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Barton Rovers 0-0 Godalming Town

Barton Rovers


On a really cold day the visitors started the game playing uphill, in more ways than one. Without Darren Wheeler and Ashley Lloyd due to family commitments together with Charlie Hutton and Liam Roberts being suspended and Rory Sellick and Chris Wales still recovering from injuries they were always going to find it a struggle. I doubt they expected to have to cope with so many poor refereeing decisions on top of everything else.


The G’s started with Oneal Garnes in goal, Will Hutton sitting in for his brother at right back, Chris Musgrove continued in partnership with Graeme Purdy and indestructible Nick Hutchings at left back. New signing Julian Sill joined in the midfield with Louis Hutton and Steve Laidler with Piers Oldland wide on the right and Iven Kumanda on the left and Joao Andrade up front. Danny Bassett was on the bench with Pacha Tayo Walker.


In the first five minutes Joao was elbowed in the face, which left him needing treatment for a fat lip and bloody nose. Soon after Iven was forced to run 10 metres or so while being held in a head lock, and Will Hutton received a late tackle in front of the dugouts, all of which received not even a talking to from the ref. Graeme Purdy received a yellow card for a pointless nudge on a Barton player when the ball was well out of play. Otherwise he had a good game in the defence.


The first half was fairly even without too many chances on goal from either side. Barton had more of the possession without really threatening, apart from one effort from the edge of the box which Oneal  saved well.


Iven was showing his power and pace out wide(when he was not being held in a headlock) and played a part in a build up at the end of the first half when the ball found it way to Louis inside the penalty area where he seemed to take forever to find space to get a shot in, which finally hit the crossbar.


The only other highlight of the half was a very slick bit of ball control by Chris Musgrove to match that of Louis in the Rushden and Diamonds match that was caught of film. Not in the defensive training manual.


0-0 at half time.


With the hill and the wind in their favour in the second half the G’s began to dominate proceedings. Iven again being a threat from wide linking up with Steve Laidler on a couple of occasions and bringing a good save from the Barton keeper which he palmed round for a corner. Steve made a number of good supporting  runs forward into the box.


Will Hutton then got a yellow card for pointing out to the referee at a free kick that he had not moved the Barton defensive wall back the required 10metres (or ten paces which Will kindly demonstrated for him). The ref then did the same thing minutes later when he took only 9 paces when the G’s were awarded yet another free kick on the edge of the area blatantly far less than the required 10 metres as could be seen from the proximity of the penalty spot and the D.


The G’s kept pressing and dominated possession as can be seen from “Stats Man” Michael’s  figures below, but could not turn possession into goals. Danny came on for Piers midway through the second half.


Oneal had a good game securing any high balls well, Nick Hutchings as ever was steady at the back and made several attacking runs into the area, as did Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Will Hutton who did well at right back. The whole squad put the effort in and at the end of the day you might have thought they were the home team when they were applauded of the pitch. The travelling G’s supporters probably making up half the attendance. All in all they put the effort in but in the end they have to be content with just a point.


Man of the Match – a tough one, but Chris Musgrove and Iven Kumanda were both impressive for me.


                Barton    Godalming


attempts    7                  10

on target    3                   3

corners       2                   6

fouls           21 [2os]       17 [2os]

poss 1st [est] 57%            43%

2nd est             31%             69%

yellows          2                   4

Fleet 4 – 1 Godalming Town



Godalming Town went out of the Aldershot Senior Cup loosing 4-1 to Fleet.


It was a slightly experimental looking G’s team with no Louis Hutton and Steve Laidler on the bench along with Joao Andrade and Iven Kumanda. So they lined up with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton and Nick Hutchings as the full backs alongside Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove as the centre backs and Ashley Lloyd sitting in front.

Darren Wheeler, Will Hutton, Liam Roberts and Piers Oldland in midfield and Danny Bassett up front.


