A hard fought victory on a difficult pitch saw Godalming leave Chestnut Avenue with all three points. The home side took the lead after 13 minutes, when Brad Hewitt fired in from12 yards, after a previous effort had been well blocked byAntonio Simeone. Godalming fought back, and were nearly level when a Northwood defender diverted the ball onto his own crossbar. Scott Harris then had a golden chance to equalise, but put his close range effort over the crossbar. Northwood won a penalty just before half time, when Adam Foulser fouled in the area. Romaine Walker stepped up but his weak penalty was easily saved by stand-in keeper Asen Agov.
The Gs didn’t waste time in grabbing an equaliser, as just 14 seconds into the second half, Scott Harris headed Godalming level. Harris met a cross from the right, and his header looped over keeper James Reading into the net. It was Godalming’s turn to be awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left, when a Northwood defender handled in the box. Jack Broome stepped up to take the penalty, but fired his effort over the bar. Five minutes later Jamie McClurg found space in the right hand side of the penalty area, and struck a powerful shot which Reading got hands to, but could not stop from going into the net. The drama however was not over. In the dying seconds the home side crossed from the right hand side, and after initially hitting the bar the ball found its way into the net. Northwood celebrations were cut short when they saw the linesman had his flag raised for a handball, and their over the top protestations saw player-manager Mark Burgess receive a red card.
Godalming travel to Burnham next Saturday, before welcoming Guildford City to Wey Court on Boxing Day, 3pm.
Godalming XI: Agov, Broome, Foulser, Simeone, Lake, W.Harris (Harrison), Edwards, McClurg, Short (Palmer), Read (Dyer), S.Harris.
Godalming defeated bottom of the league Woodford United 4-0 at a bitterly cold Wey Court. Adam Foulser headed the Gs into the lead after 12 minutes, from a Darren Wheeler corner. Johnnie Dyer then doubled Godalming’s lead two minutes later after he pounced on a defensive error to round the Woodford ‘keeper and pass into an empty net. Dyer then added the third in first half stoppage time with an acute header.
Godalming had a number of chances in the second half, but Woodford keeper James Brassington kept the Gs at bay. Dan Read had a header disallowed after Warren Harris had struck the crossbar. Read added Godalming’s fourth in the 87th minute when a mistake he finished with a half volley from close range.
Godalming travel to Northwood next Saturday, with the next home game being Guildford City on Boxing Day, 3pm.
Godalming won 3-2 at Combined Counties side Chessington & Hook in the Surrey Senior Cup, on a sodden pitch which didn’t produce a particularly attractive game.
Town carried their form from Saturday into the first 20 minutes and looked likely to score early on. However the hosts slowly got back into the game and created a few chances. Godalming took the lead when Scott Harris finished from close range after Dan Read’s effort had come back off the post.
Godalming had a few chances to double the lead in the second half and saw Dan Read’s sharp finish ruled out for offside. Chessington were looking more dangerous though and equalised with 20 minutes remaining. Gs took ten minutes to regain the lead when Read hit the bar and Simeone produced a great finish to make it 2-1. Chessington equalised shortly afterwards though with a low shot into the corner but Darren Wheeler won the game in the 90th minute with a 30 yard dribble and then a composed finish.
Godalming welcome Slough Town to Wey Court this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
A dominant display from Godalming saw them run out 5-1 winners at Ashford Town. The Gs started the game brightly, and were rewarded for this start when a left wing cross from Darren Wheeler was met by Johnnie Dyer, who headed past former Gs keeper Kyle Merson in the 9th minute. Dan Read then went close for Godalming, whilst Jake Somerville tipped away a powerful drive from Ashford’s Alex Duffy.
Dyer doubled Godalming’s lead in the 56th minute, against heading home from a Wheeler cross. Ashford pulled one back in the 68th minute, when a looping cross was deflected in. A few minutes later Somerville pulled of a great reaction save, sticking a hand to stop what looked a certain goal. Johnnie Dyer settled the Gs nerves in the 77th minute, when he scrambled the ball in after a back post header from Adam Foulser. A slice of luck saw Godalming go 4-1 up, after Merson had saved well from Warren Harris, the ball rebounded off the incoming Ashford defender and into the net. Warren Harris put the icing on the cake in the final minute, ghosting in at the back post to head into the net.
Godalming travel to Chessington & Hook on Tuesday in the Surrey Senior Cup, before welcoming Slough Town to Wey Court on Saturday.
Godalming lost their place at the top of the league after a 3-1 defeat at home to AFC Hayes. The visitors took the lead in the 8th minute when the pacey Tony Mendy rounded Gs stand in keeper Tom McNeill and finished into the empty net. Mendy then scored a similar goal ten minutes later to give Hayes a 2-0 lead.
