a good tackle clearing the ball right on the same spot where the ref denied them a penalty in the first half. So now 5-1 down. Scott was injured and eventually replaced by Callum Rootes coming on at left back with Lewis Taylor moving to centre back. Mert Varli also came on for Darren Wheeler.
G’s did get a second goal from Romario as some consolation for the team and his own very lively performance, despite a bit of a battering, which saw him receive attention off the pitch on a couple of occasions.
Final score 7-2 to Westfield, which rather flattered in my book, but they were well worth the result for their finishing power. Although this looks like a complete trouncing and very similar to the 8 – 0 Hereford result, but that is far from the truth. The G’s had by far the greater amount of possession and could easily have had a few more goals. For me the loss of Ashley Lloyd meaning Scott playing at the back lost the G’s his presence in the midfield where he has shone in the earlier games.
attempts 22 13
on target 11 4
corners 4 7
fouls 14 15
poss 1st 43% 57%
poss 2nd 45% 55%