Monthly Archives: August 2015

Marlow 1-1 Godalming Town



Two evenly matched sides produced a 1-1 draw in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday.


An uneventful first half produced very little goalmouth action. Marlow’s captain Tom Hicks was dominant in defence, whilst Gs keeper Richard Ossai confidently dealt with the home sides advances. Godalming did have a chance to steal a lead towards the end of the half, but Darren Wheeler couldn’t make a clean connection with Liam Roberts low cross.


Godalming made an early breakthrough in the second half, when Adam Cornell managed to push the ball past the committed Marlow keeper, allowing Will Hutton to square the loose ball to Darren Wheeler, who tapped into an empty net in the 50th minute.


Ten minutes later Marlow leveled, some neat play allowed Chris Ovenden to convert past Ossai. Godalming came close to taking the lead soon after, with Adam Cornell inches away from connecting with Will Hutton’s cross. Both sides had half chances as the game drew to a close, but they will now face each other again on Tuesday night to decide who progresses through to the 1st Qualifying Round.


Godalming XI: Ossai, C.Hutton, Rushe (Wales), Willment, Hutchings, L.Huton, Laidler, W.Hutton, Wheeler (Mazzone), Roberts, Cornell (Purdy).

Subs not used: Ryan Powell, Kallum Lunn.


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Godalming Town 0-1 Potters Bar Town



One mistake would cost Godalming Town in the heat at Wey Court as a second-half Evandro Delgado snatched all 3 points for Potters Par Town as the Gs fell to their first defeat of the 2015-16 season.


With pitch-side temperatures reaching 30 degrees the game was a sluggish affair, with the Gs struggling to truly penetrate the well organised visitors, who pounced when Delgado capitalised on a Lee Rushe slip to fire past Richard Ossai in the 62nd minute.


With George Frith unavailable Jack Mazzone started for the first time this season and he shot wide in the 12th minute, shortly after Adam Cornell fired straight at Mike Underwood. With the sun beaming down the tempo of the game remained slow, and Cornell’s glancing header from a Darren Wheeler cross was the best chance of the half, his effort fizzing wide of the far post.


Louis Hutton, playing deeper in Frith’s absence, shot wide in the 59th minute before the visitors got the elusive goal with their first shot on target. Rushe, in an attempt to bring the ball under his control, stood on it and Delgado was quick to take advantage, finishing into the far corner for his second goal of the season.


In a game of limited opportunities an immediate leveller would have seemed unlikely but the Gs nearly managed it, Wheeler’s cross fumbled by Underwood onto the post. At the other end Ossai made a smart save from Chris Doyle, tipping the full back’s volley over the bar.


Wheeler bent a free kick over before Ossai denied Charlie Nelson at the other end but it was the hosts who tried to force the game in the heat, and substitutes Liam Roberts and Graeme Purdy both had chances to score a late equaliser but on both occasions the target was missed.


Andy Hunt’s men are in FA Cup action at Marlow on Saturday, before travelling to Fleet Town in a Bank Holiday derby on the Monday. However, should the cup tie at Marlow be level at full time then the Gs will host the Blues on the Tuesday night.


Scorers: Delgado 62’


Attendance: 117


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Rushe; Laidler, L. Hutton, W. Hutton; Mazzone (Purdy 71’), Cornell (Roberts 78’), Wheeler.


Subs not used: Wales, Musgrove, Lunn.


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Hanwell Town 1-2 Godalming Town



Godalming Town secured back-to-back victories after running out 2-1 winners at Hanwell Town, a team that did the double over the Gs last season.


After an utterly dominant first-half the visitors had only a superb Adam Cornell finish to show for their efforts, though when Lee Rushe nodded in his first Godalming goal early in the second period it looked like the floodgates would open. However, the Gs slowly allowed Hanwell back into the game and they had their chances, ultimately Danny Bennell’s stoppage time goal coming too late.


Andy Hunt stuck with the same XI that beat Bedford Town on Saturday and his team soon found themselves on top, with Nick Hutchings drilling into the side netting 5 minutes in. Will Hutton shot wide from distance before Darren Wheeler curled a free kick over, and in the 19th minute a great period of possession resulted in Louis Hutton shooting tamely at Cain Davies.


