Godalming 3 (0) v (0) 0 Oakwood
back in the day I recall turning up to see Godalming Town play and it would too often end in defeat, too many times by a large score, or sometimes it would be a draw which normally involved going in front and then sitting behind the ball and conceding a goal at the death. Then occasionally there was the odd win, either plucked from the jaws of a draw or by a large margin. Whatever, goals were the name of the game at both ends of the park. Of recent times it’s appeared that the team have decided they like winning but increasingly can’t put the game to bed early enough for the fans to enjoy things. Take this one, it didn’t seem like a 3-0 win but let’s celebrate.
The squad have a few walking wounded around, it looks like Ollie McAleese will be absent for couple of weeks yet, Mazza was dressed for the part but couldn’t yet take part, however Matty Cox despite concerns last week found his way on to the bench. All of which saw a starting line-up of Ryan O’Sullivan in goal behind a back four of, from right to left, Jack Sherwood, Ben Matthews, Jimmy Norman and, good to see him back, Will Ab-Iorwerth. Rikkie Letch moved to play in front of the back four with Ross Cheek the Captain, Rob Parrot and Jason Vincent in midfield. Tom White and Cameron Edwin started up front. On the bench sat Jason Cotton, Josh Di Palma, Enrique Belope and Luca Scannella with Matt Cox.
The first 15 minutes saw a Rikkie Letch cross from the right bounce over the heads of Jason Vincent and Cam Edwin. Rob Parrot crossed the ball into the box and saw a defender sky the ball heavenwards which narrowly failed to beat his own keeper. Jack Sherwood, a danger down the right all game, combined with Tom White to create a chance for Cam which was cleared off the line. At the other end Oakwood won a corner which was easily seen off. A long ball by Jimmy Norman was chased down by Tom, the pressure troubled the keeper who found the loose ball cleared by a defender. 24 minutes gone and it was the first chance for the Norman/Cheek dead ball team to exploit a free kick some 40 yards out, Jimmy’s kick cleared to the touchline.
Ross fed Jack out on the right, who put the ball into Jason Vincent; his shot cleared it fell back to Ross who set up Will’s deep cross on the other flank, Jack put the ball in from the right bye line and somehow it appeared to hit Cam and go away from goal. From that move track back to our end and first Jimmy and then Rikkie mopped up some indecision at the back. Not all one way traffic by any means, but 25 minutes in and the Gees were gradually bossing the game. Two more incidents of note in the half, on 37 minutes Rob was brought down on our side of the centre circle while picking up a clearance from Will. The Ref didn’t hesitate to show the red card to the Oakwood No.6 and he appeared to indicate a stamping offence. 5 minutes later Jack Sherwood ran into the area and went down, no penalty. Sorry to bore you but just like the Jason Cotton incident home to Dorking it’s either a spot kick or a yellow card, it was neither. Just before the whistle Will took a yellow ‘for the team’ and we reached half time at 0-0.
No changes at the break. As you would hope versus 10 the Gees started well, Jack got the ball into Cam who had his shot deflected away before Jack hit a shot over himself. The same pair combined to feed Ross who won the 1st corner of the half. Jimmy had a go with another long poke which cleared the bar. It was 62 minutes on the clock before Ryan was called into action for the first time in the half after both Rikkie and Rob saw efforts go high at the other end. Activity spotted on the Subs bench and on 65 minutes Jason Cotton and Matt Cox replaced Cam and Will. Jason C was straight into the action on the right flank, a cross being picked out by the keeper followed by a 2nd cross deflected for a corner after being fed by Rob who won the ball in the middle of the park. On the other flank Matt played in Tom who weaved his way forward to see his shot parried by the keeper. Jason C was on hand to slam the rebound home, 1-0 Gees, 15 minutes to go.
Oakwood went down to 9 men before the restart albeit temporarily as their No.5 caught a sinbinning. Jack got to the bye line and played a ball into Jason V who found the net, but his goal was disallowed as Jack’s pass was judged to have been over the line. Two more changes for the Gees as Josh Di Parma and Enrique Belope came on for Rob and Tom on 78 minutes. We had to wait another 7 minutes for the 2nd goal which came from a Josh Di Palma cross from the left goal line, Jack picked up the clearance on the right and slipped the ball to Cheeky who hit the net from the edge of the box. 2-0, Relax! as the players are fond of telling each other. Ben Matthews was unlucky not to score after being set up by Josh before Jason V got the 3rd in injury time, Matt, the busy Jack again and Jason C involved in the build-up.
Still time for Oakwood to go permanently down to 9 men, a yellow and a red card for dissent which could still be heard all the way to the dressing room. Final act of the game was a Gees corner where Cheeky looked to have kicked the flag over rather than the ball, the whistle going as he found the round thing and launched it into the box.
Left it a bit late again to nail the win but 3 points are 3 points. We move up the league and on to what could be a testing one at Chessington on Tuesday.