Godalming registered their first points of the season with a 1-0 win over local rivals Guildford City, courtesy of a Mark Watkins strike.
The Gs made four changes to the side that was heavily beaten on Saturday, including the return of Antonio Simeone. The changes seemed to have the desired effect as Godalming started well, with Jack Mazzone being denied one on one with City keeper Aaron Bufton. Mark Watkins was causing the visitors defence problems cutting in from the left, and he had Bufton scrambling with a low shot to his near post. At the other end, Simeone was forced into a last ditch tackle to stop Guildford’s Calvin Thomas from breaking through. Godalming made the breakthrough after 22 minutes, when Watkins cut in from the left hand side and curled a shot low into the far corner, which Bufton could only push onto the inside of the post and into the net. Godalming went close also through Seabrook and Miller, but entered the half time break with a 1-0 lead.
Guildford came out hunting for an equaliser, and came close when Dominic Ogun curled a sidefoot effort narrowly past the far post after doing well to get into a shooting position. Guildford pressured from a number of corners, whilst the Gs went close through Dan Read and sub Graeme Purdy who skimmed the crossbar with a cross from a tight angle. Guildford finished the game as they had the previous fixture at Wey Court between the two side, pointless and with ten men, after sub Kershaney Samuels was sent off for a late challenge.
Godalming are in FA Cup action next Saturday at Wey Court as we host Wessex Premier side AFC Portchester.
Godalming XI: Courtnage, MacFarlane, Nimmo, Miller, Simeone, Broome (Purdy), Hemmings, Seabrook, Watkins (Bosma), Read, Mazzone (Everiss).
Subs not used: R.Taylor, Kiri.
A stunned Godalming were 1-0 after only 1 minute, and then 4-0 down after 25 minutes. Lorcan Sheehan gave the home side the lead after only a minute, before two goals from Adam Mayo in as many minutes made it 3-0. Joe Turley added a fourth in the 25th minute. The second half saw a bit of fight from the Gs, with Victor Kiri and Gavin Miller both coming close to scoring and Jack Mazzone having two penalty appeals turned down. The home side completed the rout on 84 minutes when a ball over the top caught out the defence, allowing Jacob Morgan to round the keeper for the fifth.
Godalming XI: Courtnage, MacFarlane, Miller, R.Taylor, L.Taylor, Broome, Seabrook, Everiss (Coventry (Mazzone)), Watkins (Kiri), Purdy, Read.
Subs not used: Bosma.
Godalming’s second game of the season ended in a 2-1 defeat to Dorset side Wimborne Town. The Gs made a lively start to the game, with Greame Purdy and Jack Mazzone going close. The home side took the lead on 15minutes against the run of play, when a header came back off the crossbar and fell to Mark Gamble, who headed over the line from close range. Godalming responded instantly, when Dan Seabrook fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 yards. Wimborne took the lead 10 minutes later from the penalty spot. Gavin Miller was judged to have tripped a Wimborne player in the area, and Micky Hubbard stepped up and converted the penalty into the bottom left corner. Wimborne had the better of the rest of the half, and the teams entered the break at 2-1.
Godalming went close through Miller and Mazzone in a second half of few chances. Godalming brought on a Victor Kiri, Dan Read and Chris Musgrove to try and grab an equaliser, and it nearly came in the dying seconds when Graeme Purdy was inches away from diverting the ball into the net from a ball across the goal.
Godalming travel to a Bishops Cleeve this Saturday, with both sides still looking to register their first points of the season.
Gs XI: Courtnage, MacFarlane, Nimmo, Miller, L.Taylor, Broome, Seabrook, Watkins (Musgrove, 77), Everiss (Kiri, 72), Purdy, Mazzone (Read, 55).
Subs not used: Bosma, Coventry.
