Monthly Archives: April 2013

Woodford United 1-2 Godalming Town

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The final game of the league season saw Godalming overcome pointless Woodford United 2-1. The Gs rested and rotated players, ahead of Tuesday’s playoff semi-final against Biggleswade, but were let down on the day by some poor finishing. George Short and Jamie McClurg both struck the woodwork in a half dominated by Godalming, but the sides entered the half time break level.

 

More Godalming pressure came in the second half, but the Gs were stunned when Jack Bailey gave Woodford the lead with a neat finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in the 70th minute. Godalming finally found the breakthrough 5 minutes later when Warren Harris headed Darren Wheeler’s cross into the top corner. 7 minutes later Godalming to the lead, again Darren Wheeler cross, and Scott Harris got the faintest of touches with his head as the ball bounced into the bottom corner. There were chances for more goals, but Godalming were denied by some good saves from the Woodford keeper.

 

Godalming finish the league season in 3rd place, with a points total of 92. Biggleswade travel to Wey Court this Tuesday for the playoff semi final, where the victors will face either Rugby or Beaconsfield on bank holiday Monday.

 

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Godalming Town 0-2 Beaconsfield SYCOB

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A mixed Godalming side lost 2-0 to playoff chasing Beaconsfield SYCOB, in the penultimate game of the league season. The opening exchanges were fairly even, with neither side managing to test the keeper. The visitors came closest in the first half, when they were awarded a penalty for a handball. However, Yashwa Romeo’s spot kick was well saved by Jake Somerville, low to his left. SYCOB pounced quickly onto the rebound, squaring the ball for Gavin James who bundled into the net, only to be ruled offside by the linesman.

 

Beaconsfield took the lead in the 51st minute, when Ryan Upward struck a free kick from just outside the area over the wall and into the top corner. Somerville then made a couple of good stops to keep Beaconsfield from doubling their lead. Godalming had a penalty appeal turned down as the game drew towards a finish, and in the final moments Aaron Couch fired hard and low into the bottom corner from 12 yards to give SYCOB their second goal.

 

Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Harrison, Foulser (Hollis), Lake, Edwards, Short, Palmer, G.Smith, Read, S.Harris.

Subs not used: W.Harris, Dyer, McClurg,

 

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Godalming Town 1-1 Northwood

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A disappointing penultimate home game for Godalming saw them draw 1-1 with Northwood. An uneventful first half saw Godalming go close through a Darren Wheeler effort, whilst Northwood striker Oliver Hawkins was denied by Jake Somerville. The visitors took the lead when left back Lee Grant arrived at the far post and fired the ball into the roof of the net from a low cross.

 

Godalming pulled level three minutes into the second half, when the ball fell to Warren Harris who finished well into the corner. A scrappy half ensued, with Godalming not really troubling the Northwood defence, and the visitors hit the top of the Godalming bar with a looping volley. Some late Godalming pressure failed to see and real chances, and Godalming will now have to face the dreaded playoffs.

 

Godalming now face play-off chasing Beaconsfield SYCOB on Tuesday at Wey Court, before travelling to Woodford on Saturday.

 

Gs XI: Somerille, Harrison, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, McClurg, Broome, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer, Read (G.Smith).

Subs not used: Palmer, Cotugno, Marshall.

 

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Godalming Town 1-2 Slough Town

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A disappointing night saw Godalming slip to a 2-1 defeat against Slough Town, and with leaders Burnham losing to Rugby, the Gs had a great chance to put the race for the title in their own hands.

 

A bright start from Godalming saw Jamie McClurg fire over, and Scott Harris forced a smart save from Jamie Jackson. The visitors took the lead after 36 minutes, when Kyle Anthony’s initial effort was saved by Somerville, but Anthony finished at the second attempt. Jake Somerville made a good save from Slough captain David Woozley, tipping his header onto the bar and over just before half time. The visitors doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Ed Smith lobbed to ball over the oncoming Somerville. Godalming struck back minutes later, when Dan Read got a touch on a Warren Harris strike, deflecting it past Jackson. Somerville then made a fine save from a Dave Deeney freekick, before Godalming piled on the pressure for the remaining minutes. Dan Read had a goal disallowed for Godalming, tucking home after Jackson had saved, but Read was deemed to have been offside when the ball was struck.

