Monthly Archives: September 2015

North Greenford United 2-1 Godalming Town




A 95th minute penalty saw North Greenford pick up their first league victory of the season in frantic match involving two penalties and one sending off, as well as numerous goal line clearances.


The Gs got off to the worst possible start when after only two minutes Orlando Rodrigues found too much space in the area from a corner, and finished from close range to give the hosts the lead. The home side nearly double their lead on fifteen minutes, only to be denied by a goal line clearance from Nick Hutchings. At the other end Liam Roberts blasted high over the bar from 10 yards, whilst Graeme Purdy was also denied by the sprawling North Greenford keeper. Godalming pulled level in the 41st minute, when Jack Mazzone was tripped in the penalty area, but his penalty was saved low, but Liam Roberts was on hand to tuck home the rebound.


The home side had another chance cleared off the line in the opening stages of the second half, as the game continued in a frenetic manner. Both sides had chances to pull ahead, and the introduction of Darren Wheeler saw a number of inviting crosses played into the North Greenford area. As the game looked to be drawing to a close, Chris Wales was sent off after a tackle on an advancing North Greenford forward in the 90th minute. Four minutes into stoppage time North Greenford were awarded a penalty after a trip in the box – Charlie Mitchell stepped up to convert low into the corner to give the hosts their first three points of the season.


Godalming travel to Taunton Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.


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

Subs not used: Lunn, Beswick.



Godalming Town 0-1 Kidlington



Godalming exited the FA Cup at the hands of Hellenic Premier side Kidlington on Saturday, with the visitors running out 1-0 winners at Wey Court.

An even start to the game saw the Gs keeping the ball well, without truly testing the opposition keeper. Two free kicks from distance were Godalming’s best chances of the opening exchanges, but both were off target from Darren Wheeler and Louis Hutton respectively. At the other end Richard Ossai had to be alert to snuff out chances for Tommy Castle and Kristian Thomas. The teams entered the half time break level, neither side really having troubled the opposition goal.


The second half saw the game start to open up – Jack Mazzone being denied by a last ditch tackle before a penalty appeal for handball was turned down. At the other end Chris Wales made a vital last ditch tackle on Kristian Thomas as he was racing through on goal.


A bizarre spell of play in the 66th minute saw the visitors score what would prove to be the decisive goal. A looping back pass from Kidlington’s left back Mark Flanagan left his keeper Sam Warrell in trouble, with the stopper just managing to get his head onto the ball and deflect it onto the crossbar. A swift ball forward saw Kristian Thomas race through to loop the ball high over the oncoming Ossai and into the net to give Kidlington the lead.


Godalming responded by carrying on in the same style as previous – but to little effect. With time running out Adam Cornell and then Graeme Purdy were both brought on, but to little effect as the Kidlington defence held out with relative ease for a deserved victory.


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

Subs not used: Lunn, Musgrove.


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Godalming Town 2-0 Beaconsfield SYCOB



Two goals from the in-form Darren Wheeler saw off an unbeaten Beaconsfield SYCOB side ay Wey Court on Saturday.


Godalming dominated the opening exchanges of the match, keeping the ball well and harassing the opposition when they were without. The early pressure paid off, when in the 11th minute Darren Wheeler received a pass from Louis Hutton, and cut in from the right, riding three SYCOB’s challenges before slotting the ball low past keeper Sam Bunting. Jack Mazzone came close to doubling the lead soon after, but his effort was blocked by the oncoming Bunting. Beaconsfield rarely threatened the Gs goal, with Ossai have to turn away a Charlie Losasso free kick, and then save well after a fierce effort from Elliott Carey just before the half time whistle.


Sam Bunting once again came to Beaconsfield’s rescue, blocking a powerful volley from Mazzone at the start of the second half. Godalming got a deserved second goal in the 70th minute. A foul on Louis Hutton just outside the penalty area saw Darren Wheeler step up to curl the ball over the wall and into the top corner for his fifth goal in three games. Bunting was again at hand to deny another Mazzone effort, whilst Godalming retained the ball well for the final stages of the game, snuffing out any chance of a possible comeback from the visitors.


