Monthly Archives: February 2013

AFC Hayes 2-2 Godalming Town



Despite dominating large portions of the game, Godalming’s inability to convert chances proved costly as a late Foulser equaliser rescued a point.


A bright opening to the game from Godalming saw Johhny Dyer have a close range effort saved by Ben Goode. A swift counter attack from the home side saw Hayes dangerman Tony Mendy catch Jake Somerville out of position and pass the ball into the net. Ben Edwards headed the ball agonisingly wide from a corner, whilst Johnnie Dyer went close once again. Another quick break from the home side caught Godalming out, as a cross from the left wing was tapped home by Andrew Harewood. Godalming continued to dominate proceedings, but lacked the cutting edge to narrow the deficit.


The second half played out much like the first, Godalming controlling the play but the shots and headers either flew wide or straight at the Hayes keeper. The breakthrough finally came when A low Ryan Lake free-kick sneaked into the bottom corner. Scott Harris and Dan Read both had efforts which went straight down the keeper’s throat. The pressure paid off once more when an outswinging corner from Wheeler saw Hayes keeper Goode caught in no-mans land, allow Adam Foulser to rise above everyone and head the ball into the unguarded net with only 1 minute of normal time left. A frantic stoppage time saw chances for both sides, but the Gs had to settle for a draw and rue their poor finishing.


Godalming face Chalfont St Peter at Wey Court next Saturday, 3pm.


Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome (Cooper), Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards (Short), McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer (Read), S.Harris.

Subs not used: Simeone.


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Godalming Town 1-0 Barton Rovers



Godalming edged past a resilient Barton side on a bitterly cold night at Wey Court. After Saturday’s draw against Ashford Town, both Adam Foulser and Ryan Lake returned to the side.


A slow start to the game saw the best of the pressure coming from Godalming’s right, via Warren Harris and Jack Broome. Scott Harris fired a low shot just past Forster’s post, and then had a powerful shot blocked well by Niran Vaughan. Jamie McClurg then saw a half volley fly across the face of the goal and just past the post, while Warren Harris’s dipping 20 yard strike narrowly went wide of the top corner. The visitors best chance of the half came via Bilal Hassan, who put the ball well over the bar from the edge of the area.


Godalming continued to pressure Barton in the second half, and twice went close, firstly via the head of Scott Harris and then from Johnnie Dyer. Dan Read came on for Dyer mid-way through the half, and made an instant impact when he turned the ball in from two yards from an in-swinging Darren Wheeler corner. Barton had a chance to equalise in stoppage time via a free-kick just outside the area, but the ball was well blocked by the six man Godalming wall.


Despite victory, Godalming move to second in the table, behind Burnham due to the number of goals scored. Godalming travel to AFC Hayes this Saturday, looking to avenge October’s 3-1 defeat.


Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards, McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer (Read), S.Harris.

Subs not used: Simeone, Palmer, Cooper, Short.


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Godalming Town 3-3 Ashford Town



Despite taking an early 2-0 lead, Godalming threw away the points, conceding a last minute equaliser at home to Ashford Town. Johnnie Dyer gave Godalming the lead with a far post header after only 2 minutes, after an acrobatic assist from Ben Edwards. Warren Harris then doubled Godalming’s lead in the 20th minute when he capitalised on some slack defending to slot low past Paul McCarthy. Godalming failed to deal with a free-kick on the stroke of half time, with Jack Mullan taking advantage for the visitors to make it 2-1 at the break.


15 minutes into the second half Ashford equalised, Scott Weight heading in a rebound after Godalming had failed to clear their lines. Godalming struck back when Warren Harris put a thumping shot into the bottom corner, but as the match entered the dying minutes, Pietro Palladino scored from a tight angle, the ball going across the line before hitting the post and going in.


Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Simeone, Harrison, Edwards, McClurg, Wheeler, W. Harris, S.Harris (Cooper), Dyer (Read).

Subs not used: Palmer, G.Smith.


