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Godalming Town 1-3 Egham Town

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A scintillating first-half performance from Egham Town saw them run out comfortable winners at Wey Court, with striker Ryan Debattista ruthless in notching up a hat-trick in the opening 45 minutes.

 

The impressive Sarnies took just 3 minutes to take the lead, and despite Ashley Lloyd equalising with his second goal for Godalming the dynamic visitors scored twice before the break, and could relax in a second half during which the Gs never looked close to getting back in the game.

 

With the Hutton trio absent due to family commitments, and Chris Wales on the injury list, a somewhat threadbare Gs squad was named, with Darren Wheeler starting despite not being fully fit.

 

The appointment of Gary Meakin in September has seemingly turned Egham into surprise playoff contenders, with just 2 defeats and a 7 game winning run since the 31-year old took over the reins at The Runneymede Stadium, and it was clear from the kick off they’d come to Wey Court to take all 3 points.

 

Indeed, with only 3 minutes on the clock, a quick ball forward created confusion between Richard Ossai and Tom Willment, and the latter had his pocket picked by Brendan Matthew who squared to a completely unmarked Debattista, the young striker tucking home from close range.

 

The Sarnies continued to dominate the opening stages, their high press and quick movement of the ball making the Gs look ponderous, with Matthew, Debattista and Bajram Pashaj seeming like a particularly dangerous front three. The latter was denied by a well-timed tackle from Nick Hutchings in the 14th minute, but to their credit the hosts began to claw their way back into the match.

 

Wheeler sent a free kick narrowly over before former Egham striker Danny Bassett was in on goal but, from an angle, blazed his effort over the bar despite Graeme Purdy lurking inside the box. On 33 minutes Godalming levelled, and on the balance of play it was deserved. A lack of communication saw Hassan Sulaman head out for a corner unnecessarily, and from the resulting set-piece Lloyd had all the space in the world to thump home a header past ex-G Jamie Norris.

 

Despite the leveller, Egham swiftly reasserted their authority and re-took the lead just 5 minutes later with perhaps one of the best moves seen at Wey Court this season. Matthew hared down the right flank, drifting past Hutchings before exchanging a quick one-two with Pashaj. In the blink of an eye he moved the ball on to Debattista who dummied before curling a left-footed finish low into the far corner.

 

It was an elegant goal, and Egham looked like they could score every time they moved forward. Wes Daly and Kurtney Brooks were dominating the midfield with relentless energy, and the latter was involved in the third goal, Debattista’s hat-trick and another fine move, in first-half stoppage time. After the Gs failed to clear a free kick Brooks played in Debattista who could have shot, but he instead found Pashaj with a perfectly weighted pass. The 21-year old calmly pulled the ball back to the striker who slammed home is 5th goal in 5 games since joining the Sarnies.

 

The half-time departure of Wheeler was inevitable, and seemingly ended any hopes Godalming had of trying to get back into the game. Heads dropped, and Egham sensed that they could take their foot of the gas as the second half fizzled into a rather tame affair. More nice football from the visitors, this time involving Brooks and Pashaj, saw the latter rattle the cross bar with a fine placed shot on the hour, and Debattista shot wide after a swift counter attack shortly after.

 

The last chance of note again fell to Egham, Matthew flying past Willment and Lloyd before firing wildly over, with an outclassed Godalming ultimately happy to leave the pitch just 3-1 losers. The Gs travel to Potters Bar on Saturday before they host fellow strugglers Hanwell Town, who’ve recently reappointed manager Ray Duffy, on Tuesday 22nd.

 

Scorers: Lloyd 33’; Debattista 3’, 38’, 45’

 

Attendance: 127

 

XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Hutchings, Lloyd, Willment, Gray, Laidler, Roberts (Sellick 68’), Wheeler (Masembe 46’), Bassett (Beswick 74’).

Aylesbury United 1-2 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town were bailed out by two stalwarts as Graeme Purdy and Darren Wheeler grabbed late goals to secure a first away win since August at struggling Aylesbury United.

