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Godalming Town 2-1 Chalfont St Peter



Godalming Town made it 4 home wins out of their last 5 as George Frith struck a second half winner against out of form Chalfont St Peter.


After Tom Willment had given the Gs an early lead the visitors levelled when Tony Mendy made the most of a defensive mix up. However, just 3 minutes after the break Frith gave the hosts the lead again.


Godalming made a positive start to the game and took the lead after Graeme Purdy forced a save from Mickey Pearce just 2 minutes in, which resulted in a corner that Frith hung to the far post where Willment was on hand to tower above the Chalfont St Peter defence and head home his 2nd goal of the season.


The Saints, on a desperate run of form with just 1 win in 2015 and having lost 10 of their last 12 games, levelled the game in the 27th minute. After Luke Brooks-Smith crossed Mendy took advantage of an out of position Kallum Lunn, deputising for Richard Ossai who was away with work, and headed the ball home.


The young keeper made a good double save from Aaron Lansiquot and then Hicham Benmadan shortly after before Pearce denied Louis Hutton in first half stoppage time following some fleet-footed work inside the box by the on-loan Brentford midfielder.


The Gs were ahaead again just minutes after the interval after Pearce parried a Roberts cross, allowing Frith to finish the rebound from close range. Mendy was denied by Lunn in the 70th minute before Willment headed a Darren Wheeler corner just over.


With 9 minutes on the clock Lansiquot was played in but Lunn again made an important save, and the hosts held on for victory.


Godalming travel to Potters Bar Town on Saturday 28th March before they enjoy back-to-back home games over the Easter period as Leighton Town and Uxbridge visit Wey Court.


Scorers: Willment 3’, Frith 48’; Mendy 27’


Godalming Town XI: Lunn; Brown (Musgrove 46’), C. Hutton, Willment, Lloyd; Simeone, L. Hutton; Frith (Wheeler 49’), W. Hutton (Howard 72’), Roberts; Purdy.


Substititues not used: Adam Cornell, Jack Mazzone.


Attendance: 101


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AFC Hayes 3-1 Godalming Town



Godalming Town’s recent inconsistent form continued as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat against a poor AFC Hayes side with Eugene Asante striking twice in the final 10 minutes to seal victory for the 2nd-bottom placed hosts.


The Gs seemed to lack a certain spark as their performance fell short of the recent mark set after wins against Rugby Town and Bedworth United and they fell behind to an early goal from Ryan Debattista. Jack Howard levelled on the stroke of half-time but Godalming failed to build on that and eventually fell to defeat.


Andy Hunt made two changes from the side that saw off Rugby with Jack Howard and Darren Wheeler coming in for George Frith and Liam Roberts.


The Brook had won 2 of their last 3 home games and took the lead just 4 minutes in when Debattista shot across Richard Ossai and into the far corner for his 9th goal of the season. Asante volleyed into Ossai’s arms moments later before the Gs began to press, and Jack Mazzone prodded wide in the 11th minute.


Wheeler then shot at Melvin Minter before the Hayes stopper denied Howard in the 21st minute. The home defence had already committed some unforced errors and were there for the taking, and Tom Willment headed an excellent Charlie Hutton cross wide before Godalming levelled on the stroke of half time.


Wheeler broke down the left and his shot was weakly parried by Minter, leaving Howard able to beat Jerome Eccleston to the loose ball and stab home for an equaliser that looked likely to push the Gs onto a comfortably victory.


Indeed Will Hutton nearly gave the visitors the lead 5 minutes after the break but his 25-yard strike bounced back off the post via a slight deflection, and Mazzone was offside from the rebound. In the 65th minute Godalming spurned another chance when Cornell headed a Howard cross wide but in truth the Gs weren’t testing the Hayes defence as much as they could, and Debattista rounding Ossai and shooting wide in the 66th minute was a reminder of the threat at the other end.


With 17 minutes to go the visitors appeals for a penalty were ignored when Wheeler was hauled down by Mike Kinsella and things went from bad to worse when, in the 80th minute, the hosts took the lead. A simple ball down the middle from Jordan Berry wasn’t dealt with by the Gs defence and Asante rounded Ossai before rolling the ball home.


Godalming were stunned and 5 minutes later Hayes struck again as possession was surrendered in midfield and again Berry played Asante in, and with only Ossai to beat he calmly claimed his 4th goal in his last 6 games to wrap up the points.


Godalming host Chalfont St Peter on Saturday before travelling to Potters Bar Town on Saturday 28th March.


Scorers: Debattista 6’, Asante 80’, 85’; Howard 44’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Wales, Lloyd, Willment; Howard, Wheeler (Frith 79’) W. Hutton, L. Hutton; Mazzone (Purdy 90’).

