Godalming Town 0 (0) v 2 (2) Roffey.
Well, after the heady heights of a brief visit to the top of the League this was a disappointment to the lads, I am sure. But, in fairness it was a side missing around seven of the regular squad, either through injury or being away on holiday and Roffey looked a pretty decent outfit. A couple of ex Gs featuring for them in the way of Jahobi Mayer, and for those with even longer memories Tiago Andrade.
The Gs line-up was: – Ryan O’Sullivan in goal with Ben Matthews and Jamie Kaffo as the centre back pairing, with Matt Cox and the impressive youngster Will Ab-Lorwerth in a back four with James Mariner in front of them.
Rob Parrott and Luca Scannella in midfield. Good to see Luca was fit enough to play. Kieran Ferguson and Jason Cotton wide, with Cameron Edwin up front. On the bench were, Enrique Belope, George Broad, Luke Beale who I doubt wanted to play yet and surprised to see Rikkie Letch also there. Good to see him back in a Gs shirt.
Strangely enough, yet again there were similarities in the two sides kits. The Gs being in blue shorts and yellow shirts with white socks, while the visitors were only differentiated by their blue tops. I can recall referees in the past insisting that undershorts were not the correct colour and had to be changed, or that the under socks were showing and needed to be taped with an over sock colour to conceal them. Seems just another one of the many differences in the way the games are being administered. Or maybe just common sense now prevailing.
Things did not go well from the early stages, as the Gs conceded a corner rather unnecessarily. From this a simple back post delivery was not defended well and an unmarked visiting forward was allowed to head the ball down, and it found its way into the net. So, 0 -1 down after only 13 minutes.
After only 25 minutes, or so, Rob Parrott, on whom so much was depending, was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes for something I did not hear, but clearly the referee did. So, the Gs were down to 10 for a while.
Will Ab-Lorwerth made a super run down the right, in front of the home stand, before he delivered a great diagonal ball into the box where Jamie Kaffo came in at pace and got the slightest touch on it with his head, but not quite enough to turn the ball home.
Not long before the break the visitors went two up after a Roffey player latched onto a long ball forward and with an impudent flick slipped the ball past Ryan who seemed to be expecting a flag for offside.
So, the home side were 2 goals down at half time. Time to see if the Gs management team can come up with a cunning plan.
Rikkie made his entrance coming on for Jamie Kaffo in the back four . Not a position I can remember him playing in before but he seemed well up to it.
It could have been 3 down quite soon after the restart, but for a block by Ryan on an advancing Roffey forward.
Things then went from bad to worse when after picking up a yellow card for a challenge on the Roffey goalkeeper, Rob got another yellow (and hence a red card) only minutes later for what I thought was the Roffey player running across him. But what I think is irrelevant, he had to go and the Gs were down to 10 again for the rest of the game.
George Broad came on to replace Jason Cotton and Enrique Belope for Kieran Ferguson. George did manage to link a couple of times with Will and towards the end one of these saw the visiting keeper spill the ball but Cam was just beyond contact distance. It was a brief and pleasant trip to the top of the League and we will have to wait a few weeks before we are back in League business.
Back in to the FA Vase action next week and a visit to Gravesend and Punjab United from Level 6 so could be a good one if we have a strong squad available.