Godalming Town 1 – 4 Westfield
Even after four straight wins in the league this was always going to be a tough game for the Gees against the run-away leaders. The score line flattered the visitors in the end, but they deserved the result for some fine finishing.
From Michaels stats below, you will see that they scored from every shot they had on target, while the home team had the majority of the possession far more attempts on goal. For me Westfield also had a fair slice of luck with some offside decisions.
The home side started well with some very impressive short passes in the visitor’s half and winning themselves a corner early on. From that there was a good build up including Bobby Bennett who had a couple of interchanges with the quick-thinking Ben Cotton. The pair had the visiting defence in a spin as Ben made his way to the line and cut the ball back square towards to the goal, where Romario Hart was on hand to poke the ball home from close range. It all looked so simple.
The home side continued to look dangerous with Romario Hart causing problems for his markers and Bobby Webbe getting in on the act. Bobby Bennett worked his way into the Westfield 6 yard box and when the ball came to his feet he turned on a sixpence and hit a good low shot that was well saved by the visiting keeper.
But it did not take the leaders long to get back on terms. When the Gees were unable to cut out a move on their visitors left, the ball was played over the top to the far side and found its way to their number 9 Max Blackmore, who was able to cut inside the Gees defence, putting him one on one with the Gees keeper Adain Upward, who could do little to stop the equaliser.
Piers Oldland hit an impressive shot from range that went wide. The Gees never looked like they were outplayed and had plenty of possession, but shortly before half time succumbed to another goal.
HT Godalming 1-2 Westfield
In the second half the Gees put plenty of pressure on the Westfield goal with a shot from a Bobby Webbe free kick well saved by the visiting keeper low down and even more possession, but no goals.
The game then became disjointed with numerous stoppages and it seemed the Westfield defence was bossing the Gees much smaller team.
One of the early stoppages was for Ben Cotton who looked to have suffered a ham string pull as he was trying to play a bouncing ball and feel to his knees. The visitors gained possession and quickly played the ball forward and scored from what seemed to be a clear offside position. Ben was subbed off for Hakim Griffiths.
Already short on centre backs the home side saw Steve Betancourt subbed for Dom Hardisty who went to left back with Lewis Lodge moving to partner Chad Goulter with Isy Nzelo at right back. Benga Ogunseye came on for Piers later in the game. A fourth goal came in added time and again looked suspiciously offside. However, the goal stands despite the protests.
All in all a good enough performance from the home team all round and they should be confident that they will pick up more points in the coming weeks.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Teams G’s Westfield
attempts 11 7
on target 5 4
corners 4 0
fouls 9 16
cards 1 2
poss% 1st 60 40
poss% 2nd 58 42
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