A seventh minute Chris Young strike was the difference in a typical end of season encounter. Taunton, who were on a seven game winning streak, took seven minutes to take the lead after an even start. Chris Young found the bottom corner from a narrow angle in a half of little action. Darren Wheeler found himself in a good position soon after, but his effort powerful effort failed to test Joe Perry.
Godalming managed to test the Taunton keeper a bit more in the second half, with Mark Watkins and Chris Wales both forcing Joe Perry to turn the ball around the post. Darren Wheeler also went close with a long range free kick, whilst Jamie Price struck the outside of the post for the visitors, but the game petered out with Taunton holding on for the victory.
Gs XI: Oualah, Musgrove, Miller, Wigley, Hutchings, Kiri (De St Croix), Broome, Wales, Watkins (Purdy), Wheeler, Mazzone.
Subs not used: Read, Palmer, Selby.
The penultimate game of the season finished 2-1 to Fleet Town, confirming Fleet’s status as a Step 4 club next season.
The home side started well, using the downhill slope to their advantage by playing a number of balls over the Godalming defence, and also getting in a number of early crosses. The pressure soon told when Fleet were awarded a penalty after Lee Wigley handled in the box, despite the Fleet forward putting the ball in the back of the net the referee pulled play back for the penalty. Player/manager Craig Davis stepped up and converted the spot kick. Godalming’s best chance of the half came through Dan Read, whose volleyed effort lacked the required power to beat Ryan Pryce. Godalming were reduced to ten men soon after, when Gavin Miller, fresh from just being booked, put in a strong tackle on Brett Stanley. The referee showed no hesitation in showing Miller a straight red card.
Fleet doubled their lead 5 minutes into the second half, when Jack White fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Jack Mazzone came off the bench for Godalming and made an instant impact, causing the Fleet defence problems with his movement and hold up play. It was Mazzone who pulled a goal back for Godalming on 76 minutes, a fine striker from 25 yards which found the top corner, clipping the inside of the post on its way in. A late spell of Godalming presssure heralded one chance, Chris Wales toe-poking the ball over the bar from 8 yards.
Godalming host Taunton Town on Saturday, in the final league game of the season.
Gs XI: Oualah, Musgrove, Wigley, Miller, Hutchings, Wales, Broome, De St Croix, Wheeler, Watkins, Read (Mazzone).
Subs not used: Purdy, Kiri, Bowerman.
An 88th minute penalty from league top scorer Richard Gregory ensured Stratford left Wey Court with three points, despite falling behind in the first half.
Mark Watkins was Godalming’s brightest player in opening stages, twice delivering dangerous crosses, but with no Gs forward on the end of them. Godalming took the lead in the 29th minute, when a long ball down the middle saw the keeper rush out of his area, but was beaten in the air by Graeme Purdy whose header bounced into the back of the net. Ten minutes later and the visitors equalised, Richard Gregory latching onto a through ball, with Zaki Oualah saving his first effort but helpless to do anything about the converted rebound.
Stratford started the second half well, and had a penalty appeal turned down when Guy Clark went down in the area, but was instead booked for diving. Clearances from Gavin Miller and Jack Broome, as well as a smart save at the feet of Tyrone Fagan from Zaki Oualah kept the scores level, whilst at the other end Mark Watkins produced a rare shot from Godalming which was collected at the second attempt by Sam Brady. With two minutes left Chris Sterling’s mazy run into the penalty area was ended when Jack Broome tripped him, with the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Richard Gregory stepped up to smash home his 39th goal of the season.
Godalming travel to Fleet Town on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm), before hosting Taunton Town next Saturday in the final game of the season.
Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri (Mazzone), Wales, De St Croix, Purdy (Read), Watkins (Bowerman), Wheeler.
A close game saw Shortwood United get two important goals to move them into the playoffs, whilst Godalming left empty handed, despite having the majority of possession in a close encounter.
The night got off to the worst possible start for Godalming, when the home side took the lead after 2 minutes, a swift counter attack from a Gs corner saw Duncan Culley fire past Zaki Oualah. Despite having large amounts of possession, Godalming were failing to test the Shortwood keeper, kept at bay by an organised back four.
The second half continued in the same vein, but Godalming did manage to call Tom King into action. Firstly King was on hand to palm away a Jack Mazzone effort, before getting down low to turn away Graeme Purdy’s long range strike.
Shortwood doubled their lead on 62 minutes, when Duncan Culley lobbed the ball over Zaki Oualah, which was cleared by Lee Wigley only for Culley to follow up and tuck home the rebound. The game petered out from this point, with the home side looking comfortably and forcing Oualah into a couple more saves to keep the score at 2-0.
Gs XI: Oualah, MacFarlane, Wigley, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri, Wales, Broome, Bowerman, Mazzone, Purdy.
An uneventful match against the form team in the league saw Didcot Town run out 2-0 winners.
