Godalming maintained their 100% start to the season after a 2-0 victory over local rivals Fleet Town. Two goals in each half from Scott Harris – taking his tally to six for the season – meant that the Gs have won their three opening league games, and are yet to concede a goal.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game, but couldn’t convert after a scramble in the box. Godalming took the lead after 3o minutes, when Scott Harris was first to a free kick to head home. Harris went close 10 minutes later, but his fierce volley was well blocked by Gavin Miller.
An even second half saw Harris and Dyer both go close, and Godalming had an appeal for a penalty turned down when a George Short strike appeared to hit the raised arms of the Fleet defender. Godalming wrapped up the points in the 79th minute, when Harris scored his fifth goal of the bank holiday weekend – a left footed volley past Ryan Pryce.
Godalming travel to Rugby Town next Saturday, looking to maintain the superb start to the season. If you would like to book a seat on the coach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats are £10 for members, £12 for non-members and £5 for under 16’s. The coach will depart Wey Court at roughly 11am.
Godalming easily dispatched last season’s Southern Central play-off finalists Beaconsfield SYCOB with a confident performance. The Gs tested out the host’s keeper early on, with Dan Read twice going close. Antonio Simeone gave Godalming a well deserved lead with a 25 yard free kick that whistled into the corner of the net. Read and Dyer both had decent efforts before half time, but the score remained 1-0.
The second half continued in the same vein, with Gs keeper Jake Somerville largely untested. Saturday’s goalscorer Darren Wheeler hit the crossbar with a looping cross that caught out the SYCOB keeper, but Scott Harris sealed the points with a rasping volley 15 minutes from the end.
Godalming welcome Ryman South side Ramsgate to Wey Court this Saturday in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, before hosting local rivals Fleet Town on bank holiday Monday. Both kick off at 3pm.
Godalming won their first game of the season 1-0, as they overcame Burnham in unbearably hot conditions. The Gs had the better of the opening exchanges, but Burnham fought back, with a number of good chances wasted. Godalming took the lead after 37 minutes when George Short was clattered from behind in the penalty area. Darren Wheeler converted the resulting penalty.
Burnham hit the inside of the post early in the second half, and wasted a further good chance. The visitors were reduced to ten men midway through the half when Dan Wilment was sent off for a second bookable offence. The game petered out in the sweltering conditions, and Godalming held on for the 3 points.
The Gs travel to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Monday, looking to double their points tally.
Godalming’s final pre-season friendly ended in a 3-2 defeat to Hampton & Richmond Borough. Elliot Bent scrambled in Hampton’s first after only 4 minutes, and Warren Harris nearly equalised soon after, but his effort went over. Dan Read volleyed in the Gs equaliser 3 minutes into the second half, but Dan Simmonds restored the Ryman Premier sides after lobbing the ball over Somerville into the corner of the net. Jack Broome scored his first goal for Godalming after tapping home a rebound, but JJ Bates scored Hampton’s winner in the 78th minute, after he capitalised on a short back pass.
The league season kicks off next Saturday, as Godalming host Burnham, kick off 3pm.
In a match that finished in strange circumstances, Godalming lost 4-0 to Ryman Premier side Kingstonian. The Ks took the lead early in the first half through a fabulous long range effort which found the top corner. Stand-in ‘keeper Asen Agov made a fine save just before the break, tipping a powerful effort onto the post.
Craig Mullen made it 2-0 in the second half with a header from a corner. Soon after Gs midfielders Ben Edwards and George Short both picked up injuries, but with Godalming having made all of their subs and not being allowed to bring them back on, they were temporarily reduced to 9 men. To make up the numbers, Gs managers Jon Underwood and Neil Baker took to the pitch, with Underwood having a header well saved by the Kingstonian ‘keeper. Craig Mullen added a third for Ks, before Sam Clayton rounded off the scoring with the fourth.
Godalming’s final pre-season game will take place this Saturday (11th), when we entertain Blue Square South side Hampton & Richmond. Kick off is 3pm, and admission is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.
In a rematch of last seasons epic Playoff Semi Final, the Gs again scored four, but this time Bognor only managed two. Before the game Darren Wheeler was presented with his Ryman South team of the year award, and he certainly lived up to that tag in this match.
