Godalming Town FC

Whytleafe

Godalming 3  – 4 Whyteleafe

 

After the Gs got their first win of the season on Saturday they moved on to play Whyteleafe on Tuesday night having been on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line when the two sides met at Church Road at the start of the season.

 

Things really could not have started better for the home team who had Gs favourite Jack Mazzone back in service up front after he scored a brace of goals a week earlier at South Park on his return.

 

The team for the Gs featured four faces new to the first team with fans favourite Oneal Garnes in goal, captain and right back Chris Wales at right back, Nick Hutchings at left back with Chris Musgrove and Durrell Brown, as the centre backs. In midfield Jack Warburton and Curtis Shaw with Josh Andrew and Ashley Quashie as the wide players and Jake Kempton and Jack Mazzone up front.

 

The visitors were still feeling their way into the game when just 7 minutes in Josh Andrew whipped in a great diagonal cross from the right touchline. Jack Mazzone lined up for it from a long way out and got a fierce header in, which crashed into the net. So the Gs faithful fans could not believe their luck.

 

So when on the around 14 minutes the Gs were awarded a free kick on their left just outside the penalty area and Jack Mazzone hit a shot that bounced off the inside of the visitors near post, flew across the goal and went in off the inside of the far post there was an air of disbelief about the place. Gs 2-0 up inside 15 minutes!

 

Whyteleafe did not lie down however and started to get back into the game after the Gs dominated the opening 25 minutes or so. In the end they managed to pull one goal back through Daryl Coleman. In fact within a few minutes more they could have pulled level from an attack where the final shot went wide of the upright from what looked like close range.

 

So 2-1 at half time to the Gs.

 

Not long into the second half the visitors did finally level from a header from Karl Parker at a corner.

 

The game continued to be played at a pace with the action flowing from end to end. Unfortunately Durrell Brown was helped off after a collision in the home team’s penalty area and was replaced by the excellent young prospect Rory Sellick who started at right back while captain Chris Wales moved into centre back mode replacing the injured player.

 

The Gs keeper continued his fine form of the recent games with some good work, but unfortunately his usually reliable kicking let him down when a poor kick from hand looped out to Andrew Mensah who took off towards the goal and then launched a stunning strike from long range that crept in at Oneal’s far post giving him no chance. So now Gs 2-3 down.

 

The lads kept attacking however in search of an equaliser, but were frustrated by the visitors defence. In the end it was another defensive error, which finally put the home side out of the points failing to clear the ball away just inside their own half and Mensah was again on hand to outpace the dogged attentions of Chris Musgrove and went around the onrushing Oneal Garnes to give the visitors a two goal cushion.

 

The Gs also showed their resilience and a quick thinking Nick Hutchings saw the opportunity when he was awarded a free kick just outside the visitor’s box sliding the ball through to that man Mazzone on the right of the area who was aware of the opportunity and blasted the ball home to complete his well-earned hat-trick.

 

With the Gs pushing forward for an equaliser and Goncalves Christiano on for Ashley Quashie allowing the versatile Rory Sellick to move forward the Gs were open to a counter attack at the back and it came. But Christiano put in an untidy looking tackle just inside the area, which the referee felt was worthy of a penalty, despite the fact that he clearly played the ball.

 

So in the dying minutes Oneal faced a penalty, which once again he was up for and saved it well getting down low to push the ball round for a corner.

 

So a frustrating night in the end in a match we could have won but a night to remember for Jack Mazzone. Great to see him back at Wey Court clocking up the goals again. Probably deserves a MOTM award. But Jack Warburton was also outstanding on the night as was Oneal Garnes – once again.

 

Michael’s Match Stats

Stats

G’s

Whyteleafe
Attempts

15

12

On target

6

9

Corners

7

5

Fouls

10

18

Bookings

1

2

Poss 1st Half

53%

47%

Poss 2nd Half

46%

54%

Time to pack the buckets and spades as they head off to Guernsey for the game on Sunday.

COYGs

 

 

 

 

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