Monthly Archives: October 2014

Beaconsfield SYCOB 1-1 Godalming Town

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A below-par Godalming Town missed the opportunity to move second as bottom club Beaconsfield SYCOB earned a deserved 1-1 draw at Holloways Park.

 

It was the third time the Gs had failed to overcome the Rams already this season and the loss of Darren Wheeler to two broken toes capped off a frustrating night for Andy Hunt’s men.

 

After the battling win over Bedworth on Saturday three changes were made, notably in goal where last season’s stopper Zaki Oualah played as Richard Ossai was resting a niggling injury. Ashley Lloyd was similarly rested, in his case a long-term groin problem, with Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove starting in central defence. In attack Liam Roberts came in for Marco Micaletto.

 

After a promising opening few minutes Godalming faded and in the 13th minute Oualah was forced into his first save, making a smart stop with his feet after Aaron Couch shot following a ricochet off Steve Brown.

 

Couch was making his debut having signed from Burnham over the weekend and the talented winger volleyed another effort narrowly over soon after. In the 21st minute he was allowed to run unchallenged for several yards before shooting straight at Oualah.

 

The Gs were giving the ball away cheaply with the hosts enjoying greater possession so it was much against the run of play when they took the lead, with an excellent goal, on the half-hour mark.

 

Jack Mazzone’s great lay off, evidence of his improved hold up play in recent weeks, allowed Will Hutton to pick out Wheeler with a pin-point, first time pass. The winger proceeded to dumbfound the Beaconsfield defence first beating Johnny Gray before drawing Sam Bunting off his line and rounding him. Alex Murray was the next Rams defender to be beaten before, with two players on the line, he stuck the ball into the corner.

 

The goal came at a cost, however, as Wheeler hobbled straight off after scoring. Later scans revealed the two broken little toes, likely to keep him out for a few weeks at least, and Godalming fans will be hoping for a swift recovery.

 

Micaletto came on in his place but the Gs were still struggling to create any openings and after Ashley Kelynack crossed for Couch Chris Musgrove had to be alert to produce a smart block. The last action of the half saw Lee Togwell volley over and Godalming went in a goal ahead at the break.

 

The hosts, hard-working but limited, had drawn the Gs into a direct affair but Tom Willment was winning everything in the air and they levelled the game in the 62nd minute when a seemingly harmless shot from Couch squirmed through Oualah and into the back of the net.

 

Godalming huffed and puffed but were struggling to put many passes together in the attacking third. Indeed, Togwell sent another volley over the bar with 20 minutes to play. In the 72nd minute a smart turn from Micaletto on the right made space for a cross and substitute Pietro Palladino did well to connect with the ball but he headed it wide.

 

That chance was Godalming’s best of the second half and with the host’s determination to get a point colliding with the Gs pure frustration the match became niggly, and eventually fizzled out without either side creating an opportunity to win it.

 

The FA Trophy first qualifying round means Godalming have a blank weekend before making a long midweek trip to face Rugby Town on Tuesday 4th November. Another difficult away day follows with a first-ever meeting with league leaders and title favourites Kettering Town on Saturday 8th in what could be a gripping, top of the table clash.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 30’; Couch 62’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ouloah; Brown, Hutchings, Musgrove, Wales; Simeone, Frith (Palladino 64’); Hutton; Wheeler (Micaletto 31’), Mazzone, Roberts.

 

Substitutes not used: Crossley, Lloyd, Ossai.

 

Attendance: 112 (38 away).

 

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Godalming Town 2-1 Bedworth United

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Godalming Town produced a fine defensive performance as they held on to beat Bedworth United at Wey Court, climbing above the visitors to fourth place and extending their unbeaten league run to five matches.

 

Following the FA Trophy loss at Wimborne last weekend Andy Hunt made a number of changes. With Charlie Hutton carrying a knock Steve Brown filled in at right-back and George Frith started in midfield. Chris Musgrove replaced Chris Wales at centre-back and Will Hutton and Marco Micaletto returned to the starting eleven.

