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St Ives Town 0-1 Godalming Town



A 25th minute goal from Darren Wheeler and a fine defensive performance was enough to get Godalming Town back to winning ways as the Gs ended a four game winless run with a 1-0 victory away to St Ives Town.

After a previously miserable September, which included two home league defeats and an FA Cup exit, Godalming were able to end the month on a high as Andy Hunt made effective changes to his team in Cambridgeshire.

One of the switches proved the star of the show with Graeme Purdy leading the line with experience and force. Also, the impressive Chris Musgrove started with Charlie Hutton coming in at right-back and Antonio Simeone, another player who excelled, moved to midfield.

Purdy would prove to be more than a handful for the hosts and in the opening minute he linked up nicely with Jack Mazzone but the move culminated with Simeone shooting over the bar.

St Ives flexed their muscles shortly after and Jack Higgs nearly curled a deft effort into the top corner in the 3rd minute before Salim Relizani shot straight at Richard Ossai.

Ossai, who had a fine game in goal, was forced to make his first meaningful save in the 14th minute as Jon Stead’s clever free-kick hurtled towards the near corner but the former Farnham Town stopper dived to push the ball behind.

Darren Wheeler was playing a central role and he was pulling the strings with his 18th minute cross was just missed by the onrushing Piers Oldland.



A minute later, following some excellent work down the left channel by Purdy, Simeone burst into the box but the captain couldn’t place his shot either side of Barney McLaughlin.

The Gs were on top and it didn’t take long for them to open the scoring. After a St Ives attack was shut down Oldland passed to Steve Brown who picked the perfect pass to play in Wheeler. He took a touch to steady himself before clinically finishing beyond McLaughlin for his second goal since returning to Wey Court last month.

Ryan Ingrey was St Ives livliest forward player and the striker, on loan from Royston Town, almost scored an immediate equaliser after been played in by Ollie Medwynter but he was denied by a spectacular, full-stretch Ossai save.

A Jordan Lambert header from the resulting corner raised alarm bells before, in the space of two minutes, Ingrey and Relizani combined to create two decent chances that were spurned by the pair.

Purdy’s hassle had left some of the St Ives defenders resorting to fouls and following one such challenge a typically wicked Wheeler free kick was headed just wide by a flying Simeone.

The dangerous Wheeler nearly got his second of the game when he spotted McLaughlin off his line in the 43rd minute but the keeper was able to back track and catch the goalbound effort.

At the other end Jimmy Dean glanced a Higgs cross wide of the right post but Godalming went in one up at the interval.

Former Histon midfielder Higgs curled an effort that was very similar to his chance early in the first half over in the 47th minute before, moments later, Ingrey played in Stead who was denied by a well-timed Charlie Hutton challenge.

Ossai was called into action in the 54th minute, getting down low to push away a long-range Ingrey shot, then the Godalming stopper made a truely remarkable save 5 minutes later.

Ingrey played in Relizani and his ball across the box was nodded away by Mazzone but only as far as Stead. The midfielder hit his first-time effort hard and true but Ossai somehow got a hand to the shot and turned it behind.

Brown shot over in the 68th minute but it was the hosts who were pressing as they looked for a leveller. Ingrey’s header dropped just over the bar before St Ives had a glorious double-opportunity with 17 minutes to go.

Relizani found Ben Seymour-Shove who picked out Higgs at the back post and his shot was headed off the line by Musgrove with the ball dropping to Keiren Jospeh. The substitute hit his shot first-time but Ashley lloyd was on hand to block the effort and the Gs escaped.

There was more goalmouth drama in the 85th minute when Medwynter broke down the right and crossed for Lambert, who was up from the back, but his header was cleared off the line by Purdy.

Despite the chances Godalming were keeping the ball when they got it and holding up play at the other end well. Charlie Beath headed over before Musgrove deflected a Seymour-Shove cross not too far over his own bar but the Gs still looked a threat, and substitute Andy Crossley nearly caught out McLaughlin with a 25-yard shot after beating Medwynter.

