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Windsor 0-2 Godalming Town



Godalming Town raised their game in the second half as goals from Will Hutton and Marco Micaletto proved enough to see off Combined Counties side Windsor and secure progress to the FA Cup 1st qualifying round.


In front of 239 strong crowd at Stag Meadow the visitors made the livlier start but the match was cagey and the first effort of note was a long-range strike from Windsor defender James Quinn, who’d scored the Bank Holiday winner for the Royalists against Chertsey Town, in the 16th minute.


The Gs first effort on target came in the 25th minute when Liam Roberts connected with the ball well from distance, but his volley was easily held by Carl Dennison.


Eddie Lazarczuk headed over a Quinn cross for the hosts before Piers Oldland went desperately close for Godalming, his audacious effort from the corner of the box hitting the side netting via Dennison’s fingertips.


Ultimately the first half produced few clear-cut opportunities and a Kane Jones header straight into Richard Ossai’s arms in the 43rd minute summed up an opening 45 minutes that neither side had dominated.


After home captain Kyle Jeffrey’s looping header from a Quinn corner dropped narrowly over Godalming began to step up a gear and the league gap between the two sides slowly became evident.


Jack Mazzone shot straight at Dennison in the 58th minute before, moments later, the Gs top scorer volleyed an Oldland cross just wide.


Having kept the same eleven that won at Egham, Andy Hunt made his first change on the hour mark with Darren Wheeler replacing Andy Crossley and the winger made an instant impact, combining with Hutton who shot wide of Dennison’s left-hand post.


In the 65th minute Ossai saved another Quinn long-ranger but Godalming’s pressure would tell just 60 seconds later as the Gs took the lead.


With Mazzone being held in the middle of the park referee Ollie Davies signalled advantage and the striker found Oldland who laid the ball nicely on to Hutton, and the midfielder took a touch before slotting home the opening goal.


The hosts made two changes as they looked to find an equaliser but they failed to significantly penetrate the Gs back four, each of whom had a particularly impressive game, and they were reduced to long-range efforts.


However, in the 90th minute Windsor came close to forcing a replay when Lazarczuk’s cross fell to Matthew Edwards a few yards from goal but Ashley Lloyd was on hand to provide a crucial block which sent the ball behind for a corner.


From the set-piece, with Dennison up, Godalming scored the killer second. Substitute Marco Micaletto outpaced Lewis Leonetti to reach the clearance and when he was in decent sight of the open goal he coolly fired home from 30 yards before wheeling away to celebrate with the away fans.


Windsor still found time to nearly bag a consolation as substitute Robert Lazarczuk shot narrowly over but Godalming were not to be denied a second consecutive win and clean sheet as well as a 1st qualifying round tie at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB on 13th September.


Andy Hunt’s men return to Wey Court next Saturday when they host Aylesbury, also winners in the cup, before another home league game against Hanwell Town the following Tuesday.


Goals: Hutton 66′, Micaletto 90′


Godalming XI: Ossai; Brown (C. Hutton 89′), Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, W. Hutton, Roberts; Oldland (Micaletto 70′), Mazzone, Crossley (Wheeler 60′).
Subs not used: Pearson, Musgrove, Joslin.


Attendance: 239 (51 away)


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Egham Town 0-1 Godalming Town




Jack Mazzone scored his 7th goal of the season as Godalming Town got back to winning ways with an efficient victory at Egham Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Having picked up a knock in the defeat at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday Graeme Purdy started on the bench with Andy Crossley replacing him in attack, and Liam Roberts started ahead of Marco Micaletto in midfield.


A pitch inspection had to be arranged a few hours before kick off and with the rain coming down the two teams, who both suffered away defeats at the weekend, struggled to gain an upper hand in the early stages of the match. After 12 minutes the hosts had a great opportunity to take the lead when captain Scott Weight found himself unmarked following a Mo Harkin corner but his header whistled over the bar. At the other end a deep Steve Brown free kick fell to Will Hutton who half-volleyed an effort wide of former Godalming goalkeeper Gary Aulsberry’s post.