 

The visitors, who were relegated from the Northern Premier League last season, lost their third consecutive game on Tuesday night in a 3-1 reverse at Marlow. Indeed it was the Gs who made the early pressing and after Kyle Cartwright was forced to divert a dangerous Darren Wheeler free kick narrowly over his own bar the resulting corner just evaded Chris Musgrove at the far post.

 

Godalming were producing some neat football in the final third and in the 11th minute an excellent pass from Jack Mazzone released George Frith, whose delicate touch allowed him to round goalkeeper Denham Hinds. However, his ball across the box was too far behind Marco Micaletto.

 

Wheeler then tried an audacious effort from 40-yards before the Greenbacks had a great chance to take the lead but Alex Naughton, with only Richard Ossai to beat, pulled his effort wide of the far post.

 

Cartwright headed a Luke Rowe free kick wide before the Gs got the opening goal after 21 minutes. The visitors had already given away a number of free kicks for poor challenges and they were made to pay after a set-piece in perfect Wheeler territory was lifted beautifully into the top corner by the wingers left foot, leaving Hinds with no chance.

 

Bedworth responded well to going a goal behind and Ossai made a good save from a Daniel Dubidat free kick in the 27th minute, diving to his right to turn the ball behind. However from the corner that followed the visitors levelled.

 

Rowe’s delivery fell to Daniel Creaney at the back post and his effort forced Ossai into another smart stop but he could do nothing about the rebound which Cartwright smashed home from 10 yards for the defenders first goal of the season.

 

Despite the equaliser Godalming continued to look good going forward, Wheeler in particular giving Aiden Kirby a torrid afternoon. Having left the former Stotfold defender for dead his excellent, low delivery couldn’t quite be met by Mazzone and in the final action before the break an almost repeat raid down the left resulted in Micaletto volleying over.

 

Mazzone fired straight at Hinds early in the second half before a deep cross from Chad Degville-Cross essentially hit Creaney and ended up safely in Ossai’s hands.

 

In the 52nd minute the Gs felt they should have had a penalty after Ashley Lloyd was bundled over inside the box but Michael Taylor waved away the appeals, indeed awarded the visitors a free kick, and they went close 5 minutes later as Degville-Cross fizzed an effort over the bar.

 

Referee Taylor was pointing the spot shortly after however as Mazzone got on the end of a long ball from Nick Hutchings and rounded Hinds, only to be upended by the former Kettering Town ‘keeper. The penalty kick, Godalming’s 5th of the season, was confidently smashed into the top corner by Mazzone who celebrated a remarkable 14th goal of the campaign, a tally even more impressive given it’s only October.

 

After going behind for a second time Bedworth began to press and moments after the goal Ossai made another decent save, this time turning Naughton’s free kick over the bar before Degville-Cross shot wide from distance.

 

Andy Hunt responded to the increased pressure by bringing on the more defensive Wales for Hutton in the middle, with Purdy coming on for Micaletto shortly after. Wales almost diverted a Rowe cross into his own net in the 74th minute but made some crucial, flying blocks to deny the visitors as the game entered its latter stages.

 

With seven minutes to go substitute Keenan Meakin-Richards shot from distance was deflected just wide and from the subsequent corner Ossai produced a truly sensational save to keep his side ahead.

 

Rowe’s set-piece wasn’t cleared and the ball eventually fell to Meakin-Richards who let fly with a rocket from just inside the box. The effort seemed destined for the far corner but Ossai leapt at full-stretch to tip the ball away, a heroic save fit to win any game.

 

The nerves could be felt around Wey Court as Bedworth continued to hunt for an equaliser and Naughton almost found one in 90th minute but his free kick dipped just over the crossbar. In stoppage time the former Coventry City youngster shot wide but moments later the final whistle as blown with a huge three points secured for the Gs.

 

A positive start to the campaign has seemingly turned into a genuine push for promotion and given the struggles of last season much credit must go to Andy Hunt and his coaching team.

