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Godalming Town 4 – 1 Petersfield

Godalming 4 – 1 Petersfield


The G’s played Petersfield at Wey Court this evening, the second meeting of the two sides in seven days following the 1-1 draw at Love Lane last week. Although there was not that much on paper for either side to play for other than bragging rights and pride both sides went for it from the start.


The G’s line up saw many changes to the side that played last Wednesday with Richard Ossai returning in goal, Chris Wales started as right back for the injured Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills partnered Chris Musgrove, while Nick Hutchings made his first appearance at left back for several weeks, coming back from injury.


Liam Roberts was in the central midfield partnering Will Hutton whilst Piers Oldland started wide on the right and Iven Kumanda on the left. Graeme Purdy was partnered upfront with Jake Kempton.


On the Bench were Rory Sellick, Darren Wheeler, Steve Laidler, Danny Bassett and Oneal Garnes.


The first few minutes seemed to show that the revised set up was going to test the visitors with Graeme Purdy hitting a long shot from wide in the opening minutes pushed round by the Rams keeper, while Chris Musgrove then headed just wide from the resulting corner.


Iven Kumanda was proving to be a handful and had a few shots and a powerful run in the first twenty minutes. He also latched onto a ball that the visitors failed to clear effectively and chose to unselfishly slide the ball through for Jake Kempton, but the delivery was a little over hit.


The G;s were putting lots of pressure on and getting shots in when possible with Petersfield breaking quickly on occasions. They did threaten when a long cross landed in the G’s 6 yard box, but they could not capitalise on it. Straight after Will Hutton hit a long range shot that was reasonably comfortable for Joshua Young in the visitors goal.


Even Nick Hutchings was getting forward and hit a speculative right footed shot that almost crept in under the bar at the far post (reminiscent of Darren’s a week or so ago that did just that).


The G,s were awarded a free kick on 28minutes just beyond the right hand side of the Rams penalty area, which Iven Kumanda took and hit a low hard shot to the far post which went in through a throng of players. G’s one up.

Richard Ossai appeared to be fouled on a high cross into his area and failed to make contact, but to the relief of the home fans the ball went harmlessly wide.


Jake Kempton them got on the end of a through ball that saw him one on one with the Rams keeper but he could not score from the opportunity lifting the ball over the bar.


Liam Roberts and Steven Green for the visitors were both yellow carded not long after a lecture from the referee Tristan Greaves.


Just before the half time break Petersfield headed a cross from their left just over the bar and it felt as if perhaps the G’s were possibly going to regret the missed opportunities of the first half which they largely dominated.


At the start of the second half the visitors seemed to commit more to attack and their No 10 Joe Briggs had a shot pushed round for a corner by Richard Ossai. This resulted in 2 corners for the Rams which was the first period of sustained pressure that the home team had to deal with.


On 60 minutes Will Hutton took a free kick for the G’s which allowed Graeme Purdy to tap in at the far post for the hosts second goal of the evening


Liam Roberts who had had a good game showing all his usual energy around the pitch was replaced by Steve Laidler.


Iven Kumanda then took a corner on the golf course side at the training pitch end which he swung in to the far post where Jake Kempton was able to head in from close range to put the home team 3-0 up on 65 minutes.


Gary Moorgate came on for The Rams replacing Sean Wain. Petersfield then got a consolation goal on 71 minutes from Howard Neighbour who latched on to a through ball on the ground that the G’s defence failed to cut out and he beat the advancing Richard Ossai. The G’s appeals for an offside decision were overruled.


Any relief this goal may have given the visitors was short lived a minute later as Will Hutton delivered a corner for the hosts to the near post which Jake Kempton was able to turn in with his head for his second of the game.


The impressive Iven Kumanda came off for Rory Sellick to come on for his first appearance for a few weeks.


Petersfield continued to push for another goal and Chris Musgrove had to clear off the line on the 80th minute.


Darren Wheeler came on for Will Hutton who had had an impressive game covering miles of the pitch and a including a couple of assists.