However they finally got their goal shortly after when Cornell watched a long ball from Tom Willment bounce over his shoulder before unleashing a fine first-time finish over Cain and into the corner from just outside the box for his second goal of the season.


The dominance of the visitors continued after the goal, Louis Hutton firing over the bar before Bennell produced a smart block to deny Wheeler. Cain denied Will Hutton on the stroke of half-time but for all their possession and supremacy they lacked penetration, and the Gs had just 1 goal to their name.


Wheeler shot at Cain as the second-half started in similar fashion to the first, and in the 50th minute goal number two finally game. After Wheeler was fouled on the left channel Will Hutton sent a pinpoint free kick towards Rushe, and the defender thundered home a header for his first Godalming goal, leaving Cain with no chance.


However, after doubling their lead Godalming seemed to switch off and Hanwell slowly gained confidence. Ben Gill’s free kick that stuck the bar via a deflection off the wall would have been a fortuitous goal for the hosts, but by the time substitute Ricky Pither’s tap in was chalked off for offside in the 77th minute the Geordies were the side forcing the issue.


Callum Duffy headed over before Hanwell got a goal in the 1st minute of injury time, Bennell nodding in Gill’s corner. There was brief panic for the Gs – 2 points dropped would have been desperately disappointing given the first-half dominance – but Richard Ossai produced a crucial save to deny Bennell with seconds remain and preserve the Godalming victory.


Potters Bar Town travel to Wey Court on Saturday before a double-header over the Bank Holiday weekend, starting with Marlow away in the FA Cup before a visit to local rivals Fleet Town on Monday 31st.


Scorers: Bennell 90 +1’; Cornell 22’, Rushe 50’


Attendance: 127


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Rushe; Laidler, L. Hutton (Mazzone 53’), W. Hutton; Frith, Cornell (Purdy 63’), Wheeler (Roberts 85’).


Subs not used: Musgrove, Lunn.


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Godalming Town 2-1 Bedford Town



A stooping second-half header from Tom Willment helped Godalming Town secure a first win of the season after a close-fought match with Bedford Town at Wey Court.


The Gs had to come from behind to secure all 3 points as the Eagles capitalised on a rare Richard Ossai mistake to take a 35th minute lead through Joel Norris. However, as they did against Uxbridge midweek, the hosts worked their way back into the game with Darren Wheeler’s superb free-kick drawing them level before Willment’s winner with 25 minutes to play.


Lee Rushe returned to the defence in Andy Hunt’s only change and it was Godalming who created the first chances, Will Hutton having a shot blocked before a flowing move involving the same player, Adam Cornell, Nick Hutchings and Louis Hutton resulted in the latter being denied by a sliding Dan Crowie.


The hosts were taking the game to Bedford and Darren Wheeler lobbed narrowly over in the 18th minute before shooting from distance shortly after, an effort that Dillon Barnes could only gather at the second attempt.


At the other end Joel Mason volleyed wide of the far post before, against the run of play, the visitors took the lead. Christian Lester headed a deep corner back across goal and Ossai came out to punch the ball but was beaten in the air by Norris, who had the simply task of nodding beyond the Gs ‘keeper for his second goal of the season.


In an atmosphere akin to when falling behind to Uxbridge the hosts were stunned, and Norris volleyed wide in the 42nd minute but Godalming managed to level deservedly before half time. Will Hutton was fouled 25 yards out and Wheeler stepped up to effortlessly lift the ball over a particularly tall wall and into the top corner.


The winger drew a save from Barnes early in the second half and went close again in the 64th minute, only a superb Jack Jones tackle denying him. However, from the resulting corner the Gs took the lead as Wheeler’s ball evaded 4 Bedford players to find Willment at the far post. Already on his knees the defender met the ball powerfully with his head, and it flew into the far corner.


Bedford then began to look for an equaliser and their direct approach asked questions of the home defence, Rushe clearing a dangerous Ricky Case cross clear before Crowie managed to soar above his marker and head wide following some Eagles pressure.