 

High winds swept around Thame United’s Meadow View Park as a low-quality affair produced little footballing class, indeed the first goal coming after Richard Ossai’s mistake gifted the Ducks a second-half lead. However, a similar poor moment of goalkeeping by ex-G Zaki Oualah allowed captain Purdy to level, before perennial saviour Wheeler bagged a fine winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.

 

The visitors had suffered the departure of George Frith, perhaps the most consistent performer this season and stand out against Leighton last weekend, before the game and lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Danny Bassett partnering Purdy up front.

 

Despite starting the game one place above the relegation zone the hosts had won their last two games, both at their new temporary home, and came very close to taking a 3rd minute lead, Ossai at full stretch to tip Jake Bewley’s long-range effort onto the bar.

 

The howling wind gave any high balls a life of their own, and both sides struggled to assert themselves on the game. The Gs first chance of note came when Tom Willment had a header deflected over, with Bassett cutting in and shooting wide shortly after. With 4 goals in his last 2 games Bassett was looking the most likely to create anything for the visitors, and he was the instigator of their best chance of the opening 45. The striker did well before laying the ball off to Chris Musgrove on the right, and his deep cross was met by Purdy with a thundering header that crashed back off the bar.

 

Some of the crowd braving the conditions were still returning from the bar when the Ducks took the lead, in comical fashion. Greg Williams’ weak effort took a clip off Ashley Lloyd but still looked set to trickle into Ossai’s hands, but the ball somehow squirmed underneath him, and crept over the line. It was a red-faced moment for the Gs custodian, and a rare one too, but it gave Aylesbury much hope of a 3rd straight home win.

 

In the 63rd minute a short back-pass by Ricky Brown, making his league debut for the Ducks, saw Bassett with a chance to level but Oualah made a smart save with his legs before Louis Hutton drilled the rebound wide. At the other end Danny Jones saw his free kick clip off the wall before flying wide.

 

An equaliser wasn’t looking likely but Godalming were awarded a route back in to the game when their former stopper Oualah failed to control a forceful Jack Wood back-pass, and the loose ball fell straight to Purdy who gobbled up the opportunity from close range.

 

The breeze was relentless but by this point the game had come alive, and with the wind in their sails the Gs looked to attack with gusto as they searched for a winner. Purdy forced Oualah into a save with his legs but the stopper could do little about the winner that game with just 9 minutes remaining.

 

Godalming took a throw in on the right, despite having players in offside positions when it was won, and the ball was worked over to Wheeler just inside the box. Ever the Raumdeuter he was somehow in space, and proceeded to create more, as he skipped past Brown with dazzling feet. The winger then unleashed a stunning left-footed finish, accurate and ferocious, that illuminated even this greyest of December afternoons as it harpooned into the back of the net.

 

From his 8 goals this season the winger has secured no less than 9 league points and 2 cup progressions, with his latest winner moving the Gs up to 16th in the table. Andy Hunt’s men travel to Northwood on Tuesday night before Egham Town visit on Saturday.

 

Goals: Williams 46’; Purdy 76’, Wheeler 81’

 

XI: Ossai; Musgrove (Roberts 66’), Gray, Willment, Lloyd; W. Hutton, Wheeler, Laidler, L. Hutton; Purdy, Bassett (Masembe 88’).

 

Not used: Wales

 

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Godalming Town 2-2 Leighton Town

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An 88th minute equaliser from captain Ben Gallant gave lowly Leighton Town a point as Godalming Town failed to make it 4 home wins on the bounce.

 

The visitors, second from bottom and having lost their last 5 matches, took an early lead in a low-quality first-half courtesy of a David Brown strike. The Gs huffed and puffed before Danny Bassett scored his first goals for the club, both in the space of 4 second-half minutes, and Godalming looked set for 3 points. However, Leighton came back late on, taking advantage of a rare Richard Ossai error to claim their first away point since August.

 

A cold and windy Wey Court wasn’t the most appealing of places to be, and with the town’s annual Christmas market taking place it was no surprise the crowd was the lowest of the season for a league game, and the watching faithful were left stunned when the Reds took a 14th minute lead. Aaron McKee’s free kick into the box was poorly defended by Godalming and David Brown, having a fine scoring season from full-back, gleefully stabbed home his 4th goal of the campaign.

