Hailsham Town FC 1 – 3 Godalming Town FC
It was what seemed to be a very early start to the new season that took us a bit further away than we have been for a while, in fact almost to Eastbourne, where we took on Hailsham in the first contest of this season in yet another new league for the Gs.
We are starting to recognise a few of the new faces in the squad and from the performances in Pre-season friendlies it looks like we should at least be competitive, but who knows. We will know better once we have a few more games under our belt.
The game started well for the Gs with the hosts being put under pressure, but only 10 minutes or so in, James Mariner needed to be replaced. Hope he gets himself fit again soon. The impressive Josh Witter came on to replace him after giving a tremendous performance on Tuesday night against Abbey Rangers.
The Gs seemed pretty comfortable although the game was at times a bit more of a wrestling match with the ref allowing all sorts of tussles to go ahead without reprimand. Perhaps because of this it did not reach the high level of play that we saw on Tuesday night.
However midway through the first half Lucca Scanella delivered a ball in from wide on the left that Jahobi (Jay) Maher was able to put away to open the scoring exactly as he did on Tuesday night.
Myles picked up the ball wide on the Gs right and went through a string of defenders, but could not conjure up a good enough shot to beat the keeper at the end of it.
As the game progressed the Gs continued to have most of the possession and territory without generating too many clear chances. Adrian was not put under any real pressure as the Gs midfield and defence dealt well with any threats. But, then, as we were edging towards half time, Kurt Greenaway hit a fine low shot from outside the area that found the back of the net to emphasise the Gs position. Kurt had battled hard up front in the number nine shirt acting as the target man.
So, at half time it was 2-0 to the Gs and to be honest there had not been a lot of threat from the home team.
As the second half kicked off all seemed well and the Gs took up pressurising their hosts again from the off. But, as the home side broke from defence down their right, a high ball was delivered to the far post where there seemed to be some hesitation in the Gs defence and the ball was bundled in to bring the score back to 1 – 2. Perhaps a wake-up call for the Gs.
Sam Boultwood seemed to be suffering having had a good game and was replaced by Harry Dowell. Not long after Phil also introduced James Frudd as a replacement for Byron Watt and to freshen up the legs up front with Kurt now dropping deeper.
Connor Young continued battling away in the second half again and made himself a couple of chances as he cut in from wide positions, but which the home keeper managed to keep out.
Hailsham tried a high ball across the pitch to the Gs left flank which Lucca intercepted and headed forwards. James Frudd got on the end of it and cleverly lifted the ball high over the advancing home keeper and into the net from left of the goal.
I am sure there will be tougher tests in store, but this was a good all-round performance with captain Luke Beale marshalling a good back five who seem to be gelling well.
Great to get a win from the first game, so no complaints at all and well done to Phil and his team for getting the lads together. COYGs
Team:- Adrian Giles; Myles Davidson-Townsend; Lucca Scanella; James Mariner( Josh Witter 10min); Luke Beale; James Collinesse; Jahobi Maher: Sam Boulwood (Harry Dowell 70min); Kurt Greenaway; Connor Young; Byron Watt; (James Frudd 73 min); Unused Subs:- Connor Blanchard.
There is another friendly organised for this Tuesday at Fleet Spurs kick off at 7.30pm.