Report by Graham Harris
Godalming 2 (1) – (1) 1 Mile Oak
Three points from your first game at home in a season is always welcome and the end result is what is most important, but the G’s kept us on the edge of our seats in a game we should have won at a canter.
After the 7 goals and twists and turns of the game at Roffey last week where, despite being able to come back from 2 – 0 down at half time and then to go 2 – 3 up before finally coming away with no points at all, we can be pleased that this is another three points in the bag.
It was good to see Sam Taylor back on the team sheet.
The game could not have started better for the home side as, after the ref had just blown for the start of proceedings, the G’s went one up with a fine individual effort from Connor Young. It came from a ball down the G’s left from Lucca Scanella, which gave Connor the chance to run on to it just inside the visitor’s half. He then turned his defender inside out on the edge of the area before squeezing in a low shot across the visiting keeper and inside the far post.
Only a few minutes later the G’s seemed to have gone 2- 0 up after an attack down their right flank saw Kurt Greenaway finish it off with the ball in the net. But then it was called as offside.
All seemed to be going unbelievably well for the home side when after the G’s defence seemed to be unable to close down a Mile Oak player advancing through the middle. He unleashed a powerful low shot that crept inside the far post against the run of play. 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes.
James Mariner was replaced after about 18 minutes with a thigh injury, which gave Tails his chance to join the fray.
Things seemed to calm down a bit then but despite lots of possession the G’s could not add to their tally before half time. It seemed that invariably we lost the ball in the final third one way or another.
Connor Young did have a great chance one on one with the visiting keeper who came out to close him down and although Connor tried to chip him the keeper did well to hold on to it.
For their part the visitors did have one good attempt on Adrian’s goal from a free kick that he had to get down to smartly to push the ball around for a corner.
Fortunately, the second half started like the first with Connor getting his second with a break down the left and a low cross from Kurt Greenaway where Connor was on hand to put it away with a cool finish. We were now 2-1 up.
To be honest, I cannot remember Adrian having that much to do at all in the second half in the way of dealing with attacks from the visitors in open play. They did have a couple of free kicks which sailed over the bar and a couple of corners, but other than that as I recall most of the action was taking place at the other end of the pitch. The G’s were using both wings to good effect, but it was the final touch in front of goal that was missing in the end, or we saw Gs shots going just wide of the mark.
Boults had another good game, bossing the midfield, but came off midway through the second half with Lucca moving to replace him and Josh Witter coming on. Cameron Edwin impressed me as well with a fine energetic performance in the middle of the park.
It was also good to see Connor Blanchard make a return and looking back to something like fit again as Jahobi Maher made way for him.
Connor Young was on fire again and clearly hoping for a hat trick, but had to endure the frustration of seeing two more of his efforts hit each of the uprights to deny him.
The G’s could easily have racked up a few more goals in this game if they could just have made the pressure tell. But three points are always good and we now need to look forward to the next game away against Epsom and Ewell on Tuesday night and then Worthing next Saturday back at the Bill Kyte Stadium.
G’s Line up:- Adrian Giles; James Frudd; Lucca Scanella; Luke Beale; James Colinese; James Mariner (Sam Taylor); Sam Boultwood (Josh Witter); Cameron Edwin; Jahobi Maher (Connor Blanchard); Kurt Greenaway; Connor Young.
Sub unused:- Myles Davidson; George Masella.