 

Leighton, thrashed 7-1 by AFC Rushden midweek, did look susceptible at the back and the returning Will Hutton drove at their defence before slipping in Bassett, but the striker dragged his shot wide from an angle despite George Frith being well placed in the centre.

 

Minutes later Frith set up Bassett, who shot wide, but as the first-half wore on the Gs struggled to create many openings, with their final effort of the opening 45 a long-range attempt by Liam Roberts, which clipped Jordan Gurney before fizzing wide.

 

The introduction of new signing Haluna Masembe in the 58th minute provided the hosts with some much needed thrust and pace in the attacking third, and he should have leveled 10 minutes after his introduction, glancing a Darren Wheeler free kick wide when well placed.

 

Godalming did level with 15 minutes remaining. Though far from the most attractive goal seen at Wey Court it will be remembered for being Bassett’s maiden for the Gs, with the former Staines Town man the first of many bodies to react after Frith’s shot rebounded off the post and back into the box.

 

With the wind in their sails Godalming soon rushed into the lead for the first time. Frith played Bassett in, the forward timing his run well, and he coolly slotted the ball beneath the advancing Bradley Kirkwood. With just over 10 minutes remaining it looked like Andy Hunt’s men had dug themselves out of a hole, but it wasn’t to be the case, as Leighton levelled it up with just 2 minutes to play.

 

Alex O’Brien’s free kick should have been routine for Ossai but he spilt it, and Gallant was on hand to force home the loose ball, prompting scenes of delight amongst the travelling players.

 

The Gs will look to bounce back from the disappointment at Egham on Tuesday night, in the Red Insure Cup, before they travel to Aylesbury United on Saturday.

 

Scorers: Bassett 75’, 78’; Brown 14’, Gallant 88’

 

Attendance: 108

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Gray, Willment, Lloyd; Laidler, Roberts (Masembe 58’); Frith, Wheeler, Hutton; Bassett.

 

Not used: Musgrove, Sellick, Beswick, Edwards.

 

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Aylesbury 2-0 Godalming Town

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A Godalming side depleted by injuries and suspensions lost 2-0 to Aylesbury on Saturday. The Gs, without captain Graeme Purdy, Louis Hutton, Darren Wheeler and Liam Roberts gave starts to new signings Daniel Bassett and Halluna Masembe.

 

 

On a difficult playing surface, it was the home side who had the first chances, Gareth Price had an effort blocked by Tom Willment before Richard Ossai saved an awkward strike from Aston Goss. New boys Masembe and Bassett both had half chances for the Gs, but failed to truly test the home keeper. Richard Ossai was then called into action as he acrobatically tipped over a looping effort from James Dobson. In first half stoppage time Aylesbury’s Gareth Price was bundled over in the penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot. Ryan O’Toole stepped up to convert the spot kick into the bottom corner.

 

Aylesbury double their lead 8 minutes into the second half, when a nice exchange between Kieron Schmidt and Aston Goss allowed the latter to break through on goal and finish well past Ossai into the corner. Bassett and Willment both had chances for the Gs as the game drew on, but in truth the home side saw out the victory with relative ease. James Dobson nearly added a third in the dying seconds but his shot whistled past the post.

 

Godalming return to Wey Court on Saturday with Leighton Town the visitors.

 

Gs XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Lloyd, Willment, Hutchings, Laidler, Gray (Sellick), Wales (Beswick), Masembe, Frith, Bassett.

Subs not used: Lewington, Edwards.

 

 

Godalming Town 1-0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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Godalming Town recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in over two months as previously unbeaten AFC Rushden & Diamonds were downed at a wet and windy Wey Court thanks to a second-half wonder strike from Louis Hutton.

 

The midfielder’s explosive, dipping effort left goalkeeper Matt Finlay with no chance, and on a slippery surface both teams ended the game with 10 men, the visitors Liam Dolman seeing red for a very late challenge on Johnny Gray, before Gs left-back Nick Hutchings received his marching orders for a similar slide on Tommy Berwick.

