Report by Graham Harris
Wick 2 (1) v (1) 2 Godalming
The G’s last travelled to Wick in 2018 in the FA Vase when the team were under the control of Les Cleeveley. On that occasion the G’s came home having been beaten 2-1 and names like Kenny Kassabante, Jordan Knight, Jack Howard and Pat Cox were on the team sheet, as was Jack Cleeveley who on that occasion was on target for the Gs.
Coming back to the present, it was a day when we saw two new names on the squad sheet for the G’s. We were short of defenders still, because although Luke Beale was back from suspension James Colinese was ruled out for picking up his fifth yellow card last week. So, with Myles Davidson still suffering an injury and James Mariner is also still recovering it was good to see Jonathan Coussens was in the line up alongside Luke Beale.
The other new name was Khoury Taylor who I understand has done well in some friendlies playing upfront and he was starting on the bench alongside Jahobi Maher and Connor Blanchard.
Adrian Giles was in goal with Matt Cox, Luke Beale (Captain), Jonathan Coussens and Ethan Fishpool making up the back four with Sam Boultwood, Lucca Scanella in the middle with Connor Young and James Frudd as the wide players. Cameron Edwin and James Frudd were the wide players.
The G’s started like a train, which was great to see after last week’s performance and within the first fifteen minutes James Frudd was quick to nick the ball from a defender and cut in from the left but was unable to score as he bore down on the goal where the home keeper made a good block with his body. Then after a good move again down the left Kurt Greenaway slipped the ball past the home keeper and into the net, only for it to be ruled as offside.
AS the G’s seemed to be dominating everything the ball came again down the G’s left and this time Connor Young hit a powerful low shot which the home stopper could not hold and the ball tickled back over the line to put the G’s ahead.
It was all going so well for the Gs as they seemed to be overwhelming their hosts, who had been able to produce little other than a few long shots when Boults intercepted a ball through the middle and drove forward. He slipped the ball through to Kurt again who once again repeated slipping the ball past the home keeper, again only to have it ruled out as offside once again.
After being so dominant after about 35 minutes the home side drew level after attacking down their right wing and delivering a high ball to the far post where an unmarked Wick forward took the ball well and hit a diagonal shot across Adrian into his far post.
Worse was to follow as Sam Boultwood who has been so influential was again forced to limp off with a foot injury. He was replaced by Connor Blanchard.
Only around 12 minutes from the second half kick off a Wick player scored their second from a high ball into the box from a corner, which appeared to have come off at least one other player’s back during the melee.
The Gs seemed to lose a bit of composure and were getting a bit frustrated. Jahobi was introduced at the expense of James Frudd who had done really well. Cameron was working hard back in midfield while Kurt Greenaway continued his fine run of form
Ethan then went down clutching his leg and after treatment was also replaced by Khoury as the only player on the bench as Lucca was needed to drop in at the left back position.
The Gs did mount some pressure towards the end and finally Jahobi hit a low ball into the area where, after it bobbled about a bit, Cameron was on hand yet again to just tap it in from close range to draw the score and take a point for the lads.
Back at The Bill Kyte Stadium next week against Montpelier Villa who I see have just beaten top of the table Midhurst and Easebourne. So should be a cracker.