 

A win on Monday night at bottom side Beaconsfield SYCOB will see Godalming climb up to second place, as well going some way to erasing memories of the FA Cup exit there earlier this season. The Gs then have a blank weekend before travelling to Rugby Town on Tuesday November 4th.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 21’, Mazzone 61’ (p); Cartwright 28’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Brown, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Simeone, Frith; Hutton (Wales 65’); Micaletto (Purdy 67’), Mazzone, Wheeler (Crossley 73’)

 

Sub not used: Pearson, Roberts

 

Attendance: 178

 

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Wimborne Town 3-2 Godalming Town

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The nightmares of last season’s South & West campaign came back to haunt Godalming Town as a 3-2 loss at Wimborne dumped the Gs out of the FA Trophy Preliminary Round at the first attempt for the third consecutive year.

 

It was a game neither side truly deserved to win but Godalming will be disappointed with a defeat at Cuthbury that denied over £2,500 prize money and a trip to Dorchester Town in the next round, as well as ending their five game unbeaten run.

 

After much change for the midweek Red Insure Cup win over Northwood Godalming reverted to a side similar in personnel to the one that easily saw off Leighton Town last weekend. With Chris Musgrove ill Chris Wales started at centre-back with Liam Roberts playing a deeper midfield role, and Darren Wheeler returned to the starting XI.

 

In windy conditions in East Dorset neither side made a particularly dominant start but the Gs took an early lead thanks to a simple goal. Nick Hutchings sent a long ball down the left and Wheeler raced on to it before, having beaten Adam Costello to the ball, carefully lifting an effort over the advancing Jason Harvell for his sixth goal of the season.

 

Shortly after Purdy went in for a 50/50 challenge with Jon Blake sparking a melee involving Wimborne’s physio and Antonio Simeone, but the referee showed just one card and that was to the Godalming striker for the tackle.

 

Wimborne began to dominate the match and Wales did well to deflect an Ian Oliver effort behind before, in the 20th minute Jamie Davidson steered a shot off target.

 

The pressure told 5 minutes later however as Magpies’ top-scorer Mark Gamble held up play near the corner and passed inside to Scott Arnold. The Wimborne skipper’s first-time shot took a wicked deflection and flew into the far corner, leaving Richard Ossai with little chance.

 

Roberts tested Harvell shortly after but the hosts were on top and two minutes after Davidson drew a save from Ossai they were ahead. Sam Griffin crossed from the left and Gamble reacted quickly, forcing Ossai to palm his effort away. The ball then dropped to Blake who has the easy task of poking home from 12 yards out for his fourth goal of the season.

 

Roberts volleyed wide just before the break as the Gs looked for a quick response but they were slow out the blocks in the second period and in the 48th minute Wimborne should have made it three as Davidson shot wide with only Ossai to beat.

 

It was a big let off for Godalming and the hosts were made to rue that chance minutes later as Jack Mazzone equalised with his 13th goal of the season. Wales’ long-ball was flicked on by Purdy, falling to Wheeler out wide. The winger picked out the Gs top-scorer superbly who showed great composure at the back-post to powerfully beat Harvell for 2-2.

 

With the wind in their sails Godalming began to play their best football of the match and Wheeler shot at Harvell in the 54th minute after being played in by Roberts. Oliver headed against the bar from a free kick at the other end but in truth it was the Gs who were on top as they looked to win the tie.

 

Substitute Marco Micaletto was next to test Harvell as Purdy played an excellent ball through to the youngster who beat Franklyn Clarke before forcing a good save from the former Poole Town stopper.

 

The introduction of Will Hutton in the 75th minute added another creative dimension to Godalming’s attacks and he combined nicely with Micaletto shortly after coming on, but Mazzone’s touch was just too heavy to round the move off.

 

Micaletto then volleyed wide from a corner but the hosts were coming back into the game more and more before they struck the winning goal with 5 minutes to play. James Stokoe released Sam Griffin on the left and his low cross was side-footed home with ease by substitute Matt Kemble.