 

Ashley Lloyd returned to central defence having been rested for the derby with Guildford City midweek, and with Adam Cornell leaving the club Steve Laidler returned as the Gs lined up with 5 in midfield, captain Graeme Purdy leading the line in attack.

 

Hutton gave the Diamonds a warning as to what was to come later just 12 minutes in, a 25-yard rocket crashing back off the bar with Finlay rooted. The visitors had enjoyed a run to the 4th-qualifying round of the FA Cup, as well as 11 games in the league with no defeats, following promotion last season but were matched by the hosts in an even first half.

 

Their first threat came and went when Tom Willment headed an Andy Hall cross over his own bar, with Delroy Gordon lurking, and on the half hour Richard Ossai made his first save of the game when he did well to deny Hall. At the other end, Lloyd headed a Darren Wheeler free kick just wide of the far post, but it was Rushden who came closest to taking the lead, Berwick’s superb angled volley crashing back off the bar.

 

It was the visitors who again came close the other side of half time, Romanian striker Claudiu Hoban exchanging a neat 1-2 with Hall before shooting over, before Godalming stunned the Diamonds in the 62nd minute. Purdy nodded down a long ball to Hutton outside the box, and he looked up before firing a spectacular drive that dipped dramatically straight over the head of Finlay, flying into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

 

Having taken the lead, the Gs kept their shape well with tireless running from Purdy offering a permanent outlet. Gray and Lloyd did well to block efforts inside the box as the visitors began to press, but they were set a severe setback when Dolman was dismissed with less than quarter of an hour to go. The big defender was atrociously late in his tackle on Gray, and referee James Vallance didn’t hesitate to produce red.

 

However, parity was restored just 7 minutes later when a similarly poor challenge from Nick Hutchings on Berwick caused Vallance to produce another red card though, the reduction in men didn’t unsettle the hosts, who continued to defend resolutely and retain possession well when further up the field.

 

In the 88th minute substitute Tom Liversedge forced Ossai into a save low at his near post and from the resulting corner Lloyd, thoroughly impressive since his return from injury and stand out in this match, made a superb sliding clearance to deny Berwick. Godalming continued to try and take advantage of a now 3 man Rushden defence and when George Frith rippled the side-netting following a finely placed pass from Purdy, some in the ground thought it was game over.

 

There was still time for Tom Lorraine to have one final chance, but Ossai parried the ball clear and Vallance blew for full time shortly after, culminating in an remarkable and deserved 3 points for the Gs. Andy Hunt’s men travel to Egham Town in the league cup on Tuesday before visiting Aylesbury in the league next weekend.

 

Attendance: 188

 

Goals: Hutton 62’

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Willment, Lloyd; Gray, Laidler; Wheeler (Bassett 65’), Frith, Hutton; Purdy.

 

Not used: Edwards, Beswick, Lewington, Sellick.

 

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Godalming Town 1-0 Guildford City

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Godalming Town kept up their recent unbeaten record against rivals Guildford City as a second half Darren Wheeler goal saw the Gs progress to the 3rd round of the Surrey Senior Cup in front of a bumper Wey Court derby-day crowd.

 

Since City’s reformation in 1996 Godalming have lost just once to their biggest rivals, back in 2005, and some felt a resurgent Guildford under new, local manager Dean Thomas had their best shot at ending that run against an out-of-form Gs side. However, the hosts were always on top in a tie low on chances and did enough to get their name in the hat for the next round.

 

The visitors were without striker Matt Anton, prolific at step 8 Godalming & Farncombe Athletic before following his old manager to City in September, and recently courted by Gs boss Andy Hunt, but they went close after just 4 minutes when former Chelsea trainee Adam Nditi bent a free kick just wide. Johnny Gray was playing a more advanced role in holding midfield as Nick Hutchings returned to his place at full-back, and the former shot over before City ‘keeper Liam Beach smothered a Wheeler free-kick after an initial spill.

