Late Smith Winner Takes Points at Hailsham

Report by Graham Harris
Hailsham 0 (0) V (0) 1 Godalming
A single goal in the second half was enough for the G’s to take all three points from this physical battle that saw very little football at all in the first half. But the goal that separated the two sides was indeed a team goal and a peach. The G’s had dominated, but you just had that nagging thought that the home side might just get a lucky break. So, although it is very early days, we are still at the top of the League!
The early minutes saw an unfortunate incident where Jamie Kaffo was stretchered off for treatment at hospital, but I am pleased to say that I understand he is now recovering well and should have his arm in a sling for a while. I am sure we all wish him well.
The G’s started with Alfie Mickley in goal Matt Cox, James Colinese, Luke Beale and Jamie Kaffo at the back.
James Mariner, Liam Avery and Kurt Greenaway in the middle with Connor Blanchard and Rikkie Letch as the wide players and Jason Cotton in the number nine shirt. Luca Scanella came off the bench following the injury to Jamie.
The first half was a dogged encounter with lots of strong tackles, lots of wrestling, a lot of whistle blowing, a few yellow cards and talking-tos from the ref. Mainly to the hosts.
The biggest talking point was probably the new kit that the G’s were sporting – blue shirts with vertical stripes with white shorts and socks. Rather reminiscent of WBA.
So, at half time it was 0 – 0.
The second half was a bit better with a few good runs by the G’s Connor Blanchard, who delivered a great cross that Jason got his head to, but despite making good contact the ball went just wide of the upright. There were shots from Liam Avery and Kurt Greenaway, but generally it was more of the same until Phil made some changes.
Jason was subbed off for Sam Boultwood to come on. Kurt was replaced after a typically energetic performance, by James Frudd . Connor came off for Jack Smith. Some of the G’s then got a bit carried away and felt they needed to go into the refs notebook
Then we got the goal.
It started at the back of the G’s defence, with Matt Cox I believe and the ball was passed neatly accurately between four or five G’s players down the right side before it found its way to Sam Boultwood who was strong enough to fend off the attentions of a couple of defenders and find himself a little space to thread a superb diagonal pass behind the rest of the home defence and into the path of Jack Smith, cutting in from the left flank. He took the chance coolly much to the relief of his team mates and the travelling Gs’ fans. His first League goal for the G’s I think.
This was the G’s first away fixture of the season and it was a steaming hot day for a visit to the south coast. But government warnings do not stop the games, even at Step 6. It is a credit to both sides and the officials that they played