The first half saw some pretty good approach play at times from the G’s who were playing up the hill with little in the way of shooting chances to either side. At one time the Fleet defence playing 5 at the back were under pressure and blocked shots from Will Hutton and Danny Bassett in a congested goal area and Piers Oldland then hit the rebound well, which was tipped over by the Fleet keeper.


So it was surprising that in the last few minutes of the first half that Fleet went ahead chasing down a long ball into the Godalming area which the G’s keeper advanced to collect but seemed to miss the ball when he went to ground in front of an advancing attacker, the Fleet player managing to then collect and cross the ball into the area for them to go 1-0 up.


Even tougher then when the Fleet team went 2-0 up within a few minutes of starting the second half with a well struck shot from just to the left of the goal area which went over the G’s keeper and seemed to dip into the top of the net.


Graeme Purdy then moved up to the No9 position as the G’s went forward to try to win the game and Darren Wheeler came off to be replaced by Iven Kumanda. Ashley Lloyd dropped back to centre back.


G’s then got one back from a long free kick by Ashley Lloyd into the area, which was nudged on by Chris Musgrove to Graeme Purdy who put it in from close range.


A third goal for Fleet really settled things when Fleet moved the ball across the the G’s goal area and the back inside to score.


But there was no come back for the G’s despite the fact that they continued to create chances and more shots on goal.


A fourth goal seemed to come from a bit of confusion in the defnce and the ball was bundled into the goal.


Iven Kumanda had a powerful run from the left wing resulting in a good save from the Fleet keeper but was only able to put the resulting shot from the rebound wide of the post.


Another run from Iven saw him get past several defenders moving in toward the goal and he then squared the ball to Will Hutton who hit a fine shot just wide from 35 yards. Danny also hit a fine opportunist volley but that also went narrowly wide.


Joao came on for Danny towards the end.


Charlie Hutton also went off injured and that saw Steve Laidler come on for the G’s. Piers Oldland brought another great save from the Fleet Keeper diving at full stretch to his right. Another shot from Piers who was now finding more space crashed against the crossbar minutes later.


A frustrating result for the G’s who seemed unable to get a fair reward for their possession. But that is what happens sometimes.


On to Barton Rovers at the weekend.

Godalming Town 3 – 1 North Greenford

North Greenford


Overnight rain had left the pitch rather soft in areas, but after attention the pitch inspection declared the pitch playable – so match on.


In the end it was a pretty comfortable victory for the G’s who ran out 3-1 winners. They had been disappointed by the fixture at North Greenford earlier in the season when the G’s lost 1-2 after dominating much of the match.


The G’s were awarded a free kick on the right hand side of the North Greenford penalty area after 3 minutes play when Joao Andrades was bought down outside the penalty area. Ideal territory for Darren Wheeler who swung the free kick low in at the near post. G’s 1-0 up.


Soon after Steve Laidler delivered a great cross from the left but the was no one who could get onto the end of it.


Chris Musgrove took a nasty knock to his knee during a tackle and needed attention. The G’s supporters were relieved to see him recover having recently lost Tom Willment to Harrow Borough and Chris Wales still some way off recovering from injury. Captain Graeme Purdy featured alongside Musgrove at centre back.


Darren Wheeler made another good run moments later turning in towards the goal, but could only shoot wide while under pressure from the defence.


Both sides were playing the offside game to advantage, but Darren Wheeler was finding more space available and was repeatedly tormenting the opposition right back on a difficult surface. Liam Roberts also had a fine game swapping wings to effect with Wheeler.


North Greenford appeared to be looking to attack wide on the left wing showing pace and skill, but could not get the better of the G’s defence and couldn’t produce more than one long range shot that went wide of the post in the first half.


Three minutes into the second half the G’s were awarded a corner at the road end which Wheeler swung in, for it to be met by Ashley Lloyd who headed in off the underside of the crossbar.


