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Godalming Town 4-1 Aylesbury United

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Godalming Town swept aside Aylesbury United as they recorded their 3rd win in a row, moving themselves up to 9th place in the process. The victory was the biggest in the league at Wey Court since September 2013 and extends a 5 game unbeaten streak, easily the best run the Gs have experienced under Andy Hunt.

 

After the in-form Darren Wheeler converted a 23rd minute penalty a fantastic, flowing move culminated in Liam Roberts doubling the lead minutes later. The league’s top scorer Lewis Putman halved the deficit on the stroke of half time but further goals from Adam Cornell, and another for Wheeler, rounded off an impressive victory.

 

Charlie Hutton replaced Chris Wales at right back and with George Frith unavailable Will Hutton started in midfield. Lee Wigley, who played for Godalming several times last season, was named on the bench as Tom Willment served the final game of his suspension.

 

The Gs first chance of the game came from the recently prolific Wheeler, his 4th minute free kick not getting a touch and needing to be superbly tipped round the post by Bermuda international Tahj Bell though the flag was raised for offside.

 

Despite the emphatic scoreline the Ducks should have taken the lead on 8 minutes. Stacey Field provided an excellent cross from the right and Jason Blackett, well placed just yards from goal, headed wide when he should have scored.

 

Will Hutton’s deflected effort dropped into the hands of Bell before Putman shot wide from inside the box. In the 19th minute Wheeler came close as he placed an effort inches wide but he made amends minutes later when he opened the scoring.

 

After a swift break Wheeler beat Jake Bewley in the box before being upended by him, and the hosts were awarded their 6th penalty of the season. Wheeler sent Bell the wrong way and it would only be 3 minutes until the Gs were celebrating again.

 

Will Hutton passed to Cornell who took the ball superbly and beat Bewley before spreading play wide to Wheeler. With one touch the winger found Liam Roberts on the edge of the box and he cut in before finding the far corner, finishing off a fantastic, passing move for his first Godalming goal.

 

It was an excellent move and the hosts deserved their lead although the Ducks did press after falling 2 down, and captain Jack Wood headed over a corner before Blackett hit the side netting in the 34th minute.

 

In the 43rd minute the visitors were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and Putman, who signed from Hanwell Town earlier in the campaign, finished with aplomb to halve the deficit. Putman has been in smoking hot form this season with 19 goals but despite the goal he couldn’t spark enough fire into his side, who fell further behind 8 minutes after the break.

 

The Gs have surrendered leads before this season and the Aylesbury goal came at a good time for them, so Cornell’s 6th strike since signing in November greatly eased any nerves. Another smart move saw Roberts find Wheeler out wide and he demonstrated great technique to cut inside the tormented Bewley and cross with the outside of his boot to the far post where Cornell stopped to head home.

 

In similar fashion to the first-half Godalming scored in quick succession as they made it 4 after 59 minutes. Shaun Owens hurried pass only found Roberts and when he beat Bewley and played in Simeone Bell made a smart block, but the rebound flew across the box where Wheeler was on hand to take a touch before smashing in his second of the afternoon.

 

The visitors were stunned and despite Field shooting over the Gs came close to a 5th in the 67th minute, only the crossbar denying Chris Musgrove from a corner and preventing the Ducks from getting on the receiving end of a Valentine’s Day massacre. Bell then made another save as the goalkeeper, who played in 2014 World Cup qualification, blocked a Wheeler effort.

 

A moment of controversy then followed as the hosts were reduced to 10 men after Graeme Purdy was harshly sent off. Booked 5 minutes after coming on the striker will feel aggrieved when, after clearly winning the ball in a challenge on fellow substitute Tinashe Chabatta, the referee produced a second yellow. Chabatta went down as well his namesake does for lunch and Purdy saw the wrong kind of red on Valentine’s Day.

 

Despite the reduction in men Godalming rarely looked in danger of conceding again although in stoppage time only a superb tackle from Simeone prevented Putman from bagging a second. The hosts looked dangerous in front of goal all game and will look to take their excellent recent form to AFC Hayes on Saturday, another side who’ve picked up recently despite their lowly position.

 

The Gs then travel to Royston on Tuesday 24th before league leaders Kettering visit Wey Court on Saturday 28th.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 23 (p)’ 59, Roberts 26’, Cornell 53’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton (Wigley 46’), Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; W. Hutton, Roberts (Howard 72’), Brown, Simeone; Wheeler, Cornell (Purdy 65’).

 

Substitutes not used: Wales, Lunn.

 

Attendance: 136.

 

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Godalming Town 2-0 Royston Town

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Godalming Town’s long wait for a home win was finally ended after another impressive performance, and a 5th game unbeaten, secured 3 points over 7th-placed Royston Town in a fiery match at Wey Court which ended with 10 against 9 men.