The hard work would be enough as Gary Nowak blew for full time shortly after and Godalming could celebrate three points, a clean sheet and the end of a poor run.

The Gs are next back in league action on Saturday October 4th when Potters Bar Town visit Wey Court before a Tuesday night journey to Northwood on the 7th.

As a result of the fortnight gap a friendly against Combined Counties Division One Sandhurst Town has been arranged, and will take place at their Bottom Meadow ground this coming Tuesday.

Scorers: Wheeler 25′

Godalming XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Simeone, Brown; Wheeler (Roberts 74′); Oldland (Crossley 80′), Purdy, Mazzone (W. Hutton 61′).



Subs not used: Wales

Attendance: 234 (27 away)


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Beaconsfield SYCOB 2-1 Godalming Town



Direct goals again proved Godalming Town’s undoing as the Gs crashed out of the FA Cup at the 1st qualifying stage after a 2-1 defeat at Beaconsfield SYCOB on Monday night.

Having been the better side at Wey Court on Saturday, and with the prospect of a home tie with step 5 Greenwich Borough after the 2nd qualifying round draw was made earlier in the day, Andy Hunt and his side will be bitterly disappointed to have exited the competition in the way they did.

Piers Oldland returned to the starting XI having been rested on Saturday and he joined Jack Mazzone and Darren Wheeler in a three-pronged attack. Having served his suspension Steve Brown was also back in midfield with Jordan Binns at right-back.

There was a controversial moment early on when Oldland, having got the better of Zak Martin, saw his cross blocked by the full-back’s left-hand. Referee Nick McKenzie, and the well-sighted linesman Ed Henderson, ignored Godalming’s pleas and signalled for a corner instead.

The draw on Saturday was a cagey affair and it was a similar story again although Aaron Berry headed an Omari Patrick cross not too far wide in the 17th minute.

Godalming were shading the game and in the 32nd minute forced a tremendous reflex save from Rams goalkeeper Sam Bunting. Having been pulled to the ground by George Berkes Wheeler whipped in an inch-perfect free kick which Mazzone got on the end of only to see his header tipped majestically round the post.

The former St. Johnstone under-20 stopper was at it again from the resulting corner as he clawed away Ashley Lloyd’s header and, given the luck they’d rode at Wey Court, perhaps the hosts were beginning to feel this was to be their tie.

After those two great chances Beaconsfield came into the match somewhat and Lee Thompson volleyed wide before, in the 37th minute, captain Lee Togwell’s 25-yard effort was deflected behind by Antonio Simeone.

The game was lacking any real class and 6 minutes after half-time the Gs were given a great opportunity to seize the tie when they were awarded a penalty kick.
Marco Micaletto sent Oldland through with a well-weighted pass and the teenager, who was initially being beaten for pace by Alex Murray, eventually overtook the centre-back before going down under the former Holmer Green mans challenge.

Mazzone stepped up to send Bunting the wrong way, his 8th goal of the season, to the delight of the of travelling fans.

Andy Hurley acted swiftly to his side going behind making a double substitution, one of which would prove to be a stroke of genius.

Just four minutes after coming on for Elliot Carey 19-year old Ashley Kelynack rose highest to head home Togwell’s free kick and level the tie as the Gs conceeded from a long ball into the box again.

Godalming were struggling to piece together their fluid style from earlier in the campaign and too often they’d go long, attempting to find Wheeler, instead of retaining possession which the hosts were doing a good job of.

Will Hutton was sent on with 25 minutes to play after Micaletto limped off with a nasty looking injury and the midfielder shot straight at Bunting in the 71st minute before, having skipped past several challenges, dragging a shot wide shortly after.

However, in the 81st minute the Rams took the lead with another direct goal. A long-throw from the left was flicked on by Jon Munday and Ollie Jones struck a fantastic first-time volley high into the roof of the net.

The goal was of high quality and Andy Hunt responded by sending on Graeme Purdy but despite the added attacking threat Godalming were still struggling to get any meaningful passes together.

Indeed, in the 89th minute, Berry wasted a great chance to seal the tie as he scooped a close-range effort over. There was however one last, agonising chance for the Gs deep into stoppage time.