The G’s really looked quite comfortable with Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton both having good games dominating midfield despite the difficult conditions and both making runs forward. Louis in particular had a typical shot that just went over from well outside the area.


North Greenford scored on 63 minutes when the G’s defence failed to effectively clear pressure and a stray header fell to the visitors who scored from close range.


Godalming got their third after a fine run from Darren Wheeler yet again broke loose down the left and played the ball in to the area. From there a quick exchange of passes saw Louis Hutton played the ball to Joao Andrade who put the ball past the keeper from 6 yards out.


After a lunging tackle two North Greenford players were yellow carded by the referee who had a very good game.


30 minutes into the second half Joao Andrades and Liam Roberts were substituted They were replaced by Danny Bassett and Will Hutton.


Yet another cross from Wheeler saw a fine set up from Will Hutton, with his back to the goal, for his brother Louis, but his shot from 10 yards out went over the bar.


With ten minutes to go Darren Wheeler was substituted for Iven Kumanda who showed his pace and strength cutting in from the wing. The replacements also gave the North Greenford defence a torrid time and came close to scoring on a couple more occasions in the dying moments with Danny Bassett getting a fine shot in, which was well beaten away around the post by the North Greenford keeper Lewis Todd.


The G’s will feel pleased that they were able to further extend their run of good results at home as well as away from Wey Court.


Many of the G’s had excellent games, in fact they all did, but at the end of the day M o M should probably go to Darren Wheeler again for his fine performance.


Sorry there have been no formal stats from “Stats-man Michael” lately, but he is away at present.


G’s are away at Fleet on Tuesday night in the Aldershot Senior Cup and are away to Barton Rovers next Saturday.


Report written by Graham Harris.

Godalming 0 – 2 Northwood

Godalming vs Northwood


Godalming went out of the Red Insure Cup loosing 2 – 0 against Northwood at Wey Court tonight conceding a goal in each half.


The G’s line-up featured returning G Piers Oldland who has been away in the USA on the right wing, new signing Iven Kumanda on the left wing, Graeme Purdy started again at centre back with Chris Musgrove, Nick Hutchings and Charlie Hutton, Oneal Garnes in goal,while Liam Roberts and Louis Hutton were in the middle and Joao Andrade and Danny Bassett upfront.


Darren Wheeler, Ashley Lloyd and Steve Laidler were all on the bench.


The game was pretty even in the first half but really did not do much to warm either supporters in the early part of the game on a very cold night.


After about 5 minutes into the game the G’s defence gave away a corner and from that Liam Roberts was required to head clear off the line.


Northwood were first break the deadlock with a great diagonal cross into the G’s area which the Northwood No 7 was able to lift and help it on its way over Oneal Garnes.


Following this the G’s went on the attack pushing Graeme Purdy further up the pitch and playing three defenders at the back. This nearly paid dividends when a good build up fund Pudy in the box but he could not find a good enough shot. It was that sort of night.


Northwood always looked dangerous on the break.


The second half saw the G’s with even more possession but they could not capitalise on it a chances came from shots from Liam Roberts , Iven Kumanda, Danny Bassett, and a couple to Louis Hutton but these either went wide or bought good saves from the Northwood keeper.


Northwood tested Garnes with a good shot which he parried and eventually the defence cleared.


Northwood then settled the match when they scored from a low drive out wide on their right after the G’s defence seemed to be unable to clear the ball on the edge of their area.


Darren Wheeler, Ashley Lloyd and Steve Laidler all came on and while this produced more G’s pressure they could not score.

Arlesey 1-1 Godalming Town



Think this was the first trip to Arlesey Town for the G’s supporters who found the ground and facilities very impressive and the home supporters friendly.


On a very gloomy day with continuous light rain the match started with flood lights on from the start. Arlesey Town are to be congratulated on the condition of their pitch, which although a little short of grass in places was in pretty good condition bearing in mind the recent weather.