In the 19th minute the Gs were denied what seemed a clear penalty. After a sloppy Egham free-kick Godalming broke and Crossley played in Piers Oldland with a fine pass. With the teenager haring towards goal Jake Gailbrath grappled and pulled his shirt until he was on the floor, but the referee waved away the appeals. Godalming were in the ascendancy and created a great opportunity on the half-hour mark. Mazzone’s reverse pass released Crossley on the right and his pin-point cross was steered narrowly over by an off-balance Oldland. The pressure told moments later when Nick Hutchings played Mazzone in and the striker used his body well to get ahead of Ricky Farnden before tucking the ball past Aulsberry to give the Gs the lead, to the delight of the numerous travelling fans. After the goal Godalming continued to dominate and Roberts low shot from distance went wide in the 36th minute. Joe Chandiram, one of four former Gs in the Egham starting lineup, fired wide but the visitors went in at half time looking the superior side.


Egham began to exert more pressure after the break and having made some changes. One of the substitutes, Matthew Grave, curled a free kick just a few inches over Richard Ossai’s crossbar. Ossai then made a fine save in the 64th minute to deny Josh Andrews, another substitute, with Antonio Simeone clearing the loose ball. From the resulting corner Farnden headed wide. Aulsberry was then called in to action to deny Hutton before Andrews had another opening, shooting wide from just inside the box.


With just over 15 minutes to go a throw in from Jordan Binns, who had a fine game in front of the back four, found Mazzone whose clever turn allowed for a shot which Farnden managed to block behind for a corner. Ossai was called in to action again as the Sarnies pressed for an equaliser with time running out. After making a smart stop from Reis Stanislaus with his feet the former Farnham Town goalkeeper was grateful when the same player headed in to his hands in the 85th minute. Weight sent another header over but ultimately Godalming produced a mature final few minutes to restrict Egham to long-range efforts and secure a fine 3 points, sending the Gs up to fourth and make the short trip home a sweet one.


Andy Hunt’s men begin their FA Cup campaign next weekend when they travel to face Combined Counties Premier Division side Windsor in the preliminary round. Their next league game is at home to Aylesbury on September 6th.


Goals: Mazzone 31′
Attendance: 167 (46 away)


Godalming XI: Ossai, Brown (C. Hutton 67′), Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, W. Hutton (Wales 84′), Roberts; Oldland, Mazzone, Crossley (Purdy 78′).


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Chalfont St Peter 2-1 Godalming Town



Defensive lapses and controversial officiating played significant roles as Godalming Town crashed to their second defeat of the season at Chalfont St Peter. The Gs, looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce, had a reshuffle in defence with Steve Brown taking Chris Musgrove’s place a right-back. The returning Darren Wheeler, who signed last week following his departure from Bognor Regis Town, started on the bench.


Piers Oldland was looking lively early on and both he and Jack Mazzone had half chances in the opening 5 minutes. Shortly after Glenn Yala was played in but Richard Ossai was off his line quickly and made a smart stop. In the 14th minute Mazzone, scorer of 6 goals already this season, had a chance to add to his tally when he cut inside but his effort fired narrowly wide.

The hosts took the lead moments later after some sloppy Gs defending. Antonio Simeone missed a clearance on the edge of the box and after Ashley Lloyd failed to clear the loose ball Daniel Hughes was on hand to finish past Ossai. Godalming tried to respond and some neat passing between Jordan Binns, Brown and Graeme Purdy created an opening for Will Hutton, whose shot was saved by Michael McEntegart. Godalming continued to look the better side but on a difficult pitch struggled to create many clear chances, with some tight offside decisions going against them, and went in a goal down at the break.

Purdy was struggling with an injury and was replaced by Wheeler 4 minutes into a second half which never really got going. On the hour mark Chalfont St Peter had the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot. After Godalming lost the ball trying to keep possesion in defence Terrell Lewis pounced and was fouled by Binns in the box, with former Guildford City defender Tom Mudge making it 2-0. Andy Hunt made a double change with Liam Roberts and Andy Crossley entering the fray but the already uphill task became a mountain when Brown was harshly sent off in the 71st minute following a challenge by the dugouts. The referee judged a high foot and the midfielder was shown a straight red.

