Godalming comfortably defeated a youthful Aldershot Town XI 5-0 at Wey Court on Monday evening.
The game didn’t get off to the best of starts for Godalming, when Pietro Palladino was stretchered off with a hamstring injury in the opening minute. A bright start from the Gs was soon rewarded however when Mark Watkins side footed an Andy Crossley ball past the Shots keeper. Watkins went close again soon after with a header which was well saved, after another cross from Crossley. Further half chances fell to Antonio Simeone and Graeme Purdy, whilst Aldershot’s best chance of the half came from a corner, which went narrowly wide.
Andy Crossley doubled Godalming’s lead early in the second half, converting a Jordan Binns cross. A deft lob from Graeme Purdy made it 3-0, before an excellent touch and finish from Will Hutton made it 4-0. Substitute Jordan Page completed the scoring with a low effort with a few minutes remaining.
Godalming host Horsham at Wey Court this Saturday, the last friendly before the season kicks off on Saturday 9th August, at home to Marlow.
Godalming squad: Richard Ossai, Charlie Hutton, George Hardy, Ashley Lloyd, Nick Hutchings, Antonio Simeone, Jordan Binns, Liam Roberts, Andy Crossley, Graeme Purdy, Pietro Palladino, Mark Watkins, Will Hutton, Jordan Page, Joseph Samuel, Chris Musgrove, Chris Wales, Steve Brown.
Godalming’s indifferent pre-season form continued as reigning FA Vase and Wessex League champions Sholing produced an efficient performance to secure a 2-0 win at Wey Court.
The refurbished ground was resplendent in the late-July sunshine and the opposition, one of the favourites to win the Southern League South and West, threatened early on as Alex Baldacchino headed into the arms of Richard Ossai. A slow start gradually escalated after the quarter-hour mark with Will Hutton curling over for the G’s moments before Steve Brown picked out Pietro Palladino, who showed great control to bring the ball down, but the forward shot straight at Rory Anderson. In the 26th minute the visitors took the lead with the simplest of goals, Lewis Fennemole rising highest to guide Danny Cox’s corner across the helpless Ossai and into the far corner.
Only a splendid block from Brown prevented Cox from adding a second before Godalming’s best spell of the game in a 10 minute flurry before half-time. Mark Watkins did well to pick out Andy Crossley inside the box but the striker took too long to release a shot and was denied by Anderson at the second attempt. From the resulting corner Anderson again had to be alert to claw away a Hutton header but he could do nothing about the rebound, which Chris Musgrove should have scored from close range. In the 42nd minute Hutton’s intelligent build-up found Crossley, who again wasted a good opportunity as he scooped his effort over with only Anderson to beat.
Moments later Charlie Hutton’s dangerous ball was cleared by Jude Nwachuwku but before Godalming could even wonder how they didn’t level before the interval they found themselves 2 goals down. Another set piece, this time a Cox free-kick from wide right, was met by the head of a Sholing player as captain Dan Mason nodded home to but the Boatmen on course for victory deep into first-half injury time.
The visitors came closest after the break with Byron Mason shooting just over but as the game wore on, and with the Sholing defence looking assured and organised, the game struggled to flow as Godalming eventually ran out of ideas. In the 70th minute Ashley Lloyd whipped in dangerous, deep cross which TJ Cuthbertson nearly sliced into his own net. The corner that followed eventually fell to Musgrove who fired wide. Substitute Kane Crisp was denied a third Sholing goal as Ossai made a fantastic close-range save. The Boatmen, who’ve already claimed the notable scalps of Guernsey and Gosport Borough this pre-season, saw out the rest of the game comfortably.
The impressive, new-look Wey Court will play host to an Aldershot Town XI on Monday night before Ryman South side Horsham visit next Saturday with the league campaign commencing in just a fortnight.
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Hutton (Hardy 71′), Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Musgrove, Bown; Hutton, Watkins, Palladino (Purdy 46′); Crossley (Binns 62′).
Report by Ed Stubbs.
The Gs produced an encouraging pre-season display at Imber Court on Sunday lunchtime despite a 0-1 defeat against Ryman Premier League side Met Police. The first half was evenly contested with neither side producing many clear goal scoring opportunities. Richard Ossai in the Gs goal produced an acrobatic stop at his near post but was otherwise largely untested in the first period.
Our hosts made several half time changes and created a number of openings before taking the lead on the hour mark. A Met forward did well to control the ball before hitting a shot from 10 yards past Ossai. Substitute Jack Mazzone almost equalised five minutes later but hit the bar with a header.
Youth Team goalkeeper Tom Beswick entered the action with 20 minutes remaining but was not called upon to make a save. Gs almost snatched a late equaliser but Pietro Palladino couldn’t beat the home keeper when through on goal.
Overall there were plenty of positives to satisfy manager Andy Hunt.
Our next opponents are Wessex Premier League side Petersfield Town on Tuesday evening. Kick will be 7.45pm at Love Lane and admission will be £3 adults and £1 for concessions.
Squad: Richard Ossai, Charlie Hutton, Nick Hutchings, Antonio Simeone, George Hardy, Gavin Miller, Will Hutton, Steve Brown, Pietro Palladino, Tom Beswick, Chris Musgrove, Dale Binns, Jack Mazzone, Mark Watkins, Graeme Purdy, Andy Crossley.
Godalming’s second pre-season match saw them dispatch Hellenic Premier side Holyport 4-1. Will Hutton (pictured) scored the only goal of the first half, firing low into the corner from outside the penalty area. Graeme Purdy and Pietro Palladino also went close for the Gs, whilst Holyport rarely threatened the Godalming goal.
Godalming doubled their lead early in the second half, Will Hutton grabbing his second goal, firing in off the crossbar. A third was added for Godalming when an unstoppable shot from 30 yards into the top corner. Holyport pulled one back through a sliced own goal, before Mark Watkins added Godalming’s fourth with a lobbed finish.
Godalming travel to Imber Court to face Met. Police on Sunday 20th, kick off 12pm.