The Gees were without stalwart centre-back and past captain Tom Willment following his move to Harrow Borough in the Ryman Premier on Thursday. Tom, who has been outstanding at the back

would clearly be missed. But with the obvious replacement, Chris Wales still recovering from injury, who would step into his place?


The mystery was revealed as the teams lined up with the G’s talisman Graeme Purdy wearing number 5 partnering Chris Musgrove at the back.


This left Joao Andrade to continue up front with Liam Roberts playing wide on the right and Darren Wheeler on the left, Steve Laidler and Louis Hutton in the midfield, Charlie Hutton at right back and Nick Hutchings at left back with Oneal Garnes continuing in goal this left Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four, the position he is becoming accustomed to.


The opening exchanges were pretty even. The G’s forcing the first corner. Arlesey mounted their first meaningful attack shortly after, but that was well defended. It showed that they had pace and skill wide on the right hand side. The G’s then failed to clear adequately on a couple of occasions and put pressure on themselves, however the worst result of this was a shot well over the bar.


The opening goal coming to the G’s when they were awarded a free kick wide on the left flank. Louis Hutton floated the ball to the far post where it was met by Chris Musgrove who ghosted in to head past the keeper.


Shortly after another fine build up through the middle, Louis Hutton found himself outside the area with a half chance to lob the home keeper from long range. He only just failed to do so with the keeper back-peddling at full stretch, just tipping the ball over the bar for a corner.


On 27 minutes a good build up down the G’s right side saw Steve Laidler drive towards the area where he played a short square pass to the middle where Louis Hutton fired another shot just past the post.


Soon after Chris Musgrove clearly thought he should try to emulate Ashley Lloyd’s strike at Bedford, but unfortunately could not keep the shot down and his long shot flew over the bar.


Liam Roberts was given a yellow card on 44 minutes, resulting in an Arlesey free kick wide on the right flank halfway between the penalty area and the halfway line. The well struck shot was comfortably saved by Oneal Garnes. One of the Arlesey management team was then sent to the stands by the referee. This was one of several strange decisions by the referee during the first half which was only to be overshadowed by his even stranger decisions in the second which left both sets of supporters questioning his sanity.


Arlesey tried to press forward but failed to come up with any serious shots on goal. Graeme Purdy looked comfortable in his new role making some good defensive headers and came up with some thoughtful distribution from the back.


Half Time:- Arlesey 0 Godalming 1


The G’s started the second half brightly and 5 minutes into the second half had a glorious opportunity to go two up when Joao played the ball in from the left across the edge of the area where Darren Wheeler was running onto it. Unfortunately Darren who you would normally bet your house on to score, was only able to put the ball narrowly wide of the upright far post.


A few minutes later another ball played by Steve Laidler inside the defence saw Darren Wheeler again bearing down on goal and slipping the ball across the face of the goal but the G’s could not convert it.


Another G’s attack saw the hard working Liam Roberts drive into the area only to be clearly brought down before he could shoot. With the travelling supporters calling for what they clearly saw as a penalty. The referee decided to issue a second yellow card to Liam, apparently for simulation, and he then had to leave the pitch. G’s now down to 10 men.


Charlie Hutton then picked up a yellow card for a fairly innocuous tackle 14 minutes into the second half, when an opposition player ran into him and went to ground dramatically after Charlie seemed to have played the ball.


After a free kick was awarded 10 yards outside the G’s area a bit of a fracas ensued following which Louis and a home player were both yellow carded. The resulting free kick was well struck but dealt with well by Oneal Garnes.


Danny Bassett came on for Joao Andrades. Danny was lively and fought well to hold the ball up as had Joao.


For some reason the referee then gave a second yellow card to Charlie Hutton, strangely for apparently taking a throw-in from the wrong place! So the G’s are now down to 9 men.


Despite that the G’s still tried to finish the game off with Darren almost getting his foot to a long free kick from Louis just in front of the advancing home keeper.