 

Godalming now sit in 3rd place, 2 points behind Rugby, and 5 behind Burnham although with a game in hand. Godalming host Northwood this Saturday, kick off 3pm.

 

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

Subs not used: Palmer, Lovett.

 

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Slough Town 2-3 Godalming Town

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Godalming maintained the pressure at the top of the table with a 3-2 win over Slough Town, in an entertaining match. An open start to the match in wet conditions saw Jamie McClurg fire wide, before Adam Martin tested Jake Somerville in the Gs goal with a long range effort. It was the home side who made the breakthrough after 13 minutes, when Kyle Anthony finished from close range after a scramble from a corner. Four minutes later a poor kick from Slough keeper Jamie Jackson when straight to Johnnie Dyer, who through on goal was clumsily pushed over by Slough captain Dave Woozley, who was then sent off due to being the last man. Darren Wheeler stepped up to take the free kick, and fired it against the post, and Johnnie Dyer was on hand to scuff home the rebound. Godalming then took the lead ten minutes later with a stunning strike from Guy Hollis – his first goal for the club. The ball bounced out to him 25 yards out, and he struck across the ball, which flew just inside the upright, leaving Jackson no chance. Despite some further Godalming pressure, it was Slough who grabbed the next goal, just before half time. A ball over the top found Ryan O’Toole, who finished well past Somerville.

 

Jamie McClurg went close to giving Godalming the lead early in the second half, his effort coming back off the post. Slough were then reduced to 9 men when Ryan O’Toole received his second yellow card after a late sliding challenge. It took just five minutes for Godalming to capitalise, when a deep Warren Harris cross found Johnnie Dyer at the far post, who headed down past Jackson to make it 3-2 to Godalming. Dyer nearly put the game to bed soon after when he slid in at the far post, but could only turn Wheeler’s cross wide. The 9 men of Slough battled on, but bar a few set pieces didn’t really test Somerville.

 

The win moves Godalming up to second, above Rugby lost at  Fleet. Godalming host Slough this Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.

 

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

Subs not used: Palmer, Baker.

 

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Godalming Town 5-0 Leighton Town

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Godalming defeated Leighton Town – and the weather – to close the gap on the top two sides to two points. With the rain coming down heavily, the game was never going to be pretty on a soaking pitch. Warren Harris fired low into the corner to give the Gs the lead after ten minutes. Darren Wheeler then double the lead ten minutes later with a powerful effort, before Ben Edwards headed Godalming 3-0 up on 36 minutes. Johnnie Dyer then slotted home from close range to give the Gs a 4-0 lead at half time.

 

Dan Read headed Godalming 5-0 up early in the second half, but the deteriorating conditions effected the remainder of the game, with Leighton’s keeper Sam Mazurek made some fine saves to keep the score at 5-0.

 

Godalming now look forward to a double header against Slough Town, away this Saturday before hosting “The Rebels” on Tuesday.

 

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Thatcham Town 1-2 Godalming Town

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A last gasp Warren Harris goal earned Godalming three points at Thatcham, and kept them in the title race. The Gs got off to the perfect start, taking the lead after just 4 minutes. Michael Blount was pushed in the back in the penalty area, and Scott Harris cooly dispatched the resulting penalty low to the keepers left. Blount came close to making it 2-0 soon after, but his side footed effort from a Guy Hollis throw was straight at keeper Ashley West. Thatcham equalised in the 34th minute, when Denilson Vicente rounded Jake Somerville to finish from a tight angle. The home side then had captain Charlie Hill sent off for a second booking after a tackle on Blount – who needed to be stretched off following the challenge.

 

Godalming piled on the pressure in the second half, but were kept at bay by a number of fines saves from Ashley West. The keeper first saved well from a Scott Harris header, before blocking a George Short strike which was then cleared off the goal line by the defender. Godalming brought on Gavin Smith and Darren Wheeler – returning from injury ahead of schedule – but it wasn’t until the 88th minute when the pressure finally paid off. A ball over the top was not dealt with by the Thatcham defender, and Warren Harris pounced, slotting the ball past West, cue wild celebrations from the team and travelling support.

