Three home losses on the bounce
By Chris Pinn
Shoots of new life in the club
The match started under leaden skies with the pitch looking in excellent condition after all the rain it had soaked up recently.
The Reds started, as always on the front foot stealing the ball from the kick off, then with quick passing Matty Woods ran into the penalty area before cutting the ball back just behind Reece Grant, Godalming then set off upfield looking to capitalise on The Reds push forward with a quick attack of their own, unfortunately for them the shot from Danny Bassett sailed into the car park.
On 11 minutes The G's started another attack on halfway, the ball was moved quickly between players before a back heel flick from Rory Sellick fell kindly to Darren Wheeler who shot from 25 yards evading a diving Paul McCarthy nestling in the bottom corner of the net for the first and what turned out to be the only goal of the evening. The game then went into a long period of attack and defend from both sides, each pushing forward at every turn. On 17 minutes a cross from Ben Peden landed on the head of Reece Grant, his headed effort just evaded the left hand upright, one minute later Tony Choules questioned the Assistant Referee as to the 'No cards policy' during this evenings match, this was after Kevin Warner had been unceremoniously upended in the 7th minute and Matty Woods being recklessly challenged in the 18th.
On 25 minutes Abobaker Eisa, making his First Team start for the club jinked past two defenders before puling the ball back to Matty Woods whose shot was charged down inside the area the rebound fell kindly to Kevin warner whose long range shot was well saved by the G's goalkeeper, the attacks then kept coming with Kevin Warner always looking to pass the ball forward, on 29 minutes his pass to Lewis Cole inside the area saw him swivel, beat the defender but his lob just looped over the bar. On 33 minutes Chris Musgrave made his second careless challenge of the match bringing down Matty Woods on the edge of the area, after a long discussion and with the wall back 8 yards Wayne Carter struck the free kick just past a flailing goalkeeper and the right hand upright. Abobaker Eisa then marauded down the right wing before passing inside to Matty Woods, on entering the penalty area he was closed down by three defenders and after a goalmouth scramble the ball dribbled out for a goal kick, Abobaker Eisa 3 minutes from the end of the half made another penetrating run but his tame shot was easily saved by the keeper. Just on the stroke of half time Paul McCarthy made an excellent save low down to his right.
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With The Reds playing toward the Car Park end in the second half the expectant crowd waited for the net to bulge, this was nearly the case 2 minutes into the half where a deep cross from Charlie Howes was dropped by the G's keeper, unfortunately The Reds did not have anyone in the vicinity to knock the ball home.
On 55 minutes Tony Choules made his first change of the night bringing off Abobaker Eisa replacing him with Anthony O'Connor, this was a good debut for the lad celebrating his 20th birthday, lots more to come from him I am sure.
The G's keeper then dropped another Charlie Howes cross which again was not capitalised upon. On 62 minutes a Wayne Carter free kick was headed across goal by Mark Dennison, this time the keeper made a good save under heavy pressure from Charlie Howes, The G's then made their first change bringing on Haluna Mesembe who had recently signed from Egham Town, his first involvement came from a long range shot which was well saved by Paul McCarthy, it rebounded to Mesembe who found himself in an offside position, Tony Choules responded by bringing off Reece Grant and bringing on Luke Heneghan.
With now Luke Heneghan, Charlie Howes and Anthony O'Connor able to launch crosses at will things looked up for The Reds, on 70 minutes Mitchell Wiseman ran over halfway and seeing Wayne Carter open inside the area clipped a pinpoint accurate cross onto his forehead, unfortunately for the skipper his header sailed just over the crossbar leaving him holding his head in his hands.
On 83 minutes the referee lost his patience with Chris Musgrave after another careless challenge on Matty Woods, this was the firat and only disciplinary action of the match.
For the remaining time Godalming used all the tricks in the book to waste as much time as possible, knocking the ball away, players going down for knocks and taking their time over substitutions, this frustrated The Reds with Lewis Cole being spoken to by the referee. 4 minutes were added at the end of the match with The Reds still pushing forward but with no final ball dropping to the right man at the right time.
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