Monthly Archives: January 2015

Aylesbury 1-3 Godalming Town




Godalming Town’s long wait for a victory finally ended after a stunning and fully merited 3-1 win at league leaders Aylesbury saw the Gs claim their first 3 points since November.


A brace from Darren Wheeler put Godalming into a 2-0 lead and a clinical Adam Cornell finish made it 3 with 9 minutes to go. Adam Logie’s goal shortly after proved mere consolation for the hosts with the Gs unbeaten in the 3 games since Mark Anderson joined the coaching staff.


The visitors lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Wheeler playing a more central role alongside Cornell. It was a system that proved effective as the Gs looked solid throughout the team, which had 3 changes from the one that drew with Beaconsfield. With Nick Hutchings carrying a knock and Charlie Hutton unavailable the defence was reshuffled and Chris Wales returned at right back, with Chris Musgrove starting for the first time since the 3-3 draw with Bedford. Cornell got the nod in attack.


When the sides last met in September the Gs were undone by the directness of the Moles and a cut up pitch looked likely to suit the hosts. However Liam Roberts was first to have a shot at goal with his 2nd minute volley easily held by James Weatherill. At the other end Wales did well to block a Jeanmal Prosper header from a Danny Murphy corner.


With Wheeler’s pace Godalming had a dangerous outlet with their balls over the top and only a tremendous save by Weatherill kept the scores level in the 13th minute. Roberts’ neat ball put the winger in but his left-footed strike was tipped over by the former Slough stopper.


Godalming were more than matching the hosts in the early stages and 5 minutes after Wheeler was denied he gave the visitors the lead. The Gs broke quickly from an Aylesbury corner and Wheeler ran onto a long ball before cutting inside Aston Goss and unleashing a shot that flew in the near post, stunning a Moles side who’d lost once in their last 10 games.


The rattled hosts were on the back foot and soon after scoring Wheeler sent in a dangerous ball which Weatherill smothered before, in the 21st minute, Cornell shot straight at the Aylesbury ‘keeper. The physical side to the hosts was rarely on display during the 90 minutes but their threat in the air was evident twice in the space of a minute as first Roberts cleared a Propser header off the line, before Kyle Anthony nodded straight at Richard Ossai just before the half-hour mark.


It was, however, Godalming who ended the half clearly on top as the Moles defenders argued amongst themselves. Weatherhill parried a Wheeler effort before, in the 42nd minute, George Frith skinned Anthony before forcing the goalkeeper into another good save. The rebound fell to Cornell but his shot was well blocked.


Steve Bateman made changes at half-time and his team almost responded straightaway with an equaliser as Murphy curled a free kick narrowly over Ossai’s bar 2 minutes after the break. Ossai was called into action on a couple of occasions as the table toppers began to exert pressure. Despite this the Moles were struggling to break down the resolute Gs backline and create clear cut chances, and in the 71st minute Godalming doubled their lead.


Substitute Jack Mazzone released Wheeler with an excellent ball and though the winger’s effort almost certainly started life as a cross it left Weatherhill helpless, flying over him and into the top corner for his 12th goal of the season. Soon after his race was run, with Jack Howard coming on for his debut following his move from Daventry.


Aylesbury sent on veteran Brian Haule as they looked desperately for a way back but it got worse for the hosts as Godalming extended the shock scoreline in the 81st minute. Having been chased down into the corner Prosper’s clearance was nodded straight back by Frith to Mazzone. The striker sent a great pass through to Cornell who produced a composed and clinical finish, high into the top corner, much to the delight of the travelling fans.


Propser made up for his botched clearance just 3 minutes later as he crossed for substitute Logie to rifle home from inside the box but any hopes the hosts had of forcing a comeback were ended by the continued sturdiness of the Gs defence. Antonio , part of an impressive midfield performance, shot at Weatherhill before the hosts rattled the woodwork in stoppage time after a thunderous 25-yard effort from Sonny French.


The much needed win sees the Gs remain in 11th after Northwood climbed above them on goals scored following a 5-1 thrashing of Egham. Andy Hunt’s side travel to Marlow, 1 place and 1 point behind them in 12th, next Saturday before Royston Town visit Wey Court on February 7th.


Scorers: Logie 84’; Wheeler 18’, 71’, Cornell 81’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Musgrove (Mazzone 59’), Willment, Lloyd; Frith, Roberts, Brown, Simeone; Wheeler (Howard 72’), Cornell (Hutchings 85’).


Attendance: 207


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Godalming Town 1-1 Beaconsfield SYCOB



After striking the woodwork twice in stoppage time Godalming Town were left to content themselves with a point against Beaconsfield SYCOB as the wait for a win at Wey Court continued.


Following a dull first half the hosts made a positive start to the second period and took the lead in the 63rd minute courtesy of Darren Wheeler. The joy, however, was short-lived as Elliot Carey levelled just 2 minutes later. The game eventually developed into a dramatic crescendo as both sides created golden chances to secure the points, with Godalming now doubt satisfied at going 2 games unbeaten for the first time since November.