Despite the loss Godalming raised their game as they tried to conjure openings for Wheeler down the left flank. The pressure eventually told in stoppage time when Crossley’s fine cross was powered home by the head of Lloyd. The visitors had just minutes to grab an equaliser but in pouring rain it wasn’t to be on a day of frustration for the Gs.


Godalming make the short trip to Egham Town on Bank Holiday Monday before another journey, this time to Combined Counties Premier Division side Windsor, in the FA Cup preliminary round.

Goals: Hughes 15′, Mudge 62′ (p); Lloyd 90+1′

Godalming XI: Ossai; Brown, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, Hutton (Roberts 66′), Micaletto; Oldland, Mazzone (Crossley 66′), Purdy (Wheeler 49′).

Attendance: 51 (22 away)


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Godalming Town 3-1 AFC Hayes



Three clinical finishes helped Godalming Town ease to victory against AFC Hayes at Wey Court as the G’s kept up their early season form on Tuesday night.


With George Hardy and Steve Brown both absent manager Andy Hunt had to reshuffle his side but the hosts seemed unerred and Piers Oldland came close as he tested visiting ‘keeper Ryan Court early on. The G’s were setting the tempo and Hayes fell behind after just 5th minutes. Graeme Purdy played in Oldland and the youngster beat Dan Bourne before effortlessly gliding round Court and placing the ball into the back of the net.


The visitors, something of a bogey team for Godalming in recent times, couldn’t deal with the attacking pressure and Jack Mazzone shot wide before Marco Micaletto dropped a shoulder to lose his man, firing narrowly off target. Purdy drew a save from Court in the 16th minute and, 7 minutes later, Will Hutton drove an effort over after some fine build-up play between Oldland, Micaletto and Mazzone. The home fans were waiting for the second goal to go in and Purdy went close again, his neat touch and consequent strike forcing Court into a smart stop.


In the 28th minute Micaletto was next to have an opportunity to add to the scoreline but he headed over when well-placed and after the intesity of the opening half-hour the G’s began to fade somewhat as Hayes sensed an opportunity to pounce. That moment came 7 minutes before the break when Lee McManus picked up a throw-in on the left and sent in a deep cross which Tobi Akinjirin nodded past Richard Ossai, via the post, for his third goal of the season. The equaliser was the visitors first effort on target but Godalming came out much improved after the break and Chris Musgrove headed a Hutton freekick over before Purdy again went close in the 52nd minute.


In the 57th minute the G’s re-took the lead with a wonderful goal. Hutton played the ball out to Micaletto and the attacker produced a masterly feint to peel away from Bourne before, with his one touch of the ball, hitting a wonderful left-footed effort across Court and into the bottom corner. The goal forced a change in shape from Hayes who began to push men forward. In the 70th minute Max Walcott was played in by Lee Clarke and the forward rounded Ossai but his effort was cleared off the line by Nick Hutchings. From the resulting corner Ossai produced a spectacular save to deny James Walters as the visitors threatened, but Godalming were soon down the other end and Hutton sent a free kick wide.


The G’s made sure of the three points in the 76th minute. Hutchings long ball was excellently brought down by Purdy who showed great audacity to flick the ball past Ryan King with one touch before dispatching a calm finish beyond Court with his second. The goal rounded off a thoroughly deserved win for Godalming who kept up the attacking promise of previous games in front of a fine Tuesday night crowd of 131. A trip to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday is followed by a Bank Holiday derby date at Egham Town.


Goals: Oldland 5′, Micaletto 57′, Purdy 76′; Akinjirin 37′


Godalming XI: Ossai; Musgrove, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, Hutton (Wales 82′), Micaletto; Oldland, Purdy, Mazzone (Crossley 77’).


