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Godalming Town 1-1 Egham Town

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Godalming Town came from a goal behind to claim a point in their Boxing Day clash against Egham Town at Wey Court with the draw meaning the visitors stay above the Gs in the league table.

 

Former Godalming player Dan Read had given the visitors the lead with his 8th goal of the season towards the end of the first half but George Frith struck 10 minutes after the break with his first Gs strike to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.

 

Captain Antonio Simeone was named on the bench with George Short selected in midfield, and Adam Cornell was started in attack.

 

The visitors ran out 2-1 winners in the last meeting between the clubs in the Red Insure Cup last month and they created the first chance in the 3rd minute when leading scorer Reis Stanislaus saw his shot well blocked by Chris Wales.

 

The Gs replied with an opportunity of their own 2 minutes later as Jack Mazzone’s quick free-kick found Cornell in the box but the striker’s effort was well saved by the feet of Jamie Norris, one of 5 former Godalming players in the Egham starting eleven.

 

Will Hutton shot over from distance before the Sarnies missed a great opportunity to open the scoring. Joshua Andrew crossed from the right but Read headed wide at the near post when he should have at least hit the target.

 

Tom Willment was offering his usual threat from set-pieces and he headed into the arms of Norris in the 33rd minute before, shortly after, Richard Ossai denied Duane Antonio with a good save to his left hand side.

 

The game was in the balance and when Egham took the lead in the 38th minute it came somewhat out of the blue. Joe Chandiram ran at the Godalming defence who stood off him and the ball somehow rolled through to Read, who then lifted an opportunistic finish over Ossai at the near post for his second goal against his former club this season.

 

The hosts almost equalised immediately with Willment again involved, this time the captain for the day crashing a header from a Darren Wheeler corner off the bar with the rebound bouncing against him and behind.

 

Andrew had two long-range efforts after the break, one sailing over and the other being comfortably dealt with by Ossai, but Godalming levelled the game in the 55th minute. Wheeler burst down the left channel and his cross just missed Mazzone before Cornell miskicked the ball at the back post. Thankfully it fell kindly to Frith who, charging into the box, calmly tucked the opportunity home.

 

Suddenly the wind was in Godalming’s sails and they began to look for second goal. Wheeler’s cross fell to Wales who drew a save from Norris before, in the 69th minute, Hutton’s long-range effort again forced the Egham stopper into action.

 

An excellent through ball from Ashley Lloyd allowed substitute Graeme Purdy to pick out Wales on the right and his cross found Cornell who turned Louis Chandler-Joseph before shooting into the side-netting. The Gs again came close with 12 minutes to play as Wheeler’s pin-point cross was headed narrowly over by Purdy.

 

Despite the chances it was the visitors who ended the game on top and Lloyd had to produce a superb block to prevent Stanislaus from breaking through on goal. In the 84th minute Egham should have won it, Andrew’s cross eventually falling to Sebastian Castello at the far post but the man on dual-registration with Slough somehow sliced the ball over from close range. In miserable conditions the game eventually petered out though Stanislaus came close in stoppage time, his free kick sailing over Ossai’s bar.

 

Godalming are in action next on New Year’s Day when they travel to Honeycroft, home of an Uxbridge side that overtook the Gs with a 2-0 win at AFC Hayes. Andy Hunt’s men then have just two days before they visit North Greenford United on January 3rd.

 

Scorers: Frith 55’; Read 38’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales (Hutton 74’), Hutchings, Lloyd, Willment; Short; Frith, W. Hutton; Mazzone (Purdy 62’), Cornell, Wheeler.

 

Substitutes not used: Roberts, Simeone, Brown.

 

Attendance: 157.

 

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Hanwell Town 2-0 Godalming Town

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A controversial red card for Will Hutton on the stroke of half time made an already uphill task a bridge too far for Godalming Town as fourth-place Hanwell Town inflicted the Gs 6th defeat in their last 9 games as they ran out 2-0 winners at Reynolds Field.