 

The Gs hadn’t dominated the game but didn’t deserve to be behind, and with Purdy being replaced by George Frith moments after the third Wimborne goal Ashley Lloyd and Simeone went forward in an attempt to force a replay. The Godalming captain was desperately unlucky to see his free-kick drop just wide of Harvell’s left-post deep in to stoppage time but it wasn’t to be.

 

With another early FA Trophy exit the Gs will now switch their focus to the league which continues next Saturday in a big game at home to fourth place Bedworth United.  They then travel to the scene of their other cup heartache this season, Holloways Park, for a league match against Beaconsfield SYCOB on Monday October 27th.

 

Scorers: Arnold 25’, Blake 40’, Kemble 85’; Wheeler 7’, Mazzone 50’.

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Wales, Lloyd; Brown, Simeone; Roberts (W. Hutton 75’); Wheeler (Micaletto 61’), Purdy (Frith 86’), Mazzone.

 

Subs not used: Crossley, Palladino.

 

Attendance: 175 (52 away).

 

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Godalming Town 5-1 Northwood

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Spectacular strikes helped Godalming Town ensure an easy progress to the second round of the Southern League Red Insure Cup as a 5-1 win over Northwood extended the Gs unbeaten run to 5 matches.

 

A much-changed line up saw Liam Roberts revert to left-back with Chris Wales joining Antonio Simeone in defence. George Frith made his first start in midfield along with James Ryan and Andy Crossley, on his return from injury, was named in attack with Jack Mazzone and Pietro Palladino.

 

Mazzone and Frith demonstrated some nice link up play in the opening stages before Northwood were forced into an early change after Kamal McEwan picked up a shoulder injury and was replaced by Mason Yorke.

 

The Gs had made the better start and took the lead in the 16th minute after a perfectly executed free kick from the returning Crossley. Having been fouled near the left-hand edge of the box the attacker brushed himself down before floating a wonderful right-footed strike in to the top corner, leaving Berkley Laurencin with no chance, for his first Godalming goal.

 

Neither team was going full throttle on a slippery pitch though Ryan forced Laurencin into a simple save in the 26th minute before the former Hendon stopper plucked a dangerous Crossley cross out of the air.

 

The visitors were presented with a great chance to level in the 31st minute. Richard Ossai slipped on the wet surface just as he was kicking and the ball fell to Ishmael Ehui. The striker’s touch was poor, however, and the ball rolled straight back to the Godalming goalkeeper.

 

Northwood did find a way through shortly after though. Alex Nolan’s free kick was held up by Nick Turner who rolled the ball towards the back post. Ehui was there to make up for his earlier wasted opportunity and tuck the ball inside Ossai’s near post.

 

In the 37th minute following great hold up play from Mazzone Frith fired into the side netting with Laurencin getting the slightest of touches. From the corner Godalming re-took the lead as as Crossley picked out Mazzone and Andy Lomas tried to clear, only forcing the ball towards goal where Palladino was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

 

Nana Asamoah, scorer when the two sides met in the league last week, fired a free kick over in the 42nd minute but Godalming went in at half time 2-1 ahead.

 

The Gs had Ossai to thank for keeping them in the lead as he pulled of remarkable save in the 50th minute. Asamoah’s corner looked to be heading in via Roberts but the goalkeeper leapt to claw away the ball.

 

Substitute Michael Murray dragged an effort wide before Asamoah did the same, and at the other end the recently introduced Darren Wheeler combined with Roberts before the latter fired just off target.

 

Ossai made another good save, this time from Rob Hastings, before Godalming extended their lead with 12 minutes to play. Wheeler broke down the left and picked out Mazzone who passed the ball on to Marco Micaletto, who was playing his first minutes since a nasty injury last month. The youngster took a touch before smashing the ball home and put the tie beyond Northwood.

 

Northwood were deflated and four minutes later it was four as Wheeler scored a truly sumptuous goal. The winger collected the ball and ran at the Northwood defence, leaving Nolan and Turner for dead before making space for a shot. He could have simply rolled the ball beyond Laurencin but instead chose to chip, audaciously, his effort into the top corner.

