Monthly Archives: March 2013

Godalming Town 3-0 Royston Town



An explosive 5 minute spell in the first half was enough to earn Godalming the three points against Royston.


A bright start by Godalming saw them put the visitors under pressure early on. The hosts made the breakthrough in the 24th minute when Darren Wheeler fired the ball towards the far post, where Johnnie Dyer slid in to finish. A minute later and Godalming were 2-0 up courtesy of a sublime piece of skill from Wheeler. The ball came to him on the edge on the box, and he wrapped his left foot round his standing leg to lob the ball over the keeper. A truly audacious effort, that won’t be forgotten for a long time.  Jake Somerville made a an important double save from Craig Hammond, denying the debutant who had burst through the Gs defense. Just two minutes later and it was 3-0, with Johnnie Dyer stooping to head in at the far post from a Wheeler cross. Unfortunately Wheeler’s afternoon was cut short when a poor tackle by Royston’s Jack Bradshaw caught Wheeler on the ankle, forcing him to be subbed. Unfortunately for Royston, the damage had already been done.


The second half was a lot less eventful, with Godalming still on top and creating the better of the chances, with George Short twice going close. In the end the game faded out, and Godalming earned an important three points.


Godalming travel to Guildford City on Easter Monday for a 3pm kick off, before hosting Met. Police this Thursday in the Surrey Senior Cup Semi Final.


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

Subs not used: Palmer, Edwards.


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Aylesbury 0-5 Godalming Town



A hat-trick from Johnnie Dyer in between goals from George Short and Scott Harris secured an impressive victory for the Gs at Aylesbury on Thrusday night. Godalming were rewarded for dominating the opening exchanges with a goal on 25 minutes. A Darren Wheeler free-kick found George Short free at the far post, who headed low into the bottom corner. Jake Somerville was called into action for the first time to tip over a Luke Abraham cross. The Gs then doubled their lead on 40 minutes, when Dan Read broke through the home defence, and squared the ball to Dyer who finished accurately into the bottom corner. It was nearly 3-0 a minute later when Wheeler’s looping cross/shot left keeper Charles stranded, but the ball bounced back off the crossbar.


A quiet opening to the second half was soon ended when Dyer made it 3-0, clipping the ball into the corner after a low cross from Warren Harris. Somerville was alert to the danger when Jamie Connor was put through, and smothered the ball well. George Short went close for the Gs with a low strike from 25 yards, which was beaten away by Charles. Dyer grabbed his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining, superbly volleying home another Warren Harris cross. There was still time for a fifth when a defensive mix-up allowed Scott Harris through to poke the ball past the keeper.


Godalming now face Leighton Town at home on Saturday, before welcoming the in-form Beaconsfield SYCOB to Wey Court on Tuesday.


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

Subs not used: Foulser, Baker.


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Daventry Town 1-2 Godalming Town



A long Friday night trip to foggy Daventry saw the Gs come back with all three points after goals from Warren Harris and Johnnie Dyer. The Gs started well, with Scott Harris having the best of few chances created from the early pressure. Ashley Robinson went close for the hosts from a swift counter attack, when his effort hit the side netting. The home side took the leads just after the half hour mark, when Ashley Robinson fired a dipping shot from 25 yards which flew over Somerville and dipped, clipping the underside of the bar as it went it. Warren Harris then has a shot well saved by keeper Richard Morris, before he then won a free kick on the edge of the area. Warren took the kick himself, and smashed a powerful effort straight into the top corner, leaving the keeper no chance.


One minute into the second half and Godalming took the lead via Johnnie Dyer. Dyer came in from the right flank, and finished well one on one past Morris. The Gs had a couple of chances to extend the lead through Read and Lake, but Daventry piled on the pressure for the last 20 minutes, with Somerville making some important blocks to keep them at bay.


Godalming travel to Aylesbury on Tuesday night, before hosting Leighton next Saturday.


Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Blount, Hollis, Lake, McClurg, Short, W.Harris (Harrison), Read, Dyer (Wheeler), S.Harris (G.Smith).

Subs not used: Baker, Underwood.


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Godalming Town 1-1 Woking – Godalming win 2-0 on penalties




An enthralling match at Wey Court saw Godalming knock out the current holders of the Surrey Senior Cup 2-0 on penalties, after the match had finished 1-1 after extra time. Godalming had Ben Edwards and Jon Palmer unavailable, whilst Michael Blount and Lewis Cotugno were ineligible, meaning joint boss Jon Underwood was named on the bench, along with Gavin Smith, Johnnie Dyer and Warren Harris, who was carrying an injury. The Woking XI included 5 players who were in the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Lincoln, whilst the remainder was made up by squad and reserve players.


The first chance of the game fell to Woking’s Brett Williams, on loan to the club from Reading, who rounded Jake Somerville, only for the keeper to claw the ball away as Williams hesitated. Godalming were keeping the ball well, and Wheeler went close with a long range effort, before Johnnie Dyer, on as a sub for captain Adam Foulser – who suffered a slight hamstring strain – also went close. Godalming’s best chance of the half came just before the break when Dan Read’s close range effort was well kept out by former Latvian U21 international Elvijs Putnins.


Godalming continued to pressure the Woking defence in the second half, and should have taken the lead when Darren Wheeler crossed for Dyer, who’s far post diving header somehow went wide of the post. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, when Brett Williams raced to the byline to cross for Josh Griffiths, who tapped home at the far post. A goalmouth scramble saw Godalming go close to equalising, but in the 79th minute they did just that. A long Guy Hollis throw bounced around in the box, before Dan Read struck a looping volley over Putnins and into the net for a deserved equaliser.


The first half of extra time saw Godalming go closest, with a Jamie McClurg volley being acrobatically saved by Putnins. With only two minutes remaining of extra time, Scott Harris broke through the Woking defence, but one-on-one with Putnins, he slid his effort just wide of the post.


Penalties followed, and Jake Somerville saved Woking’s first low to his left, whilst Johnie Dyer converted the Gs first into the bottom corner. George Frith then fired Woking’s second over the crossbar, as George Short’s was saved by Putnins. Somerville then saved Jack Mazzone’s effort, which was heading right into the bottom corner, before Jack Broome smashed his effort just inside the post to make it 2-0 to the Gs. Brett Williams then stepped up, needing to score to keep the Cards in the shootout, but Somerville made it a hat-trick of saves as he saved well to his left.


Godalming will now be at home to Met. Police in the semi-final, date TBA. Godalming return to league action on Friday, as they travel to Daventry for an 8pm kick off.


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

Subs not used: W.Harris, Underwood.


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Godalming Town 4-0 Chalfont St. Peter




Two goals in each half saw Godalming comfortably overcome Chalfont St Peter. A bright start in the first half from Godalming saw Dan Read turn home from 6 yards out in the 4th minute, after a flick on from Johnnie Dyer. The Gs continued to attack and a thunderous volley from Warren Harris in the 10th minute flew past keeper Michael Power-Simpson from 20 yards leaving him no chance. Jake Somerville then made two important saves for Godalming, before Johnnie Dyer nearly added a third as his effort from a corner flew just past the post.


The second half was a quiet affair, until the 67th minute when Chalfont keeper Power-Simpson gifted Godalming a third when he threw the ball into the ground and straight to substitute Scott Harris who made no mistake with the lobbed finish. Harris got his second of the game and Godalming’s fourth in the 87th minute when Dan Read raced through, and unselfishly squared the ball for Harris for a simple finish.


Godalming host Blue Square Conference side Woking on Monday night (7.45pm), in the Quarter Final of the Surrey Senior Cup, before travelling to Daventry on Friday for an 8pm kick off.


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

Subs not used: Harrison, Cotugno.


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