Magnificent Seven

Godalming Town 7 (1) v (1) 2 Copthorne.

 

Wow! What a game. That old chestnut about “a game of two halves” was rarely more apt.

The second half deluge of 6 goals was unbelievable and at times goals came so quickly that it is more than likely there are a few errors in the reporting. 11 goals in the week giving the Gs a place at the top of the Division One table, temporarily at least. A terrific performance from the whole squad who actually look like a team.

We were without both Jimmy Norman (though he was watching from the sidelines) and Luca Scannella who were injured at the Billingshurst encounter on Tuesday night. Hopefully they will both be back and fit again soon. It was also good to see c

Captain Luke Beale doing a little light training so maybe he is not too far off being fit again.

The line-up was: – Ryan O’Sullivan in goal with Ollie McAleese, Ben Matthews, Matt Cox, and Jack Sherwood in a back four with James Mariner in front of them.

Rob Parrott and Ross Cheek in midfield. Tom White and Jason Cotton wide with Cameron Edwin in the number nine shirt. On the bench were, Kieran Ferguson, Will Ab-Lorwerth, Dan Mills, Jamie Kaffo and Enrique Belope.

This fixture brought some familiar faces back to Wey Court as Copthorne’s manager Simon Funnell was manager at the Gs some years back as were Copthorne players Steve Betancourt and the mercurial Bobby Bennett who grabbed plenty of goals for the Gs back then. But that was all a good few years back. Strangely both sides were wearing yellow and blue. The referee apparently happy that Copthorne were in blue shirts and yellow shorts the reverse of the Gs outfits.

This is a good Gs team with some exciting new players added to the squad. Ben Matthews had a very impressive pre-season so it was good to see him rewarded with a first start in the heart of the defence for the Gs.

Jack Sherwood already looks completely at home, scoring that wonder goal on Tuesday and alongside Matt Cox we have the best full back/wing back pairing in the League by miles in my book.

The first thirty minutes or so was a bit physical, with some as to be expected, but this brought little in the way of yellow cards from the ref, rather to our surprise. He did however show a card to the visiting dugout. I am told that Ross Cheek found himself in the referee book, but I did not see that.

But the Gs had some chances. Tom White delivered a great ball across the face of the visitor’s goal at the road end, but Jason coming in at pace could not quite get his leg extended far enough to tap it in.

Not long after that Rob received attention on the pitch for a challenge that the Gs supporters in the main stand were clearly unhappy about, but again the ref was not going to give more than a free kick.

The visitors then went ahead when a low Copthorne shot from range appeared to be deflected off a Gs defender’s leg, which took the ball just beyond the reach of the diving Ryan. And so Copthorne went ahead a few minutes before half time.

Jason then called to Tony that he needed to come off, when he felt a twinge in his leg. Enter Kieran Ferguson. Within a minute or so of him coming on, there was a good build up of play down the home sides right flank with some good passing until last season’s player of the year Rob Parrott delivered a low ball, which Kieran was on hand to hammer home from point blank range.

It was 1 – 1 at half time. For me the Gs had had most of the territory and the best of the chances. Clearly the equaliser would have steadied the nerves, but we had no idea of what was to come.

After only a minute or two of the second half the Gs won a throw in on the right 20yds from the visiting goal line. Some good interchanging passes between Jack Sherwood and Cameron Edwin saw them advance towards the goal area when the ball was slipped to Tom White who went across the edge of the area before hitting a left footed shot just inside the near post to make it 2 -1 to the Gs. Only minutes later Kieran collected the ball left of the goal at the training ground end, he turned inside his defenders and hit a powerful shot to make it 3 -1 to the home side in a flash.

Copthorne then scored their second goal when following a corner, which seemed to have been partially cleared by the Gs defence, one of their players miss hit a shot on the volley that ballooned into the air and strangely slowly dropped into the Gs goal with the home keeper Ryan perhaps unsighted or misjudged it’s trajectory as he seemed to be rooted to the spot.

The Gs responded immediately, Jack Sherwood produced another stunning run into the visitor’s goal area, but this time his final shot went just over the bar.

Then as the Gs applied pressure and won another corner. The ball bobbled around in the area but Rob Parrott was only able to likewise clear the bar.

In the next attack Cameron was brought down in front of goal and the Gs were awarded a penalty. Cameron took it, but the visiting keeper made a good save diving full stretch to his left, to push the well struck shot wide for yet another Gs corner.

Fortunately for Cam he knows what a good finisher he can be. He attacked the Copthorne defence and feigned to go inside, before pushing the ball beyond the defenders and used his pace to get beyond and make space for his shot that found a gap at the inside post. Great to see him on the score sheet for the Gs again. More to come I am sure 4 -2 for the Gs now.

Jamie Kaffo came on to replace Ollie McAleese, who appeared to have an injury and Enrique Belope for Tom White.

The fourth goal for the Gs and hat trick for Kieran came when he battled for possession of a long clearance from Ryan and simply slotted it past the Copthorne stopper.5- 2 now for the Gs.

Rob Parrott was rested and Will Ab-Lorwerth came on in the middle to add his pace and powerful running to the cause.

But the Gs were not done yet. Matt Cox made one of his great runs down the left and got to the goal line before delivering the ball well into the box where the visiting keeper could only clear the ball to around the penalty area where Ross Cheek steadied himself before hitting the ball home. Ross really has so much talent as well as a huge engine, to power him around the pitch with seemingly endless energy.

6-2 for the home side now.

I think we were all pleased for Cam to get his second goal and the Gs seventh when he hit a low shot hard from the edge of the area.

What can I say. This was a remarkable result from a remarkable team.

Sadly, our own Lord Hendo of Haslemere was not there to see it, but I hope he could feel the vibes from wherever he was. After all those years of watching the Gs, when at times things looked sad, it is unfortunate that he was not there to see it. Also, Dave Fiddler of “Shortsman” fame. Once a Gs supporter always a Gs supporter.

I am sure that Tony and Luke will make sure that the lads keep their feet on the ground when we go to Chessington and Hook this week on cup business.

COYGs

A great result for the Lionesses as well, which was watched and appreciated at the clubhouse.


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