Report by Graham Harris
Worthing United 0 (0) v (0) 2 Godalming
The Gs returned to their winning ways with two second half goals on a cold afternoon on the south coast. We knew that there would be no James Colinese or Ollie Mc Aleese through injury. Kurt Greenaway was away, so unavailable and Cameron Edwin still suspended. But James Frudd and Connor Blanchard were back.
Adrian Giles, Matt Cox, James Mariner, Luke Beale(C), Lucca Scanella, Rob Parrott, Sam Boultwood Connor Blanchard, Elijah Carter, Charlie Oakley, James Frudd made up the starting eleven with only two outfield players Jahobi Maher and Jon Coussens on the bench along with Ollie Ballam.
The first half was a bit of a touchy, physical affair with not that much football being played at times. Neither side allowing their opposite number any time on the ball at all and in the first few minutes Lucca received attention on the pitch on two occasions.
Elijah Carter got the first serious shot in and it took a deflection on the way through the home defence. However, the deflection took a fair bit of the power out of the shot and the home keeper was able to scramble the shot away.
Connor Blanchard made one of his trade-mark runs and delivered a great ball across the face of the goal, only inches from the line, but neither Charlie Oakley or James Frudd could make contact to put it in the net.
Towards the end of the first half the Gs started to get the upper hand and at halfway had been really pressing their hosts for the last 10 minutes or so.
However, the news from the dressing room was that Matt Cox, who has been so on form for the Gs lately, was suffering an asthma attack and therefore would be replaced. So, Jahobi came on to cover him at right back.
From the restart the Gs were again pressing high up the pitch and the home side were having to defend for their lives and hope to break quickly.
Elijah got on the end of some fine interplay down the Gs left, but it did not result in too much, as his first shot was blocked and at the second attempt, he did not make good contact.
Boults got in a great powerful drive that was deflected over the bar. From the resulting corner James Mariner got in a powerful header that the home keeper did brilliantly well to dig out from under the bar. But the Gs were squeezing the home side.
Several attempts were thwarted by the home keeper.
James Mariner was also suffering a calf injury, so was replaced by Jon Coussens leaving only Ollie on the bench.
The first corner that the home side won in the second half was only part cleared to the edge of the area and a firm shot brought a fine reaction save from Adrian. It also saw Luke Beale receive attention on the pitch. We all know that if he stays down, he is hurt.
Finally, the Gs got the ball in the net when Charlie advanced on the home keeper on the right side of goal. His shot was parried and James Frudd appeared to be taken down by the keeper as he was attempting to capitalise on the spill. It didn’t matter because Connor Blanchard was also on hand to do the job of putting the ball in the net. Always good to see Connor getting on the score sheet again as he gives 100% every time.
The Gs were now pounding the home defence and Charlie went very close only minutes later from the same right side of goal when this time his shot went just wide of the far post.
The second goal came from some good movements and a shot from Connor (I think) but was actually put in the net by a defender. The Gs now 2-0 ahead.
The home side broke quickly again and Adrian again was on hand to make another great stop with one hand. It was a game where Gilsey was by far the quieter keeper, but he was more than on the ball when he was needed.
The only card that I can recall being handed out then went to the home number 3, with a cynical tackle on Rob Parrott from behind, as he broke forward yet again out of defence. He had a great game particularly in the second half when he was rampant in the midfield and driving forward with the ball on several occasions.
A much better game from a Gs supporters’ point of view and I am sure the lads will all feel a lot happier, with some fine performances in the squad particularly from captain Luke Beale again Adrian and Rob Parrott for me but a good job done by all. Great to see Fruddy at pace and Connor on the other wing.
League Cup game at home against Pagham on Tuesday night. Pagham are sitting in 5th place in the Premier division, so this will be a major test.