Wheeler fired in another excellent ball and Purdy did well to bring down and keep possession in the box. After the ball eventually broke Hutton hit a first-time effort from 20 yards which dropped less than an inch wide of the far post with Bunting stranded.

The moment perhaps symbolised the tie with Godalming just not getting the right luck. Moments before the final whistle Richard Ossai made a fantastic one-on-one save from Patrick but Beaconsfield’s young team would get through with the two goals, and the Gs left Holloways Park dejected.

On Saturday Godalming make the 260-mile round journey to Cambridgeshire as they return to league action against St Ives Town. The following Saturday, depending on Rugby Town’s FA Cup replay result, they will again make a long journey north in the league.

Scorers: Kelynack 59′, Jones 81′; Mazzone 52′ (p)

Godalming XI: Ossai; Binns, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Brown (Purdy 82′), Roberts (Wales 74′); Micaletto (Hutton 65′); Oldland, Mazzone, Wheeler.

Subs not used: Pearson, C.Hutton, Crossley,Palladino.



Attendance: 107 (33 away)


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Godalming Town 0-0 Beaconsfield SYCOB



Godalming Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB will meet again on Monday night after a goalless draw at Wey Court.

Marco Micaletto replaced Jack Mazzone and with George Hardy absent Antonio Simeone filled in at centre-back, with Jordan Binns coming back into the team.

Micaletto was subject to some early rough treatment from the visitors, who’d thrashed Didcot Town 5-1 in the previous round, but he wasn’t deterred and in the 8th minute the youngster forced a save from Sam Bunting.

6 minutes after the visitors created their first effort as captain Lee Togwell fired straight at Richard Ossai following some patient approach play. At the other end Bunting was forced into another save, this one much more acrobatic, as he tipped over Will Hutton’s long-range strike.

In the 34th minute Micaletto had another go after combining with Nick Hutchings but his effort fizzed over the bar, and Wheeler tested Bunting shortly after.

Ollie Jones sent a free kick wide before Godalming produced the move of the half just before the break.

Will Hutton found Wheeler with a fine pass and the winger picked out Graeme Purdy who headed the ball delicately down to Hutton. The midfielder struck the ball first time but his effort thundered against the crossbar and away.

After the break Wheeler had another long-range effort but Beaconsfield began to work their way into the game with some neat passing in the final third.

In the 58th minute Lee Thompson and Aaron Berry produced a neat one two and Ossai had to make a fine save from the Beaconsfield top scorer to prevent the visitors from taking the lead.

Alex Murray headed the resulting corner wide and after the close calls Godalming began to dominate play once again.

In the 72nd minute Will Hutton saw his shot deflected over the bar before he inadvertently got in the way of a Jack Mazzone header that seemed to be going in.

With 5 minutes to go Godalming had a glorious chance to win the tie. Simeone showed great vision to pick out Wheeler and after exchanging passes with Mazzone the ball landed at the feet of Piers Oldland. With only Bunting to beat the substitute hit the bar and the ball dropped agonisingly the wrong side of the line.

After going so close Beaconsfield substitute Omari Patrick forced a save from Ossai from dsitance but it was Godalming who missed another chance, this one even more glaring, in stoppage time.

Mazzone cut in from the right and fashioned an opening which Bunting parried away. The rebound fell to Wheeler who seemed destined to score but Jon Munday was on hand to hack the ball off the line and force the replay.

The Gs will travel to Buckinghamshire on Monday night with both sides knowing who their 2nd qualifying round opponents could be after the draw earlier that day. Andy Hunt’s men then travel to St Ives Town on Saturday 20th in the league.

Godalming XI: Ossai; C. Hutton (Wales 61′), Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, Roberts; Hutton; Micaletto (Mazzone 65′), Purdy (Oldland 77′), Wheeler.


Subs not used: Crossley, Pearson, Palladino

Attendance: 148


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Godalming Town 2-3 Hanwell Town



Godalming Town suffered back to back home defeats as a tidy Hanwell Town side scored three first-half goals and held on to win 3-2 at Wey Court on Tuesday night.