Bognor’s backup keeper Tom Boyle was in goal for Godalming, with Gs keeper Jake Somerville still recovering from a knee injury. Bognor struck Boyle’s crossbar after an effort from Kempson, and then the post with an effort from Terry Dodd, with Ashley Robinson heading over from the rebound. Dan Read came closest for Godalming in the first half, but his effort from a tight angle went narrowly wide.
Warren Harris gave Godalming the lead in the 61st minute, when he smashed the ball past Stoner from 10 yards. Dan Read made it two soon after, when Johnnie Dyer’s header rebounded off the post, leaving Read with a simple tap in. Darren Wheeler curled the ball into the top corner from outside the area to make it 3-0, but an error by Tom Boyle mean Ben Chick pulled one back for Bognor. Ashley Robinson curled in a low free kick to make it 3-2 with 7 minutes left, but Wheeler scored the pick of the bunch to make it 4-2 in the 86th minute. After picking the ball up on the left hand side, Wheeler weaved his way past 3 Bognor defenders, before slotting past Stoner.
Next up for Godalming are Ryman Premier side Kingstonian at Wey Court next Tuesday. Kick off 7.45pm.
Godalming overcame Blue Square South side Staines Town 2-1, courtesy of goals from Johhny Dyer and Sean Latimer. Dyer put Godalming 1-0 up after the Staines keeper Jack Turner was caught in no-mans land. Staines eqaulised just before half time when Boyle crossed low for Worsfield, who tapped into the empty net from a yard out.
Godalming took the lead on the hour mark, when clever play from Darren Wheeler led to a cross which was acrobatically converted by Sean Latimer. Kyle Merson made a good save for Godalming late on, as the hosts held firm to clinch another encouraging pre-season victory.
Gs XI: Merson, D.Smith(Broome), Foulser (Simeone), Hollis, Lake, McClurg, Cooper, W.Harris (Short), Wheeler, S.Harris (Read), Dyer (Latimer).
Godalming drew 1-1 with Ryman Premier side Met. Police at Wey Court, as they continue their pre-season campaign. The Gs had the best of the opening period, with Scott Harris having a header disallowed, before forcing a smart reaction stop from the Met keeper. The visitors best chance came when they hit the crossbar from a header.
The Gs took the lead when Johhny Dyer found space in the penalty area to hit a left footed shot into the top corner. Met Police equalised with 7 minutes remaining, with Rodney Chiweshe making two good saves after this to ensure the scores remained level.
Godalming face Blue Square South side Staines Town at Wey Court on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Gs XI: Chiweshe, Harrison, Foulser (D.Smith), Hollis, Lake (Broome), Edwards, McClurg (Cooper), Wheeler, Palmer, Dyer, S.Harris (Latimer).
An impressive performance from the Gs in their second game of pre-season saw them run out 7-0 winners against Combined Counties Premier side Sandhurst.
Sandhurst, who fielded two different teams in each half, were 1-0 down in the opening minutes via a Johnny Dyer lob. Despite having the majority of the play, Godalming failed to add to the scoreline in the first half. They did however have their shooting boots on in the second half. Scott Harris put the Gs 2-0 up, and then Harris made it 3 soon after when Sean Latimer set up Harris for a simple finish. Debutant Jack Broome made it 4 with a low free kick which found the bottom corner of the net. Jon Palmer added a fifth, and Darren Wheeler grabbed a quick brace to make it 7.
Godalming return to Wey Court in their next friendly, where Ryman Premier side Metropolitan Police are the visitors. Kick off 7.45pm.
Pre-season got off to a winning start as Godalming defeated Hellenic League side Marlow 4-3 on a 3G pitch at Aldershot. Marlow took the lead in the first half after a powerful free kick from out wide found it’s way into the back of the net. The Gs equalised on the stroke of half time when Darren Wheeler chipped in from a tight angle. 30 seconds into the second half an innocuous challenge saw a Marlow player taken off in an ambulance with a suspected broken leg. Everyone at Godalming wishes him a speedy recovery. Marlow took the lead soon after, but Wes Harrison equalised with a 25 yard strike into the bottom corner. Trialist Sean Latimer then gave Godalming the lead with an acrobatic finish, and Paul Harkness then scored the Gs fourth after a good cross from Wheeler. Marlow pulled one back with not long left.
Tuesday’s friendly against Sandhurst will now be played at the 3g pitch in Aldershot, instead of at Sandhurst’s ground. Directions to Aldershot Garrison here.