Date Posted: 04/11/2018
Guernsey were cruelly denied a point in the dying moments at the Shepherd Neame Stadium on Saturday.
The Green Lions were caught on two crosses in the second half, either side of a lovely Thomas Dodds strike. But another strong performance in is another positive to build on over the last few weeks.
In a frantic start, Danny Walder let fly from distance inside a minute and struck the post, then crashed a free-kick into the Guernsey wall in the opening exchanges, while Will Fazakerley and George Monger comfortably cleared the crossbar with distance efforts for their respective sides. Callum Stanton also had to rush out to prevent Harry Goodger giving his side an early lead.
As the game passed the quarter-hour mark, Paris Pereira would have been disappointed not to give his side the lead as Carlos Canha picked him out on the far side of the area with a high cross. He was unmarked and had time to bring down the bouncing ball, but lashed his volley wide across goal.
An important block from Jamie Dodd bailed out his central defensive partner Frank Tobin, who’d had the ball pinched off him by Jack Harris as he ran forward. The Defender’s lunge diverted the resulting shot away from goal.
Fazakerley came within inches of putting his side in front with a terrific effort as a high press from Guernsey saw the ball fall to him on the edge of the area, but his wicked shot smacked the crossbar and bounced to safety.
The big centre-forward looked to be the Green Lions’ biggest threat to get a goal he headed Glyn Dyer’s corner high and wide in the final few minutes of the half, while Stanton was relieved to see the ball go wide of his near post as Harry Goodger flicked on Walder’s free-kick.
Guernsey almost took the hosts by surprise virtually straight from kick-off as Tom De La Mare was put through the middle but lifted his shot too high.
The Green Lions had withheld the hosts’ pressure towards the end of the half but they couldn’t keep them out for long in the second. Tenyue’s high cross from the left was met by the leap of Goodger, who this time kept his effort on target as he steered his header across goal out of Stanton’s reach.
The Guernsey stopper’s smart block prevented a quick-fire second for the Lilywhites. That proved to be vital as his side got back on level terms 10 minutes into the half.
Tobin’s raking diagonal ball picked out the overlapping run of Thomas Dodds from left-back. He got in behind and lifted his shot over William Godmon into the far corner for his first goal of the season.
Canha nearly turned the game on its head just two minutes later as he brought down a splendid forward ball from Glyn Dyer, but his shot bounced of the outside of the post, possibly also via the hand of Godmon.
There were then strong penalty appeals as Fazakerley went down as he tried to get on the end of Pereira’s pinpoint low delivery from the right, but the referee was not interested.
The game was becoming stretched with action at both ends. Stanton made two more excellent stops, both times flinging himself to his left and sticking out a left hand to deny Goodger and then Michael Jenner. An import touch from Tobin also prevented Tenyue getting on the end of a low centre from the right channel.
The centre-back then earned a free-kick on the edge of the area with a trademark burst forward, with Fazakerley’s low effort whistling narrowly wide of Godmon’s left-hand post.
Substitute Luke Harvey saw two efforts blocked by Dodd as the host started to turn the screw. Then on 86 minutes, Stanton stood his ground to beat away a low free-kick from Goodger.
Harvey wasn’t to be denied a third time and became his side’s supersub in the 89th minute, diving towards the near post to head Tenyue’s right-wing cross into the far corner to break Guernsey hearts after they had defended so gallantly.
A late rally from the Green Lions saw Fazakerley unable to get a meaningful touch as Tobin hit the ball towards goal and Canha threw his head at a De La Mare cross only to see his effort fly over.
But Guernsey had run out of time and were left frustrated at having a very good point snatched away from them.
GFC remain 16th in Bostik South East with the weekend’s other results as follows: Ashford United 2-3 Horsham, Greenwich Borough 0-1 Sevenoaks Town, Hastings United 2-1 Three Bridges, Haywards Heath Town 0-1 Cray Wanderers, Herne Bay 1-7 VCD Athletic, Hythe Town 3-2 Sittingbourne Phoenix Sports 1-1 Ramsgate, Whitstable Town 0-2 Whyteleafe.
Faversham Town: William Godmon, Ryan Cooper, Ben Wilson, David Cook, Matthew Bourne, Danny Walder, Ashley Miller, George Monger (Michael Jenner 62’), Harry Goodger (Daniel Carrington 90’), Jack Harris (Luke Harvey 79’), Renford Tenyue. Not used: Thomas Brenham.
Goals: Goodger 47’; Harvey 89’.
Guernsey: Callum Stanton, Keanu Marsh (River Marsh 79’), Jamie Dodd ©, Thomas Dodds, Frank Tobin, Liam Mahon, Tom De La Mare, Glyn Dyer (Seb Skillen 69’), Will Fazakerley, Carlos Canha, Paris Pereira. Not used: Jordan Kelly, Tom Nightingale.
Goal: Dodds 65’. Booked: Tobin.
Highlights are now available to view on GFCTV.