Yearly Archives: 2013

Taunton Town 1-2 Godalming Town



Godalming recorded their fourth away win of the season with a hard fought 2-1 win over Taunton Town. Even early exchanges saw Godalming successfully get through the opening 15 minutes without conceding – and in fact it was the Gs who took the lead after 19 minutes. Jack Broome’s corner to the far post was met by the head of Chris Musgrove, who headed home despite having a defenders arm wrapped around his neck. The home side had a half-hearted penalty appeal soon after, and then rattled the crossbar when Chris Young struck from a tight angle. Godalming went 2-0 up on 37 minutes, when a deep Mark Watkins cross was met by the head of Graeme Purdy, whose powerful header left Taunton keeper Kyle Moore no chance.


Taunton came out searching for a goal in the second half, with their top scorer Nat Pepperell having a shot deflected over. Sam De St Croix should have wrapped up the points for Godalming, but he sliced horribly wide from 12 yards from a George Bowerman cross.  Chris Young then had an effort cleared of off the line for the home side, which a large proportion of the ground seemed to think was in. Taunton found the breakthrough in injury time when Steve Kingdon fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net, but it was too little too late Taunton, who lost their 7 game unbeaten run, which included 6 victories.


Godalming are next in action on Boxing Day when we travel to the Spectrum to face Guildford City. Kick off 3pm.


Godalming: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Wigley, De St Croix, Hemmings (Kiri), Watkins (Wales), Bowerman, Purdy (Mazzone).

Subs not used: Seabrook.


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Godalming Town 2-3 Evesham United



Godalming lost out 3-2 to Evesham in a close encounter at Wey Court. The visitors took the lead after only 7 minutes, when Carl Brown finished low past Zaki Oualah. An uneventful has ensued, with Godalming’s best chance coming when George Bowerman was denied by a late tackle when clean through.


James Vercesi doubled the visitors lead on 56 minutes when he headed home from a corner. Godalming replied when Graeme Purdy converted a penalty after Nick Hutchings was fouled in the penalty area. Evesham replied instantly when James Vercesi grabbed his second goal when headed home from a set piece. Jon Palmer reduced the deficit soon after when his glancing header from a corner snuck inside the post, but Evesham held out for a valuable three points going into a busy Christmas period.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFaralane, Miller, Nimmo, Hutchings, Wigley (Watkins), Seabrook, Broome (De St Croix), Bowerman, Read (Palmer), Purdy.


Subs not used: Hemmings, Musgrove.


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Godalming Town 4-3 Shortwood United



A Dan Read hat-trick secured three points for Godalming in a thrillling 4-3 win over Shortwood United. Despite the visitors long journey, they flew out of the blocks, taking the lead after only four minutes when Kevin Slack turned home after Zaki Oualah had tipped the ball onto the crossbar. Shortwood didn’t let up, and they doubled their lead four minutes later, this time John Cant fired a volley low into the corner from 18 yards. The second goal saw an immediate response from Godalming, Jack Broome’s free kick came back off the foot of the post, and fell into the path on Dan Read, who slotted home from a few yards out. Soon after Godalming were level, when Dan Seabrook fired home from Graeme Purdy’s cushioned header. The game continued at a frantic pace, with Shortwood coming back into the game as the half drew on, pressuring the Gs defence with a number of corners.


The curse of the early goal struck again four minutes into the second half, when the ball sat up fortuitously for Duncan Culley, who made no mistake with his finish. Once again, the lead didn’t last long, nine minutes later Dan Read had Godalming level. After flicking the ball over Shortwood’s Mark Pritchett, Read then fired an unstoppable volley into the top corner from 20 yards, leaving Tom King absolutely no chance in the Shortwood goal. Read struck again in the 66th minute, which proved to be the winning goal. After breaking clear of the visitors defence, Read’s first effort was parried by King, but the ball came straight back to Read, whose sidefooted finish snuck inside the post. With the nature of the game it seemed certain that the scoring would not stop there. however Godalming managed to hold onto their lead, with Shortwood’s task  being made harder after they were reduced to ten men following a kick out after they had been awarded a free kick.


Godalming take on Evesham United at home this Saturday, kick off 3pm.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Miller, Nimmo, Hutchings, Wigley (Musgrove), Seabrook, Broome, Mazzone (Palmer), Read, Purdy (Bowerman).

Subs not used: Watkins, Hemmings.


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Merthyr Town 5-0 Godalming Town



Godalming fell to a heavy defeat in South Wales with Merthyr Town running out comfortable 5-0 winners. The Gs went 1-0 down after only 7 minutes when a low shot from a tight angle beat Oualah in the Gs goal. The Godalming defence held firm against heavy pressure for most of the half, with the best attacking chances coming from a Calum Nimmo header, and a fierce strike from Jack Broome which was parried by the goalkeeper. Godalming held out until first half injury time when Ian Traylor doubled the home sides lead when he turned in a cross from Ryan Laville.