Andy Hunt named an unchanged side with Chris Wales returning to the bench. The visitors had the re-appointed Gary Meakin in the dugout as well as a number of new faces in the starting XI as they looked to deny the Gs victory for the 4th time this season.


They also enjoyed the better of the opening 45 and Kurtney Brooks curled a shot over from the edge of the box after 12 minutes. Chances were few and far between but after Tom Willment slipped and Lee Togwell took advantage Aaron Berry crossed for Romaine Walker but Richard Ossai did well to deny the winger, a recent signing from Burnham.


Godalming’s best chance of the half came in the 39th minute when Wheeler’s deep cross found Liam Roberts at the far post but the midfielders volley comfortably cleared the crossbar. Berry then went close in first-half stoppage time with the striker, scorer of 10 goals this season, shooting into the side-netting.


The Gs made an energetic start to the second half, earning a corner in the 46th minute, and Willment was inches away from heading in the opener against his former club. At the other end Ossai did well to smother a Kofi Lockhart-Adams attempt before, in the 55th minute, he produced a great save from the same player.


Jordan Ajanlekoko sent a header onto the roof of the net and then, on the hour mark, the same player’s miskick presented Roberts with a chance but his powerful effort flew inches over the bar. The game had picked up speed and with chances beginning to open up it was no surprise when Godalming took the lead in the 63rd minute.


Charlie Hutton, who had a good game at right-back, advanced with the ball and after beating 2 Beaconsfield players he exchanged a 1-2 with Roberts before sending a low cross towards the far post. Wheeler was on hand to smash a first-time effort in off Brendan Hazlett for his 10th goal of the season, and give the hosts a lead their second-half attacking intent merited.


Moments after the goal the Gs had a great chance to double their lead as Antonio Simeone’s neat lobbed pass found Cornell in on goal. The substitute rounded Hazlett but fired wide, and the visitors took only 2 minutes after that to reaffirm their bogey team status to Godalming.


Zac Martin was harried down the left wing by George Frith but still managed to get a decent cross in which, after Lockhart-Adams ushered him, was connected with powerfully by Carey whose shot flew in off Ossai’s right-hand post.


From there both sides went for the win and in the 76th minute an excellent Steve Brown cross almost created another goal but Cornell, stretching, turned his effort over the bar. Lockhart-Adams just needed to connect with substitute Ashley Kelynack’s cross 4 minutes later but, 6 yards out, he failed to and the chance was gone.


With less than 10 minutes to go Ossai produced 2 outstanding saves in the space of a minute to keep his side level. Having parried Walker’s angled drive Lockhart-Adams pounced on the rebound but the Gs stopper made a flying save to his left to turn the ball behind. The resulting short corner was met by the head of Alex Murray only for Ossai to outdo himself, reacting fantastically to make another stop.


The game was wide open by this point and shortly after Willment headed a Wheeler cross narrowly wide before Godalming somehow failed to snatch a winning goal after a number of glorious chances in stoppage time. The first opportunity saw a Frith cross deflected onto his own crossbar by Murray, before Wheeler sent the rebounding ball back in and Cornell headed wide from a matter of yards out.


The hosts couldn’t have thought they’d get another chance as good as that but remarkably they did. In the 3rd minute of injury time, having left Walker for dead, Wheeler sent in a cross and from the mass of bodies Willment headed against the crossbar. The rebound fell to Cornell who, with only Hazlett to beat from inside the 6-yard box, headed wide of the left post.


The remarkable end to the game somehow failed to produce a 3rd goal and Godalming will take heart from a much improved second half that extends an unbeaten home record to 4 games, as well as lifts them one place to 11th.


Andy Hunt’s men face a tough trip to 2nd place Aylesbury on Saturday before another away-day on the 31st, this time at Marlow.


Scorers: Wheeler 63’; Carey 65’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Lloyd; Brown, Simeone (Wales 70’); Roberts; Mazzone (Frith 60’), Wheeler, Purdy (Cornell 52’)


Substitutes not used: Lunn, Musgrove


Attendance: 101

Godalming Town 0-0 Northwood




Two teams in greatly contrasting form played out a goalless draw at Wey Court.


The Gs will take heart from a steely defensive performance that secured a clean sheet for the first time in 17 matches against a Trees team unbeaten in 5, a run that included a win over leaders Kettering. Indeed the hosts shaded the cagey affair though they failed to seriously test Berkley Laurencin in the visiting goal.


After George Short picked up an injury during the New Year’s Day defeat at Uxbridge, and with Will Hutton serving the first of his three match ban, Steve Brown started in midfield along with Antonio Simeone, who returned as captain. With Chris Wales unavailable Charlie Hutton started for the first time in 3 months and Graeme Purdy was named in attack.


The aforementioned run by Northwood, which included 3 wins, has seen the Middlesex club climb above the Gs into 11th but it was the hosts who had the first shot on target with Darren Wheeler lobbing the ball into Laurencin’s hands less than a minute in.


At the other end Michael Murray dragged an effort wide before Jack Mazzone saw his acrobatic volley held by Laurencin. Niko Muir then went close for Northwood, the striker’s quality control and consequent lob not quite dropping under the crossbar for a 6th goal since signing from Wingate & Finchley earlier in the season.


