G’s Lose Out in 5 Goal Thriller

Seaford 3 (1) v (1) 2 Godalming
After the last two league games brought us so much drama and 4 points, the G’s will be returning home with nothing in the way of points from this encounter. It still had us gripped at the end when the G’s were looking to equalise for the third time in the game.
To be fair, The G’s were not really in it through much of the first half and that we went into the break 1 – 1 was little short of a miracle, but Adrian played a big part in that, saving the G’s on two separate occasions, when really the hosts should have done better with the opportunities that came their way.
We knew that there would be no Captain Luke Beale available due to suspension for chalking up 5 yellows. He has been hugely influential in the performances so far this season. Myles Davidson who has also played so well recently was not available either. So, with James Mariner injured and Sam Taylor still suspended we were out of central defenders. That meant that Boults had to be moved into the everchanging back four. On top of that we were also without Lucca Scanella and Connor Young both injured.
The starting line-up was Adrian Giles in goal with Matt Cox, James Colinese (Captain for the day) Sam Boultwood and Josh Witter making up the back four. Elijah Carter started the game in front of the back four. The midfield was made up of Jahobi Maher, Connor Blanchard, Cameron Edwin and James Frudd, with Kurt Greenaway up front.
The bench included Byron Watt, Ethan Fishpool and a new signing in Asa Goodsell.
The G’s went behind after only 13minutes of play when it all seemed to go wrong at the back. The G’s were under the cosh for a while with only the occasional foray into the home team’s area. There was some desperate blocking and defending work to be done. That was when Adrian had to be on his toes to keep us in it until, nearing the end of the half, when Kurt was hauled down to the deck like a sack of potatoes. Cameron stepped up to take it and hammered the ball home to bring us back to 1-1 just before half time, by the skin of our teeth.
Fortunately, there was a marked improvement in the second half with more energy being found throughout the G’s squad. Ethan Fishpool came on for Josh.
The G’s were getting forward much more but, as has happened in the past, after that pressure we saw the home side break down their right flank and after some good interpassing they went ahead again after a tap in from close range at the near post when the ball came in low.
But the G’s were not done for and in the second half were getting more opportunities than their hosts although the attempts were wide of the target. The midfield looked more energetic now and were winning more loose balls. This was so much better than the first half.
Elijah had had a good game, but was replaced by Byron. There was a real feeling that the G’s could get something out of the game. All seemed to be there to play for when Seaford made a mistake at the back and Kurt was able to latch on to it and calmly lifted the ball over the home defence and into the top of the Seaford net to equalise the score again. 2 – 2 now.
James Frudd was getting some joy down the left side and both Kurt and Jahobi had a number of attempts on goal, but they were just a little wide of the mark.
About 15 mins from the end of the game the home side hit back again on the counter to push their noses in front again.
This led to a dramatic last period as the G’s threw everything they could muster at Seaford to try to level the score for the third time. 5 minutes before the end the home number 14 was straight red carded for a poor uncontrolled tackle from behind to give the G’s a one-man advantage.
Adrian was coming up for the corners, but the home defence held on to take all three points.
It was a disappointing start for the G’s, but they certainly did put on a much better show in the second half. Seaford are a good well drilled side as their league position shows, with some good strong players and were probably worth the points on the day. But, also good to see that the G’s lads could improve and almost turn things around in the second half.
Another trip away next week to Wick. The G’s must look to get back some rhythm and consistency.