Monthly Archives: March 2014

Godalming Town 2-2 Merthyr Town




An entertaining match at Wey Court saw league leaders Merthyr Town draw 2-2 with Godalming. A bright start from Godalming was instantly rewarded when Chris Musgrove climbed high to head in a right wing Jack Mazzone cross to give Godalming the lead after only three minutes. Merthyr almost made an instant reply, but Zaki Oualah tipped Kerry Morgan’s effort acrobatically over the crossbar. Godalming came close to doubling their lead on 32 minutes when a scintillating run from Darren Wheeler left four Merthyr defenders for dead, but keeper Lee Idzi smothered the ball at his feet.


Godalming nearly extended their lead early in the second half, but Idzi was on hand to tip over Graeme Purdy’s instinctive effort. Merthyr ramped up the pressure in the second half, which paid off when Kerry Morgan fired them level on 62 minutes. The title chasers maintained their pressure, and despite wasteful finishing from top scorer Ryan Prosser, looked to have sealed the points when Gavin Williams elegantly curled them ahead seven minutes later. The lead didn’t last long, as two minutes later Godalming pulled level after a teasing cross from Darren Wheeler was headed into his own net by Jamie Rewbury. Merthyr pushed for an equaliser late on, but Godalming held out to make it a point apiece.


Godalming travel to Tiverton Town on Tuesday, before making the trip to Evesham on Saturday.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane (Bowerman), Wigley, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri, De St Croix, Broome, Mazzone (Wales), Wheeler, Purdy.


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Godalming Town 1-0 Fleet Town




A goal from Jack Mazzone proved to be the difference in an evenly contested match between Godalming and Fleet Town.


A bright start from Godalming saw Dan Read go close twice in the opening 20 minutes, firstly he was denied by keeper Ryan Pryce’s knee, before he fired a point volley which fortunately for Fleet was straight at the goalkeeper. Jack Mazzone and Darren Wheeler both forced saves out of Pryce, before Fleet had their best chance of the match on 40 minutes. Firstly Victor Kiri blocked a shot from Jack White, before Zaki Oualah made a fine double save to keep the rebounds at bay. Godalming took the lead in the 44th minute, when the in-form Jack Mazzone’s cross looped over Pryce and into the far corner.


Fleet took the game to Godalming in the second half, knowing three points could potentially see them move off the bottom of the table. Former Fleet player Nick Hutchings came to the Gs rescue in the 58th minute, clearing off the line after Craig Stanley had rounded the keeper. Jack White and Rob Carr both went close for Fleet, whilst at the other end Sam De St Croix had a rare shot for Godalming. Godalming had a chance to double their lead in the 88th minute, when a penalty as awarded after Joe Gater blocked an on target George Bowerman shot with his hand. The former receiving a yellow card for his actions. Jack Broome stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort was saved low to Pryce’s right.


Godalming host league leaders Merthyr Town this Saturday, before 5 consecutive away games starting with Tiverton on Tuesday.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Musgrove, Wigley, Hutchings, Kiri, De St Croix, Wheeler, Mazzone, Read (Watkins), Purdy (Bowerman).

Subs not used: Selby.


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Godalming Town 1-2 Thatcham Town




Thatcham Town ran out 2-1 winners against Godalming on Saturday, a disappointing result for the Gs on the back of some good performances against higher ranked sides. The visitors started brightly, having the majority of play without troubling the Godalming goal too much. Jack Mazzone had Godalming’s first chance, but was foiled by the onrushing Aaron Bufton. Chris Wales also had a good chances for the Gs, but scuffed his effort from the edge of the area meekly wide. Thatcham took the lead on 37 minutes, a free kick into the Godalming box was parried by Zaki Oualah, leaving Luke Abrahart the simple task of tapping home.


Godalming responded well after the break, with Jack Mazzone turning the ball home after Dan Read had cut the ball back on the right. Godalming were now in the ascendancy, with Darren Wheeler tormenting the Thatcham back four. It was Wheeler who set up a golden chance for Dan Read to put the Gs ahead, but his finish was saved by Bufton. A free kick against the run of play was awarded to Thatcham, which right back Jake Johns curled excellently into the corner. Soon after Godalming had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Bufton appeared to push Graeme Purdy over in the penalty area.  Thatcham survived a late onslaught from Godalming to claim an important three points.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Miller, Musgrove, Kiri, Wales (Purdy), Broome, Wheeler, Mazzone (Watkins), Read (Bowerman).

Subs not used: Wigley, De St Croix.


