Wick 2 – 1 Godalming
The G’s bowed out of the FA Vase on the South Coast at the home of Wick FC.” A game of two halves”. You have heard it all before.
The first half saw the Gs start with Pat Cox in at centre back again in a four-man back row in front of Jordan Knight, made up of Ashley Wright, Pat Cox, Kai Bartlett and newcomer Bruce Mc Phail.
Jack Howard, Micah Archer and Jack Cleevely in the middle with Jeff Yohou up front in the number nine shirt and Kenny Kassabante and Dave Oppong as the wide players. Levi Crew was on the bench along with other new faces Frankie Ryan Maynard, Junior Yassi-Pepin.
To be honest, while the first half saw lots of midfield battles and the G’s sustained a fair bit of pressure early on, it took some good work from Jordan Knight to keep the score level. Meanwhile the Gs did not manage to get a shot on target.
Then as the home side attacked down their right Ashley Wright seemed to have cut out the cross, but it bounced clear favourably for a Wick player to play a short ball into the 6-yard box where they managed to get their first goal.
HT Wick 1-0 Godalming
So, with a half time advantage to the home side Les and his team made the decision to change the line up and went to three at the back and moved Pat Cox back up front. What a difference it made. All of a sudden Kenny seemed to be supercharged as he tore into the opposition defence.
Pat Cox was giving the home defence a tough time and was now winning balls out of defence. He managed to gather a ball on the left and after shrugging off a few tackles he was able to play the ball low in to the middle where Kenny and Jack Cleevely were lining up. Jack took his time and picked his spot confidently to level the score and give the substantial G’s support a little hope. Hope his Dad enjoyed it.
Kenny was absolutely on fire and turned the home left back inside out several times. On one run, from the half way line, he went past 4-5 players and hit a final good shot, but it just lacked sufficient pace to beat the home keeper, who turned it around for a corner. Surely the Gs would get another goal?
Jeff almost got on the score sheet when his pace found him one on one with the home keeper who made a good block.
25 minutes into the second half, where the G’s were performing far, far better than in the first. the home side won a penalty when one of their players went down just inside the penalty area under the attention of the Gs defenders. They made no mistake from the spot and despite a huge effort from the lads they could not get back on terms.
Bruce seemed to have a good game as did Kai.
Michael’s (Stato) Stats
Teams Wick Gees
Attempts 19 7
On target 10 4
Corners 8 2
Fouls 12 11
Poss% 1st 65 35
Poss% 2nd 50 50
Bovril Status: “Do you do Bovril?” travelling Gees supporter enquiry… “You better believe it!”.. Nice Scottish lady at tea bar… China cups. Bovril straight from the jar… dolloped in with no concept of portion control (or recommended daily salt intakes). Sheer bliss!