In the last minutes the G’s were understandably under the cosh without the home side creating much in the way of clear opportunities. In the 89th minute in one attack managed to get a shot towards the target, which came off a defender and past the G’s keeper to equalise.


So the G’s will feel they should have had all three points today and will have to find replacements for both Liam and Charlie in a couple of weeks time.


Joint MoM:- Graeme Purdy/Louis Hutton.



Match Stats:- By “Stats man Michael”

Arlesey                 g’s

shots                               12                          11

O TARGET                    5                            6

corners                          6                            3

fouls                              10 (2 o/s)             15

poss  1                           50                          50

poss  2                           65                          35



bookings                       1                           4

reds                                1(manager)       2


Bedford 0 – 3 Godalming

Bedford 6th Feb


The G’s today return from Bedford with an emphatic victory, all three points and a clean sheet, but may well have to face the cost of losing Steve Laidler to a knee injury midway through the first half and his impressive young replacement Rory Sellick halfway through the second half with an even more worrying injury having been stretchered off the pitch.

The threatened heavy down pours before the match never did materialise and the pitch was in pretty good shape despite being a bit bobbly. The wind however was almost as bad as it was a Thame when the G’s met Aylesbury United there earlier in the season. Not the best conditions for flowing football.

It will have cheared the travelling G’s fans however to see Richard Ossai helping the G’s regular keeper Oneal Garnes warming up before the game. He featured on the bench alongside Danny Bassett, Rory Sellick and newcomer Pasha Tayo-Walker.

The G’s lined up without Graeme Purdy (unavailable) so Joao Andrade played at No 9 while in the absence of suspended Will Hutton, Liam Roberts played out wide on the right.

Chris Musgrove returned to partner Tom Willment with Charlie Hutton at right back and Nick Hutchings at left back. This allowed Ashley Lloyd to go back to playing in front of the back four, while the successful central midfield pairing of Louis Hutton (c) and Steve Laidler started with Darren Wheeler as usual out on the left.

Godalming started the match playing into the extremely strong wind, which made anything played long in the air, or on the ground for that matter something of a lottery. In the opening exchanges Bedford where more dominant but, as the half progressed, the G’s got more into it and produced some good moves under the circumstances.

On 19 minutes the G’s won the first corner the game. On 22 minutes a good run from Steve Laidler, driving out of defence, ended with with Andrade on the right of the goal, but the striker unfortunately couldn’t get his shot on target.

A good run by Charlie Hutton on 28 minutes broke through the Bedford defence without getting a good finish.

Steve Laidler was taken off after 37 minutes having injured his left knee stretching for a tackle at full pelt in the midfield. This was one of 4 -5 injuries that required treatment on the pitch in the first half.

The change allowed Rory Sellick to come on and play wide on the right hand side whilst Liam Roberts dropped into midfield alongside Louis Hutton in the boiler room.

Half time 0-0.



The opening moments of the second half saw Joao Andrade go close and then battle to get between the Bedford keeper and his defenders and was able to poke the ball in from close range during a moment of Bedford indecision. G’s 1 up.

Moments later Louis Hutton played a free kick from inside the G’s half to Darren Wheeler deep in the left corner from where he delivered the ball into the danger area and Rory Sellich speeding in from the right was able to pick it up turn and shoot past the Bedford keeper. G’s now 2 up.

Another fine move down the left saw Nick Hutchings feature, leaping to avoid a couple of tackles and the resulting cross saw Andrade head just past the near post. By this time the G’s were looking pretty dominant.

26 minutes into the second half after a substantial build-up by the G’s in the Bedford half Ashley Lloyd hit a ferocious shot from well outside the area, which went in just under the crossbar. 3 – 0 to Godalming.

Danny Bassett came on for Joao Andrade and looked lively chasing down the Bedford defenders at every chance.

Rory Sellick also had to leave the field injured after receiving a strong challenge that brought a yellow card for the Bedford player, one of three in all that the referee dispensed to the Bedford team, with none to the G’s.