Traylor scored his hat trick on 72 minutes, finishing well from 10 yards out, and Kerry Morgan made it 4-0 with a great strike into the top corner, leaving Oualah no chance. Godalming had chances to pull a goal back, sub Jack Mazzone forced the keeper into a couple of saves, whilst Dan Read put an effort over the crossbar. Substitute Jon Palmer saw red for Godalming for a late challenge before the home side made it 5-0 with six minutes remaining, Ian Traylor bagging his fourth of the game.


Godalming are in home action this Tuesday’s, when we welcome Shortwood United to Wey Court.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Nimmo, Musgrove, Hutchings, Wigley (Read), Seabrook, De St Croix (Mazzone), Broome, Watkins (Palmer), Purdy.

Subs not used: Miller


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Thatcham Town 0-2 Godalming Town




A cold night at Waterside Park saw Godalming leave with all three points, courtesy of goals in each half from Graeme Purdy and Mark Watkins. The opening exchanges of the match were fairly even, with both sides struggling to keep the ball on a bobbly playing surface. Former Godalming forward Paul Coventry lined up for Thacham, and he found himself booked early on due to a late tackle. Godalming took the lead after 15 minutes, when Graeme Purdy’s left footed snapshot from the edge of the area found its way into the bottom corner. The hosts reacted well to going a goal down, pressuring the Godalming defence well with both Coventry and Yashwa Romeo going close. Thatcham’s best chance of the half came on 40 minutes when a corner wasn’t dealt with, forcing Zaki Oualah to save, and then a goalline clearance from the follow up.


A much better start to the second half from Godalming immediately resulted in a chance and a goal after only two minutes. Mark Watkins found some space on the left hand side, and cut in and fired low into the corner past James Foster. The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the hosts, and Godalming continued to control the half, with Thatcham limited to long balls into the box, which were comfortably dealt with by the Godalming defence. Godalming had chances to further their lead, with Watkins and sub Jack Mazzone both forcing saves out of Foster.


The win sees Godalming move up to 15th in the league, ahead of Saturdays trip to Merthyr Town.


Gs XI: Oualah, Musgrove, Nimmo, Miller (MacFarlane), Hutchings, Wigley, De St Croix, Seabrook, Broome (Mazzone), Watkins (Palmer), Purdy.

Subs not used: Selby.


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Godalming Town 0-3 Mangotsfield United



In form Mangotsfield United left Wey Court with three points after a comfortable 3-0 victory. It took only five minutes for the visitors to take the lead, with Neil Arndale converting a penalty after a dubious decision from referee Mike Desborough. Gs left back Nick Hutchings appeared to trip over, and the visitors forward tumbled over Hutchungs. Godalming had chances to get back into the game, but we’re denied by some good stops from Mangotsfield keeper Kevin Sawyer. First Dan Seabrook had an effort well smothered after Mark Watkins had squared the ball, then Jack Mazzone also had an effort blocked by the keeper. The visitors doubled their lead on 31 minutes, Lewis Powell volleying into the corner.


Godalming had a chance to pull a goal back early in the first half, but Dan Seabrook’s side footed effort was kept out by Sawyer. Ryan Bath grabbed Mangotsfields third on 52 minutes, capitalising on some poor defending to finish well past Oualah. From then on an uneventful half ensued, with neither side creating many chances, or looking likely to score.


Godalming travel to Thatcham this Tuesday, before making the trip across the border to face Merthyr Town next Saturday.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Nimmo, Hutchings, Musgrove, De St Croix, Seabrook (MacFarlane), Watkins (Everiss), Palmer (Wigley), Mazzone.

Subs not used:  Hemmings, Bosma.


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Clevedon Town 1-0 Godalming Town



Missed chances proved costly as Godalming lost 1-0 at Clevedon Town on Saturday. After even opening exchanges, the first chance fell the way of Godalming, in the form of a penalty kick. Jack Mazzone was felled by Oli Barton, the Clevedon keeper, as he reached out for the ball. Sam De St Croix stepped up for the penalty, but his low effort was saved by Barton, who then claimed the rebound. Zaki Oualah was called into action on occasion by the Clevedon forwards, but other than that the Gs were fairly comfortable. Dan Seabrook came close to giving Godalming the lead, his long range lob saw Barton scramble back to tip the ball over the crossbar. Mark Watkins also went close for Godalming, his fierce effort bounce just outside the post. The home side took the lead on 42 minutes, when Reeko Best pounced on some hesitant defending to finish cooly past Oualah.


Oualah was called into action early in the second half, acrobatically tipping over a shot from Ibz Diallo. After that it became nearly one way traffic, with Godalming pushing for an equalising goal. Graeme Purdy fizzed a half volley wide of the post, whilst Sam De St Croix rolled a shot narrowly wide. Soon after Jack Mazzone squared the ball for Purdy, whose sliding effort was blocked by the keeper. The rebound found it’s way back to Watkins, who blazed over from ten yards. Watkins was involved again, firing a ball across the face of goal, which unfortunately had to much power on it for the onrushing Gs to reach. Jack Broome fired a free kick over late on, whilst Clevedon nearly doubled their lead at the other end, but Jack MacFarlane unconventionally scrambled the ball off the goal line.