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Godalming Town 3-1 Yate Town



A first half Jack Broome double along with a second half strike from Jack Mazzone saw Godalming run out 3-1 winners against Yate Town, completing a double over the Gloucester side. A lively start from Godalming saw Jack Mazzone strike the outside of post with a low effort from 20 yards. Fifteen minutes in and Godalming took the lead via Jack Broome. Darren Wheeler found Dan Read after a mazy run, who crossed the ball for Jack Broome to tuck away at the far post. Yate dangerman Lewis Haldane came close for the visitors, but his effort was saved with Jake Cox skying the rebound. Godalming doubled their lead on 38 minutes, Jack Mazzone skipped past the Yate defender on the left wing, before squaring the ball to Jack Broome who fired in off the inside of the post from the edge of the area.


Three minutes into the second half and Godalming were three goals up. The lively Mazzone nicking the ball away from the Yate keeper, who had rushed outside his area, before lobbing the ball calmly over the covering Yate defender. The game petered out from this point on, with Darren Wheeler’s enticing crosses being Godalming’s main threat. Yate threatened occasionally, mainly via corners, but Godalming defender resolutely, until the 93rd minute when Joe Chandler headed home to give Yate a consolation goal.


Godalming host Thatcham Town at Wey Court this Saturday, before local rivals Fleet Town visit on Tuesday.


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

Subs not used: Wigley, Purdy.


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Mangotsfield United 1-1 Godalming Town




A last minute goal once again denied Godalming all three points, this time at Mangotsfield United. The returning Darren Wheeler started as part of a three pronged attack alongside Graeme Purdy and Jack Mazzone. A scrappy opening failed to produce any chances for either side in an uneventful first 20 minutes. Mangotsfield forced a sharp reflex save from Zaki Oualah, with the rebound being scrambled clear by Chris Musgrove. At the other end Sam De St Croix saw his snapshot float harmlessly over the crossbar. The home side had an extended spell of pressure as the half drew on, but failed to capitalise after a succession of corners.


Mangotsfield maintained the pressure levels in the second half, however despite the majority of the possession they weren’t really troubling the Godalming goal. Zaki Oualah saved well from Darren Edwards at the near post, Mangotsfield’s best chance of the half so far. Godalming took the lead on 79 minutes, Graeme Purdy striking a bouncing ball from 30 yards, and the ball flew high and dipped over Kevin Sawyer’s outstretched hand. Mangotsfield threw bodies forwards in an attempt to find an equaliser, and the pressure paid off when Reeko Best scrambled the ball over the line in the 89th minute to secure a point. Darren Wheeler came close to sneaking a late winner, but his free kick was parried out by Sawyer.


Godalming now have four home matches in a row, starting with Yate Town this Tuesday.


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

Subs not used: Wigley.


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Cirencester Town 2-2 Godalming Town



An enthralling match saw Godalming come within seconds of taking all three points from title chasing Cirencester Town. The opening stages of the match were scrappy, with neither side managing to take control of proceedings. Graeme Purdy was proving a handful for the Cirencester defence, whilst at the other end Lee Smith was Cirencester’s main attacking threat down the left flank. There was an unusual incident in the 15th minute, when the home goalkeeper, after consulting with the referee, disappeared back to the changing room for five minutes, leaving the game stopped for that length. The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute, when a throw in was flicked on by Purdy, with Jack Mazzone controlling the ball and then turning and firing left footed past the keeper to give Godalming the lead. Zaki Oualah was called into action at the other end, saving well from Lee Smith before saving again from the resulting corner. Godalming could have doubled their lead just before half time, but Chris Musgrove’s header from a free kick bounced narrowly wide.


It took four minutes of the second half before Godalming doubled their lead. This time a corner was flicked on by Purdy, with Jack Mazzone turning the ball in from two yards. From then on, Cirencester piled the pressure on the Godalming goal, with numerous saves, blocks and near misses. Godalming had the odd break out with Mark Watkins and Chris Wales both going close to latching on to through balls. The half drew on with Cirencester piling more and more players forward, and they finally found the breakthrough on 86 minutes, with Jody Bevan the scorer. A goalmouth fracas occurred minutes later after Oualah was caught late by a Cirencester forward. The referee showed a yellow a piece, and this incident is presumably why 7 minutes of injury time was played, in a half where neither physio came on the pitch. It was in the 96th minute when Cirencester equalised, with Lee Smith finding space on the left to finish past Oualah.


Godalming travel to Mangotsfield United this Saturday. There is a coach departing Wey Court at 10:45am. As usual, tickets are £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

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Godalming XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Wigley, Broome, Wales, Bowerman (Watkins), Mazzone, Purdy (Read).


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Godalming Town 0-2 Clevedon Town



Two first half goals were enough for Clevedon to leave Wey Court with all three points, despite being reduced to ten men early in the second half. Godalming had a bright start to the game, with Dan Read and Jack Mazzone both forcing saves from Clevedon keeper Kane Mannings. Despite the early pressure, Dan Harvey gave the visitors the lead on ten minutes, heading home a free kick. Clevedon doubled their lead on 31minutes, when Issac Reid tricked his way through the Godalming defence to fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner.