This brought Pasha Tayo-Walker on for his first appearance for the G’s. He showed his confidence and skill on the ball, but his slight frame appeared a mismatch against some of the defenders.

All round a very pleasing result for the squad who probably felt a bit hard done by after the result on Tuesday. Oneal had a pretty quiet game as Bedford were unable to come up with anything much once they got into the final third.

Hopefully Rory has not suffered too serious an injury and will be back playing in the team soon.

    Bed   G’s
Attempts on goal   4   14
On target   2   4
Fouls   12 ( 4 offside)   17 (4 offside)
Corners   0   2
Poss 1st half   45 %   55%
Poss 2nd half   48 %   52 %


Written by Graham Harris

Godalming 1 – 2 Tooting & Mitcham

Tooting and Mitcham – 2ndFeb 2016


The Surrey Senior cup game between Godalming Town and Tooting and Mitcham finally got under way after 3 postponements due to the recent poor weather.


A reasonable crowd braved a very cold night to see Antonio Simeone a past G’s captain and fans favourite return to Wey Court with T&M as did the ex G’s assistant ,manager Paul Dale. Both will have been pleased to leave Wey Court having beaten their old club.


The G’s were without Chris Musgrove in central defence, so Ashley Lloyd was partnering Tom Willment and Liam Roberts played in front of the back four. New signing Joa Andrades was not eligible to play for the G’s.



The G’s started brightly and after less than ten minutes play a super through ball from Louis Hutton saw Graeme Purdy bearing down on goal with a couple of Tooting defenders in pursuit and the T& M keeper Cessay advancing. The G’s skipper slotted the ball low into the net.


The G’s continued to press and really dominated both the territory and possession for the first twenty minutes or so playing some attractive football in their approach play. In the middle of the park they were seemingly able to cut out any threats that the visitors could put together on the odd occasion.


Wheeler again found space on the left and delivered a couple of fine crosses to the far post, which were well defended by the T&M defenders.


At around the 30 minute mark one G’s attack from the right flank saw Will Hutton work his way in toward the area with a series of 1-2’s with his brother and Graeme Purdy, which set him up for a thunderous shot which crashed against the crossbar and bounced clear.


Had that put the G’s 2 up perhaps that would have wrapped things up .


In the last five minutes of the first half Wheeler tracking back saw the block that he made spin high into the air and land just beyond the 6 yard box where the T & M no 11 Matt Price was able to turn and hit the ball to equalise, well taken but rather against the run of play.


In the second half the visitors pressed a bit more but still failed to trouble the G’s keeper.


Another G’s attack twenty minutes into the second half saw Louis Hutton bring a good save from Cessay who turned the ball round for a corner. T & M had few efforts on target with one effort from a corner on their left being headed wide probably the nearest to being on target about 25 minutes into the second half.


Danny Bassett replaced Will Hutton who had had a fine game and worked really hard both going forwards and in defending when called upon. Bassett brought a good save from the T& M stopper and Louis Hutton , Liam Roberts all had more shots which although on target they really did not hit cleanly. In an attempt to win the game the G’s went all out for the winner bringing on the talented youngster Rory Sellick for Liam Roberts as they changed things an an attempt to win.


With time running out the G’s appeared to be unwilling to clear the ball from the edge of their area only to see The visistor s Jake Baxter receive the ball and attempt a chip of the G’s keeper Oneal Garnes which came off. 2 -1 to T&M.


Haluma Mesembe also came on for the G’s in place of Charlie Hutton to give even more fire power up front and made quite an impact in winning the ball wide in several exchanges, without being able to trouble the visitors keeper too much.


So at the end well done to Tooting and Mitcham for battling away. They managed to take the few chances that presented themselves. The hosts can take comfort from the fact that they played well for long periods and produced some fine football and dominated much of the game, but as so often in football all that counts in the end is how many goals you score.


Written by Graham Harris