Steve Laidler also had a spectacular run past several defenders but his final shot was unable to beat the visitors keeper.


Jake Kempton then had an even more spectacular run where he beat everyone including the keeper only to see his side footed shot cleared off the line and the ball ricochet back to the arms of the grateful Rams keeper.


A deserved win for the team who really could have put the game out of sight in the first half. No complaints however as they move on to face Rushden and Diamonds at the weekend in the final game of the season.


Stats below from the Ewing family.



Godalming                    Petersfield

attempts on goal                         19                                   9

on target                                       11                                   3

corners                                           7                                    6

fouls                                                7                                    10 (3o/s)

poss 1st                                          61%                               39%

poss 2nd                                        21.06 min (55%)          16.57 min (45%)

bookings                                        1                                      1


2nd half poss calculated with DST.  Ist half calculated with the time honoured and uncannily reliable “wadyathink” method.  Michael sound asleep this evening but back on duty Saturday for R&D






Godalming Town FC 2 – 1 Northwood Town

Godalming 2 – 1 Northwood


Well who would have believed on Friday that the Wey Court pitch would be in a fit state for the game to go ahead today. It was Kev Shepherd who decreed on Friday that “the match must go on” – and so it was.


Much huffing and puffing, forking and squeegeeing of the pitch from Friday evening all under the watchful eye of Bill Kyte and again Saturday morning. Then we had another hour of rain, which was greeted by “Oh Bother” from the morning crew Dave Allen, the Hirons, the Moses and all – as it threatened to undo all the good work that had been done.


But as it was the Community /Corporate day, it had to go ahead. So well done all those who turned out to get the pitch playable and lets hope that all the youngsters who turned up enjoyed their day at Wey Court as well.


The G’s were looking to finish the season strongly and started with Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton, Julian Sills, Chris Musgrove, and Liam Roberts as the back four. With no Ashley Lloyd available through suspension the set up was more of a 4-4-2 with Louis Hutton sitting in front of the back four when the G’s were defending and Steve Laidler covering that spot when Louis was in the attack, as he does so well.

Piers Oldland was on the right and Darren Wheeler on the left with Danny Bassett partnering Graeme Purdy up front.


On the bench were Chris Wales, Will Hutton, Iven Kumanda and Rory Sellick.

Nick Hutchings was training with the squad and looks to be fit again soon.


In the first few minutes both sides started well and under the circumstances were to be praised for trying to play football. The G’s put together some neat passes in the first twenty minutes as usual without generating any clear chances to trouble the Northwood keeper. The G’ s forced their first corner on 24 minutes.


In one move Charlie Hutton swept up the right wing and cut inside neatly going past the Northwood captain Mark Burgess and playing the ball in to the near post, but the G’s forwards efforts to capitalise did not come off.


In another Piers Oldland also cut in from the right and was brought down 6 yards outside the penalty area. Darren Wheeler hit the free kick just past the near upright.


Steve Laidler was giving a strong performance breaking up the opposition possession. Joakin Ehui hit a cross from wide on the left that Oneal Garnes had to palm away at around 38 minutes.


Louis Hutton was looking to shoot when the opportunity arose and he hit one shot over the bar from range and minutes later made another tremendous strike which was on target but Berkeley Laurencin made a superb save turning the ball round at full stretch just before the end of the first half.


Northwood threatened with a good cross from their Joakin Ehui but it went just behind his team mates.


Will Hutton came on for Darren Wheeler who was struggling with an injury. Not long after he hit a good drive that was saved quite comfortably by the visitors keeper. Soon after Louis had a fierce shot that came off a defender and the referee signalled for a penalty for the G’s. The referee then had a long debate with the linesman on the far side of the pitch before allowing Louis to take the penalty, which he hit hard and low to the Northwood keepers left, putting the G’s 1-0 up.


Charlie Hutton went down after a challenge with an injury to his knee and was replaced by Chris Wales after having a fine game.


Piers Oldland showed his pace with a good break on the right and finishing with a delicate chip to the near post, but the G’s strikers could not beat the Northwood defence. Northwood were now playing a more attacking formation in trying to get back on terms.