 

The goal was hos 5th of the season and Godalming were running riot. Moments after the fourth goal a penalty was awarded after Yorke bundled over Micaletto. Mazzone, after his 12th goal of the season, stepped up but a weak effort was saved by Laurencin.

 

Wheeler had a great chance to score a second goal after a mistake by Turner but the fifth goal came in stoppage time, and it was a finish to challenge Wheeler’s for class. Having received the ball in the corner Micaletto wriggled his was past Nolan before weaving through Perry Dicker and Turner. Having somehow carved out an opening with this mazy run the teenager fired a powerful finish into the far corner notching up his 2nd of the game and 5th of the season in some style.

 

The performance confirmed the strength of the Gs going forward and also showed that Andy Hunt’s men can adapt their style even with a big change of personnel.

 

Godalming travel travel to Southern League South & West side Wimborne Town on Saturday in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy before they meet Bedworth United for the first time on October 25th when the Greenbacks visit Wey Court.

 

Scorers: Crossley 17’, Palladino 38’, Micaletto 78’,  90’, Wheeler 82’; I. Ehui 36’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Roberts, Wales, Simeone; Brown, Frith; Ryan; Crossley (Wheeler 62’), Mazzone, Palladino (Micaletto 62’).

Subs not used: Pearson, Purdy.

 

Attendance: 67

Leighton Town 0-4 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town made it four games unbeaten as they ran out comfortable winners against a poor Leighton Town team, with a 4-0 victory the biggest win for the Gs under Andy Hunt’s reign.

 

With Darren Wheeler ruled out before the game with an injury Graeme Purdy started in attack. Marco Micaletto, training again after the injury picked up at Beaconsfield SYCOB last month, was named on the bench alongside George Frith and Pietro Palladino. Long-term absentee Gavin Miller was present in the stands.

 

The hosts, who had already shocked league leaders Kettering this campaign, had the first opportunity 6 minutes in as Godalming failed to properly clear Ashley Farmer’s ball into the box and Michael Lyon shot just over the bar.

 

The Gs first shot on target came from top-scorer Jack Mazzone in the 14th minute with the striker collecting a Liam Roberts throw in before firing at Dan Green from distance.

 

Green, one of no less than ten players in the Leighton starting eleven who followed manager Craig Bicknell from Spartan South Midlands League Ampthill Town in the summer, made another save from Mazzone in the 20th minute though the forward was flagged for offside.

 

A moment of controversy soon followed as Christian Lester bizarrely kicked out at Chris Musgrove off the ball but referee Mike Wardell failed to spot the incident. Leighton had offered a physical approach from the off, a style that has disrupted Godalming already this season, but the Gs soon took the lead with a wonderfully worked goal.

 

After Will Hutton misplaced a pass Steve Brown did terrifically to win the loose ball and find Purdy. The big striker then released Roberts on the left who delivered a perfectly-weighted, low cross into the box. Brown hadn’t stopped his run since making the challenge and was on hand to beat Robbie Goodman to the ball, sliding home his first Godalming goal.

 

Long balls looking for the wide men and striker Danny Watson, scorer of 6 goals this season after a staggering 52 for Ampthill last term, were Leighton’s main attacking approach and in the 34th minute a Mark Bunker cross from the right looking for the forward was superbly cleared by Ashley Lloyd in the nick of time.

 

Two minutes later Purdy slipped in Mazzone and from a tight angle he forced Green into another save before the hosts captain Goodman headed a long ball over the bar in the 38th minute.

 

Godalming were beginning to get their passing game together and another smart move nearly lead to a second goal. Purdy flicked the ball on to Mazzone who picked out Roberts with a fine pass. With Tyrone Taylor closing him down the midfielder beat Green with his shot but not the far post, and the ball bounced clear.

 

The Gs would make it two before the interval however as Brown found Roberts out wide and another good cross was forced into his own net by Daniel Hart before the pressurising Purdy could convert.

 

Two minutes after the break Watson lifted an effort wide as Leighton showed no signs of letting their physicality slip. Both Lyon and Farmer flew into challenges and the latter was booked for an elbow on Nick Hutchings.