 

After the Gs took a deserved 22nd minute lead thanks to Darren Wheeler the visitors saw Scott Bridges sent off following a clash with Steve Brown. The heated affair continued in the second half but Godalming continued to impress, George Frith doubling the lead with 22 minutes to go. Substitute Will Hutton and Liam Roberts then both saw red in the space of a minute as the game’s tensions boiled over late on.

 

With Marlow away postponed last weekend a fortnight had passed since the Gs secured the impressive win at Aylesbury and Andy Hunt made just one change with Tom Willment suspended. Nick Hutchings returned to left-back with Chris Musgrove, having spent 2 games at Cove to gain match fitness, pairing Ashley Lloyd in central defence as Godalming sought a first home victory since October 25th.

 

The hosts made a good start and could have taken the lead in the early stages. In the 2nd minute Mason Tewkesbury split a Wheeler free kick and Antonio Simeone edged the rebound towards goal only for Bridges to clear off the line. Ryan Lockett bent an effort wide shortly after for the visitors but it was Godalming who looked strongest going forward, and Adam Cornell failed to take advantage of a George Powell mis-kick in the 10th minute blazing his effort high over the bar.

 

In the 22nd minute the Gs took the lead as Roberts released Wheeler with a fine ball. Despite veteran Dave Theobald’s best efforts to scythe the winger down he stayed on his feet and eventually tucked away his 13th goal of the season into the far corner.

 

The game certainly had a physical edge to it with players from both sides flying into challenges. Ryan Ingrey, who enjoyed a loan spell at St Ives Town earlier in the season, turned and shot narrowly over shortly after Wheeler’s goal but whilst being played at a relatively competitive tempo few clear chances were being carved out.

 

With 5 minutes until the break the Crows were reduced to 10 men after Bridges received a relatively harsh red card. A Steve Brown challenge missed the former Aston Villa trainee by a couple of feet at least but he didn’t take kindly to it, squaring up to the Gs midfielder after play eventually broke up. Brown simply stood his ground but as the referee turned his shoulder Bridges moved his head in and, seconds later, the red was produced.

 

The visitors were reeling, and it was probably not worthy of a red, but regardless of the numerical advantage truth Godalming had been the better side with their new-found physicality combining nicely with some smart passing. They made a strong start to the second half too with Frith heading a Wheeler cross inches over before, in the 52nd minute, Cornell fired an effort off target.

 

Simeone then saw two efforts blocked before Royston began to show why they had been in and around the playoff places all season, and they started to push for an equaliser. Steve Castle had made a double substitution at the break and one of his replacements, top-scorer Kaam Fehmi, produced an excellent cross in the 62nd minute but Ingrey somehow contrived to mis-hit his shot onto the roof of the net from point-blank range.

 

Shortly after Richard Ossai made a good save from Chris Waters before making another important stop from the tricky Fehmi. However Godalming doubled their lead in the 68th minute after a flowing move was finished off by Frith for his second Gs goal of the season.

 

Brown passed to Simeone in the centre of the park and he elegantly turned Stuart Bridges before finding Wheeler out wide. The winger sent the ball in to Roberts who turned and shot only to be denied by Tewkesbury, but Frith was alert and first to the loose ball, firing home from close range.

 

The robust nature of the game somewhat calmed after Godalming put daylight between themselves and the visitors but just as the game seemed to be winding down the Gs were sent down to 9 men in the space of seconds.

 

Featuring for the first time following suspension for a red card in December Will Hutton was on the pitch for 12 minutes before receiving his marching orders for a reckless stamp on Stuart Bridges. Bridges had won the 50/50 tackle but Hutton appeared to jump on the midfielder’s ankle and the challenge sparked a mass melee among both sets of players. Amid the chaos Roberts raised his hands to Ryan Wharton’s face and he too saw red.

 

In truth Godalming saw out the remainder of the game with ease though substitute Spyros Mentis struck the post with a thunderous long-range effort in stoppage time before Jack Mazzone, on for Cornell in the 86th minute, went on a mazy run before firing wide.

 

The feisty encounter will be fresh in the memories of both sides when they meet again at Garden Walk on Tuesday February 24th. Before then Godalming host in-form Aylesbury United on Valentine’s Day before travelling to AFC Hayes on the 21st as they’ll no doubt aim to build on their unbeaten run.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 22’, Frith 68’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales (C. Hutton 46’), Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Frith, Roberts, Brown, Simeone; Wheeler (W. Hutton 71’), Cornell (Mazzone 86’).
 

Substitutes not used: Howard, Purdy.

 

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