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Godalming Town 1-3 Egham Town

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A scintillating first-half performance from Egham Town saw them run out comfortable winners at Wey Court, with striker Ryan Debattista ruthless in notching up a hat-trick in the opening 45 minutes.

 

The impressive Sarnies took just 3 minutes to take the lead, and despite Ashley Lloyd equalising with his second goal for Godalming the dynamic visitors scored twice before the break, and could relax in a second half during which the Gs never looked close to getting back in the game.

 

With the Hutton trio absent due to family commitments, and Chris Wales on the injury list, a somewhat threadbare Gs squad was named, with Darren Wheeler starting despite not being fully fit.

 

The appointment of Gary Meakin in September has seemingly turned Egham into surprise playoff contenders, with just 2 defeats and a 7 game winning run since the 31-year old took over the reins at The Runneymede Stadium, and it was clear from the kick off they’d come to Wey Court to take all 3 points.

 

Indeed, with only 3 minutes on the clock, a quick ball forward created confusion between Richard Ossai and Tom Willment, and the latter had his pocket picked by Brendan Matthew who squared to a completely unmarked Debattista, the young striker tucking home from close range.

 

The Sarnies continued to dominate the opening stages, their high press and quick movement of the ball making the Gs look ponderous, with Matthew, Debattista and Bajram Pashaj seeming like a particularly dangerous front three. The latter was denied by a well-timed tackle from Nick Hutchings in the 14th minute, but to their credit the hosts began to claw their way back into the match.

 

Wheeler sent a free kick narrowly over before former Egham striker Danny Bassett was in on goal but, from an angle, blazed his effort over the bar despite Graeme Purdy lurking inside the box. On 33 minutes Godalming levelled, and on the balance of play it was deserved. A lack of communication saw Hassan Sulaman head out for a corner unnecessarily, and from the resulting set-piece Lloyd had all the space in the world to thump home a header past ex-G Jamie Norris.

 

Despite the leveller, Egham swiftly reasserted their authority and re-took the lead just 5 minutes later with perhaps one of the best moves seen at Wey Court this season. Matthew hared down the right flank, drifting past Hutchings before exchanging a quick one-two with Pashaj. In the blink of an eye he moved the ball on to Debattista who dummied before curling a left-footed finish low into the far corner.

 

It was an elegant goal, and Egham looked like they could score every time they moved forward. Wes Daly and Kurtney Brooks were dominating the midfield with relentless energy, and the latter was involved in the third goal, Debattista’s hat-trick and another fine move, in first-half stoppage time. After the Gs failed to clear a free kick Brooks played in Debattista who could have shot, but he instead found Pashaj with a perfectly weighted pass. The 21-year old calmly pulled the ball back to the striker who slammed home is 5th goal in 5 games since joining the Sarnies.

 

The half-time departure of Wheeler was inevitable, and seemingly ended any hopes Godalming had of trying to get back into the game. Heads dropped, and Egham sensed that they could take their foot of the gas as the second half fizzled into a rather tame affair. More nice football from the visitors, this time involving Brooks and Pashaj, saw the latter rattle the cross bar with a fine placed shot on the hour, and Debattista shot wide after a swift counter attack shortly after.

 

The last chance of note again fell to Egham, Matthew flying past Willment and Lloyd before firing wildly over, with an outclassed Godalming ultimately happy to leave the pitch just 3-1 losers. The Gs travel to Potters Bar on Saturday before they host fellow strugglers Hanwell Town, who’ve recently reappointed manager Ray Duffy, on Tuesday 22nd.

 

Scorers: Lloyd 33’; Debattista 3’, 38’, 45’

 

Attendance: 127

 

XI: Ossai, Musgrove, Hutchings, Lloyd, Willment, Gray, Laidler, Roberts (Sellick 68’), Wheeler (Masembe 46’), Bassett (Beswick 74’).

Aylesbury United 1-2 Godalming Town

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Godalming Town were bailed out by two stalwarts as Graeme Purdy and Darren Wheeler grabbed late goals to secure a first away win since August at struggling Aylesbury United.

 

High winds swept around Thame United’s Meadow View Park as a low-quality affair produced little footballing class, indeed the first goal coming after Richard Ossai’s mistake gifted the Ducks a second-half lead. However, a similar poor moment of goalkeeping by ex-G Zaki Oualah allowed captain Purdy to level, before perennial saviour Wheeler bagged a fine winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.

 

The visitors had suffered the departure of George Frith, perhaps the most consistent performer this season and stand out against Leighton last weekend, before the game and lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Danny Bassett partnering Purdy up front.

 

Despite starting the game one place above the relegation zone the hosts had won their last two games, both at their new temporary home, and came very close to taking a 3rd minute lead, Ossai at full stretch to tip Jake Bewley’s long-range effort onto the bar.

 

The howling wind gave any high balls a life of their own, and both sides struggled to assert themselves on the game. The Gs first chance of note came when Tom Willment had a header deflected over, with Bassett cutting in and shooting wide shortly after. With 4 goals in his last 2 games Bassett was looking the most likely to create anything for the visitors, and he was the instigator of their best chance of the opening 45. The striker did well before laying the ball off to Chris Musgrove on the right, and his deep cross was met by Purdy with a thundering header that crashed back off the bar.