 

The hosts had a spell of pressure from the 57th minute as they won a series of corners. Richard Ossai made his first save of the day from a 25-yard Farmer effort before Musgrove nearly diverted a fine cross from the same player into his own net. From the resulting corner Watson headed wide.

 

In the 62nd minute, after Antonio Simeone’s pass was deflected, Mazzone collected the ball in the box but was again denied by Green. Leighton then wasted their best chance of the match as Lester’s woeful shot flew over the bar following good work from Watson.

 

The Gs got a third goal in the 68th minute with Mazzone showing great feet and then picking out Roberts on the left. His third assist of the match took a slight deflection, elevating the ball slightly more, with Purdy bringing the it down before shrugging off the two defenders around him, turning and firing a powerful shot in off the crossbar.

 

Having been denied by Green on a number of occasions Mazzone eventually got on the scoresheet in some style in the 73rd minute, with his 11th goal of the season. The former Woking man came deep to collect a ball from Ossai and proceeded to skip past Bunker and Goodman with ease before nonchalantly lifting a sensational finish into the top-right corner.

 

Godalming were looking impressive, albeit against limited opposition, though Watson’s acrobatic volley flew only a few inches over with 7 minutes remaining.

 

Moments later tempers boiled over, as it had been threatening to do all afternoon, as substitute Kyle Durcan flew into a late, poor challenge on Simeone. The Gs skipper reacted and both players were booked following heated exchanges between the two sets of players.

 

In a closer fought game more flash points could easily have occurred though Simeone almost had the final say as he danced past three Leighton players before Green denied him what would have been a remarkable fifth goal.

 

Ultimately it was a three important points for the Gs, as well as a boost to the goal difference, as they moved up to 6th in the league.

 

Northwood are the visitors in the Southern League Red Insure Cup first round on Tuesday night before Andy Hunt’s men travel to Southern League South & West side Wimborne Town next Saturday in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy.

 

Scorers: Brown 29’, Hart 45’ (og), Purdy 68’, Mazzone 75’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Brown, Simeone; W. Hutton (Frith 63’); Roberts, Purdy (Palladino 74′), Mazzone.

 

Subs not used: Micaletto.

 

Attendance: 95 (29 away).

 

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Northwood 1-1 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town left Middlesex with a first league draw of the season after being unlucky not to take all three points in a game which saw the Gs produce some of the fine passing football seen earlier in the season.

 

With Andy Hunt not travelling due to the recent birth of his child Neil Selby and Paul Dale took charge and the same eleven that won dramatically on Saturday was named, though Graeme Purdy returned to the squad along with new signing from Slough Town, George Frith.

 

Godalming took the game to the Woods from the off and Will Hutton twice had efforts in the opening 6 minutes, the first flying straight into the arms of Berkley Laurencin before another long-range strike whistled over the bar.

 

Despite the early attempts the game struggled to get going although Sam Byfield registered the home sides first shot on target just before the quarter hour mark.

 

Two minute later Northwood took the lead after a mistake by Chris Musgrove. The defender lost the ball about 30 yards out and Nana Asamoah pounced, waltzing into the box before curling a great finish beyond Richard Ossai into the bottom corner for his 5th goal of the season.

 

The Gs were being let down by their final ball and were struggling to create any clear openings, and at the other end Ismael Ehui skewed an effort wide.

 

Godalming’s best chance of what was becoming a scrappy half came in the 40th minute when Darren Wheeler won a free kick. Will Hutton took it, but his strike was deflected a few inches over Laurencin’s bar.

 

With the visitors looking like they were going into the break a goal down they were handed a lifeline in the 45th minute when Jack Mazzone took on Perry Dicker, only to be tripped by the defender.

 

Referee Craig Pullen didn’t point to the spot, initially, and assistant Mike Chisholm gave what was the correct decision of a penalty kick. Mazzone stepped up to confidently drill home his 10th goal of the season, just 3 off his entire total for 2013-14, with Laurencin given no chance.

