Blanchard’s Last Gasp Equaliser Earns Deserved Point

Report by Graham Harris
Godalming 1 (0) v (1) 1 Shoreham
Another incredibly exciting last gasp finish to this game. The visitors had their keeper to thank for an inspired performance and in my view he had Lady Luck and a bit more on his side on the day.
Shoreham came to The Bill Kyte Stadium in second place in the league, so it was clearly going to be a tough encounter. Conceding a goal in the first half (about 5 minutes from the break) would not have been in Phil’s script.
It was great to see Boults, Lucca, James and Cameron back in the starting line up and Josh Witter back in training with the lads.
Phil went for a 4 – 4 – 2 set up. Adrian Giles was in goal with Matt Cox, Luke Beale, James Colinese and Myles Davidson making up the back four. The midfield four was made up of Sam Boultwood, Connor Blanchard, Kurt Greenaway and Lucca Scanella. With James Frudd and Cameron Edwin up front.
A very strong bench included Connor Young, Jahobi Maher, Byron Watt, Ethan Fishpool and last week’s hero Elijah Carter.
The G’s started really positively with Matt Cox making a couple of good runs down the right, linking well with Fruddy.
Boults came through the middle shortly after, but his final shot was blocked by a lunging defender.
From one of these attacks the visiting keeper was a bit slow to get to the ball and Cameron nipped in to pinch it almost on the goal line clear of the goal, but was brought down by the keeper’s hand. But the referee was having none of it.
A slipup in the G’s defence allowed a visiting forward to advance on the G’s goal and it needed a great block from Adrian to save the G’s from conceding.
Not sure what was lacking in the G’s defence at the time, which has been so strong recently, as shortly after Shoreham delivered quickly, from out on their left flank, a great high ball allowing one of their players to head home unchallenged.
The G’s came back immediately forcing a couple of corners.
Elijah Carter replaced Boults at the start of the second half and after a few minutes of good build up play from the home team Elijah got his head to a good cross from the left, but it went just over the bar.
Elijah had clearly been asked to play further forward and managed to make himself a little space on the edge of the area before delivering an absolute thunderbolt of a shot that brought an equally great save from the visiting keeper. The ball bounced free and after it bobbled around Cameron put it in the net, but he was offside, much to his disappointment and that of the fans.
Jahobi came on for James Frudd as Cameron was “sin-binned” for 10 minutes.
Jahobi got himself through on goal by out pacing his defender, but the visiting keeper again rescued his side with another great block turning the ball around for a corner. During this the visiting keeper nearly took Luke Beale’s head off as he came out to punch clear and somehow the ref decided Luke should be penalised. Very odd.
Connor Young came on as James Colinese was sacrificed in an attempt to get an equaliser.
The G’s kept pressing and piling on the pressure and in the end following several corners the visiting keeper punched clear, but only as far as Connor Blanchard who hit the ball home on the volley to grab a share of the points. No more than the lads (and Connor) deserved in the end.
Another great team effort and well done to all the lads. Kurt did another good job in the middle repeatedly getting stuck in and breaking up attacks through the middle. Adrian once again came up with a smashing block in the first half, but had very few shots, if any, to save in the second half as the visitors seemed to shut up shop, trying to defend their single goal lead.
The G’s go on their travels again next week to Seaford.