Tuesday’s match at Tiverton has been postponed, due to Tiverton playing an FA Trophy Replay on that night. The Gs are next in action on Saturday 23rd November, when we host Mangotsfield United.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Nimmo, Musgrove, Hutchings, Wigley (Purdy), Hemmings (Kiri (Broome)), De St Croix, Seabrook, Watkins, Mazzone.


Subs not used: Miller, Everiss.


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Godalming Town 3-0 Egham Town



Godalming progressed to the last sixteen of the Red Insure Cup with a 3-0 win over Southern Central side Egham Town.


Godalming got off to the best possible start, when after six minutes Jack Mazzone found himself with some space 25 yards from goal, and struck a curling effort which looped over the Egham keeper, Gary Ross, and into the top corner. Egham started for press for an equalising goal as the half drew on, but their efforts were thwarted by the in-form Zaki Oualah in the Godalming goal. One time Godalming midfielder Joe Chandiram went close, while Andy Crossley had an effort comfortably saved by Oualah.


Oualah was called into action early in the second half, saving superbly from a header by Brendan Matthew. Godalming had chances to extend their lead, firstly Graeme Purdy’s touch letting him down when through on goal, and then Jon Palmer had a speculative lob go narrowly wide. Godalming sealed the tie in the 84th minute, when Jack Mazzone’s strike was parried by Gary Ross, but sub Jon Palmer was on hand to tuck in the rebound. There was still time for the Gs to add to their lead, when a trademark Chris Musgrove header found the back of the net from a corner.


Godalming travel to Clevedon Town this weekend, with the next home match being on Saturday 23rd November, when we host Mangotsfield United.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Musgrove, Nimmo, Hutchings, Wigley, Hemmings (Broome), Seabrook (De St Croix), Everiss, Mazzone, Purdy (Palmer).

Subs not used: Read, Watkins.


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Godalming Town 0-1 Wimborne Town




League top scorer Mark Gamble’s fifth minute goal was enough to earn visitors Wimborne the three points at a windy Wey Court. Gamble took advantage as Godalming failed to clear their lines early on, striking from six yards out, through keeper Oualah’s legs. Dan Read had Godalming’s best chance of the half, but fired his effort over the bar when through on goal. Chris Musgrove saw a header go wide from a corner for Godalming, in what was a tight first half.


Godalming ramped up the pressure in the second half, and started to test the Wimborne defence. Despite the pressure, chances were at a premium, and it was Wimborne who nearly doubled their lead against the run of play, but Stokoe’s volley flew over the crossbar. Godalming continued to pressure, with Wimborne keeper Jason Harvell having to make a number of fine saves to deny the Gs. First Jack Broome had a 30 yard effort that looked destined for the top corner superbly saved by Jason Harvell, before Dan Read almost snatched a point in the dying minutes, but his improvised effort with Harvell stranded went agonisingly wide of the post.


Godalming are next in action on Tuesday 12th November, when Egham Town are the visitors to Wey Court for a Red Insure Cup match.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri (MacFarlane), Seabrook, De St Croix (Palmer), Watkins (Everiss), Mazzone, Read.

Subs not used: Hemmings.


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Godalming Town 1-2 Cirencester Town



A second half brace from Cirencester’s Lee Smith cancelled out an early Dan Seabrook goal, and ensured the visitors left with three points.


A bright start from Godalming was instantly rewarded when Jack Broome’s cross wasn’t dealt with by the Cirencester keeper Alan Chatworthy, leaving Dan Seabrook to tap home from 6 yards. An entertaining half ensued, with both sides playing good football, and Cirencester’s Chatworthy being the busier of the two keepers – Mark Watkins forcing a good save just before half time.


The second half continued in the same vein – with Godalming in the ascendancy and looking likely to extend their lead. Sam De St Croix saw his free kick palmed onto the cross bar, whilst Dan Read and Graeme Purdy both saw efforts go narrowly wide. The Gs were punished for their profligacy when the referee awarded Cirencester a penalty in the 74th minute after a shot had struck the arm of Victor Kiri. Lee Smith converted the penalty into the bottom right hand corner, with Zaki Oualah diving in the other direction. Four minutes later and Lee Smith grabbed the winner for the visitors, capitalising on a miscommunication to guide the ball into the corner of the net. Godalming pushed for a late equaliser, but were left to rue the earlier missed chances.


Godalming welcome Wimborne Town to Wey Court this Saturday, kick off 3pm.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Hutchings, Kiri, Musgrove, Miller, Seabrook (Hemmings), De St Croix, Purdy (Mazzone), Read, Watkins.

Subs not used: MacFarlane, Everiss.


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