Godalming XI: Ossai, C.Hutton, Willment, Wales, Hutchings, Laidler, Frith, W.Hutton (Powell), Wheeler (Cornell), Mazzone, L.Hutton.

Subs not used: Musgrove, Rushe, Lunn.


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Godalming Town 2-1 Marlow (aet)



A thrilling FA Cup tie finally swung in Godalming’s favour on a night of goals, red cards and extra time at Wey Court.


After a delayed kick off an open first 45 ended with the Gs nicking a goal, courtesy of Darren Wheeler, on the stroke of half time. Romone Rose levelled shortly after the break before Cory King saw red for the visitors, who held on for extra time. The hosts re-took the lead, again via Wheeler, and ultimately held out to reach a 1st Qualifying Round tie at home to Kidlington.


With Lee Rushe and Louis Hutton unavailable Chris Wales and the returning George Frith came into the starting XI, and Graeme Purdy replaced Adam Cornell in attack. With the M3 closed the visitors arrived late, with kick off delayed to 20:15, though they had the first chances. The dangerous Rose was first denied by a superb Wales block from close range before a loose ball struck the same player, spinning wide in the 21st minute.


Jahson Downes curled over before Tom Willment thundered a header narrowly wide from a corner, and Frith and Wheeler tested Simon Grant from long range either side of the half hour mark. Both sides were looking lively and Purdy slide in a cross for Wheeler in the 33rd minute, but from close range Grant pulled off a smart save. Rose then shot wide before Godalming came closest to scoring – a rocket from Will Hutton bouncing off the woodwork and away.


With half time imminent the first goal came. Nathan Ashton lost the ball and Purdy seized upon it, before slipping in a pinpoint cross towards Wheeler in similar fashion to the chance 12 minutes earlier. This time the winger fired high into the net, putting the Gs ahead in the tie for the second time.


Supporters were still emerging from the clubhouse when the Blues levelled, Rose somehow finding space to skip straight through 3 Godalming players before slotting the ball beyond Richard Ossai into the corner. Ossai then had to make a fine double save, racing out to block at the feet of Downes before parrying the same players rebounded effort.


King was brought on for the visitors and offered an outlet with his pace, and he drilled wide from an angle in the 61st minute before Wheeler and Frith took turns to shoot past the post. In the 74th minute Downes tried his luck from far out, an audacious effort that looked set for goal, but as he turned to celebrate Ossai managed to tip the ball over the bar. Rose then struck the bar before Marlow had some of the wind taken out of their sails.


The impressive King had looked like he could have a big say on the tie but he saw red with 4 minutes to go, wildly sliding in with 2 feet on Will Hutton. Godalming went close to capitalising in normal time, Wheeler having 2 opportunities to nick it but failing to hit the target on both occasions.


The game went into extra time and it wasn’t long before Godalming’s numerical advantage was wiped out. Charlie Hutton caught Chris Ovenden as he ran past him, a second yellow, and he was dismissed by referee Tom Bishop. Substitute Adam Cornell then shot wide before the Gs were offered a chance to re-take the lead in the 102nd minute. Wheeler was tripped by Jamal Branker in the box and he dusted himself down before smashing the ball home, his 3rd goal of the tie.


With both sides tiring it was a nervy culmination of the match, and the hosts will no doubt be indebted to Ossai for making a spectacular save with 10 minutes of extra time to go. Downs found himself in on goal but the Gs keeper got his fingertips to the forwards shot, tipping it round the post and preserving the lead.


Andy Hunt’s men will now face Hellenic League side Kidlington on Saturday 12th in the next round. Before that, Beaconsfield SYCOB visit Wey Court this Saturday.


Scorers: Wheeler 45’, 104’ (p); Rose 48’


Attendance: 139


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Wales; Laidler, Frith, Wheeler; W. Hutton, Purdy (Cornell 78’), Roberts (Mazzone 59’).

Subs not used: Powell, Lunn.


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