 

Godalming now host Leighton Town on Wednesday (10th), kick off 7.45pm, before travelling to Slough Town on Saturday. A win on Wednesday will put the Gs within 2 points of leaders Rugby and Burnham.

 

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

Subs not used: Foulser, Edwards.

 

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Godalming Town 1-0 Aylesbury

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A 24th second strike from Scott Harris proved to be the only goal in what was an uneventful 90 minutes. Warren Harris crossed for brother Scott with the game barely underway, and Scott stroked the ball past Simeon Charles in the Aylesbury goal. A stop start half ensued, with neither side particularly troubling the opposition keeper.

 

The second half continued in a similar vein, with the busy schedule seemingly having an effect on the intensity levels. The visitors had the chances to equalise in the second half, Brian Haule going closest when he rounded Jake Somerville, but his shot was headed off the line by the covering Wes Harrison.

 

Godalming’s busy schedule has no let up, as they travel to Thatcham on Monday before hosting Leighton Town on Wednesday.

 

Godalming XI: Somerville, Hollis, Blount, Foulser (Palmer), Harrison, Broome (Harte), Edwards, McClurg, W.Harrs, Dyer, S.Harris (Read).

Subs not used: Baker.

 

 

 

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Godalming Town 2-1 Met. Police

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Godalming defeated Ryman Premier side Met. Police 2-1 to make it through to the Final of the Surrey Senior Cup. An uneventful first half at a bitterly cold Wey Court produced few chances of note, Wes Harrison going closest for the Gs with a looping cross which came back off Jamie Butler’s crossbar. With neither side managing to fashion out any clear cut chances, the teams entered the half time break at 0-0.

 

The Met. crossbar was rattled once again early in the second half, when a looping Jack Broome free kick caught Butler unaware as the ball bounced off the top of the bar. The Gs took the lead in the 57th minute, when Butler’s sliced kick from the edge of the area found Jamie McClurg just inside the centre circle, who volleyed the ball 45 yards over the scrambling Butler and into the net. Extra time looked to be on the cards when centre back Gary MacDonald headed in from a corner to make it 1-1 in the 82nd minute. The Gs weren’t finished however, as Adam Foulser fired the ball with the outside of his foot into the corner of the net, to make it 2-1 with just a couple of minutes remaining. Godalming held on to earn themselves a place in the Surrey Senior Cup Final, where they will face either AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday 7th May.

 

Godalming return to league action this Saturday when they host 15th places Aylsebury, before travelling to Thatcham on Monday then hosting Leighton on Wednesday.

 

Godalming XI: Somerville, Harrison, Blount, Foulser, Palmer, Edwards, Short (McClurg), Broome, G.Smith, Read, S.Harris (Dyer).

Subs not used: Hollis, W.Harris, Cotugno.

 

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Guildford City 1-1 Godalming Town

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An 87th minute equaliser from substitute Scott Harris ensured the Gs left the Spectrum with a share of the spoils. Godalming were without captain Adam Foulser, recovering from a head injury, and Darren Wheeler who tore his ankle ligaments against Royston on Saturday.

 

The Gs started on the front foot in difficult conditions, a strong wind and bobbly pitch not helping with the quality of the football. Johnnie Dyer nearly capitalised on the good start – his overhead kick coming off the inside of the post across the face of the goal. The deadlock was broken in the 35th minute, when Jake Somerville didn’t connect cleanly with a punch from a free kick, leaving Jamie Thoroughgood to head into the empty net to give Guildford the lead. Somerville made an important save just before the break, getting down low to push wide a Sean Rivers effort.

 

Godalming piled on the pressure during the second half, but were restricted largely to efforts from outside the area. Somerville made another good save, saving at his feet from Dan Moody. The pressure finally paid off in the 87th minute, when Ben Edwards released sub Scott Harris, who lifted the bouncing ball over Anthony Hall. On the front foot, Godalming were now pushing for a winner, and Jon Palmer came agonisingly close to connect to a cross at the far post for the Gs.

 

Godalming now face Met. Police at home this Thursday for a place in the Surrey Senior Cup Final, before hosting Aylesbury on Saturday.

 

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

Subs not used: Foulser.

 

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