Peter Bentley Cup Loss

Chessington and Hook United (0) 1 v 1 (0) Godalming – Peter Bentley Cup

Chessington win 4-2 on penalties.

Let’s be honest, this wasn’t a great game. You could call it ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’, a disappointment following the last 2 matches that has seen the delight of 11 Godalming goals and have put us on top of the league. Even the penalty shoot-out that decided the tie was short of the normal drama we have come to expect from them. Let’s also take some positives, game time for the squad as a whole and a chance to try out some different combinations on the pitch.

Gaffer Tony sat this one out while assistant manager Luke Beale led the bench with assistance being provided by an assistant, assistant manager, Luca Scannella. Both have big parts to play on the pitch too and we look forward to their returns asap. The line up then was Ryan O’Sullivan in goal, Jack Seymour and Will Ab-Iowerth were the full backs with Danny Mills and Ben Matthews in the centre. James Mariner captained the side in a midfield of George Broad, good to see him making his first appearance of the season, Jamie Kuffo, Ross Cheek and Enrique Belope, the latter two supporting Keiran Ferguson up front. On the bench Cameron Edwin, Rob Parrott, Ollie McAleese, Tom White and Jason Cotton.

An even first half opened with a long-range effort from Ross Cheek going over the bar. Ross and subsequently Will were both brought down around the area, but nothing came from the free kicks awarded. 15 minutes in Danny Mills pulled up after a tackle and was unable to continue. He was replaced by Ollie McAleese, almost certainly not in the plan that early in the game and another injury to contend with. There wasn’t a great deal more to get excited about, the half was even between the two sides, Jack Seymour made a solid vital tackle in closing down a Chessington attack on the half hour. A heavy challenge by the Chessington No.9 saw the only yellow card of the half. Ross saw another effort go over following good build up play between ‘Henry’ and Keiran and Ollie was on the end of a corner in the last minute which also went high.

2nd half then and no changes to the Gees line up. Cheeky was very unlucky to see the ball strike the woodwork from just outside the box as he took a free kick awarded for a foul on Henry. Time to ring the changes, Tom White replaced George on 53 minutes, Cameron Edwin replaced Henry on 57 and Rob Parrott came on for Jamie on 60. Just prior to last substitution Tom tried to open his account with a run into the box and shot that wasn’t even rewarded with the corner kick that it clearly should have been. The final substitution came on 70 minutes as Jamie was replaced by Jason Cotton. The changes gave the Gees a period of dominance without managing to score but as the game opened out a long Chessington ball down our left gave them a break and the shot from the advancing forward found the net from what looked a tight angle.

The Gees didn’t give up and while most of us were watching Jason juggle the ball over a defender, run in and shoot from the left of the box Cam was brought down in the centre, penalty! Mazza. No mistake from the spot. 1-1. Just time left for the recipient of the sole yellow card of the game to receive a 2nd and the red to go with it and the 90 minutes was up.

Penalties then, and in one of those weird things about football the Gees last competitive shoot-out was at home to Shoreham in March where Rob Parrott won it for us filling in between the sticks after our goalkeeper was sent off in his only appearance of the season, and of course that keeper was Ryan. But having built it up this was a tame duel. In summary Chessington going first netted all 4 of their kicks, Ryan was unlucky on the 4th, he got to the ball only to see it squirm into the net from under him. Mazza scored our 1st, Jason our 3rd but Tom and Rob saw the keeper save the 2nd and 4th.

Hendo remarked that he had spotted a sign in the Chessington Clubhouse ‘No jumping on the furniture’. I’m sure even their fans couldn’t summon a bounce from this game but somehow, I have found 800 words.

Back to the real business of the league next and home to Roffey on Saturday, a maybe few walking wounded after last night but let’s do it.