Graeme Purdy hit the post at the start of the second with a shot on the turn, with Jack Mazzone having a follow up well saved. Clevedon were reduced to ten men  soon after when Matt Thorne was involved in an off the ball incident. Godalming failed to take advantage of the extra man, with the Clevedon defence looking comfortable, restricting the Godalming attack to a few half chances. Chris Wales came close to pulling a goal back, but his downward header was well saved by Mannings. Graeme Purdy had a header disallowed from a corner for Godalming late on, after the referee ruled that the keeper was being blocked off.


Godalming travel to title-chasing Cirencester Town this Tuesday.


Godalming XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Hemmings (Wales), Seabrook, Halliday (Bowerman), Mazzone, Read (Watkins), Purdy.

Subs not used: MacFarlane, Wigley.


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Bridgwater Town 2-2 Godalming Town



Godalming twice came from behind to earn a point at Bridgwater Town on Tuesday, with goals coming from Jack Mazzone and Graeme Purdy.


With Lee Wigley injured and Chris Musgrove unavailable, Godalming started with Gavin Miller and Jack Broome as centre backs. An energetic start by the hosts saw them come close twice in the opening 10 minutes, with Karim Rendell having a shot well saved by Zaki Oualah, and then Mitchell Page shooting narrowly wide. Bridgwater made the breakthrough on 12 minutes, with the ball being cleared to the edge of the penalty box, only for Alex Faux to fire a low shot into the bottom corner. Jack Mazzone had Godalming’s first chance of the match, shooting over from 20 yards. On 25 minutes Godalming drew level, with Mazzone finding the back of the net this time. After skipping one challenge, and then cutting inside the defender, he finished superbly low into the bottom corner, with the ball clipping the post on its way in. Two minutes later Bridgwater restored their lead, with Kyle Tooze finishing well after his jinking run. Bridgwater had chances to extend their lead as the half drew on, but were denied by Zaki Oualah.


Bridgwater were mostly restricted to long range efforts and set pieces in the second half, looking to sit on their lead rather than extend it. Graeme Purdy came off the bench for Godalming, returning from suspension whilst Gavin Miller was forced off through injury, meaning a centre back pairing of Jack Broome and Victor Kiri for the remainder. Jack Mazzone nearly leveled for Godalming, but he flashed his shot narrowly wide of the post. Godalming did find an equaliser on 68 minutes, when a free kick was lofted into the box, and Purdy challenged the goalkeeper, getting the final touch as the ball bounced over the line with the keeper on the floor. Both sides had chances to win the match in an even final 20 minutes, but neither side could find the valuable goal.


Godalming host Clevedon Town at Wey Court this Saturday, kick off 3pm.


Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Broome, Miller (Watkins), Hutchings, Kiri, De St Croix, Bowerman (Purdy), Halliday, Read, Mazzone.


Subs not used: Selby.


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Swindon Supermarine 4-1 Godalming Town



A crazy 7 minute spell at the start of the second half proved to be Godalming’s downfall after they had produced a good first half performance.


The home side got off to the best possible start on 6 minutes, after Lee Wigley fouled 25 yards out, Josh Parsons deflected free kick found its way into the top corner. Godalming responded well, keeping possession and getting shots off, despite being off target. Godalming levelled the match on 18 minutes, after Mark Watkins was fouled just inside the penalty area, and Jack Broome accurately placed the ball into the bottom corner from the spot. Godalming had further chances when Jack Mazzone fired narrowly wide, and Gavin Miller headed over from a corner.


With Godalming narrowly shading the first half, Swindon came out firing in the second. Firstly Ashley Edenborough fired past Zaki Oualah low into the bottom corner in the 49th minute, and only 2 minutes later Josh Parsons struck a powerful shot into the top corner. The final goal of the game came in the 54th minute, when a high cross wasn’t dealt with by Oualah, and headed in from a yard by Ashley Edenborough for his second goal. A stunned Godalming tried to get a foothold in the game, but were dealt another blow when stand in centre back Lee Wigley went off injured, with Victor Kiri moving to centre back. Kiri and Read both had chances to pull a goal back, but the game fizzled out, halted for a while by an injury to a Supermarine player which saw the home side see out the final stages with ten men.


Godalming travel to Bridgwater Town this Tuesday, before hosting Clevedon Town on Saturday.


Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Wigley (De St Croix), Hutchings, Kiri, Seabrook (MacFarlane), Hemmings, Watkins (Halliday), Read, Mazzone.


Subs not used: Bowerman.


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