Substitutes not used: Brown, Simeone, Roberts


Attendance: 68

Godalming Town 2-1 Rugby Town



Jack Mazzone struck his 17th goal of the season as late drama ensured Godalming Town secured an impressive 3 points against a 4th-placed Rugby Town that had levelled just a minute earlier.


After a cagey opening 45 the Gs struck 5 minutes into the second period when Adam Cornell bagged his 3rd goal in his last 4 games. A neat finished from substitute Justin Marsden appeared to have rescued a point for the visitors with 7 minutes to go but after Mazzone was fouled inside the box he made no mistake from the spot.


Ashley Lloyd returned at a centre-half as Andy Hunt made changes following the disappointing loss at Marlow on Tuesday night. Charlie Hutton started at right-back and with Will Hutton named ahead of Steve Brown 3 brothers were in the starting XI as Louis Hutton made his home debut. Chris Wales came in at right-back and in attack Mazzone started.


The Gs were emphatically beaten at Butlin Road back in October in a game which saw Cornell make his debut and the striker had the first sniff when his deflected shot flew wide 3 minutes in. Godalming continued their positive start and after Liam Roberts chested a pinpoint Will Hutton pass down to Mazzone the striker turned neatly allowing Cornell to have another effort, this time his drive flying inches off target.


Richard Gregory, brought in to replace Dave Kolodynski following his move to Kettering, scored 3 goals against the Gs in a prolific campaign for Stratford Town last season and he headed at Richard Ossai in the 18th minute following a cross from Sam Youngs. Seconds later some neat football from the visitors again drew Ossai into action, this time the stopper diving low to parry a Will Grocott strike.


In the 42nd minute Gregory shot wide but had to leave the field moments later having picked up an injury. With 9 goals since joining the Warwickshire side in January it was a blow for Rugby, and just 5 minutes after the break Godalming pounced.


Roberts’s tidy flick played in Will Hutton on the right flank and the midfielder send a perfect low cross into the box where Cornell was on hand to bundle the ball over the line, via Richard Morris, for his 9th goal of the season. The Valley goalkeeper received a knock in the process and had to receive lengthy treatment before continuing.


Youngs shot at Ossai before Mazzone tested Morris with a well-placed header, and the striker again went close when he drilled wide in the 66th minute. The game as a whole had few clear cut opportunities so when the visitors equalised with just 7 minutes to play it seemed like they’d rescued a point in their quest for the playoffs. With Marsden racing through Youngs picked him out with a fine pass as Ossai advanced the forward coolly lifted the ball over him and into the net for his 11th goal of the season.


The travelling support celebrated vociferously but it was only a matter of seconds before the Gs were attacking at the other end, and when Craig Kelly upended Mazzone referee James Vallance had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Like the first goal Morris got to the ball but it was too powerful for him and Mazzone had the goal he craved, a first at Wey Court since December.


With Darren Wheeler making his return from injury the Gs were perfectly set up for a counter attacking finale and the winger had two long range efforts that went not too far wide before the final whistle was blown, Godalming able to celebrate a third home win out of four.


Andy Hunt’s men travel to AFC Hayes on Tuesday night before another match at Wey Court on Saturday 21st, Chalfont St Peter the visitors. Godalming then travel to Potters Bar Town on the final Saturday of the month.


Scorers: Cornell 50’, Mazzone 84’ (P); Marsden 83’.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Wales, Lloyd, Willment; Frith, Roberts (Howard 88’), W. Hutton, L. Hutton; Mazzone, Cornell (Wheeler 81’).

Substitutes not used: Brown, Wigley, Lunn.


Attendance: 170
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Marlow 2-0 Godalming Town



Two half goals from Lee Barney consigned Godalming Town to defeat as the Gs put in a disappointing second-half performance in Buckinghamshire.


Having not lost away from home for over two months Godalming succumbed to the predatory Barney, his second-half brace taking the 22-year olds season tally to 19, despite the hosts playing with 10 men for the last 22 minutes.


After the impressive victory at Bedworth on Saturday Andy Hunt made just two changes to his starting eleven, one of them in attack as Grame Purdy started ahead of Jack Mazzone. In midfield there was a debut for Louis Hutton, a 20-year-old former England Under-17 international and brother of current Gs Will and Charlie, having joinied on a month’s loan from Championship side Brentford on Monday.


The hosts had lost just one of their last 6 games including a draw at Kettering last weekend and they came close to an early goal, Nathan Ashton’s thunderous long-range shot crashing off the bar just 2 minutes in. The Blues early attacking continued and in the 8th minute Lewis Gabbidon burst through on goal only to see his effort cleared off the line by Tom Willment.


Hutton demonstrated his technique shortly after when an excellent pass found Purdy in the box, but Dan Hicks was able to get goal side of the big striker and execute an important tackle. George Frith was then presented with a chance but Oneal Garnes made a save at his near post.