Attendance: 131


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Aylesbury Utd 2-3 Godalming Town



A hat-trick from in-form Godalming Town striker Jack Mazzone saw the G’s complete a splendid turnaround as they came from 2-1 down to secure all 3 points in a thrilling game away to Aylesbury United.


Both sides had won one and lost one from their opening two fixtures and it was the Ducks who created the first opening in this first-ever meeting between the sides as Steve Hatch fired over from the edge of the box. Will Hutton drilled wide from distance soon after as the G’s began to shade the match and in the 23rd minute they took the lead with a wonderfully-worked goal. Piers Oldland delicately brought down a long ball and passed to Hutton, with the midfielder demonstrating excellent feet before delivering the perfect pass to Mazzone who confidently finished low to Jack Sillitoe’s left.


Richard Ossai had to be alert 10 minutes later as Jake Bewley’s mis-hit cross flew towards goal but the Godalming stopper saved well, and the new G’s number one was again called into action when Paul Edgeworth shot low from distance.


In an open half Godalming nearly doubled their lead in the 34th minute. After great tracking back from Oldland the lively Hutton saw his effort fumbled on to the crossbar by Sillitoe, bouncing just a few centimetres the wrong side of the line.


It was the G’s defending for the rest of the half, however, as the Ducks searched for an equaliser before the break. Ossai produced a fantastic save after Hatch was played in by Joey Acheampong and in the 40th minute Zack Reynolds, scorer of 4 goals already this season, lifted a clever effort just over after an Aylesbury free-kick wasn’t cleared.


Supporters were still making their way to their seats after the interval as the hosts leveled from the penalty spot. Hatch played in Acheampong from a free-kick and the big forward intelligently drew a foul from Chris Musgrove, with Aylesbury stalwart Edgeworth firing confidently home for 1-1.
Godalming were rattled and Jesse Waites tested Ossai before the turnaround was complete in the 53rd minute. After a corner was floated back in Ossai’s punch only went as far as Waites, and with Shane Wood paying the G’s ‘keeper close attantion the midfielder was able to float a fine finish in to the top corner to the delight of the home support.


The game had cranked up a few gears and in the 55th minute a moment of controversy was to occur as Godalming midfielder Steve Brown went in for a tackle with Liam Smyth. A nothing incident, followed by the most minor of afters, saw a red card for the Aylesbury man. The decision was harsh but did not immediately change the flow of the game as the Ducks increased their work rate as they sought to preserve their lead.


In the 64th minute Mazzone skipped past two defneders before firing over as Godalming bagan to dominate the spaces that were becoming available. Aylesbury were still battling across the pitch and it took some fine, intricate attacking play for the G’s to force the equaliser with 15 minutes to play.
Hutton found substitute Marco Micaletto out wide and the diminutive forward showed great feet to beat Bewley and return the ball. Hutton’s shot was saved by Sillitoe but Mazzone was on hand to smash home the rebound.


Aylesbury heads dropped and Godalming completed the comeback just 3 minutes later as Hutton dispossed Jack Wood in the box and moved the ball to Mazzone, who danced past Bill Morgan with ease before another confident finish that sent the away supporters into raptures.
Reynolds fired a free-kick narrowly wide as the Ducks searched for an equaliser but Godalming produced an assured final 10 minutes to make sure of the 3 points which take them up to 6th in the Southern League Central table.


On this showing the G’s will provide plenty of entertainment this season with a number of exciting forward players. They host AFC Hayes at Wey Court on Tuesday night, a 7:45 kick off, before travelling to Chalfont St. Peter next weekend.


Godalming XI: Ossai; Musgrove, Hutchings, Hardy, Lloyd; Simeone, Hutton, Brown (Binns 64′); Oldland (Micaletto 68′), Purdy, Mazzone (Crossley 82’).

