Monthly Archives: October 2015

Godalming Town 1-0 Royston Town

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Godalming Town finally ended their barren run as a late Darren Wheeler penalty snatched all 3 points for the Gs in a scrappy game against 9 man Royston Town.

 

In the same fixture last season the game ended with 9 against 10, and remarkably history repeated itself at Wey Court – extraordinarily 2 of the players shown red in that match were given their marching orders again, namely Scott Bridges and Liam Roberts. The latter, however, could at least lay claim to a positive contribution to the game, drawing the foul that lead to Wheeler’s 6th goal of the season.

 

Following the departure of Will and Charlie Hutton, Jack Mazzone, and with Richard Ossai, Chris Wales, Tom Willment and Adam Cornell all unavailable it was a new look line up for the hosts, Ashley Lloyd making a welcome return as Chris Musgrove, Tom McGarry and new goalkeeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton featured in defence. Graeme Purdy, the only striker in the squad, skippered the side.

 

The visitors were also the table toppers, and they started well, Ryan Ingrey putting St Louis-Hamilton into some early action with a drive from 18 yards. However, the game would take on a new dynamic when Royston were reduced to 10 men just 14 minutes in. Skipper Bridges flew in two footed on Steve Laidler and following vociferous reactions from the hosts he was sent off, as the former Aston Villa trainee made it his second consecutive red card at Wey Court.

 

Despite the disadvantage the Crows continued to look the more threatening, Rhys Hoenes looping a header onto the bar moments after he felt he should have been given a penalty following a tug from Nick Hutchings. The hosts, more direct in recent matches, had their best opportunity of the half when Wheeler’s deep cross was nodded over the bar by Musgrove.

 

The Gs last league win, some 6 games previous, had been secured by 2 Wheeler goals and he looked the most likely to force the issue for the hosts, a volley over the bar and a shot at Ronnie Yates coming from the winger soon after the interval. Purdy glanced a George Frith cross wide as the second half became scrappy, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.

 

Gus Scott-Morrise stopped a Wheeler shot on the line before Royston went close to taking the lead, Roberts reacting well to clear a Liam McDevitt header off the line following a corner. With 3 minutes remaining, however, the hosts were presented with an opportunity to snatch the victory as Scott-Morrise tripped Roberts in the box, and Tom Bishop pointed to the spot.

 

The reliant Wheeler kept his cool as he fired the ball home, despite Yates getting his gloves to the shot. Shortly after the somewhat prickly atmosphere to the match escalated when substitute Kaan Fehmi wildly swung out at Louis Hutton with his right boot after the Gs midfielder had blocked his attempt at a quick free kick. Fisticuffs followed, with Liam Roberts raising his hands to a Royston player, and he followed Fehmi down the tunnel.

 

In stoppage time another red should have been produced, the normally calm and classy George Powell losing his temper, repeatedly pushing Wheeler, but he was only shown a yellow. The visitors were clearly frustrated as lacking discipline cost them a result, but the hosts were more than happy to capitalise and claim a long overdue 3 points.

 

The Gs travel to Chalfont St Peter on Tuesday night before a weekend off, which is followed by another Tuesday away day, this time at local rivals Fleet Town.

 

Scorers: Wheeler 83’ (P)

 

Gs XI: St Louis-Hamilton; McGarry, Hutchings, Lloyd, Musgrove, Laidler, Hutton, Frith, Roberts, Wheeler (Lewington 90’), Purdy.

 

Not used: Beswick, Edwards.

 

Attendance: 148

Godalming Town 1-2 Barton Rovers

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Godalming Town’s difficult start to the season continued as they lost a fourth consecutive league game, with a Jack Keating header plundering all three points for Barton Rovers.

 

The Gs had lead through Jack Mazzone but half time was soon followed by an Aston Grant equaliser, before the impressive Keating struck, confirming a fourth home defeat of the campaign for the hosts.

