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Aylesbury 2-0 Godalming Town

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A Godalming side depleted by injuries and suspensions lost 2-0 to Aylesbury on Saturday. The Gs, without captain Graeme Purdy, Louis Hutton, Darren Wheeler and Liam Roberts gave starts to new signings Daniel Bassett and Halluna Masembe.

 

 

On a difficult playing surface, it was the home side who had the first chances, Gareth Price had an effort blocked by Tom Willment before Richard Ossai saved an awkward strike from Aston Goss. New boys Masembe and Bassett both had half chances for the Gs, but failed to truly test the home keeper. Richard Ossai was then called into action as he acrobatically tipped over a looping effort from James Dobson. In first half stoppage time Aylesbury’s Gareth Price was bundled over in the penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot. Ryan O’Toole stepped up to convert the spot kick into the bottom corner.

 

Aylesbury double their lead 8 minutes into the second half, when a nice exchange between Kieron Schmidt and Aston Goss allowed the latter to break through on goal and finish well past Ossai into the corner. Bassett and Willment both had chances for the Gs as the game drew on, but in truth the home side saw out the victory with relative ease. James Dobson nearly added a third in the dying seconds but his shot whistled past the post.

 

Godalming return to Wey Court on Saturday with Leighton Town the visitors.

 

Gs XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Lloyd, Willment, Hutchings, Laidler, Gray (Sellick), Wales (Beswick), Masembe, Frith, Bassett.

Subs not used: Lewington, Edwards.

 

 

Godalming Town 1-0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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Godalming Town recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in over two months as previously unbeaten AFC Rushden & Diamonds were downed at a wet and windy Wey Court thanks to a second-half wonder strike from Louis Hutton.

 

The midfielder’s explosive, dipping effort left goalkeeper Matt Finlay with no chance, and on a slippery surface both teams ended the game with 10 men, the visitors Liam Dolman seeing red for a very late challenge on Johnny Gray, before Gs left-back Nick Hutchings received his marching orders for a similar slide on Tommy Berwick.

 

Ashley Lloyd returned to central defence having been rested for the derby with Guildford City midweek, and with Adam Cornell leaving the club Steve Laidler returned as the Gs lined up with 5 in midfield, captain Graeme Purdy leading the line in attack.

 

Hutton gave the Diamonds a warning as to what was to come later just 12 minutes in, a 25-yard rocket crashing back off the bar with Finlay rooted. The visitors had enjoyed a run to the 4th-qualifying round of the FA Cup, as well as 11 games in the league with no defeats, following promotion last season but were matched by the hosts in an even first half.

 

Their first threat came and went when Tom Willment headed an Andy Hall cross over his own bar, with Delroy Gordon lurking, and on the half hour Richard Ossai made his first save of the game when he did well to deny Hall. At the other end, Lloyd headed a Darren Wheeler free kick just wide of the far post, but it was Rushden who came closest to taking the lead, Berwick’s superb angled volley crashing back off the bar.

 

It was the visitors who again came close the other side of half time, Romanian striker Claudiu Hoban exchanging a neat 1-2 with Hall before shooting over, before Godalming stunned the Diamonds in the 62nd minute. Purdy nodded down a long ball to Hutton outside the box, and he looked up before firing a spectacular drive that dipped dramatically straight over the head of Finlay, flying into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

 

Having taken the lead, the Gs kept their shape well with tireless running from Purdy offering a permanent outlet. Gray and Lloyd did well to block efforts inside the box as the visitors began to press, but they were set a severe setback when Dolman was dismissed with less than quarter of an hour to go. The big defender was atrociously late in his tackle on Gray, and referee James Vallance didn’t hesitate to produce red.

 

However, parity was restored just 7 minutes later when a similarly poor challenge from Nick Hutchings on Berwick caused Vallance to produce another red card though, the reduction in men didn’t unsettle the hosts, who continued to defend resolutely and retain possession well when further up the field.

 

In the 88th minute substitute Tom Liversedge forced Ossai into a save low at his near post and from the resulting corner Lloyd, thoroughly impressive since his return from injury and stand out in this match, made a superb sliding clearance to deny Berwick. Godalming continued to try and take advantage of a now 3 man Rushden defence and when George Frith rippled the side-netting following a finely placed pass from Purdy, some in the ground thought it was game over.

 

There was still time for Tom Lorraine to have one final chance, but Ossai parried the ball clear and Vallance blew for full time shortly after, culminating in an remarkable and deserved 3 points for the Gs. Andy Hunt’s men travel to Egham Town in the league cup on Tuesday before visiting Aylesbury in the league next weekend.

 

Attendance: 188

 

Goals: Hutton 62’

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Willment, Lloyd; Gray, Laidler; Wheeler (Bassett 65’), Frith, Hutton; Purdy.

 

Not used: Edwards, Beswick, Lewington, Sellick.

 

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Godalming Town 1-0 Guildford City

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Godalming Town kept up their recent unbeaten record against rivals Guildford City as a second half Darren Wheeler goal saw the Gs progress to the 3rd round of the Surrey Senior Cup in front of a bumper Wey Court derby-day crowd.