Highlights. (Courtesy of Wimborne Town FC)
The season opener at Wey Court saw five goals scored, unfortunately all for Paulton. Mike Perott opened the scoring, scrambling home from close range from a corner that Godalming failed to clear in the 16th minute. Former Newport County striker Jake Harris then added Rovers second with a near post finish, before adding the third two minutes later with a unstoppable 30 yard strike that dipped just under the crossbar, leaving Courtnage no chance. Godalming’s best chance of the half came from a long throw into the box, but they failed to test Lewis Pierre in the visitors goal.
Godalming started well in the second half, with Broome and Mazzone going close. However Paulton added a fourth in the 72nd minute, James Billing slotting past Courtnage. The final goal came in the 81st minute, when Adam Everiss put the ball into his own net after a cross from the left hand side.
Godalming travel to Wimborne on Tuesday and will be looking for a much improved performance to get the first points on board.
Godalming XI: Courtnage, MacFarlane, R.Taylor, Miller, Everiss, Broome, Seabrook (Hemmings), Watkins (Coventry), Bosma (Kiri), Mazzone, Purdy.
Subs not used: Boyle, Joyner.
Godalming’s final preseason friendly ended in a 1-1 draw with Southern Central side Chertsey Town. A game of few chances saw Godalming take the lead after 12 minutes, when midfielder Dan Seabrook curled the ball into the top corner leaving the Chertsey keeper no chance.
The visitors equalised midway through the half when Gavin Miller ended up bundling the ball into his own net whilst under pressure from the Chertsey forward. An uneventful second half saw Godalming go closest when the Chertsey keeper palmed the ball onto his own crossbar from a header.
The season starts on Saturday, as Godalming host Paulton Rovers at Wey Court, kick off 3pm.
Godalming’s penultimate pre-season friendly ended in convincing style as the Gs ran out 6-2 winners at Uxbridge.
Centre back Gavin Miller started the scoring, bundling the ball home from an in-swinging Adam Everiss corner. It was 2-0 soon after when Graeme Purdy latched onto an Everiss pass, and finished well past the keeper. Dan Seabrook added a third after half an hour when he finished through a crowded penalty area, and Dan Read added the fourth before half time with a close range effort that deflected off a defender.
Uxbridge made wholesale changes at half time, but within minutes Godalming were 5-0 up. Jack Broome’s free kick evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net. Uxbridge pulled a goal back on 55 minutes with a good finish from Mark Smith into the bottom corner past Justin Courtnage. Jack Mazzone added the sixth after good work from Bouwe Bosma out wide, before Uxbridge replied to make it 6-2 after a swift counter attack was finished off by Nicke Kabamba.
Next up for Godalming are Chertsey Town at Wey Court this Saturday, before the league kicks off next Saturday at home to Paulton Rovers.
Gs XI: Courtnage, Macfarlane (De St Croix), Miller, R.Taylor, L.Taylor (Hemmings), Broome, Seabrook (Bosma), Watkins, Everiss, Purdy (Mazzone), Coventry (Read).
Following Tuesday and Thursday’s matches six further players have signed forms for the Gs. These are Jack Mazzone – a forward from Woking, Lewis Taylor – a left back also from Woking, Dan Seabrook – a centre midfielder who has been playing in America, Tarome Hemmings – also a midfielder, Jack Macfarlane – a right back previously with Selsea, Bognor and Eastbourne Borough and finally Matt Cooper – a winger who has played for Fleet Spurs and Farnborough Academy.
Godalming lost 1-0 to Ryman South side Horsham after a second half goal from Jamie Cade. The Gs were without captain Richard Taylor, Adam Everiss, Jack Broome and Dan Read.
An even first half saw Justin Courtnage save well early on for the Gs, whilst Mark Watkins was denied by a good save by the Horsham keeper. Substitute Paul Coventry nearly put Godalming ahead in the second half, but his lob dropped narrowly wide of the post. Horsham struck minutes later, with Jamie Cade finishing a Billy Dunn cross. Coventry went close again for Godalming with a close range effort, whilst Horsham saw a shot rebound back off the post.
Godalming travel to Southern Central side Egham Town on Tuesday, before travelling to Uxbridge on Thursday. The final friendly is at Wey Court on Saturday, where we host Chertsey Town.