Parrott Strike Seals Points at Chessington

Report by Graham Harris
Chessington and Hook 1 (1) v (0) 2 Godalming Town
The Gs win again away from home. The important thing is that we came away with the three points, so cannot complain about that.
But the first half was, for me, the worst performance I have seen from the lads for a long time. No composure, in a game that was generally scruffy, scrappy, and sloppy and punctuated by far too many stoppages. Perhaps it was something to do with the strip they were wearing. Yet again yellow shirts with white shorts and socks. What has happened to our green shorts and socks that used to be the home strip? Fortunately, the Gs survived an opportunity for the home side to go two up thanks to a great reaction stop by Alfie before half time.
Perhaps Phil and Tony had a “word or two” during the break, as the second half saw a much more energetic performance and a good turnaround, which gave the Gs the chance to take all three points, deservedly in the end. Indeed, “a game of two halves”.
The starting line-up was Alfie Mickley in goal, James Colinese, Captain Luke Beale and Ollie McAleese made up a back three with James Mariner in front, Luca Scannella and Rikki Letch as wing backs with Ross Cheek and Rob Parrott (making his first appearance since Boxing Day) in the middle and Kurt Greenaway and Sam Boultwood up front.
On the bench were, Dan Mills, Connor Blanchard, Jason Cotton, Tom White and Liam Avery.
The Gs defence repeatedly caught their hosts offside during the opening 45 minutes, but it was looking ominous that sooner or later C & H might get behind the Gs defence, choosing to attack quickly from defence down their flanks. In the end they opened the scoring with just such a break and at that time were good value for the lead.
The Gs did apply some pressure of their own with a couple of corners, but the best attempt was a header from Boults that went past the near post.
Fortunately, the second half started with a lot more determination and from the start the lads seemed to find some passes that were eluding them in the first half. However, the final shot went wide.
Then as the referee changed the ball, the Gs took a free kick that found the ball ended up out on the left where Luca was playing, much further forward than in the first half. He lofted the ball towards the far post where it dropped tantalisingly just inside the far post to level the score. A terrific piece of luck, but this inspired the lads and they started to dominate as they have done in previous games.
Only nine minutes later they had their second when, after another good move, the ball was bobbling around in the home penalty area and was deflected off a defender to Rob Parrott who was able to tap home from close range.
With their noses in front, it seemed to be more like the Gs we have come to know and love as they took control of the game. Tom White and Jason Cotton came on to give Kurt and Sam a rest. It had been a stop, start, sort of game with lots of shots and players on the deck. Both had been in the thick of the action.
Only a minute later goal scorer Luca was replaced by Connor Blanchard. Then Liam Avery came on for Ross Cheek and Dan Mills came on for the last ten minutes or so for the second goal scorer Rob Parrott.
This gave the Gs more pace up front and in the middle of the park and they opened up the home defence on several occasions with Liam intercepting passes and driving forward.
The best of these came down the right when Rikki made a run forward before squaring the ball to Jason on the left. He took the ball round the onrushing keeper, but unfortunately did not get a good contact on his shot towards the open goal and it rather trickled towards the goal line giving the home defence the opportunity to clear off the line.
So, it was three points that we had to get, to stay in touch with the pack challenging for the playoff places, and we got them.
The good news is that Dorking B have 40 points in second place, whilst we have 37, but we have 3 games in hand on them.
So COYG’s.
Thanks to Alan for his excellent reports on the last couple of games. More from him to come.