Report by Graham Harris
Montpelier Villa 4 (2) v (0) 0 Godalming
The G’s spectacular recent run of form came to a dramatic end on a cold afternoon in Lancing. I cannot say that the score was an accurate reflection of the game, more that on the day the G’s had chances that they could not convert. Sometimes, whether it is the footballing Gods conspiring against you, not getting the rub of the green ( 3G or is it 4G) in this instance , or the referees 50 /50 decisions seemingly all going against you, things just don’t go your way. The home side deserved the result. I think the lads need to put this one behind them and look forward to the next game.
The game could not have started better for the G’s who started with Kurt playing upfront alongside Charlie Oakley and within the first ten minutes Charlie did some great work first down the right side in front of the stand before delivering a fine ball in to the area where Kurt was on hand, smack in the middle of the goal, but the advancing home keeper bravely threw himself at Kurt and his effort went just wide.
Only minutes later Charlie went down the left and delivered again into the 6-yard area where Connor Blanchard could just not get to the far post quick enough to tap in.
At this stage it was all going the G’s way. Matt Cox was getting forward and was only stopped by a shirt pull as he approached the penalty area. The resulting free kick was defended well but Boults got onto the clearance before making a typical run through several defenders, only to fail to hit the target with his shot.
The home manager at this stage was not at all happy at his team’s performance. The G’s had another good free kick opportunity, but the initial shot was blocked by the wall and the second attempt went just over the bar.
Then 25 minutes in and against the run of play the home side equalised after they were awarded a free kick that the G’s defence initially cleared before a shot found its way past Adrian, to go in the lead. Looked like there could have been a deflection on the way. Have to watch Gilsey’s video to see.
Things got worse then 6 or 7 minutes later when with the home side now putting some pressure on their guests, they were awarded a penalty for a handball against Rob Parrot as he blocked the shot. So, they went 2-0 up.
The G’s had another chance when, following a corner, the ball was bouncing around in the 6 yard box before it came to Charlie who hit a good shot that bounced clear off a defender’s backside. This was the way things were going.
The G’s were still pressing and after a bit of wrestling in the penalty area Ollie Mc Aleese needed treatment from Steve Snelling for what looked like a very painful finger dislocation. But he was put back together and played on.
The G’s then went close again with another ball across the face of the goal that no one could get on the end of.
Even at half time I felt that on recent past performances the G’s were still capable of coming back in the second half.
The G’s had to be positive and attack to get anything out of the game and early on you could see that that was the plan. Charlie cut into the box and hit another shot that was deflected wide off a defender.
It looks like Matt Cox was being encouraged to get forward more G’s going for a 3 at the back. Attack he did and got the ball into the 6-yard area again, but the G’s again could not convert.
Then of course if you are pushing players forward it opens up space at the back and a mistake in the G’s defence saw a home forward gifted the ball midway between the halfway line and the G’s area. Adrian came out to narrow the angle but was unable to do much to stop the home side increasing their lead. I was stood where the home team were warming up on the touchline. One of them said “game over now.”
Connor Young came on for Connor Blanchard as the G’s went all out on attack. Cameron Ewin also came on for Boults.
Adrian got a yellow card for a shove on a home player who he felt was delaying him taking a G’s free kick.
Then to cap it off the home side had a long-range effort that crept in. I did not see it, but was told it was a wonder goal, which came out of nothing.
The G’s had a reasonable shout for a penalty themselves in the same sort of situation as the home side were awarded their one in the first half, but the ref was not convinced on this occasion. The same home team players warming up in front of me said “That weas a penalty 100%,” but sometimes you just don’t get the decisions.
Charlie then went down and needed treatment after a hefty tackle, which saw him limp off, with Jahobi Maher replacing him.
Connor Young was then shown a yellow card and send to the side-lines, I presume for dissent. So, Gs now down to ten men.
Then a straight red for a home player for spitting at Rob Parrott when he was on the deck. I thought perhaps it was a local welcoming ritual. Apparently not.
From the resulting free kick, it is hard to see how the Gs failed to score a consolation goal as the ball once again pinged around and bounced off defenders 2 or 3 times in the 6-yard box. But it just would not go over the line.
A very frustrating game for the lads and the supporters. There seemed to be hardly any home supporter once again. Apparently 53 in total, of which 38 were G’s supporters.
Adrian Giles, Matt Cox, James Colinese, Luke Beale, Ollie Mc Aleese, Rob Parrott, Sam Boultwood, Lucca Scannella, Connor Blanchard, Charlie Oakley, Kurt Greenaway.
Subs. Cameron Edwin, Connor Young, James Frudd, James Mariner, Jahobi Maher.