 

Godalming enjoyed a strong opening 45 minutes and Tom Willment headed over early on before a Darren Wheeler cross struck Graeme Purdy inside the 6 yard box, with Kyle Forster fortunate the striker didn’t have time to direct the ball as it nestled into his gloves.

 

Louis Hutton then shot over before the Gs took the lead just after the half hour mark. Mazzone’s ball from the left started life as a cross before inadvertently flying beyond Forster and into the top corner, his 4th goal in the space of 5 days.

 

The visitors responded quickly and Richard Ossai was at his acrobatic best to deny Lucas Perry a swift equaliser, before Elliot Bailey fizzed an effort off target. However, the Gs ended the half on top and Purdy chested wide before Wheeler tested Forster in first half stoppage time.

 

Godalming appeared to change formation at the break and Barton equalised 10 minutes after the restart, Ossai not getting enough on Tom Peverall’s cross allowing Grant the opportunity to pounce, and he side-footed home his first goal for the Rovers.

 

Mazzone, looking lively and having a shot deflected wide, was replaced by Adam Cornell as the hosts searched for a winner, and with the game in the balance it seemed the 3 points could go either way. The decisive goal came with 10 minutes remaining, Kev Kilroy’s pin-point free kick being met by full back Keating who nodded home, capping a solid performance.

 

Lee Rushe volleyed over as the hosts looked for a late leveller but it wasn’t to be as they slipped meekly below their guests in the table. The Gs play current table toppers Royston Town at Wey Court on Saturday before travelling to Chalfont St Peter the following Tuesday.

 

Goals: Mazzone 31’; Grant 55’, Keating 80’

 

Gs XI: Ossai; W. Hutton, Hutchings, Rushe, Willment, Roberts, Laidler, L. Hutton (Frith 73’), Mazzone (64’), Wheeler, Purdy.

 

Subs not used: McGarry, Wales

 

Attendance: 126

 

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Godalming Town 6-0 Burnham

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Godalming Town made easy work of a limited Burnham side to progress to the next round of the League Cup, with the Gs able to run riot against a poor defence at Wey Court.

 

Jack Mazzone was the main beneficiary, completing a predatory first-half hat-trick, with strike partner Graeme Purdy grabbing a brace and Will Hutton also on the score sheet.

 

The first goal came just 9 minutes in with Mazzone rounding Ben Hitchins to bag his first strike of the season, but the goal was contested by the visitors and referee Michael Taylor overruled his assistant before giving the finish the nod, with Burnham adamant the Gs striker was offside.

 

Mazzone’s second was a class finish, latching on to Purdy’s flick before elegantly lobbing over Hitchings, and he nearly completed a hat-trick before the half-hour mark with the desperate Burnham defence hacking his effort of the line. From the following corner it was 3 for the Gs though, Lee Rushe swinging the ball back in for Purdy to thunder a header home.

 

The talismanic striker then missed a couple of chances, including one that hit the post, but Mazzone got his hat trick just 38 minutes in as he took advantage of a static defence to link up with Purdy and fire home. Remarkably it was 5 before the break, Will Hutton calmly slotting past Hitchins for his second goal in as many games.

 

The visitors, struggling in the South and West having been relegated from the Southern Premier last season, were no doubt regretting fielding a weakened team as the second period wore on, Godalming extending their lead when Purdy did his best to match Mazzone’s earlier chipped goal with a confident finish in front of the Shed End.

 

The hosts could, and should, have had a hatful more but ultimately were happy to see the game out as attentions drifted to the serious business of the league, with Barton Rovers visiting Wey Court on Saturday.

 

Scorers: Mazzone 9’, 14’, 38’, Purdy 30’, 57’, W. Hutton 41’

 

Gs XI: Ossai, McGarry, Hutchings (Musgrove; Powell), Rushe, Willment (Beswick), Roberts, L. Hutton, Wheeler, W. Hutton, Mazzone, Purdy.

 

Subs not used: Laidler, Frith

Ware 2-1 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town lost for the fourth game in a row as a first ever meeting with Ware was decided by a Kieran Bishop goal that sent the Gs into the bottom half of the table.