Darren Wheeler converted a 58th minute penalty after Warren Harris had been fouled to make it 2-1, and then the visitors were reduced to ten after a tackle from Jack Buckle. Tony Mendy completed his hatrick in the 74th minute to complete the scoring, despite Godalming throwing numbers into the box late on.
A second half turnaround saw Godalming overcome Thatcham Town to claim three points at Wey Court. The visitors took an early lead, and then did a good job of stifling Godalming’s attempts at an equaliser. Scott Harris had an effort well blocked by former Gs defender Damien Smith, whilst Dan Read also went close.
Scott Harris pulled the Gs level after a free kick bounced invitingly for him to volley past the Thatcham keeper. The Gs found what proved to be the winner in the 61st minute, when a Warren Harris cross was headed home by Antonio Simeone, for his second goal in as many games. Godalming saw out the final 30 minutes with little threat from the visitors, who had two men sent off in the final minutes, the first for a lunge on Jake Somerville, and the second for dissent following the decision.
Godalming welcome AFC Hayes to Wey Court this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
A comfortable victory against Leighton Town saw Godalming retain their place at the top of the table. Godalming were missing captain Adam Foulser through illness, but welcomed the Antonio Simeone back from suspension. The Gs were ahead after 7 minutes, when a Darren Wheeler cross was put in the back of the net by a Leighton defender. Warren Harris doubled Godalming’s lead 5 minutes later with a powerful effort from the edge of the area, and it was 3-0 in the 17th minute when Ryan Lake volleyed in from a corner. The home side pulled a goal back in soon after, but a powerful header from Antonio Simeone in the 30th minute restored the Gs 3 goal cushion.
The second half contained very little goalmouth action, with the best chance of the half falling to Dan Read, whose point blank effort was well saved by the Leighton keeper.
Godalming face Thatcham Town at Wey Court this Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
Godalming returned to top spot after a hard fought 1-0 win over a strong Daventry Town side.
A crowd of over 200 witnessed a tight first half, in which neither team managed to carve out a real opening. Scott Cross snatched a half chance wide early on for the visitors, whilst Darren Wheeler was at his tricky best for Godalming, with Dan Read nearly converting a low cross.
The second half continued in much the same vein, and as the half drew on it seemed more likely that one goal would settle affairs. That goal came in the 79th minute when Scott Harris played a ball through to Johnnie Dyer, who lobbed the ball over Daventry keeper Richard Harris and under the crossbar. The final 10 minutes seemed to last an age, with the Gs recent tendency of conceding late goals playing on everyone’s minds. However Godalming held out, and returned to first place ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Leighton.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards, McClurg, Short (Cooper), Wheeler, Read (S.Harris), Dyer. Subs not used: Palladino, Palmer, W.Harris.
For the fourth league game running, a late goal dashed Godalming’s chances of getting three points.
Adam Foulser went close early on for the Gs, but his close range header went narrowly wide. Johnnie Dyer also tested the keeper with a low effort, forcing a comfortable save. Chalfont had chances in what was an even, yet scrappy half.
Godalming came out with a bit more purpose in the second half, and were nearly rewarded when Dan Read headed wide from a Wheeler cross. Another cross from Wheeler a few minutes later found Warren Harris at the back post, whose downwards header bounced up into the top corner. Not long after it was 2-0, when a free kick out wide was knocked into the path of Johnnie Dyer, whose initial effort was spilt by the Chalfont keeper, but Dyer tapped in the rebound. With 15 minutes left Chalfont scored a penalty after a foul by Jon Palmer in the area. Chalfont then scored the equaliser with 5 minutes remaining, when a shot deflected off Guy Hollis and past Jake Somerville.
Godalming slipped to their first league defeat of the season, despite leading 2-0 at half time. The opening stages of the game were played at a fast pace, with neither side managing to take control of the game. The Gs made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute, when Darren Wheeler broke into the box, and was taken down by a Biggleswade defender. Wheeler then stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. In the 44th minute a goalmouth scramble saw the hosts hit the crossbar, and then have an effort cleared off the line by Antonio Simeone. Two minutes later Warren Harris struck an effort from just outside the box which took a deflection, wrong-footing the keeper and finding the back of the net.
The second half was a more one sided affair, with the home side coming out much stronger. First of all Mason struck in the 54th minute to halve the deficit, then a defensive mix-up saw Donnelly equalise in the 68th minute. Daniel completed the comeback in the 87th minute when he fired into the corner. The Gs went close late on through sub Dan Read, but never really threatened the home sides goal in the second half.