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Godalming Town 1-0 Biggleswade Town





A top of the table clash at Wey Court produced an enthralling match with chances for both sides, but was decided by a second half Jamie McClurg header.


The visitors had a golden chance to take an early lead, but a poor touch from the Waders forward saw the ball go wide from only a couple of yards. Craig Daniel then had another chance for the visitors, but his sliding effort at the far post went narrowly wide. Godalming started to grow as the half drew on, and pressured the visitors from a number of corners. Scott Harris fired a looping volley narrowly over, whilst Johnnie Dyer had the Gs best chance of the half, but miscued his far post header wide.


Godalming came out strongly in the second half, and peppered the Biggleswade goal with shots. Johnnie Dyer went close twice with headers, and then a one on one which bobbled agonisingly past the post. Jamie McClurg fizzed an effort just the wrong side of the post, before he finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute. Warren Harris whipped a curling cross, which McClurg burst onto to headed past Michael Mcentegart. A nervy final 15 minutes, including 7 minutes of injury time followed, but the Gs held on for a well earned three points.


Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, McClurg, Short, W.Harris, Wheeler, S.Harris (Simeone), Dyer (Read).

Subs not used: Palmer, Cooper.


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Burnham 1-0 Godalming Town




A tight top of the table clash was settled by a second half Ryan Bird penalty. The windy conditions and less than perfect pitch didn’t help with the quality of the football, but both sides gave everything in a game of few chances.


Godalming, with the wind behind them, started brightly and immediately forced Burnham keeper Michael Watkins into action, as he clawed a close range effort round the post. Johnnie Dyer then tested Watkins with a shot from the edge of the area, which the keeper was equal to. Scott Harris had the best chance of the half, as he cut inside the defender out wide, his effort was saved by the head of Watkins, before Wheeler blasted over the rebound.


The home side took the lead on 65 minutes when Jack Broome was judged to have fouled the Burnham forward in the penalty area. League top-scorer Ryan Bird dispatched the penalty low to Somerville’s left, who guessed correctly but couldn’t keep out the accurate spot-kick. Godalming bombared the Burnham goal for the rest of the half, desperately searching for an equaliser. A succession of corners saw them come close a couple of times, but Burnham defended solidly and kept the Gs at bay.


Godalming have now slipped into second place, behind leaders Biggleswade on goal difference, who travel to Wey Court this Saturday. Godalming will the host Blue Square Premier side Woking on Tuesday 12th February in the Surrey Senior Cup quarter final.


Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, McClurg, Short, W.Harris, Wheeler, S.Harris (Read), Dyer.

Subs not used: Palmer, Harrison, Simeone.



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North Greenford United 2-4 Godalming Town




Godalming returned to the summit of the league after a 4-2 victory at North Greenford. Johnnie Dyer fired low past Lee Pearce to put the Gs ahead after 7 minutes, but the lead last only 3 minutes after Dave Taylor replied for the home side to make it 1-1. Godalming kept up the early pressure, and were rewarded when Darren Wheeler struck a bouncing ball sweetly past Pearce into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later it was 3-1, when a Wheeler corner was headed back towards goal by Adam Foulser, then flicked on by George Short for Scott Harris to head home. Despite leading 3-1 at the break, Godalming had had the chances to have put the game to bed in the first half.


The home side started the second half brightly, and got their reward when Anthony O’Connor tapped in a rebound, after a good save by Somerville on 60 minutes. The game carried on at a frenetic pace, with chances aplenty. Johnnie Dyer sealed the win for Godalming on 70 minutes when he fired high into the net after a pinpoint Wheeler cross. Dan Read nearly made it 5, but his volley was well saved by Pearce.


Godalming travel to 4th place Burnham on Tuesday night, before entertaining 3rd place Biggleswade on Saturday.


Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake (Harrison), McClurg, Short, Wheeler, W.Harris, S.Harris (Read), Dyer.

Subs not used: Palmer, Simeone, Edwards.


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