A Point at Midhurst

Report by Graham Harris
Midhurst & Easebourne (0) 1 v 1 (1) Godalming
The penultimate game of the season saw the Gs travel to M & E who were in second place in the league and it was still mathematically possible that they could catch Roffey. Following the Selsey game there was little to play for league wise for the Gs who remain in seventh spot other than pride, but they put on a superb show for the Gs supporters who turned up in numbers for this early start on Easter Monday. The second of three games for the Gs this week, having not had a league fixture for three weeks. But I won’t go on about that.
A headed goal from Cameron Edwin in the first half looked to be the difference in the sides until injury time with the Gs who were down to ten men when a messy equaliser came for the home side after a bit of a scramble in the Gs 6-yard box.
The Gs were without Charlie Oakley and Sam Boultwood from Saturday’s squad and Rob Parrott and Adrian Giles are still out injured.
It was the young fresh-faced Ollie Ballam who started in goal again with Matt Cox, Luke Beale, Ollie Mc Aleese and James Colinese as the back four. James Mariner in front with Lucca Scanella and Ross Cheek with Connor Blanchard and James Frudd as the wide players and Cameron Edwin in the number nine shirt. The bench consisted of Kurt Greenaway, Elijah Carter and Jahobi Maher.
The first 30 minutes saw things pretty equal between the two sides, with one clear chance from a Gs corner which went straight to the home keeper. But then, getting towards the half time mark, a long clearance from Ollie Ballam was collected by Connor Blanchard who drove forward down the right flank in front of the stand before delivering a cracking ball into the area where Cameron got his head to it with enough to turn the ball inside the far post. Really pleased for Cameron who looked back to his best to me.
It seemed like the Gs would make it two before the break when the tireless James Frudd chased down a through ball at pace and advanced towards the home keeper, but unfortunately, he lost his footing and stumbled at the last minute. So, it was that the sides went in to the break with the Gs only the one goal up.
Lucca seemed to be coming in for some hefty challenges and the first yellow card of the game was given after a late challenge on him was spotted by the officials. He received treatment on the pitch for the second time before being replaced by Kurt Greenaway.
All seemed to be going pretty well for the Gs, but then the linesman in front of the stand and the dugouts brought the referees attention to something, following which, Ollie Mc Aleese was shown a red card, much to his misbelief. I spoke to him later and he said the linesman said he had pulled a home forward back. I may be wrong, but I understood that a red card was to be issued only if such an incident denied the fouled player a scoring opportunity. But it was the referee’s decision. The Gs were down to ten men.
Phil Brought on Elijah Carter replacing Connor Blanchard.
James Frudd used his pace yet again to get to a ball that seemed to be going out for a goal kick and he squared the ball into the midfield where Elijah was able to make contact on the volley and although it hit the target it was too close to the keeper who was able to hold on to it.
Soon after Jahobi came on to replace Fruddy.
The Gs still had opportunities to increase the score, but could not capitalise on them.
Then in injury time there was a bit of a melee in the Gs goal area as the ball bounced around before it was bundled home for an equaliser.
As the home side threw everything at the Gs Ollie pulled off a couple of terrific stops to keep the score level to the delight of his team mates.
A tremendous performance again and well done to all the lads. It is quite clear that we have a side that can compete with the best in this League and on the proviso that we do not get moved to a new league yet again, we have the nucleus of a great team to take us in to next season.
Last game of the season will be at Wey Court on Saturday against Seaford so let’s enjoy that one.