After the weekend loss to Aylesbury Andy Hunt made three changes with the returning George Hardy, Darren Wheeler and Graeme Purdy coming in for Jordan Binns, Piers Oldland and Andy Crossley.


Wheeler made a lively start and a freekick which he won flew into the hands of Alex Marginean in the 3rd minute before Lewis Putman, the Southern League Central joint top scorer, was denied by Richard Ossai at the other end.


Putman’s chance was a sign of things to come but Godalming seemed relaxed and much more dynamic than the Aylesbury game, and in the 10th minute they took the lead.


Wheeler’s corner from the left found Antonio Simeone at the far post and after his towering header was cleared off the line by Antony Rowlands Will Hutton was on hand to smash home the rebound.


Jack Mazzone, one of the other league top scorers, curled a shot over in the 12th minute with the Gs looking like they could overpower Hanwell in a manner similar to the win over AFC Hayes three weeks previous.


However in the 15th minute they were undone by another direct move with Daniel Vincent hitting a fine first time effort in at Ossai’s near post after Bill Healey flicked on a deep free kick.


The visitors should have been ahead 6 minutes later when Healey skewed a great chance over the bar following intricate flank play between Vincent and Tom Inch.


At the other end Mazzone again went close when Marginean raced off his line to clear a long Hardy ball, but his canny effort from the far touchline whistled wide.


Marginean then made an outstanding reflex save to tip away Will Hutton’s close range volley as the Godalming midfielder began to link up dangerously with Wheeler. The resulting corner needed only a touch from Simeone but the ball just evaded the Gs captain.


In the 29th minute Ashley Lloyd executed a fine tackle to stop Putman but a less well-timed challenge from Nick Hutchings 3 minutes later resulted in a penalty kick to the newly-promoted visitors.


After Ossai saved well from Healey, Connor Duffy was bundled over and Matthew Lee pointed to the spot, somewhat controversially. Putman, on dual-registration with Conference South Wealdstone, produced a weak effort which Ossai saved but was on hand to tuck home the rebound for 2-1.


The hosts responded superbly and began to put pressure on the Hanwell defence. In the 38th minute Wheeler crossed for Mazzone who’s shot ricocheted off Kyle Watson and inches wide before, moments later, the former Woking man’s glancing header whizzed narrowly past the far post.


It wasn’t Mazzone’s day, however, and after receiving Liam Roberts’ fine through-ball he curled another effort over Marginean’s bar. Putman forced a save from Ossai shortly after, against the run of play, before Hanwell made it three four minutes before the break.


Inch’s corner was helped on by Vincent and Healey finished at the far post for his fifth goal in as many games. He should have made it 4-1 minutes later but he somehow shot straight at Ossai from close range.


After the break Andy Hunt brought on Oldland and Marco Micaletto and the hosts continued to dominate without testing Marginean. The Hanwell goalkeeper began to drop kick from just outside his box and when linesman Nigel Baker spotted this in the 66th minute Godalming were awarded a free kick.


Wheeler floated in the set peice majestically with Marginean rooted to the spot and it was game on.


Healey and Putman had been more than a handful all evening and the pair, who now have 13 goals between then this season, linked up in the 70th minute but the former headed in to Ossai’s arms.


With less than quarter of an hour to go Godalming came desperately close when Micaletto found Oldland with a fine ball and Purdy narrowly missed getting on the end of the youngster’s right-sided delivery.


Ossai denied Putman after another threatening counter shortly after but Godalming were doing the pressing as they sought a leveller. With 6 minutes to go Ashley Lloyd headed inches over following Will Hutton’s lofted ball in.


It wasn’t to be for the Gs who will feel frustrated at not having got at least a point. Beaconsfield SYCOB visit on Saturday for the FA Cup 1st qualifying round tie before Godalming making a first-ever journey to St Ives Town, who sit one place and two points behind Andy Hunt’s side, on the 20th.