 

Since City’s reformation in 1996 Godalming have lost just once to their biggest rivals, back in 2005, and some felt a resurgent Guildford under new, local manager Dean Thomas had their best shot at ending that run against an out-of-form Gs side. However, the hosts were always on top in a tie low on chances and did enough to get their name in the hat for the next round.

 

The visitors were without striker Matt Anton, prolific at step 8 Godalming & Farncombe Athletic before following his old manager to City in September, and recently courted by Gs boss Andy Hunt, but they went close after just 4 minutes when former Chelsea trainee Adam Nditi bent a free kick just wide. Johnny Gray was playing a more advanced role in holding midfield as Nick Hutchings returned to his place at full-back, and the former shot over before City ‘keeper Liam Beach smothered a Wheeler free-kick after an initial spill.

 

Gray saw another effort fizz off target before, in the 34th minute, the hosts created the best opening of the half when Louis Hutton played a short free-kick to Wheeler who skinned Tom Booth before crossing to George Frith, and his knockdown found Tom Willment, but his effort rebounded back off the post.

 

The tie seemed to be lacking that bit of quality, particularly in the final third, with neither side looking particularly penetrative. However, a moment of class from Adam Cornell just 4 minutes after the break presented a golden chance for Wheeler, and the winger wasn’t about to waste such an opportunity. Chris Wales played the ball forward and Cornell did superbly to turn, leaving Bradley Pegg for dead, and he rolled the ball across the 6-yard box where Wheeler was on hand to side foot home in front of the Shed End, his 8th goal of an already productive season for him.

 

The lead should have been doubled on the hour mark, and this time Cornell on the score sheet, as Sealand international Booth played a back pass too short and the striker was onto it in a flash. His first, placed effort hit the post and came back to him for a second attempt, and he opted for power, but the shot flew well over Beach’s bar.

 

As the tie wore on the visitors began to probe slightly more, and former Gs midfielder Andy Ottley forced Richard Ossai into his first meaningful save of the night with 16 minutes to go, his 25-yard shot well stopped by the Gs number one. Guildford’s golden chance to take the tie to penalties came in stoppage time when a free-kick fell to substitute Josh Everand, who did well to create the space, but Ossai was on hand to thwart him from close range.

 

Certainly not a classic, but the Gs will be pleased to progress in a cup competition, and make it back to back wins at Wey Court. Next up is a visit from unbeaten AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday before Andy Hunts side visit Egham Town in the League Cup.

 

Attendance: 296

 

Goals: Wheeler 48’

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Willment, Musgrove; Frith, Wheeler, Gray (Laidler 66’), Hutton; Cornell (Lewington 78’), Purdy.

 

Not used: Edwards, Lloyd, McGarry

 

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Fleet Town 2-1 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town lost their 5th straight away game as local rivals Fleet Town, on the back of 8 consecutive losses, ran out 2-1 winners in an open contest at Calthorpe Park that ended in the Gs playing with 10 men after captain Graeme Purdy was sent off.

 

The hosts were quick out the blocks and took advantage of a disorganised visiting defence to race into a 2 goal lead just 15 minute in, Simba Mlambo and Josh Harfield scoring. Louis Hutton quickly pulled one back and the game was littered with chances for both sides until the final whistle, by which point the Gs were a man down, when more misery was confirmed for Andy Hunt’s side as they slipped just 4 points above the relegation zone.

 

It took just 2 minutes for Fleet to score, player-manager Craig Davis swinging in a free kick that unmarked captain Mlambo powerfully headed past Richard Ossai. George Frith shot at Ryan Pryce shortly after but it was the out of form hosts who got the next goal, Ben White’s cross met by Harefield on the stretch, and despite Ossai getting a glove to the ball it flew into the net.

 

Godalming however responded immediately, Darren Wheeler crossing from the right with the clearance going straight to Hutton, who blasted a first-time shot past Pryce. The helter-skelter game could have been level at 2-2 just 24 minutes in, Purdy heading onto the post, though Fleet could have made it 3 seconds later as Tom Willment did well to clear a Mlambo effort off the line.

 

The tricky Mlambo was a thorn for the Gs all night, just the kind of striking option Godalming could do with, and he stabbed an effort wide before Wheeler’s excellently struck volley from a Liam Roberts pass fizzed just wide of the far post in the 36th minute. Mlambo headed a corner wide before, moments after the restart, Roberts drilled an angled effort off target.

 

The huge amount of chances were perhaps to be expected in a game between two struggling sides, though opportunities began to dry up before a remarkable red card just after the hour mark. Willment voiced his opinion on a lack of movement in attack and Purdy responded to him with expletives, with referee William Bull quick to produce the red card. With no other strikers in the squad Willment, now with the armband, was moved up front as the Gs desperately tried to conjure up a plan to salvage a result.

 

It was in fact Fleet who should have scored, Mlambo heading a golden opportunity wide with 14 minutes to go. The Gs huffed and puffed but failed to create a chance of note with another disappointing defeat ultimately unavoidable.

 

Scorers: Mlambo 2’, Harefield 15’; Huton 17’

 

Gs XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Gray, Willment, Lloyd, Roberts (McGarry 65’), Laidler, Frith (Lewington 80’), Wheeler, Hutton, Purdy.

Not used: Hutchings, Edwards, Powell.