Roffey 4 (2) – (0) 3 Godalming Town
Well, you have heard all the old adages about football being a “funny old game” and “a game of two halves”. Well, they could both be applied to this game.
Roffey is a pretty little ground and a new one to me and I guess most of the Gs supporters who turned up yet again to cheer on their team.
A bit of a slope on the pitch, but nothing too much to get excited about, and at least this pitch knows what a lawn mower looks like. It did go through my mind that we might have left a few players in the long grass at Oakwood on Tuesday night, but it was a relief to see most of them on the team sheet again for this fixture. Plus, a returning Cameron Edwin. Still no Matt Cox, Lucca Scanella, or Connor Blanchard, all of whom I imagine were still on the injured list.
All went reasonably well in the opening minutes until the home side broke forward at pace down the middle and slightly to the left of centre and Gilesey came out to the edge of his area and brought down a Roffey forward. No argument about that, it was a penalty. And the home team were 1 – 0 up. Memories of Tuesday night probably still fresh in people’s minds.
But the Gs were putting plenty of pressure upon the host’s goal and in one spell of play they were obliged to head off their goal line twice in quick succession. We also hit the bar and were certainly well in the game.
The ref for me was having a reasonable game, but he made a few very strange decisions to my mind, probably at the guidance of his linesman. This meant that he ended up talking to Boults for no apparent reason at all for me and I was much closer than either the ref or his linesman. With the Roffey number 10 rolling about in the most exaggerated style I have seen for a long time.
Then minutes after that as the half time break was drawing near another strange decision saw Luke Beale penalised for some reason when he was first to a loose ball and cleared it up field from around the half way line. It was decreed that this was a foul to the home side, which for me again should have gone the other way. Anyway, from the resulting free kick the ball was played long down the Roffy right flank and they went two up.
So, as we started the second half it seemed like the Gs were facing a difficult challenge to get anything out of the game at all. However, not long after the restart the Gs got a goal back after some fine work by James Frudd down the right side he delivered a great curling ball into the danger area, where Kurt Greenaway was on hand to put the final touch to it. Gs 2-1 down now and just a sniff that something was possible for the Gs.
Then only five minutes later Cameron went through the middle into the penalty area and challenging for the ball when he was able to show his pace and he beat the home keeper to it, sliding the ball in to bring the scores level again at 2 – 2.
This was a big lift to the spirits and anything now seemed possible.
Then in a similar attack minutes later the Roffey number 5 hauled Cameron down in the area and it was a penalty to the Gs. Cameron confidently took the ball and put it away to now put the Gs in front 2-3.
So, the first half feelings were now replaced by the thought that we might well do this.
Roffey had a couple of very lively lads up front who were proving to be a handful playing off their number 11 and captain Tiago, who was their target man. We are sure he is an ex G of a few seasons back. Adrian Giles made a couple of very good acrobatic saves.
Unfortunately, the home side after looking shaken in the early stages of the second half were now getting back into the game when breaking quickly and eventually, they levelled the score with some good interplay and even went on to break the Gs hearts by grabbing a winner with a few minutes left after somehow the Gs defence seemed to get stuck and unable to clear the ball.
Gs had a couple of good chances when the score was at 3-3 with free kicks, one just outside the box which Jay took and the home keeper did well to parry and then needed to scramble across to keep it out. We were always pressing for more goals.
So, it was certainly a tale of two halves and a much better performance than on Tuesday night. We probably did enough to be good value for a share of the points, but that is the way that it goes. Funny old game.
Another good all round team performance for me.
Gs Line up:- Adrian Giles; James Frudd (Ethan Fishpool);; Myles Davidson; Luke Beale; James Colinese; Josh Witter (Victor Dike) Sam Boultwood (Harry Dowell); Jahobi Maher; Kurt Greenaway; Cameron Edwin. Sub unused:- Ollie Ballam.
Onwards and upwards. The next match against Mile Oak will be our first at home this season. Probably the grass is up to your knees at The Bill Kyte Stadium.