 

The second half turned out to be the opposite of the first with an open game, dominated by the Gs, resulting in good chances for both sides.

 

Godalming came out much brighter and in the 49th minute Antonio Simeone’s excellent pass found Wheeler, and the winger attempted an audacious effort from the corner of the box forcing Laurencin to tip the ball over the bar.

 

Simeone then blasted a shot over before, in the 54th minute, Laurencin again denied Wheeler. This good spell of pressure created another opening shortly after, this time Mazzone heading a deep Liam Roberts cross wide.

 

With the Gs firmly camped in the Northwood half, inevitably, space opened up at the back and Ismael Ehui almost took advantage of this in the 59th minute but his deflected effort was cleared away by Musgrove.

 

From the resulting corner Godalming broke and after Steve Brown picked out Roberts with a fine pass the former Badshot Lea man curled a left-footed strike wide of Laurencin’s near post.

 

At the other end Musgrove was again to the rescue, and again denying Ismael Ehui, as the defender deflected the former Fulham trainee’s shot behind for a corner after a good flick on by Micahael Murray.

 

Ehui was beginning to cause problems for the Godalming defence and Richard Ossai was forced into a typically smart save to deny him in the 65th minute before Ashley Lloyd produced an excellent headed clearance from another goalbound effort from the striker.

 

Minutes later Simeone nodded a Wheeler corner just wide before Wheeler went close, and in the 71st minute Murray bent a free kick narrowly over for the hosts.

 

The game was becoming more and more end to end and with 15 minutes to go Will Hutton’s pass found Wheeler, following a slip from Nick Turner, but Andy Lomas was on hand to deflect the eventual effort wide.

 

In the 80th minute another Northwood break nearly undid Godalming as Joakim Ehui managed to wind his was past several players before shooting at Ossai, when he should have done better.

 

Selby and Dale had sent on Piers Oldland and Purdy as Godalming looked to find a winning goal and with 3 minutes to go the Gs were denied what seemed a certain penalty. Wheeler’s pace had beaten Turner and with he was through on goal but the defender clearly pulled the winger’s shirt, and consequently him to the ground, but referee Pullen ignored the appeals.

 

Godalming had spent the last 20 minutes or so producing some intricate, swift passing in the middle of the park without testing Laurencin too much. The dominance saw the management look for the win with time running out but it ended up being the hosts who finished stronger.

 

Indeed, with 1 minute to play, Ismael Ehui missed his final chance of the night and undoubtedly his best opportunity. Substitute Rob Hastings hung the ball into the box and Joakim Ehui picked out his brother, but the striker somehow shot wide from 6 yards out.

 

The final action of the game saw Will Hutton curl a free kick harmlessly out of play and the referee brought an end to what had been a pulsating second period.

 

Godalming travel to Leighton Town on Saturday before Northwood are again the opposition on Tuesday 14th, this time hosting the Woods in the first round of the Southern league Red Insure Cup.

 

Scorers: Asamoah 16′; Mazzone 45′ (p)

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Brown (Frith), Simeone; W. Hutton; Roberts (Oldland), Mazzone (Purdy), Wheeler.

Subs not used: Palladino, Ryan.

 

Attendance: 103 (19 away).

 

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Godalming Town 3-2 Potters Bar Town

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A 90th-minute penalty from Darren Wheeler gave Godalming Town all three points as the Gs defeated 4th-place Potters Bar Town in a thrilling game at Wey Court.

 

After a fortnight with no competitive action Andy Hunt, who became a father last week, made a couple of changes with Liam Roberts and Will Hutton returning to the starting eleven.

 

It took the Gs just 17 seconds to register a shot on target with Jack Mazzone shooting into the hands of Mike Underwood.

 

The early intent was rewarded in the 5th minute when Potters Bar captain Ben Bowditch, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, slipped and completely missed Will Hutton’s cross allowing Wheeler to take the ball on and tuck it in at the near post.

 

The visitors had lost their previous two matches but responded well to going behind with Chris Doyle dragging a long-range effort wide in the 8th minute.