Adam Cornell matched Ashton in the 13th minute as the Gs hit the bar with the in-form forward unleashing a rocket of a volley from 25-yards that bounced back off the post. At the other end Barney had his first sight of goal, angling wide on the half hour, before Purdy shot straight at Garnes.


The last chance of the half came for the hosts as Romone Rose found himself in on goal but was denied by a deflection of Lee Wigley, with the corner not resulting in anything.


Godalming made a decent start to the second half and Roberts volleyed wide before a penalty appeal wwas turned down in the 52nd minute. After Hicks appeared to push Hutton referee Chris Felton ignored the appeals, and the debutant saw his eventual shot parried by Garnes and headed off the line by Nathan Bovell.


Marlow then came close as Richard Ossai kicked against Rose and the ricocheting ball bounced just past the far post. After that escape Ossai was caught out from a set piece as the Gs went behind on 58 minutes. Chris Ovenden floated in a deep free kick and Barney was at the back post and at least 12 yards from goal but his header looped over Ossai and into the far corner.


Rose fired over minutes later before Will Hutton and brother Louis combined with the latter’s excellent through ball playing the substitute in, but Garnes was quick off his line and saved. The former Reading Town stopper was called into action again in the 65th minute when he denied Cornell, Frith offside from the rebound.


After the chances the visitors were given further reason to believe an equaliser was close when Hicks was shown his second yellow card. Despite Frith travelling away from goal the Blues skipper brought him down late and consequently given his marching orders.


However, despite the reduction the hosts doubled their lead in the 75th minute, leaving Godalming with a mountain to climb. The Gs lost the ball on half-way and Gabidon released Barney who shrugged off Wigley and rounded Ossai before gleefully firing past Willment on the line.


Andy Hunt brought on Jack Howard and Steve Brown moved to a 3 man defence as the visitors looked for a goal that would spark life into hopes of a comeback. Frith came close, again Garnes made a save, and ultimately Godalming couldn’t muster and form of response. Indeed, with full time approaching, Bovell shot wide when he perhaps should have made it 3.


With St Ives losing to Rugby Andy Hunt’s men failed to climb to 8th and the 4th placed Warwickshire side, who beat the Gs 3-0 in October, travel to Wey Court on Saturday. AFC Hayes away then takes place on 17th Match before Godalming are again at home, this time to Chalfont St Peter on the 21st.


Scorers: Barney 58’, 75’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Musgrove, Hutchings (Howard 75’), Wigley, Willment; Frith, Roberts (W. Hutton 61’), Brown, L. Hutton; Purdy (Mazzone 68’), Cornell.


Substititues not used: Lloyd, Lunn.


Attendance: 112.

Bedworth United 0-1 Godalming Town



Godalming Town returned to winning ways with an excellent victory at 2nd-placed Bedworth United that was secured by Adam Cornell’s first-half strike, his 8th goal since signing for the Gs in November.


The hosts, looking to keep the pressure on Kettering at the top of the table, failed to trouble Andy Hunt’s men until too late in the game and visitors will be pleased to keep a clean sheet after the disappointment at North Greenford United midweek.


With Charlie Hutton unavailable Chris Musgrove started at right-back as Ashley Lloyd returned to the squad. Lee Wigley partnered Tom Willment in central defence and Liam Roberts returned to the starting XI after suspension.


Godalming almost took the lead in bizarre circumstances when, 9 minutes in, the wind assisted Richard Ossai’s long kick and the ball was fumbled over the bar by Denham Hinds. From the corner Willment headed onto the roof of the net.


The hosts then created chances of their own and David Blenkinsopp shot straight at Ossai before the Gs stopper parried a Jamie Ashmore effort over. Liam Roberts half-volleyed over the bar before, in the 26th minute, Chris Wales nodded a Daniel Creaney header off the line.


In glorious sunshine Godalming were beginning to press and in the 34th minute Jack Mazzone played in Cornell but Hinds was quick off his line and blocked the ball. However, just 1 minute later, the striker gave his side the lead with a cool finish. After Andrew Westwood lost the ball Geroge Frith produced a quality pass and Cornell took his time before finishing confidently to Hinds’ left.


In the 42nd minute Willment sent another header from a corner onto the roof of the net and the visitors continued their dominance after half-time, coming close to adding another goal just seconds after the break. After Roberts crossed Mazzone saw his shot saved before Frith’s rebound was cleared by Ashmore on the line.


Chris Wales blocked an effort from the lively Dan Dubidat before Wigley got his body in front of a Blenkinsopp strike. In the 57th minute the Gs had another glorious chance to double their lead. Frith’s cross found Wilment and his headed was turned away by Hinds. Cornell sent the ball back in and Musgrove had a shot blocked before Cornell sent the final rebound over.