 

The midfielders’ instant dismissal for a flailing kick on Geordies goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk came when the Gs had more than held their own with the score at 0-0. However an early second-half goal from Bill Healey put the hosts ahead and they wrapped up the points, which never looked in doubt after the first strike, when substitute Eoin Casey scored with 3 minutes to play.

Ashley Lloyd returned to central defence after a spell out following a knock picked up against North Greenford United and Steve Brown was also recalled to the starting eleven with Adam Cornell dropping to the bench.

 

The hosts have been enjoying a good campaign following promotion last season and they came close after only two minutes with Richard Ossai doing well to tip the lively Billy Adock’s long-range effort over the bar.

 

Lewis Ochoa sent a free kick narrowly over before the Gs began to create chances of their own. Darren Wheeler beat Tom Kennedy with ease before dinking a shot towards the far post but his effort dipped just wide. In the 26th minute the winger’s free kick was cleared only as far as George Frith, but his shot deflected past the post.

 

A minute later and Godalming, who were on top at this stage, came close to taking the lead. Nick Hutchings found Wheeler who put an excellent ball across the box and Jack Mazzone stretched but couldn’t quite connect, with the slightest touch almost certainly turning it home.

 

After the Gs pressure the hosts began to see more of the ball but their front line was being well marshalled by Lloyd and Tom Willment. They did however nearly break the deadlock in the 38th minute as Michael Buckley’s 25-yard shot crashed back down off the bar before Healey was flagged for offside. Chris Wales produced a superb tackled to deny Ochoa before, with just a minute till the break, Neil Morrison produced the card that sent Godalming down to 10 men.

 

Hutton did well to wriggle past 2 Hanwell defenders but the ball overran into the arms of Tokarczyk. As the keeper smothered the ball the Gs player’s boot made the slightest connection with the former Farnborough stoppers head and Morrison, who initially made no decision, made the call after the linesman flagged under vociferous pressure from the home dugout. The challenge didn’t need to be made but the contact was minimal and the straight red could be deemed harsh, and the visitors went into the break reeling.

 

Any hope Godalming had of claiming only a second win in 10 matches was all but expunged when, five minutes after half time, the hosts took the lead. Ochoa sent a ball across the box and Healey turned before firing his 13th goal of the season, and second against the Gs, in off the post.

 

Hanwell smelt blood and they began to pepper Ossai’s goal. Conner Duffy shot over before the Godalming keeper made a great save from Adock in the 56th minute. Wales was next to prevent a second goal as he produced an excellent goal-line clearance to deny Duffy.

 

Andy Hunt brought off captain Antonio Simeone in the 59th minute as Charlie Hutton made his return after a long-spell out, with Wales moving into midfield. The hosts were very much in control with Godalming mostly camped in their own half. Duffy volleyed wide before his brother Oliver shot over in the 70th minute though Wales’ long-rage effort with 12 minutes to play dropped not far over the bar.

 

Ossai made a typically brilliant, double stop from Ochoa with 10 minutes to play and substitute Casey glanced a header inches wide when he should really have scored. The second goal did eventually come, bearing similarities with the first, this time Adock providing the ball across with Casey on hand at the near post to turn home his third goal since arriving from Oxhey Jets earlier this season.

 

A fiery game came to an end shortly after with Godalming looking to pick up a first home win in over two months against Egham Town, who sit one place and one point above the Gs in 9th, on Boxing Day. Andy Hunt’s men then travel to Uxbridge on New Year’s Day.

 

Scorers: Healey 50’, Casey 87’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Lloyd, Willment; Simeone (C. Hutton 59’), Brown; W. Hutton; Frith, Mazzone (Cornell 46’), Wheeler (Roberts 71’).

 

Substitutes not used: Musgrove.

 

Attendance: 93 (22 away).

 

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Godalming Town 3-3 Bedford Town

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Godalming Town surrendered a 3-0 lead against struggling Bedford Town as the Gs failed to capitalise on one of their games in hand, extending their winless run at Wey Court to 5 matches.