Louis Hutton made a great through pass to his brother Will who almost managed to pull the ball into the net on the volley. But the ball went narrowly wide and the linesman gave him offside anyway. However moments later Louis produce another great through ball for Will to run onto and beat the Northwood keeper when he was one-on-one with him.

G’s 2- 0 up now and again playing some very good one touch passing moves in approach play.


Northwood continued to press and in one attack worked the ball into the G’s box but their No 12 missed with his shot.


The lively Danny Bassett, who had been working well alongside Graeme Purdy and had received treatment for a knock to his ankle earlier, was replaced by Iven Kumanda.


Oneal Garnes had to palm away a shot from wide on the left for a corner.


Northwood No 8 & 12 were both spoken to by the referee at length for what appeared to be backchat.


Liam Roberts received a yellow card for a late challenge. G’s broke well after clearing the pressure and Louis Hutton played another fine through ball in behind the Northwood defence for Piers Oldland to show his pace but the winger was foiled by the advancing visitors keeper when one-on-on with him. Another good save from him keeping them in the match.


Northwood no 3 Andy Lomas was yellow carded for a foul.


Iven Kumanda brought another good close range stop from the Northwood keeper when he cut into the area. Soon after the Northwood no 11 Rob Hastings was yellow carded.


The G’s were looking comfortable and playing some good passing moves before the visitors broke and Chris Wales brought down the Northwood No 12 George Nicholas in the penalty area in injury time. Niko Muir put the penalty away, but shortly after was yellow carded for dissent.


Chris Musgrove then also received a yellow card for an unacceptable tackle although he did not actually make contact with anything other than the ball just before full time.


Another three points for the G’s. And a very pleasing performance from the whole squad who played well throughout.


Latest advanced technology Stats from Michael Ewing below:



Godalming                           Northwood


Attempts         14                                          15

On target         7                                             6

Corners            3                                             7

Fouls                 15(1p) + 4 o/s                     20(1p)  +5o/s

Poss 1st            22.48 (min/sec)  52%         20.44 (min/sec)  48%

poss 2nd           19.24 (min/sec)   46%        23.04 (min/sec)  54%

Bookings           2                                            2


Stats man Mike back on the boards

Dual stopwatch technology- 85% free from human error


Thought that Northwood had 3 bookings as in my report above, but could be wrong. Grey Graham.


Petersfield Town 1-1 Godalming Town FC

Petersfield Town 1-1 Godalming Town FC


After so many postponements, finally the two teams got to play each other for the first time this season at Love Lane last night in the first of two encounters within 7days.


The G’s featured Oneal Garnes in goal, Charlie Hutton at right back, Julian Sills and Chris Musgrove as the centre back pairing and Liam Roberts at left back. Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four with Darren Wheeeler, Steve Laidler, Louis Hutton and Will Hutton in the midfield and Graeme Purdy upfront again.


On the bench were Danny Bassett, Iven Kumanda, Piers Oldland, Jake Kempton, Chris Wales. Good to see Nick Hutchings was training with the lads before the game.


In the opening moments a Louis Hutton free-kick saw Ashley Lloyd put a powerful header just over the bar.


15 minutes in Louis had a great shot just clear the bar and a while later his brother Will also shot over the bar.


G’s fans were concerned to see a header back to Oneal Garnes allow the Rams No 10 to chase the ball down calling for the G’s keeper to block with his legs.


Other than that the first half seemed to be locked into a fairly even contest, if a little frantic and scrappy at times, until Louis Hutton played a through ball to Darren Wheeler who had made his way into the middle and was brought down in the area as he raced towards goal. He scored from the penalty spot putting the ball into the bottom corner wide on the left hand side of the home keeper.


Within a minute of the restart a ball played forward on the Petersfield right into the edge of the G’s area was met on the volley by Petersfield’s Jordan Neal who lifted the ball over the G’s keeper and into the net.


Petersfield probably had the better of the very few scoring chances for either side in the first half in a pretty even contest.


So at half time it was 1-1.