 

Gray saw another effort fizz off target before, in the 34th minute, the hosts created the best opening of the half when Louis Hutton played a short free-kick to Wheeler who skinned Tom Booth before crossing to George Frith, and his knockdown found Tom Willment, but his effort rebounded back off the post.

 

The tie seemed to be lacking that bit of quality, particularly in the final third, with neither side looking particularly penetrative. However, a moment of class from Adam Cornell just 4 minutes after the break presented a golden chance for Wheeler, and the winger wasn’t about to waste such an opportunity. Chris Wales played the ball forward and Cornell did superbly to turn, leaving Bradley Pegg for dead, and he rolled the ball across the 6-yard box where Wheeler was on hand to side foot home in front of the Shed End, his 8th goal of an already productive season for him.

 

The lead should have been doubled on the hour mark, and this time Cornell on the score sheet, as Sealand international Booth played a back pass too short and the striker was onto it in a flash. His first, placed effort hit the post and came back to him for a second attempt, and he opted for power, but the shot flew well over Beach’s bar.

 

As the tie wore on the visitors began to probe slightly more, and former Gs midfielder Andy Ottley forced Richard Ossai into his first meaningful save of the night with 16 minutes to go, his 25-yard shot well stopped by the Gs number one. Guildford’s golden chance to take the tie to penalties came in stoppage time when a free-kick fell to substitute Josh Everand, who did well to create the space, but Ossai was on hand to thwart him from close range.

 

Certainly not a classic, but the Gs will be pleased to progress in a cup competition, and make it back to back wins at Wey Court. Next up is a visit from unbeaten AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday before Andy Hunts side visit Egham Town in the League Cup.

 

Attendance: 296

 

Goals: Wheeler 48’

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Willment, Musgrove; Frith, Wheeler, Gray (Laidler 66’), Hutton; Cornell (Lewington 78’), Purdy.

 

Not used: Edwards, Lloyd, McGarry

 

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Fleet Town 2-1 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town lost their 5th straight away game as local rivals Fleet Town, on the back of 8 consecutive losses, ran out 2-1 winners in an open contest at Calthorpe Park that ended in the Gs playing with 10 men after captain Graeme Purdy was sent off.

 

The hosts were quick out the blocks and took advantage of a disorganised visiting defence to race into a 2 goal lead just 15 minute in, Simba Mlambo and Josh Harfield scoring. Louis Hutton quickly pulled one back and the game was littered with chances for both sides until the final whistle, by which point the Gs were a man down, when more misery was confirmed for Andy Hunt’s side as they slipped just 4 points above the relegation zone.

 

It took just 2 minutes for Fleet to score, player-manager Craig Davis swinging in a free kick that unmarked captain Mlambo powerfully headed past Richard Ossai. George Frith shot at Ryan Pryce shortly after but it was the out of form hosts who got the next goal, Ben White’s cross met by Harefield on the stretch, and despite Ossai getting a glove to the ball it flew into the net.

 

Godalming however responded immediately, Darren Wheeler crossing from the right with the clearance going straight to Hutton, who blasted a first-time shot past Pryce. The helter-skelter game could have been level at 2-2 just 24 minutes in, Purdy heading onto the post, though Fleet could have made it 3 seconds later as Tom Willment did well to clear a Mlambo effort off the line.

 

The tricky Mlambo was a thorn for the Gs all night, just the kind of striking option Godalming could do with, and he stabbed an effort wide before Wheeler’s excellently struck volley from a Liam Roberts pass fizzed just wide of the far post in the 36th minute. Mlambo headed a corner wide before, moments after the restart, Roberts drilled an angled effort off target.

 

The huge amount of chances were perhaps to be expected in a game between two struggling sides, though opportunities began to dry up before a remarkable red card just after the hour mark. Willment voiced his opinion on a lack of movement in attack and Purdy responded to him with expletives, with referee William Bull quick to produce the red card. With no other strikers in the squad Willment, now with the armband, was moved up front as the Gs desperately tried to conjure up a plan to salvage a result.

 

It was in fact Fleet who should have scored, Mlambo heading a golden opportunity wide with 14 minutes to go. The Gs huffed and puffed but failed to create a chance of note with another disappointing defeat ultimately unavoidable.