 

Shortly after Wheeler tried an audacious first-time shot after Underwood hurried a clearance but the ball dropped wide of the target.

 

James Ewington then volleyed over from an angle before, in the 16th minute, Mazzone had a goal ruled out for a foul on Underwood.

 

The Scholars began to work their way into the match as the half went on and Ewington forced a good save from Richard Ossai before, in the 25th minute, Josh Hutchinson somehow fired Laurence Rispoli’s cross over the bar from inside the 6-yard box.

 

That chance was a let off for the Gs and Ossai was called into action again as he turned away another Rispoli cross in the 33rd minute, with Doyle volleying the eventual rebound over.

 

Godalming began to press higher up the pitch but a mistake in the 39th minute nearly cost them dear. Chris Musgrove slipped and Hutchinson was through with only Ossai to beat but the goalkeeper made a fine save to deny the striker his 8th goal of the season.

 

The Gs ended the opening 45 strongly with Mazzone testing Underwood again before Wheeler fired a long-range free kick over the bar with the last kick of the half.

 

Not for the first time this season Godalming were caught napping at the start of the second period and Potters Bar were level after 47 minutes when Lamar Simpson cut in from the right and curled a fine left-footed finish past Ossai and into the far corner.

 

Mazzone and Will Hutton had shots blocked in the 56th minute but the visitors had a glorious opportunity to take the lead shortly after when the Scholars leading scorer Hutchinson was presented with his third clear opening of the game.

 

Having been played in by Doyle the former Cheshunt man tried to lob the ball over Ossai but the stopper made another fine save to turn the effort away.

 

That moment seemed to change the game and suddenly Godalming were brighter, and in the 69th minute they took the lead for the second time.

 

Nick Hutchings released Wheeler down the left and the winger left Jack Friend for dead before crossing low towards Mazzone. The striker’s initial shot was blocked by Underwood but he headed home the rebound whilst falling backwards to notch his 8th goal of the campaign.

 

Straight after the goal the pendulum swung again as Potters Bar began to dominate and Simpson went down under a Musgrove challenge inside the box before, in the 75th minute, an unmarked Ewington headed a Matt Clifford cross over.

 

Ewington was not to be denied however and the striker, who scored 2 goals in 3 games whilst on loan at former club Harpenden Town earlier this season, took advantage of a Musgrove slip and coolly finished beyond Ossai after Doyle’s pin-point through ball.

 

At that point Potters Bar looked the more likely to grab a winner but both sides continued to create great opportunities in what had become a fantastic match.

 

Ossai saved from Doyle in the 82nd minute and Musgrove then lifted an effort narrowly over the bar after Underwood had spilt a Wheeler corner. Hutchinson had another chance with 3 minutes to play but again Ossai was equal to it, and in the 89th minute a Gs break resulted in a dramatic opportunity to win the game.

 

Charlie Hutton played in substitute Pietro Palladino down the right but the striker’s cross was too deep and the ball seemed to be trickling out of play for a throw in. Wheeler and Rispoli chased after the ball and having won possession the Godalming player felt he was fouled before carrying on towards the box, where he was again impeded by the right back, and Greg Read pointed to the spot.

 

Despite numerous mind games from the visitors an unfazed Wheeler confidently smashed the penalty into the bottom corner to the delight of the home crowd. Potters Bar didn’t have time to respond and Godalming came out victorious, lifting themselves to 6th, one place and one point off the last playoff place.

 

Andy Hunt’s men are in league action again on Tuesday night when they travel to Middlesex to face mid-table Northwood at 19:45. The following Saturday the Gs are on the road again as they make a second visit to Leighton Buzzard this season, this time meeting Leighton Town at 15:00.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 5′, 90+1′ (p), Mazzone 69′; Simpson 47′, Ewington 77′

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Brown, Simeone; W. Hutton (Ryan 66′); Roberts, Mazzone (Palladino 79′), Wheeler.

Subs not used: Oldland, Hardy.

 

Attendance: 143

 

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