Monthly Archives: April 2015

Godalming Town 2-2 St Ives Town

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Godalming Town maintained their grip on 8th place despite surrendering a 2 goal lead at Wey Court against St Ives Town, who remain 1 point and place behind the Gs with a game to go.

 

After an impressive start the hosts raced into a 2 goal lead thanks to Adam Cornell and Will Hutton strikes, but Will Muzvimbiri headed the Saints back in it on the half hour mark and the visitors secured a point when James Hill struck with 18 minutes to go.

 

Godalming struck early on, taking the lead after just 3 minutes. George Frith’s corner was met, typically, by Tom Willment, but his header was blocked by Charlie Death in the direction of Jack Mazzone. He fired towards goal where Cornell was on hand to turn the ball over the line, opportunistically plundering the 10th goal of his first Gs season, following his arrival in October.

 

Andy Hunt’s men were playing some attractive football with St Ives struggling to get into the game, and the visitors fell 2 goals down on 20 minutes. Cornell expertly held up play before playing the ball into the onrushing Will Hutton, and he took one touch before firing home.

 

Cornell was involved again 5 minutes later as he nearly created another goal. This time laying the ball off to Liam Roberts who shot over. The Gs were on top and St Ives first goal, in the 30th minute, came somewhat out of the blue. Slack marking allowed Scott Sinclair to head a cross towards Muzvimbiri, and the former Zimbabwe under-21 international had little difficulty in nodding the ball home.

 

The visitors began to probe more in the second half and Godalming held out until the 72nd minute when the Saints levelled. Jonathan Hall’s long ball was headed down by Muzvimbiri and James Hall was given space to tuck the ball past Richard Ossai.

 

St Ives had a chance to win it with 4 minutes to play as James Hall again caused problems, but his shot towards the far post was excellently blocked by Nick Hutchings.

 

Godalming Town end the season at home to 18th-place Daventry Town next Saturday, with the Gs hoping to secure a respectable 8th-place finish. The wait for next season will then begin, with recent projections suggesting potential transfers to both the Ryman South and Southern League South & West, as well as the possibility of remaining in the Southern League Central.

 

Scorers: Cornell 3’, W. Hutton 20’; Muzvimbiri 30’, Hall 72’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Simoeone, Willment; Brown, Roberts (L. Hutton 47’); Frith, W. Hutton, Mazzone (Wheeler 68’); Cornell (Purdy 80’).

 

Subs not used: Wales, Lloyd.

 

Attendance: 168

 

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Bedford Town 0-1 Godalming Town

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A first half Jack Mazzone goal was all the Gs required to take home all three points from Bedford Town.

 

Captain Antonio Simeone dropped back into defence to partner Tom Willment in the absence of Ashley Lloyd, with Steve Brown slotting into central midfield.

 

An encouraging start from the Gs saw Will Hutton test the keeper early on with a well struck free kick, whist at the other end Curtis Shaw saw an effort go narrowly wide for the Eagles.

 

Godalming took the lead in the 28th minute, when Adam Cornell headed a corner back across the face of the goal, leaving Jack Mazzone with a simple tap in.

 

Bedford keeper Garry Malone did well to keep the score at 1-0, when just before half time he made a great reaction save after the ball deflected off one of his own defenders.

 

Jack Mazzone and Adam Cornell both had chances to double the Gs lead, but their efforts failed to find the target.

 

The home side were angered on 65 minutes when they felt they should have been awarded a penalty after a handball, but the officials saw nothing wrong.

 

Antonio Simeone went close twice in the closing stages, first heading off the top of the crossbar from a corner, and then having a header cleared off the line. Sub Graeme Purdy nearly sealed things late on, but his strike was well blocked by Josh McGoldrick.

 

The final away game of the season finished 1-0 to the Gs, who have taken 31 points on the road this season.

 

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Godalming Town 0-3 Leighton Town

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A limp Godalming Town suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of 4th from bottom Leighton Town as the visitors gained revenge for a 4-0 reverse back in October.

 

Lead by talismanic striker Danny Watson, who scored a brace, the Reds were much improved from that loss 6 months ago though the Gs sub-par performance assisted them greatly.

 

After leading at the break thanks to a Watson penalty the same player scored a superb solo goal before captain Tyrone Taylor headed in a compounding third with more than half an hour to play.

 

With the impressive win at Potters Bar Town fresh in the memory Andy Hunt made just one change to his team with Darren Wheeler coming in to replace Liam Roberts, who was named on the bench alongside Nick Hutchings who was returning after a spell out with injury.