Dubidat, scorer of 28 goals this season in all competitions, was beginning to carve out chances and he shot across goal and only a few inches wide in the 63rd minute before firing over 2 minutes after. At the other end Cornell was close to connecting with a Roberts free kick but couldn’t quite reach the ball.


As the game entered the final 5 minutes Bedworth began to exert some serious pressure and, as they have many times this season, the Gs were thankful to Ossai for keeping them ahead. With 4 minutes to go the ‘keeper parried Chris Tullin’s cross before Musgrove headed the loose ball over the bar. From Ashmore’s resulting corner Ossai produced a fantastic save from Creaney’s header before Ben Steane’s effort was blocked by a mass of bodies behind.


Ossai then saved from Dubidat before Westwood shot wide from distance. Substitute Ashley Robinson sent an acrobatic volley off target before, in their final attack, Alex Naughton headed Tullin’s cross over the bar.


Godalming travel to Marlow on Tuesday night before playoff chasing Rugby Town visit Wey Court on Saturday 14th. The following Tuesday the Gs are on the road again, this time visiting AFC Hayes.


Scorers: Cornell 35’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Musgrove, Hutchings, Wigley, Willment; Frith, Roberts (Howard 89’), Brown, Wales (Simeone 74’); Mazzone (Purdy 67’), Cornell.


Substititues not used: Lloyd, Lunn.


Attendance: 202.


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Godalming Town 0-1 Kettering Town



Godalming Town’s 6 game unbeaten run was ended by the league leaders as Kettering ran out somewhat fortuitous 1-0 winners at Wey Court.


With important players missing Godalming fought well against the title favourites though the Poppies shaded the opening 45, which they ended a goal up after Josh Moreman’s long-range strike. The Gs pressed in the second half but despite creating chances didn’t level, ultimately falling to their first home defeat in over 2 months.


Godalming were suffering from a lengthy list of absentees with, after the recent bout of red cards, Will Hutton, Liam Roberts and Graeme Purdy all suspended. Furthermore two of the Gs key men were missing with Darren Wheeler (hamstring injury) and Ashley Lloyd (celebrating the birth of his child) not in the squad.


The Poppies had brought a sizeable following contingent and they came close to celebrating a number of times in the opening 10 minutes. Brett Solkhon hooked an effort over early on before, in the 6th minute, Tom Willment accidently gave the ball to Elliot Sandy and the big striker rounded Richard Ossai only to see the backtracking Willment hook his eventual shot off the line. From the corner Solkhon headed into Ossai’s arms when unmarked.


Godalming were unlucky to leave Latimer Park without a point in November they began to come into the game with Jack Howard, making his second start, shooting wide from distance. Chances became scarce with the Gs keeping the visitors in check though they had a goal ruled out in the 32nd minute, Sandy’s handball in the build-up denying Moreman.


The same player then forced Ossai into a great save to his left before Steve Kinniburgh bent an effort over from distance. With half time approaching the Poppies found a breakthrough, Moreman getting on the scoresheet at the third attempt. After Charlie Hutton fouled David Kolodynski on the edge of the box the Gs faced the possibility of conceding a 3rd free kick in 3 games. However James Jepson’s effort hit the wall but fell to Moreman who, on the volley, fired a low effort in off the far post for his 5th goal of the season.


The hosts made a good start to the second half and after excellent persistence from Adam Cornell won a free kick in the left channel, Tom Willment headed George Frith’s delivery over when well placed. In the 65th minute Nick Hutchings came close to a rare goal, Jack Mazzone knocking the ball down for the full-back to fire a right-footed volley just wide.


Solkhon headed a Jepson cross over before Cornell nodded a Steve Brown free kick narrowly past the post. As the game entered its latter stages Godalming began to press for an equaliser, taking the game to Kettering. With 17 minutes to go Willment had another chance to level from a free kick but his first header was blocked by Solkhon before his second attempt was hacked clear.


Willment was offering a good threat from set pieces and in the 82nd minute his blocked shot resulted in Frith firing over. With 2 minutes to go Frith brought the ball down and played Howard in but his fizzing effort flew into the side netting.


It had been a spirited finish from Godalming and in stoppage time their best chance to level came and went. Jack Mazzone had worked hard all game without having many opportunities and he was played through in the 5th minute of injury time. Richard Knight came racing off his line and produced a fantastic, match-winning save to deny the Gs striker a 16th goal of the season.


Whilst disappointed at not gaining a point Godalming will look to bounce back and regain their recent good form away to struggling North Greenford United on Tuesday night. They then face a tough test on Saturday 7th, making the 260 mile round-trip to take on 2nd place Bedworth United.


Scorers: Moreman 42’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Willment; Howard, Frith, Brown, Simeone (Wales 78’); Mazzone, Cornell.


Substitutes not used: Wigley.


Attendance: 279.


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