With 4 minutes remaining their best chance came when Christian Lester powerfully side volleyed towards goal but Ossai did well to punch the ball over the bar, and the hosts clinched a deserved first 3 points of the season.


Andy Hunt’s men travel to Hanwell Town on Tuesday night before another game at Wey Court on Saturday 22nd, Potters Bar Town the visitors.


Scorers: Wheeler 42’, Willment 65’; Norris 35’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Rushe; Laidler, L. Hutton, W. Hutton (Roberts 64’); Frith, Cornell (Mazzone 84’), Wheeler (Purdy 85’).


Subs not used: Musgrove, Lunn.


Attendance: 161


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Godalming Town 2-2 Uxbridge



Despite falling 2 goals behind inside 10 minutes Godalming Town will feel frustrated at not coming away with all 3 points in the first game at Wey Court this season, a thoroughly entertaining game one that the Gs should have won but could also have lost in the second half.


A slack start at the back allowed Uxbridge, a bogey side for Godalming in recent times, to race into a 2 goal lead thanks to Mark Dennison and Matt Woods. A Kevin Ayodele own-goal got the Gs back into the game before the break and Adam Cornell levelled shortly after the interval, before a host of missed chances and tight decisions contrived to keep the game all square.


Andy Hunt made 2 changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Leighton on the opening day with Chris Musgrove starting in defence in Lee Rushe’s absence, and Cornell replacing Graeme Purdy in attack, the striker dragging an effort wide with just a minute on the clock.


However the visitors soon took the lead as a deep cross into the box wasn’t dealt with and Dennison headed towards goal, the ball taking a touch of Musgrove before flying beyond Richard Ossai and into the net.


The Gs defence was seemingly still in a state of shock as Uxbridge astonished the Wey Court crowd, doubling their lead just four minutes later. Neil Scott pumped another long ball forward and a mistake in the full-back position afforded Woods the time and space to curl a fine finish high into the corner, akin to his New Year’s Day strike against Godalming last season.


To the hosts credit they seized the initiative soon after conceding a second and proceeded to attack. With the game played beneath a striking salmon-pink sky Cornell leapt to nod a Darren Wheeler cross into Paul McCarthy’s hands before Will Hutton’s low drive from distance skidded wide.


They were soon rewarded, the route back into the game coming from a pinpoint cross from the right foot of Wheeler after he was released via a fine Louis Hutton pass, with Ayodele making a hash of a fairly routine clearance as the ball skewed beyond the helpless McCarthy.


The Gs dominance continued after the break and it took just 3 minutes for the equaliser to come – some neat passing culminating in George Frith releasing Cornell, who was played onside by Dennison, and he coolly slotted into the corner.


Chances would continue to flow for both teams though the hosts were the superior team, producing some impressive football as they sought a goal that would give them the lead. 5 minutes after the leveller Scott miskicked the ball allowing Louis Hutton in, and he should have done better than shooting wide when 1 on 1 with McCarthy.


Protests for a penalty soon followed as Cornell was bundled over by a combination of 2 Uxbridge defenders following a free kick, but luck then favoured the hosts as the Reds went close to retaking the lead. A slip by Musgrove following a wayward Steve Laidler pass allowed Zac Joseph to race through on, then around, Ossai before shooting from a tight angle, but Tom Willment produced a superb sliding block to deny him.


In the 69th minute the Gs best chance came and went following a sumptuous passing move. Nick Hutchings got forward and passed to Will Hutton, who provided a deft flick to release Cornell down the left channel. He cut the ball back to Louis Hutton who was just inside the box and after taking a touch he shot narrowly wide, denying an early contender for goal of the season.


Andy Hunt made a double change with Purdy and Jack Mazzone entering the fray and the pair took just 3 minutes to combine, the persistent Mazzone harrying Scott until he won the ball, sliding it to his fellow substitute who forced a fine save from McCarthy from point-blank range.