 

Scorers: Mlambo 2’, Harefield 15’; Huton 17’

 

Gs XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Gray, Willment, Lloyd, Roberts (McGarry 65’), Laidler, Frith (Lewington 80’), Wheeler, Hutton, Purdy.

Not used: Hutchings, Edwards, Powell.

Godalming Town 1-0 Royston Town

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Godalming Town finally ended their barren run as a late Darren Wheeler penalty snatched all 3 points for the Gs in a scrappy game against 9 man Royston Town.

 

In the same fixture last season the game ended with 9 against 10, and remarkably history repeated itself at Wey Court – extraordinarily 2 of the players shown red in that match were given their marching orders again, namely Scott Bridges and Liam Roberts. The latter, however, could at least lay claim to a positive contribution to the game, drawing the foul that lead to Wheeler’s 6th goal of the season.

 

Following the departure of Will and Charlie Hutton, Jack Mazzone, and with Richard Ossai, Chris Wales, Tom Willment and Adam Cornell all unavailable it was a new look line up for the hosts, Ashley Lloyd making a welcome return as Chris Musgrove, Tom McGarry and new goalkeeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton featured in defence. Graeme Purdy, the only striker in the squad, skippered the side.

 

The visitors were also the table toppers, and they started well, Ryan Ingrey putting St Louis-Hamilton into some early action with a drive from 18 yards. However, the game would take on a new dynamic when Royston were reduced to 10 men just 14 minutes in. Skipper Bridges flew in two footed on Steve Laidler and following vociferous reactions from the hosts he was sent off, as the former Aston Villa trainee made it his second consecutive red card at Wey Court.

 

Despite the disadvantage the Crows continued to look the more threatening, Rhys Hoenes looping a header onto the bar moments after he felt he should have been given a penalty following a tug from Nick Hutchings. The hosts, more direct in recent matches, had their best opportunity of the half when Wheeler’s deep cross was nodded over the bar by Musgrove.

 

The Gs last league win, some 6 games previous, had been secured by 2 Wheeler goals and he looked the most likely to force the issue for the hosts, a volley over the bar and a shot at Ronnie Yates coming from the winger soon after the interval. Purdy glanced a George Frith cross wide as the second half became scrappy, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.

 

Gus Scott-Morrise stopped a Wheeler shot on the line before Royston went close to taking the lead, Roberts reacting well to clear a Liam McDevitt header off the line following a corner. With 3 minutes remaining, however, the hosts were presented with an opportunity to snatch the victory as Scott-Morrise tripped Roberts in the box, and Tom Bishop pointed to the spot.

 

The reliant Wheeler kept his cool as he fired the ball home, despite Yates getting his gloves to the shot. Shortly after the somewhat prickly atmosphere to the match escalated when substitute Kaan Fehmi wildly swung out at Louis Hutton with his right boot after the Gs midfielder had blocked his attempt at a quick free kick. Fisticuffs followed, with Liam Roberts raising his hands to a Royston player, and he followed Fehmi down the tunnel.

 

In stoppage time another red should have been produced, the normally calm and classy George Powell losing his temper, repeatedly pushing Wheeler, but he was only shown a yellow. The visitors were clearly frustrated as lacking discipline cost them a result, but the hosts were more than happy to capitalise and claim a long overdue 3 points.

 

The Gs travel to Chalfont St Peter on Tuesday night before a weekend off, which is followed by another Tuesday away day, this time at local rivals Fleet Town.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 83’ (P)

 

Gs XI: St Louis-Hamilton; McGarry, Hutchings, Lloyd, Musgrove, Laidler, Hutton, Frith, Roberts, Wheeler (Lewington 90’), Purdy.

 

Not used: Beswick, Edwards.

 

Attendance: 148

Godalming Town 1-2 Barton Rovers

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Godalming Town’s difficult start to the season continued as they lost a fourth consecutive league game, with a Jack Keating header plundering all three points for Barton Rovers.

