Report by Graham Harris
Godalming 1 (0) v (0) 0 Wick
The Gs took another step towards the play off places after a spectacular 30-yard strike from Ross Cheek settled the result early in the second half.
The game was not a demonstration of free-flowing football, but to keep a clean sheet, again and get another three points cannot be a bad thing. All you can do is keep beating the opposition on the day.
There were a few changes in the Gs squad. Matt Cox is injured following the trip to Pagham where he had to come off injured at half time. So, Sam Boultwood dropped in at right back with Myles Davidson on the left side while Ollie McAleese partnered Luke Beale in the back four in front of Adrian Giles wearing the keeper’s jersey again after Ollie Ballam kept it warm on the trip to Pagham. The midfield comprised Rob Parrott, Kurt Greenaway and Ross Cheek. Charlie Oakley was in the number 9 shirt again with James Frudd one side and Cameron Edwin on the other. Lucca Scanella was back in the squad and on the bench with Jahobi Maher, James Mariner, Ethan Fishpool and Jon Coussens.
I spoke to James Colinese who is on the mend and could be available to play and up to speed in a couple of weeks. Connor Blanchard is out with COVID.
It was a first half that produced few clear chances for either side and neither goalie had anything too much to deal with to trouble them. But, towards the end of the half the Gs, who had had probably a bit more territory and possession, created a couple of situations that looked promising, but too often the final pass went astray, or was blocked. So, at the half time break it remained 0 -0.
The Gs started the second half well, pressing the Wick defence, but frustratingly still could not get their final shots away, or chose to pass when perhaps there was an option to go for goal. Ross Cheek had shown some good touches earlier in the game and then picked up the ball halfway between Wick penalty area and the halfway line, made a little space for himself and hit the ball so sweetly it gave the visiting keeper no chance at all as it hit the net. That is a great way to announce your arrival.
The game continued as a largely midfield battle with lots of long ball clearances from each defence. There were some better build ups from the Gs but not that many clear chances.
But the Gs look really strong in defence. Luke Beale has been immense this season we will miss him and his leadership on the next game at Hailsham, he has made a huge difference to the Gs as the captain and a great centre back.
Off to Hailsham next week in the cup.