 

After a dominant start to the match the hosts found themselves 3 up thanks to well worked goals from Jack Mazzone, Darren Wheeler and Adam Cornell. However Bedford top-scorer Tom Liversedge pulled one back before half time and as soon as the same player converted a penalty in the 52nd minute an equaliser looked likely, and Liversedge completed his hat-trick shortly after to secure an astonishing point for the visitors.

 

Andy Hunt made three changes after the loss to Barton Rovers with George Frith replacing the unavailable George Short in midfield. Elsewhere Darren Wheeler started for the first time since October, ahead of Liam Roberts, and Jack Mazzone came back into the starting XI.

 

The visitors almost took a very early lead when, after 40 seconds, Ross Oulton’s cross nearly caught out Richard Ossai. However Godalming soon began to dominate and Will Hutton produced a mazy run inside the box which resulted in Mazzone having a shot blocked after 5 minutes.

 

The Gs were passing the ball around neatly with Hutton looking particularly fluent in midfield. In the 17th minute he played a big role in the creation of Godalming’s first goal, nutmegging Josh Winters before picking out Cornell with an excellent pass. The striker held the ball up before laying it on to Mazzone and the Godalming top-scorer hit an excellent, first-time shot with the outside of his right-foot which flew past Gary Malone for his 15th goal of the season.

 

Hutton shot narrowly wide from distance in the 23rd minute as Godalming continued to be on top, and just two minutes later their lead was doubled. Hutton sprayed the ball out to Wheeler on the right and, despite a hint of offside, the winger left Joe Hopewell for dead before firing a low shot towards the near post. Malone should have stopped the shot, and he got his body behind it, but it squirmed beyond him and into the net.

 

By this point Andy Hunt’s men were in full charge of the contest and Antonio Simeone shot over before, in the 37th minute, Godalming made it 3-0. Hutton produced another fine ball out to Frith on the left and the midfielders cross was caught by Malone just before Cornell could connect. However, the goalkeeper then spilt the ball under no pressure and the former Slough Town striker was left with the simple task of firing home from 6 yards.

 

At this stage the Gs were rampant and it looked like more goals were on the cards. However, less than 2 minutes after going 3 down the Eagles pulled a goal out of nowhere as Liversedge got behind the Godalming defence to head home a Hopewell cross at the back post.

 

The goal gave Bedford a flicker of hope and after they survived a scare when Hutton fired narrowly wide after the break they began to exert their own pressure, and in the 52nd minute Chris Musgrove handled inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Ossai got his hands to the Liversedge’s kick but it was too powerful for the Gs stopper and the visitors now had real hope of a shock turnaround.

 

The confidence was sapped from Godalming and they began to panic, and there was an air of inevitability when, just 3 minutes after making it 3-2, Liversedge collected Hopewell’s pass and fired in his 10th goal of the season at the near post, completing a 16-minute hat-trick.

 

Bedford were now on top as they looked to capitalise on their momentum and shell-shock the hosts further with another goal. However Godalming stood firm during the nervy few minutes that followed the equaliser and eventually took control again. In the 69th minute they were desperately unlucky not to go back in front when, after good build up play, Simeone’s thunderous side-footed volley from a Chris Wales cross crashed back off the underside of the crossbar before being pawed away by Malone.

 

Minutes later Cornell turned and saw his shot deflect wide before, at the other end, a swift counter attack saw Winters play in Paul Cooper but the right-back’s shot fizzed across the face of goal and wide. The Gs were back on top though and forcing the initiative as they looked to find a winning goal. In the 82nd minute Mazzone was fouled off the ball just outside the box and Wheeler stepped up, but his free kick dipped inches wide of the post.

 

Godalming had another chance to win it with 5 minutes to play as again a Wheeler set-piece caused problems, this time Tom Willment nodding his corner narrowly the wrong side of Malone’s left post. However despite the late chances the Gs couldn’t find a winner and they were left to rue a golden opportunity to make ground on the playoff places, a chance that was blown away by a crazy spell either side of half-time.