Attendance: 142 (21 away)


Report by Ed Stubbs


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Barton Rovers 4-3 Godalming Town



In an entertaining match that could have gone either way, Godalming eventually lost out 4-3 to Barton Rovers. A bright start to the match saw Will Hutton and Piers Oldland both go close with long range efforts for Godalming. However after 13 minutes it was the home side who took the lead, a hanging cross from the left found Nat Peacock at the far post, who headed home from a few yards. The impressive Keshi Anderson doubled Barton’s lead ten minutes later, after an initial shot was blocked, Anderson fired the rebound high into the net. Graeme Purdy had a shot well blocked at the other end, and on 33 minutes Godalming halved the deficit, a looping volley from Jack Mazzone flew over the Barton keeper and into the net. On the stroke of half time Barton restored their two goal lead, Ricky Young being allowed to turn on the edge of the area, and firing past Richard Ossai into the bottom corner.


Piers Oldand made it 3-2 on 53 minutes, finding a pocket of space in the penalty area to loop a head over the stranded goalkeeper. Seven minutes later and the Gs were on level term, again Piers Oldland was involved, this time squaring the ball for Jack Mazzone to hammer home from 12 yards. The equality only lasted a minute however, as Barton immediately restored their lead, capitalising on some poor defending, with Ricky Young scoring his second and Barton’s fourth. Godalming’s best chance to grab another equaliser came with ten minutes left, but Piers Oldland’s effort was blocked on the line after he’d tried to turn the ball in after a long throw.


Godalming now travel to Aylesbury United on Saturday, before hosting AFC Hayes on Tuesday 19th.


Gs XI: Ossai, C.Hutton (Musgrove), Lloyd, Hardy, Hutchings, Simeone, W.Hutton (Binns), Brown, Oldland, Mazzone, Purdy (Watkins).

Subs not used: Micaletto, Crossley.


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Godalming Town 1-0 Marlow



Godalming got their season off to a winning start, courtesy of a first half header from Jack Mazzone. An even start to the game saw Piers Oldland shoot narrowly wide after cutting inside from the left, whilst at the other Kurtney Brooks curled a left footed free kick onto the post, whilst the follow up header went straight into keeper Richard Ossai’s hands. Despite Marlow getting on top as the half grew on, it was Godalming found the breakthrough in the 40th minute, when a pin-point cross from Steve Brown was met by the head of Jack Mazzone, who headed past Simon Grant from 8 yards. Richard Ossai had to race back to claw away a lob from Lee Barney just before half time, to ensure the Gs entered the break with a slim lead.


The second half continued to be a tight affair, with Will Hutton drawing a good stop from Grant after an ambitious long range effort. Further half chances fell to Piers Oldland and Will Hutton, whereas at the other end Marlow forced Ossai into a smart save low to his right. Further Marlow pressure was absorbed well by the Godalming defence, though Marlow did have a golden chance to equalise in the dying minutes, but Lee Barney fired over the crossbar.


Godalming travel to Barton Rovers on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.


Gs XI: Ossai, C.Hutton, Lloyd, Hardy, Hutchings, Simeone, Brown, W.Hutton, Oldland (Crossley), Mazzone (Binns), Purdy.

Subs not used: Musgrove, Watkins.


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Godalming Town 3-0 Horsham



Godalming wrapped up a productive pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win over Ryman South side Horsham. Godalming got off to the best possible start when Jack Mazzone capitalised on a slip by Horsham player/manager Gary Charman to tuck the ball past Gareth Williams after only 15 seconds. Will Hutton twice went close for Godalming with long range efforts, whilst at the other end Jamie Cade fired over the crossbar.


Billy Dunn came close to equalising for the visitors, but his long range effort smashed against the crossbar. Graeme Purdy had a golden chance to double Godalming’s lead, but turned Will Hutton’s pull back over the bar from 5 yards. Godalming did get their second soon after, Ashley Lloyd heading a corner back across goal, where sub Andy Crossley was on hand to turn home. Five minutes later it was 3-0, when sub Piers Oldland finished well past Williams, after being fed through by Will Hutton.


Godalming host Marlow on Saturday 9th August in the opening league fixture, kick off 3pm.


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