 

The Gs had lead through Jack Mazzone but half time was soon followed by an Aston Grant equaliser, before the impressive Keating struck, confirming a fourth home defeat of the campaign for the hosts.

 

Godalming enjoyed a strong opening 45 minutes and Tom Willment headed over early on before a Darren Wheeler cross struck Graeme Purdy inside the 6 yard box, with Kyle Forster fortunate the striker didn’t have time to direct the ball as it nestled into his gloves.

 

Louis Hutton then shot over before the Gs took the lead just after the half hour mark. Mazzone’s ball from the left started life as a cross before inadvertently flying beyond Forster and into the top corner, his 4th goal in the space of 5 days.

 

The visitors responded quickly and Richard Ossai was at his acrobatic best to deny Lucas Perry a swift equaliser, before Elliot Bailey fizzed an effort off target. However, the Gs ended the half on top and Purdy chested wide before Wheeler tested Forster in first half stoppage time.

 

Godalming appeared to change formation at the break and Barton equalised 10 minutes after the restart, Ossai not getting enough on Tom Peverall’s cross allowing Grant the opportunity to pounce, and he side-footed home his first goal for the Rovers.

 

Mazzone, looking lively and having a shot deflected wide, was replaced by Adam Cornell as the hosts searched for a winner, and with the game in the balance it seemed the 3 points could go either way. The decisive goal came with 10 minutes remaining, Kev Kilroy’s pin-point free kick being met by full back Keating who nodded home, capping a solid performance.

 

Lee Rushe volleyed over as the hosts looked for a late leveller but it wasn’t to be as they slipped meekly below their guests in the table. The Gs play current table toppers Royston Town at Wey Court on Saturday before travelling to Chalfont St Peter the following Tuesday.

 

Goals: Mazzone 31’; Grant 55’, Keating 80’

 

Gs XI: Ossai; W. Hutton, Hutchings, Rushe, Willment, Roberts, Laidler, L. Hutton (Frith 73’), Mazzone (64’), Wheeler, Purdy.

 

Subs not used: McGarry, Wales

 

Attendance: 126

 

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Godalming Town 6-0 Burnham

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Godalming Town made easy work of a limited Burnham side to progress to the next round of the League Cup, with the Gs able to run riot against a poor defence at Wey Court.

 

Jack Mazzone was the main beneficiary, completing a predatory first-half hat-trick, with strike partner Graeme Purdy grabbing a brace and Will Hutton also on the score sheet.

 

The first goal came just 9 minutes in with Mazzone rounding Ben Hitchins to bag his first strike of the season, but the goal was contested by the visitors and referee Michael Taylor overruled his assistant before giving the finish the nod, with Burnham adamant the Gs striker was offside.

 

Mazzone’s second was a class finish, latching on to Purdy’s flick before elegantly lobbing over Hitchings, and he nearly completed a hat-trick before the half-hour mark with the desperate Burnham defence hacking his effort of the line. From the following corner it was 3 for the Gs though, Lee Rushe swinging the ball back in for Purdy to thunder a header home.

 

The talismanic striker then missed a couple of chances, including one that hit the post, but Mazzone got his hat trick just 38 minutes in as he took advantage of a static defence to link up with Purdy and fire home. Remarkably it was 5 before the break, Will Hutton calmly slotting past Hitchins for his second goal in as many games.

 

The visitors, struggling in the South and West having been relegated from the Southern Premier last season, were no doubt regretting fielding a weakened team as the second period wore on, Godalming extending their lead when Purdy did his best to match Mazzone’s earlier chipped goal with a confident finish in front of the Shed End.

 

The hosts could, and should, have had a hatful more but ultimately were happy to see the game out as attentions drifted to the serious business of the league, with Barton Rovers visiting Wey Court on Saturday.

 

Scorers: Mazzone 9’, 14’, 38’, Purdy 30’, 57’, W. Hutton 41’

 

Gs XI: Ossai, McGarry, Hutchings (Musgrove; Powell), Rushe, Willment (Beswick), Roberts, L. Hutton, Wheeler, W. Hutton, Mazzone, Purdy.

 

Subs not used: Laidler, Frith