Monthly Archives: January 2014

Guildford City 0-0 Godalming Town



An eventful local derby between Guildford City and Godalming Town ended goalless, in a game that saw three red cards.


The boggy surface made for difficult playing conditions, yet the game started at a high tempo. Both sides created openings early on, but neither keeper was particularly troubled. 20 minutes into the half, Guildford were reduced to ten men. A poor kick from Guildford keeper Anthony Hall saw Graeme Purdy break through the Guildford defence, only to be pulled back by Guildford defender Jamie Thoroughgood 30 yards from goal. With Thoroughgood being the last man, referee Samuel Ogles produced a red card. The resulting free kick was fired over the crossbar by Jack Broome.  The first real chance came midway through the first half when the ball rebounded and sat perfectly for Purdy to strike from 12 yards, but his powerful effort was well kept out by Anthony Hall. Both keepers were called into action as the half ensued, but the game remained goalless at the half time break.


Minutes into the second half Godalming were awarded a penalty for a foul on the edge of the area. Graeme Purdy stepped up, bit his effort was saved well by Hall. Ten minutes later Hall was called into action again with a superb double save, however as he scrambled for the rebound he was met by a robust challenge from Purdy, which saw the referee send him off to make it ten against ten. Chris Musgrove hit the bar for Godalming, whilst Jack Mazzone also had a shot saved by Hall from close range. With ten minutes left, Guildford were reduced to nine men after Darren Stapleton’s late tackle on Gavin Miller saw him pick up his second yellow card. Godalming piled on the pressure for the remainder, but could not find a way past the inspire Anthony Hall.


Godalming are next in action this Saturday, when we travel to high-flying Cirencester.


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

Subs not used: MacFarlane, Palmer.



Match photos courtesy of Andy Nunn

Godalming Town 2-2 North Leigh



An entertaining match that survived the weather produced a 2-2 draw, with all the goals coming in the first half. The game was played at Guildford City’s Spectrum ground, due to Godalming’s ground suffering from flood damage.


The opening periods were uneventful, with both sides adjusting to the boggy surface. The breakthrough came in the 26th minute when the visitors took the lead after a free kick flicked off the top of Gs captain Gavin Millers head and looped inside the far post. Godalming bounced back immediately however, when substitute Dan Read headed in a George Bowerman cross with his first touch since coming on as a sub for the injured Mark Watkins. Read then gave the Gs the lead moments later after racing through after a flick on from Graeme Purdy, and he cooly nudged the ball past Adam McHugh. Seconds before the half time whistle Elliot Osborne-Ricketts side footed the visitors level to make it 2-2 at the break.


North Leigh piled on the pressure in the second half, but Godalming defended resolutely. North Leigh came closest when a header hit the top of the bar, but  they struggled to break through the deep lying Godalming defence. Despite North Leigh dominating the possession, Godalming could have wrapped up the points late on when firstly Jack Mazzone had an effort well saved, before Dan Read then also had a shot saved by Forest Green loanee McHugh.


Godalming return to the Spectrum this Wednesday when we are in derby action against Guildford City.


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

Subs not used: MacFarlane.


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Beaconsfield SYCOB 2-0 Godalming Town




Godalming exited the Red Insure Cup in the 3rd Round after a 2-0 defeat at Beaconsfield SYCOB. With all three centre backs missing,  the Gs started with midfielders Lee Wigley and Chris Wales as the centre back pairing. An even first half saw both sides create chances – Mark Watkins firing narrowly wide for Godalming early on, whilst Jack Broome cleared an effort off the Godalming line from a corner. Further chances fell to Watkins, Mazzone and Seabrook, but SYCOB keeper James Reading was equal to them. The home side took the lead on the half hour mark, when Tom O’Regan fired a low shot which beat Zaki Oualah at the near post.


The second half was a less eventful affair, and with Godalming not having played in over three weeks the Gs seemed to run out of steam. Kofi Lockhart-Adams lobbed Oualah on 65 minutes to double SYCOB’s lead, and the home side saw out the remainder of the half with relative ease to progress through to the Quarter Finals.


Godalming return to league action when we travel to Bridgwater Town this Saturday.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome (MacFarlane), Wigley, Wales, Hutchings, Hemmings, Kiri, Seabrook (Bosma), Watkins, Mazzone (Bowerman), Read.

Subs not used: De St Croix.


Match Photos