 

The hosts struck first in Hertfordshire via Liam Griffin but a deflected Will Hutton goal gave the visitors hope before half time. However, Bishops’s goal proved to be checkmate for Andy Hunt’s men, who are now winless in 6 matches.

 

With Richard Ossai and Kallum Lunn still unavailable David Blackmore again started in goal, and Tom McGarry made his debut in defence following a move from Egham Town.

 

Rod Young curled over early as the in-form hosts created the first chance, and they took the lead with 21 minutes on the clock. After some Ware pressure a long throw from Young was met by the head of Griffin, and he nodded home at the near post.

 

Murat Karagul volleyed wide for Ware shortly after but the Gs began to do the majority of the pressing as the half wore on, and only a superb tackle by Paul Cooper prevented George Frith from levelling in the 31st minute. From the resulting corner Louis Hutton saw his header cleared off the line by Griffin but Godalming got a deserved leveller just 3 minutes after. Will Hutton’s drive from distance took a hefty deflection off Ben Crilley and flew past Glenn Williamson for his first goal of the season.

 

Tom Willment drew a fine save from Williamson just before the break, and Blackmore had to pull off a similar stop at the start of the second half to keep Khale DaCosta at bay. Ware were on top in the second half and Bishop had a goal ruled out before Willment headed onto his own bar, before the hosts took the lead in the 64th minute. Young got a cross in at the second attempt and Bishop found space between the two centre halves to flick home from close range.

 

Andy Hunt, accompanied in the dugout by Trevor Norris following Paul Dale’s departure, responded with a double change and one of substitutes Jack Mazzone went close to levelling, but Williamson did well to smother the ball at his feet. Bishop then had another goal ruled out before a final chance of an increasingly tempestuous game came and went for the Gs, a goalmouth scramble resulting in Mazzone and Louis Hutton seeing efforts scrambled away.

 

Godalming hope to reverse their form when Burnham visit in the league cup on Tuesday night, before Barton Rovers travel to Wey Court on Saturday.

 

Scorers: Griffin 21’, Bishop 64’; W. Hutton 34’

 

Attendance: 77

 

Gs XI: Blackmore, Wales (Roberts 70’), Hutchings, McGarry, Willment, Frith, W. Hutton, Laidler, Wheeler (Purdy 80’), Cornell (Mazzone 70’), L. Hutton.

 

Subs not used: C. Hutton, Beswick.

 

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Taunton Town 4-1 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town’s poor run of form continued in Somerset as a comprehensive 4-1 defeat by Taunton Town ensured the G’s were out of both the major cup competitions.

 

There were changes to personnel before the long journey to the West Country with both first team goalkeepers being ruled out through injury and illness, leaving Godalming with goalkeeping coach David Blackmore as their option for the number 1 jersey.

 

Despite this the visitors made a good start, and took the lead when Adam Cornell nodded in a Louis Hutton free kick for his 3rd goal of the season. George Frith and Liam Roberts then had chances but the Peacocks soon levelled, Craig Veal taking advantage of some poor defending to equalise.

 

Taunton took just 10 minutes to take the lead with Joshua Klein-Davies finishing well past Blackmore. The G’s were on the back foot and fell further behind minutes before half time, Veal crossing to Ryan Broom who side-footed home neatly.

 

The hosts wrapped up a comfortable passage to the next round when a Veal miss-kick left Blackmore wrong-footed, before trickling over the line, confirming a meeting with Dorking Wanderers for Taunton at the end of the month.

 

 

Godalming look to put an end to the winless run when they travel to Ware this Saturday.

 

Scorers: Veal 18’, 73’, Klein-Davies 28’, Broom 43’; Cornell 3’

 

Godalming Town XI: Blackmore, C. Hutton, Hutchings, Laidler (W. Hutton 61’), Wales, Willment, Frith, L. Hutton, Cornell (Purdy 77’), Wheeler, Roberts (Mazzone 45’).

 

Unused sub: Tom McGarry

 

Attendance: 215

 

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