In a first half devoid of goalmouth action, Didcot’s Sam Elkins came closest to breaking the deadlock, but his header was saved well by the diving Zaki Oualah. Darren Wheeler and Graeme Purdy both had half chances for Godalming, but neither threatened the Didcot keeper.
The hosts took the lead in the 56th minute, when Josh Dutton-Black latched onto a through ball and lobbed the ball over the oncoming Oualah. Didcot double their lead soon after, when Luke Carnell headed in a John Mills cross. Snapshots from sub Jack Mazzone and Chris Wales were the closest Godalming came to breaching the Didcot defence.
Godalming travel to Shortwood United for the penultimate away game of the season, before hosting Stratford Town next Saturday.
Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri (Wigley), Wales, Bosma (De St Croix), Wheeler (Mazzone), Bowerman, Purdy.
Subs not used: Selby.
Godalming lost 2-1 to play off chasing Paulton Rovers, with two goals from Nick McCootie cancelling out George Bowerman’s early strike.
An even start to the match saw Godalming take the lead after only seven minutes, when George Bowerman’s cross from wide on the left looped over Paulton keeper Kyle Phillips and into the back of the net. Josh Jefferies came close to leveling soon after, but headed wide of the goal. Paulton had a big appeal for a penalty, but McCootie was adjudged to have fouled Gs keeper Zaki Oualah rather than the other way round. Paulton equalised on 37 minutes when McCootie converted a Mike Perrot cut back at the far post. Four minutes later and the hosts took the lead, when Gavin Miller pulled back Luke Ballinger in the penalty area. McCootie fired low into the left corner from the spot.
After surviving an initial spell of early pressure in the second half, Godalming started to control play and seek an equaliser. First Mark Watkins had Kyle Phillips scrambling as is cross looped towards the top corner, before beating away another Watkins effort from a tight angle. Chris Musgrove then had a golden chance to equalise, but his stretching effort from 6 yards was instinctively kept out by Phillips. Dan Cleverly came closest for Paulton soon after, his swerving volley striking the inside of the post.
Godalming travel to Didcot Town this Saturday, before making the trip to Shortwood United next Tuesday.
Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri, Wales, De St Croix (Bosma), Bowerman, Watkins, Purdy.
Subs not used: Selby.
A 95th minutes equaliser from Lance Smith denied Godalming all three points at Evesham on Saturday, after a first half goal from Mark Watkins had given the Gs the lead.
Godalming make a confident start to proceeding, with the lively Mark Watkins going close early on, firing an effort into the side netting. Watkins went close again soon after when he was inches away from prodding the ball past the oncoming Evesham keeper, Louie Barnfather. Godalming made the breakthrough on 29 minutes, when a backheel from Darren Wheeler fooled the Evesham defence, leaving Graeme Purdy to cross the ball low, and Mark Watkins to side foot the ball into the far corner. Godalming had a golden chance to double their lead ten minutes later, but Graeme Purdy headed over the bar totally unmarked from 8 yards.
The second half saw Godalming become less adventurous, with the hosts having the better of the play, despite struggling to test Zaki Oualah often. Joey Smith fizzed an effort narrowly wide for Evesham, whilst Ben Evans also fired an effort straight into the hands of Oualah. With the clock winding down Darren Wheeler nearly sealed the points with an improvised lob, but in the fifth minute of injury time, Evesham equalised. A right wing cross eluded Oualah leaving Lance Smith to head home at the far post.
Godalming travel to Paulton, Didcot and Shortwood before returning for their penultimate home match against Stratford Town.
Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Miller, Musgrove, Hutchings, Kiri, De St Croix, Bowerman, Watkins (Wales), Wheeler, Purdy (Selby).
Subs not used: Read, MacFarlane.
A first half goal from George Bowerman was not enough for Godalming to get anything out of Tuesday’s trip to Tiverton, despite an impressive battling performance.
A strong start from Godalming was nearly rewarded when Chris Musgrove’s header was palmed out by Tiverton keeper Mike Searle. Godalming took the lead on 12 minutes, when Graeme Purdy headed the ball into the path of George Bowerman, who cut the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. Jack Mazzone fired narrowly wide soon after, whilst Searle was called into action as he acrobatically tipped over a dipping Darren Wheeler free kick. Tiverton levelled on shortly before half time, when Ryan Richards 35 yard free kick took a deflection off the wall, wrong footing Zaki Oualah.
The second half proved to be a more one sided affair, with Tiverton putting the Godalming defence under large amounts of pressure. Ed Palmer headed narrowly wide, whilst Dan Smith had a volley superbly blocked by Zaki Oualah. Tiverton took the lead on 71 minutes, when substitute Michael Naridello fired low and hard past Oualah. Godalming made a late push for an equaliser, with Darren Wheeler coming close to latching on to a through ball, however Tiverton held firm for a valuable three points as they look to chase down league leaders Merthyr Town.
Godalming travel to Evesham United this Saturday, a coach will depart Wey Court at 10:00am. As usual, tickets are £12 for members and £15 for non-members.
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