 

Some of the crowd braving the conditions were still returning from the bar when the Ducks took the lead, in comical fashion. Greg Williams’ weak effort took a clip off Ashley Lloyd but still looked set to trickle into Ossai’s hands, but the ball somehow squirmed underneath him, and crept over the line. It was a red-faced moment for the Gs custodian, and a rare one too, but it gave Aylesbury much hope of a 3rd straight home win.

 

In the 63rd minute a short back-pass by Ricky Brown, making his league debut for the Ducks, saw Bassett with a chance to level but Oualah made a smart save with his legs before Louis Hutton drilled the rebound wide. At the other end Danny Jones saw his free kick clip off the wall before flying wide.

 

An equaliser wasn’t looking likely but Godalming were awarded a route back in to the game when their former stopper Oualah failed to control a forceful Jack Wood back-pass, and the loose ball fell straight to Purdy who gobbled up the opportunity from close range.

 

The breeze was relentless but by this point the game had come alive, and with the wind in their sails the Gs looked to attack with gusto as they searched for a winner. Purdy forced Oualah into a save with his legs but the stopper could do little about the winner that game with just 9 minutes remaining.

 

Godalming took a throw in on the right, despite having players in offside positions when it was won, and the ball was worked over to Wheeler just inside the box. Ever the Raumdeuter he was somehow in space, and proceeded to create more, as he skipped past Brown with dazzling feet. The winger then unleashed a stunning left-footed finish, accurate and ferocious, that illuminated even this greyest of December afternoons as it harpooned into the back of the net.

 

From his 8 goals this season the winger has secured no less than 9 league points and 2 cup progressions, with his latest winner moving the Gs up to 16th in the table. Andy Hunt’s men travel to Northwood on Tuesday night before Egham Town visit on Saturday.

 

Goals: Williams 46’; Purdy 76’, Wheeler 81’

 

XI: Ossai; Musgrove (Roberts 66’), Gray, Willment, Lloyd; W. Hutton, Wheeler, Laidler, L. Hutton; Purdy, Bassett (Masembe 88’).

 

Not used: Wales

 

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Godalming Town 2-2 Leighton Town

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An 88th minute equaliser from captain Ben Gallant gave lowly Leighton Town a point as Godalming Town failed to make it 4 home wins on the bounce.

 

The visitors, second from bottom and having lost their last 5 matches, took an early lead in a low-quality first-half courtesy of a David Brown strike. The Gs huffed and puffed before Danny Bassett scored his first goals for the club, both in the space of 4 second-half minutes, and Godalming looked set for 3 points. However, Leighton came back late on, taking advantage of a rare Richard Ossai error to claim their first away point since August.

 

A cold and windy Wey Court wasn’t the most appealing of places to be, and with the town’s annual Christmas market taking place it was no surprise the crowd was the lowest of the season for a league game, and the watching faithful were left stunned when the Reds took a 14th minute lead. Aaron McKee’s free kick into the box was poorly defended by Godalming and David Brown, having a fine scoring season from full-back, gleefully stabbed home his 4th goal of the campaign.

 

Leighton, thrashed 7-1 by AFC Rushden midweek, did look susceptible at the back and the returning Will Hutton drove at their defence before slipping in Bassett, but the striker dragged his shot wide from an angle despite George Frith being well placed in the centre.

 

Minutes later Frith set up Bassett, who shot wide, but as the first-half wore on the Gs struggled to create many openings, with their final effort of the opening 45 a long-range attempt by Liam Roberts, which clipped Jordan Gurney before fizzing wide.

 

The introduction of new signing Haluna Masembe in the 58th minute provided the hosts with some much needed thrust and pace in the attacking third, and he should have leveled 10 minutes after his introduction, glancing a Darren Wheeler free kick wide when well placed.

 

Godalming did level with 15 minutes remaining. Though far from the most attractive goal seen at Wey Court it will be remembered for being Bassett’s maiden for the Gs, with the former Staines Town man the first of many bodies to react after Frith’s shot rebounded off the post and back into the box.

 

With the wind in their sails Godalming soon rushed into the lead for the first time. Frith played Bassett in, the forward timing his run well, and he coolly slotted the ball beneath the advancing Bradley Kirkwood. With just over 10 minutes remaining it looked like Andy Hunt’s men had dug themselves out of a hole, but it wasn’t to be the case, as Leighton levelled it up with just 2 minutes to play.

 

Alex O’Brien’s free kick should have been routine for Ossai but he spilt it, and Gallant was on hand to force home the loose ball, prompting scenes of delight amongst the travelling players.

 

The Gs will look to bounce back from the disappointment at Egham on Tuesday night, in the Red Insure Cup, before they travel to Aylesbury United on Saturday.

 

Scorers: Bassett 75’, 78’; Brown 14’, Gallant 88’

 

Attendance: 108

 

XI: Ossai; Wales, Gray, Willment, Lloyd; Laidler, Roberts (Masembe 58’); Frith, Wheeler, Hutton; Bassett.

 

Not used: Musgrove, Sellick, Beswick, Edwards.

 

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