No Wembley This Year

Report by Alan Burgess
Godalming (1) 1 v 2 (1) Blackfield & Langley – FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Hi all, me again holding the fort. There’s some strange sort of parallel going on – we have the Gee’s seeking a positive result while poor old Graham is looking for a couple of negative ones to get himself back down to the Bill Kyte.
Another defeat to report I’m afraid but one where we created so many chances that it just should not have been that way.
Let’s start at least with some good news on the injury front as we welcomed back several players who have been out for recent games.
Godalming lined up with Alfie Mickey in goal and with both Matt Cox and Ollie McAleese returning to the starting line up in the full back positions. You can guess who the centre backs were but for the record it was of course Skipper Luke Beale and James Colinese. James Mariner played in front of the back four which left a midfield of Connor Blanchard, Liam Avery and Ross Cheek. Sam Boultwood started up front with Kurt Greenaway on the left. On the bench, Danny Mills and Jack Smith, a welcome return for Luca Scanella with Jason Cotton back too and James Frudd, available while he is down here from the frozen north I understand.
Bear with me as I try to decipher my handwritten transcription made on a train to the West Country after the match. I think they say Godalming made a positive start to the game and almost from the kick off Kurt sent over a cross from the left that just evaded Boulty. Followed by Ooh’s and Aah’s from most of the very decent crowd of 145 as 4 Gees players in succession lined up shots that were all blocked. Nice also to see a decent number of away supporters for a change. 7 minutes in Blackfield won their first corner, Alfie saving an incoming shot picked up from a loose clearance. From the Gees first corner shortly afterwards Mazza had a header deflected behind and from the second corner Kurt Greenaway went close. Ross Cheek ran on to a Luke Beale headed clearance which the Blackfield keeper just got to first.
It is becoming a bad habit and it happened again: a ball in from their right fell kindly to an incoming Blackfield forward, 20 minutes in and we’ve down 1-0. Another 3 or 4 Gees corners were won and from the last one the ball was in the net for the equalizer. Heads up on the near post, officially credited to Mazza and that will do for me. There was some doubt around the ground, was it an OG? But what do I know, I had it down to Liam Avery. Two great moves between Kurt and Boulty and then Boulty and Kurt sadly came to nothing in the last 10 minutes of the half.
The second half started soundly with Kurt firing just over. Within minutes, as happened two weeks ago, the unfortunate Matt Cox found he couldn’t continue and was replaced by James Frudd with Connor Blanchard moving to right back.
The chances kept coming…and going. I count 9 or 10 instances in my ‘commentary’ which end ‘just over’, ‘just wide’, ‘keeper blocks’, ‘can’t turn it in’ and the like. We were treated to some familiar strong runs from Fruddy down the right wing, but no one was able to put the finish to his deliveries into the box. With half an hour to go Jason Cotton replaced Boulty and the final substitution saw Jack Smith come on for Kurt. Blackfield found the side netting on one occasion and forced a good save from Alfie after they broke forward from their own half following a Godalming free kick, awarded for the foul that also produced the game’s only yellow card.
We began to think penalties when in the 90th minute the opposition somehow got on the end of a cross field ball on our left, the resulting shot coming off the unfortunate Alfie before going into the net. Just time for one last corner with all eleven Gees in the box when the header, ‘just over’ of course, was greeted with the final whistle.
I’m not going to dwell on this one, it was not a good day in front of goal. We can do it, 19 goals in the first 6 games of the season shared among 12 players proves that, C’mon.
One last thing, let me confirm that Saturday’s Blackfield Keeper, Jordy Valero, rightly named by them as their man of the match was not the keeper who made the National Press for being sent off a few weeks back while being caught short in the bushes. Who else spotted the Worthing Sub doing the same last week by the way?
Epsom Tuesday – last season they came here on top of the league, we put paid to that; what say we do it again?