 

With Godalming comfortable in upper mid-table and Leighton free from relegation fears the game began with a somewhat flat feel to it, and the first chance of note didn’t come until the 17th minute when Tom Willment headed a corner narrowly over.

 

6 minutes later the visitors were given an opportunity to take the lead as Willment, already falling, inadvertently took Ashley Farmer down with him inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Watson made no mistake, making it 1-0, and just minutes later good hold up play by the striker allowed Billy Lobjoit to force Richard Ossai into a save.

 

Zaki Oualah, the Gs keeper last season who played in the 1-1 draw at Beaconsfield SYCOB earlier this campaign, was in goal for the Reds and he made a decent save with his legs from Wheeler in the 33rd minute after the winger had combined nicely with Louis Hutton.

 

Aaron Morgan had the final chance of the half as the diminutive midfielder sent a free kick just wide but it took just 4 minutes of the second period for Leighton to double their lead. Robbie Goodman’s long pass was well brought down by Watson who demonstrated excellent control and composure as he first lifted the ball over Willment before lobbing Ossai for his 21st goal of the season.

 

Godalming were stunned and fell further behind 9 minutes later as Taylor met Lobjoit’s corner at the far post with a powerful header, putting the result almost certainly beyond doubt. Andy Hunt responded by making a triple substitution but it was the visitors who nearly got the next goal, Lobjoit firing wide after a mazy run.

 

Watson brought the ball down and fired wide of the far post before Graeme Purdy was presented with the Gs best chance of the half. Chris Wales picked him out but the striker shot wide of Oualah’s goal with 10 minutes remaining and ultimately the hosts fell to their heaviest home defeat of the season.

 

Scorers: Watson 24’, 49’, Tayler 58’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, C. Hutton, Lloyd, Willment (Musgrove 63’); Simeone; Frith (Howard 63’), Wheeler, W. Hutton, L. Hutton (Mazzone 63’); Purdy.

 

Subs not used: Lunn, Roberts.

 

Attendance: 119.

 

Potters Bar Town 1-3 Godalming Town

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Three well worked goals and an impressive all round performance saw Godalming Town run out 3-1 winners in Hertfordshire. After Will Hutton gave the Gs a first-half lead George Frith and Graeme Purdy made it 3 before Josh Hutchinson, the hosts leading scorer this season, scored a consolation with a minute to go.

 

Tyler Hatherly had the first efforts for the Scholars before Will Hutton shot over in the 11th minute. With Louis Hutton playing a more advanced role the Gs were looking tricky going forward and they took the lead after just 14 minutes. Liam Roberts played in the on-loan Brentford youngster in from the left and he weaved past both Dan Odamo and Sean Grace before pulling the ball back for brother Will to side-foot into the top corner.

 

Richard Ossai saved a Josh Oyinsan free kick 10 minutes later before Frith was denied by Ben Goode at the other end. The Gs came close to doubling their lead just before the break when Will and Louis Hutton again combined, this time setting up Purdy who shot wide.

 

The visitors did make it 2 just 5 minutes after the break, however, with another beautifully crafted goal. Again Roberts did well down the left and his excellent cross was headed down by Purdy, allowing Frith to rifle a first time volley in off the bar from the edge of the box.

 

Potters Bar responded with a triple substitution but the Gs were rampant, and they made it 3 in the 68th minute. Roberts, a strong candidate for man of the match, found Darren Wheeler and his sumptuous flick played Purdy in. The striker had harangued the Scholars centre-backs all afternoon and he emphatically placed a finish beyond the stationary Goode and into the top corner.

 

Ossai made saves from Lamar Simpson and Hutchinson before being beaten with a minute remaining. Ben Bowditch curled in a free kick from the right and the striker headed in his 22nd goal of an impressive season, however not enough to dampen the Gs spirit on a fine afternoon for them.

 

Wey Court will play host to two matches over the Easter Weekend as Leighton Town and Uxbridge visit, before the Gs travel to Bedford Town the following Saturday.

 

Scorers: Hutchinson 89’; W. Hutton 14’, Frith 50’, Purdy 68’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, C. Hutton, Lloyd, Willment; Simeone; Frith (Wheeler 61’), Roberts, W. Hutton, L. Hutton (Brown 80’); Purdy (Mazzone 72’).

 

Subs not used: Lunn.

 

Attendance: 136

 

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