In the 24th minute Godalming had a great chance to take the lead when Purdy flicked on a Nick Hutchings cross to Wheeler at the far post, but the winger’s powerful volley flew over. 3 minutes later the Gs spurned another opening as Hutchings again delivered a dangerous ball, this time Mark Burgess’ weak header falling to Purdy who shot into the side netting.


Muir fired wide again before some neat passing from the hosts resulted in Wheeler volleying wide. In the 38th minute Purdy again had a decent chance having been played in by Liam Roberts but the striker fired straight at Laurencin when one on one.


With four minutes until the break Northwood’s Steve Brown deflected another Purdy effort inches wide, and Godalming continued to offer the greater threat after half time with Wheeler providing Laurencin with another easy save after the winger demonstrated quick feet to create space for a shot inside the box.


Murray fired off target in the 53rd minute before the Gs went close again, this time Roberts’s well struck first-time volley flying just wide. In the 68th minute Murray set up Muir for a close-range header but the striker nodded the ball comfortably into Richard Ossai’s arms, when he should really have scored. A minute later and Ossai had to make another save, this time Murray being denied by the Godalming stopper.


The host’s best chance of the game came and went in the 70th minute. Darren Wheeler broke the offside trap and was hurtling through on goal but Laurencin was swift off his line and, as Wheeler tried to round him, produced a brave save as he smothered the ball at the Godalming player’s feet.


The intensity of the game rose as the clock ticked down but the Gs mustered just one more serious chance, substitute Adam Cornell seeing his shot deflected wide by Brown, and in the end the hosts settled for a point that keeps them in 12th place.


Godalming travel to Royston Town on Tuesday night for a re-arranged league game with the Crows on a high after an impressive win at home to in-form Aylesbury. Andy Hunt’s men then host Beaconsfield SYCOB, a bogey team this campaign, at Wey Court on Sunday 17th.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Lloyd; Brown, Simeone; Roberts; Mazzone (Frith 74’), Wheeler, Purdy (Cornell 61’)


Substitutes not used: Lunn, Musgrove


Attendance: 129


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Uxbridge 2-0 Godalming Town



Two goals in two second-half minutes saw Godalming Town fall to a 7th defeat in their last 11 matches as an in-form Uxbridge consigned the Gs to a miserable start to 2015.


A scrappy game offered few opportunities but it was the hosts who made the most of an improved performance after the break as Matt Woods’ 12th goal of the season, swiftly followed by a second from Kevin Warner, left Andy Hunt’s men 9 points off the last playoff place.


Godalming lined up with an unchanged team for the first time since August and they had the first shot of the game in the 6th minute when Will Hutton fired over from distance. At the other end Richard Ossai held a Lewis Cole effort but the match was being played mainly in the middle of the park, so it was damaging for the Gs when, after 25 minutes, George Short hobbled off with a groin injury.


Despite the lack of opportunities both sides had good chances to take the lead before the break. Godalming came closest in the 39th minute when Adam Cornell’s flick played in Jack Mazzone and the Gs top-scorer rolled the ball past Paul McCarthy but his shot lacked pace and Mark Dennison was able to race back and clear it off the line. Just 2 minutes later the hosts had their best chance of the half, Jake Groves pacey cross being touched just wide of the far post by Woods.


The visitors could have taken the lead after the break with Darren Wheeler’s free kick inviting a diverting foot. Antonio Simeone, who replaced the injured Short, got a faint touch but the ball glanced narrowly wide of the far post.


A strong Wheeler run resulted in Mazzone having a goal ruled out for offside but it was in fact the Reds who’d made the better start to the second half and Woods almost took advantage of an Ossai slip following Wayne Carter’s free kick.


The deadlock was broken in the 69th minute when Groves’ cross wasn’t dealt with by the Gs defence who, in static mode, watched as Woods, seemingly with all the time in the world, calmly fired past Ossai.


The shell-shocked visitors were mere spectators in the 2 minutes between Woods strike and the second, decisive goal from Kevin Warner. The portly Carter whipped an excellent cross to the far post where the one-time AFC Wimbledon man sent a first time finish into the far corner.


Godalming had crumbled and failed to muster any chance which may have given hope of an unlikely comeback. Indeed, with 5 minutes to go they were indebted to Ossai for preventing a third goal as substitute Craig Tomkins chested down a long ball before stinging the Gs stopper’s fingers.


Andy Hunt’s men have now won just once in their last 12 matches and the defeat furthers the gap between them and the playoffs. The Gs could feasibly still reach them, 9 points is by no means an impossible tally to make up at this stage of the season, but a return to winning ways is crucial when they make the trip to second-bottom North Greenford United on Saturday.


Scorers: Woods 69’, Warner 71’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales (Purdy 73’), Hutchings, Willment, Lloyd; Short (Simeone 25’); W. Hutton (Roberts 66’), Frith; Mazzone, Wheeler, Cornell.


Substitutes not used: C. Hutton, Brown.


Attendance: 131 (33 away).


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