From the resulting corner Mazzone headed wide at the near post before Louis Hutton fizzed an effort just past the post from long range. Despite the glut of chances for the hosts Uxbridge were very much still in the contest and any touch on a Dave Thomas cross by Kevin Warner would probably have resulted in a goal.


As the clock ticked down there were further appeals for a Godalming penalty as Purdy ended up on the floor inside the box but it was the visitors who had the final chance of the game, substitute Sekani McCalmen slipping down the left before seeing his shot bounce off the post via the right glove of Ossai.


The Gs played more than their part in an enjoyable encounter, with the second half performance particularly impressive. They host Bedford Town on Saturday before a trip to another bogey side from last season, Hanwell Town, on Tuesday 18th.


Scorers: Ayodele o.g 23’, Cornell 48’; Dennison 5’, Woods 9’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Musgrove; Laidler, L. Hutton, W. Hutton; Frith (Mazzone 71’), Cornell (Purdy 71’), Wheeler.

Subs not used: Roberts, Wales, Lunn.


Attendance: 111


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Leighton Town 0-0 Godalming Town



Sun-drenched Bedfordshire was the setting for Godalming Town’s 2015/16 season curtain-raiser but there was limited drama at Bell Close as hosts Leighton Town deservedly took a share of the points in a 0-0 draw.


After the final pre-season goal-fest against Bracknell last weekend Andy Hunts men failed to create many clear-cut chances despite some impressive ball retention, particularly in the first half. The hosts, much improved on last season, had moments in the second period but will likely be the slightly happier of the two teams, particularly given an offside call in stoppage time prevented a Godalming winner.


There were few selection surprises for the Gs, Lee Rushe and Steve Laidler making their debuts in defence and midfield respectively, with Graeme Purdy given the nod in attack. Tom Willment was a doubt before the match with a dead leg but he nearly gave the visitors an early lead, a trademark towering header from a Darren Wheeler corner being cleared off the line by Jordan Jenkins.


Leighton had a squad overhaul during the close season with experienced manager Mark Eaton coming in to a club with virtually no players from the Craig Bicknell era, and one such new signing Ben Gallant, albeit returning for his fourth spell at Bell Close, shot over in the 16th minute.


Louis Hutton headed another Wheeler corner over the bar before Will Hutton went close from long range as the Gs enjoyed a prolonged spell of possession without testing Aaron Bufton.


Purdy familiarised himself with the former Guildford City goalkeeper in the 40th minute, his foul drawing a yellow card, and with half-time approaching the stopper was called into action as he made a low save from George Frith to deny the visitors a well-worked goal.


Godalming had been on top but the hosts went close in the 62nd minute as former Aston Villa trainee Nathan Olukanmi broke clear, only to be denied by the legs of Richard Ossai. Shortly after Adam Cornell came on for Purdy and he almost made an immediate impact. A deep cross from Wheeler found Frith at the far post and he headed back to the striker but Bufton made a smart stop from close range.


Largely, chances were at a premium, and supporters could be forgiven for having their attention diverge to the adjacent cricket match between Leighton Buzzard and Brackley, and as the visitors passing became occasionally wayward they were nearly stumped by increasing counter-attacks from the hosts.


David Brown got clear on the left forcing Ossai into an important stop in the 75th minute before, with 10 minutes remaining, Willment produced a fantastic block to deny Gallant.


The introduction of Jack Mazzone added a different dynamic to the Gs attack, and after bringing a Louis Hutton ball down he shot wide from inside the box before Willment drove over from distance.


Godalming were ending the game on top and looked the more likely to sneak a winner but it wasn’t to be, despite the ball hitting the back of the net in stoppage time. A deep ball into the area was headed into the 6-yard box by Willment but Mazzone was offside, and his cushioned header was consequently chalked off.


The Gs first home game of the campaign takes place on Tuesday night with Uxbridge, who did the double over Godalming last season, looking to build on their impressive opening day win against Royston. Wey Court is again the venue on Saturday as Bedford Town visit.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Rushe; Laidler, L. Hutton, W. Hutton; Frith (Mazzone 76’), Purdy (Cornell 65’), Wheeler (Roberts 84’).

Subs not used: Musgrove

Attendance: 122


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