Goals: Hutton 10′, Wheeler 67′; Vincent 15′, Putman 33′, Healey 41′


Godalming XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Hardy (Musgrove 46′), Lloyd; Simeone, W. Hutton, Roberts (Micaletto 53′); Mazzone (Oldland 53′), Purdy, Wheeler.


Attendance: 115


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Godalming Town 1-3 Aylesbury



Godalming Town fell to their first home defeat of the season as a physical and effective Aylesbury side scored three goals in ten second-half minutes to run out 3-1 winners at Wey Court. Charlie Hutton came in for the suspended Steve Brown at right-back in Andy Hunt’s only change from the FA Cup win at Windsor with Graeme Purdy and Darren Wheeler both unavailable. The visitors had only won two league games but progressed in the cup last weekend after a derby win over Aylesbury United, and they stamped their direct approach on the match from the off.


In the 20th minute Godalming created the first clear chance. Mazzone collected Hutton’s throw-in and spun around Daniel Murphy before hooking the ball across the box and when Piers Oldland connected with it at the far post it seemed to be going in, but James Weatherill produced a fine finger-tip save to deny him. Aston Goss curled a free-kick over for the Moles before big front man Brian Haule shot straight at Richard Ossai after a mistake from Antonio Simeone. In the 29th minute the Gs had another great chance as Murphy gave the ball to Will Hutton around 35 yards out, who picked out Andy Crossley. However with Weatherill off his line Crossley took too long to shoot and his eventual effort was straight at the Aylesbury stopper. Crossley lofted another effort wide in the 34th minute but Godalming were struggling to produce the flowing football of previous games and the stop-start nature of the first-half made for difficult viewing in front of a bumper crowd on Non-League Day.


The Gs were seemingly still in the changing room when the visitors struck the opening goal in the 49th minute. Following a free kick from the right Goss sent the loose ball back in to the box where it ricocheted off Haule into the path of captain Ben Stevens, who bundled home from close range. A pin-drop silence followed the goal and Godalming seemed stunned. Remarkably enough just seconds after conceding Sonny French was allowed to waltz past several Gs players unopposed before dragging a shot wide with only Ossai to beat. In the 54th minute Will Hutton floated an effort into Weatherill’s arms but Aylesbury struck again just 60 seconds later. Sean Sonner’s cross was knocked down by new signing Jeanmal Prosper and Haule beat Jordan Binns to the ball as he poked home his first goal of the season. Andy Hunt responded with a double change, bringing on Marco Micaletto and Tom Joslin, and Will Hutton shot just wide in the 58th minute but the game was sealed shortly after with a third Aylesbury goal. Haule flicked on Weatherill’s long kick and Liam Roberts miscued the ball with a sliced clearance which fell to French, Aylesbury’s player of the season last term, and he audaciously lobbed his effort over Ossai and into the net. Sonner had a chance the make it four when he was completely unmarked at a set-piece but he steered his effort over.


The Gs couldn’t compete physically with what was a big team though after both sides made changes spaces opened up more in the attacking third. In the 73rd minute Micaletto, who scored as a substitute last weekend, did the same again with another composed finish. After holding off Stevens the youngster coolly placed the ball across Weatherill into the far corner. Aylesbury substitute Ollie Hogg pulled an effort wide at the other end before Joslin lifted an efforted narrowly over following good hold up play from Mazzone. However going in to the final stages it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score and they wasted two good chances, including a stoppage time effort from Gareth Price which had to be cleared off the line by Chris Musgrove.


In front of the good crowd Godalming will be disappointed to have lost in what was for the most part an ugly game. Aylesbury’s game plan stifled the Gs who must pick themselves up ahead of back to back home games.


Newly promoted Hanwell Town are the visitors on Tuesday night with a 19.45 kick off for the first meeting between the two teams. Godalming then host fellow Southern Central side Beaconsfield SYCOB next weekend in the FA Cup 1st qualifying round.


Goals: Micaletto 73; Stevens 49′, Haule 55′, French 59′. Godalming XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd (Musgrove 70′); Binns (Micaletto 56′), W. Hutton, Roberts; Oldland, Mazzone, Crossley (Joslin 56′).


Attendance: 169