 

Having moved up one place to 9th Andy Hunt’s men make the trip to Hanwell Town for the first time on Saturday, with the Geordies sitting 8 points ahead of Godalming in 4th place. The next game at Wey Court is the Boxing Day clash with Egham.

 

Scorers: Mazzone 17’ Wheeler 25’ Cornell 37’; Liversedge 39’, 52’ (p), 55’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Musgrove, Willment; Simeone, Frith; Hutton; Mazzone, Cornell (Purdy 86’), Wheeler.

 

Substitutes not used: Brown, Roberts, Oldland, Lloyd.

 

Attendance: 103.

 

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Godalming Town 0-2 Barton Rovers

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Godalming Town lost ground in the race for the playoffs as Barton Rovers, ahead of the Gs on goal difference going into the game, moved three points clear as strikes in each half from Rhys Hoenes and the impressive Keshi Anderson ensured a deserved victory for the Bedfordshire side.

 

After a fortnight without competitive action Andy Hunt made just two changes to the team that won at Daventry, both forced, with George Short replacing the suspended Steve Brown in midfield and Adam Cornell starting up front ahead of Jack Mazzone with Graeme Purdy unavailable. Darren Wheeler was named on the bench having missed the last two months with injury.

 

The visitors had failed to win any of their last four away games but had notched up three straight victories prior to their trip to Wey Court and they had the first opportunity of the game in the 6th minute. After Chris Musgrove fouled Alex Condon on the edge of the box Ben Sawyer curled the free kick just over Richard Ossai’s crossbar.

 

Will Hutton had the Gs first shot of the game in the 14th minute when his right-footed effort from distance curled narrowly over the angle of the bar and post. However, just five minutes later the visitors took the lead. Connor Vincent outmuscled Musgrove and slipped a fine pass through to Hoenes who took one touch before slotting the ball past Ossai, and despite vociferous protests for offside from the Godalming bench the goal stood.

 

Hutton sent another long-range effort over the bar as Godalming tried to rustle up a response but they nearly went two down after a swift break from Barton saw Hoenes send Anderson through, and the youngster tried to round Ossai but was denied by a smart block from the Gs stopper.

 

In the 32nd minute Ossai made another save as he leapt to his right to turn away Shai Dhillon’s free kick. Shortly after Cornell came inches away from connecting with Liam Roberts cross but Godalming had failed to create any clear openings and they went in at half time a goal behind.

 

The hosts were evidently improved after the break and their best chance of the match came and went in the 50th minute. Cornell played in Roberts who was in on goal but the midfielder skewed his shot wide of the target and, 6 minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead.

 

Vincent was again the provider as he played in Anderson who produced an exquisite chipped finish, leaving Ossai with no chance, for his 5th goal in his last 4 matches. Andy Hunt responded by making three changes in the space of 5 minutes and Cornell’s well-taken volley flew narrowly wide as Godalming looked for an unlikely way back.

 

However the hosts simply couldn’t create any meaningful spells of pressure, let alone any chances, and the lively and forceful Barton frontline nearly scored a third goal as Vincent and Anderson combined for a shot which the latter fired into the side netting.

 

The scrappy game, punctuated frequently by free kicks and halts in play, saw few opportunities before the final whistle. In the 83rd minute substitute Mazzone sent a dangerous cross into the 6-yard box and Cornell slid but couldn’t quite connect with the ball but Barton saw out the remaining minutes with little difficulty, and took an important three points back to Bedfordshire.

 

Godalming host struggling Bedford Town on Tuesday night with the Gs keen to end a four game run without a victory at Wey Court. Andy Hunt’s men then travel to 4th-placed Hanwell Town on Saturday December 20th.

 

Scorers: Hoenes 19’, Anderson 56’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Musgrove, Willment; Simeone, Short (Frith 62’); Hutton; Micaletto (Mazzone 57’); Cornell, Roberts (Wheeler 57’).

 

Substitutes not used: Oldland, Lloyd.

 

Attendance: 137.

 

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