The G’s started the second half positively, as they had the first, but with Louis seeming to play further up the pitch. It was noticeable that with Purdy upfront again and winning balls in the air played long from the back there had been no one to feed off them.


On 60 minutes the G’s tried to change things and Will Hutton, who was probably the G’s most threatening player, was replaced by Danny Bassett to feed off of these opportunities. His pace showed straight away in troubling the home defence. The home side also replaced M Needham with Dan Woodward.


The G’s were applying more pressure and on one occasion, after a cross from the left, the ball hung tantalisingly in front of the Rams goal line but Purdy could only keep the ball in play and could not find any support in the 6 yard box. Moments later a cross found Purdy in space in the area but he was unable to make contact.


Ashley Lloyd received a yellow card for a tackle in the middle of the pitch. While soon after Purdy was substituted for Jake Kempton on around 75 minutes.


Despite their increased pressure and dominance in possession the G’s were unable to create too many clear chances as Petersfield held out.


Jake Kempton made a run and squared the ball across he face of the Rams goal but there was no one on hand for the tap in.


The G’s then took off the influential Louis Hutton to enable Iven Kumanda to come on and within seconds he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area after a G’s corner, but again his shot went just over the bar.


The home side brought on Jordan Geddis for Sean Wayne and managed to produce occasional dangerous attacks on the break, but the G’s were largely dominant without themselves producing a killer blow, Jake Kempton also hitting a long shot over the bar for the visitors.


In the dying minutes the home sides No 4 was yellow carded for a foul on Steve Laidler having been spoken to by the referee previously.


A frustrating evening for the G’s in the end when they were unable to convert their midfield pressure into points.


The second meeting of the two sides is due for Wey Court next Tuesday 19th.



Petersfield                  Godalming

Attempts on goal                      8                                    10

On target                                    5                                     3

corners                                        4                                     5

Fouls                                            15 (1o/s and 1 pen)     15 (6 o/s)

Poss 1st half                               52                                    48

Poss 2nd Half                             39                                   61


Bookings                               2                                              1


Normal STATS service will be resumed on Saturday when younger eyes take over the job.  We will also be piloting a dual stopwatch possession calculator… ground breaking scientific technology designed to eliminate the skewing effect of dead time on single stopwatch calculations.










Royston 0 – 1 Godalming Town

Royston Town 0-1 Godalming Town – Sat 9th April. Attendance 176


Following Tuesday’s win against Aylesbury, the G’s travelled to Royston in the hope of keeping their playoff aspirations alive and came away with another impressive 1-0 win against a Royston side who I thought were one of the best footballing sides we’ve played this season.


Andy Hunt changed the set up to 4-5-1


Oneal Garnes was in goal with Charlie Hutton at right back, G’s Captain Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre backs and Liam Roberts at left back, with Ashley Lloyd playing infront of the back four.

Will Hutton, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler, Darren Wheeler made up the midfield with Jake Kempton upfront.


On the bench where Danny Bassett, Piers Oldland, Iven Kumanda, and Chris Wales.


Royston started quick off the blocks on 4 minutes, Ryan Frater made a pass to Rhys Hoeness who took the ball round Charlie Hutton but shot wide of goal.


G’s first shot came on 6 minutes, Jake Kemptons shot held by Ronnie Yates in the Royston goal. Two minutes later, Will Hutton broke down the right, put in a cross to Darren Wheeler on the right who put the cross back into the box and Will got on the end of it with his shot going wide of goal.


On 24 minutes, Royston broke down the left, whipped the ball into the box, G’s keeper Oneal Garnes fumbled the ball and Chris Musgrove cleared the ball away.

Godalming then came close to the first goal, Will Hutton put a great pass to Darren who put a cross into the box and Musgrove’s header just went over the Royston crossbar.


Royston came close to a goal just before halftime, a corner came in to the G’s box with Ryan Fraters shot cleared off the line by Liam Roberts.


So at half time it remained 0-0.


Another yellow card followed the break for Louis Hutton for poor tackle.


Royston started the 2nd half brightly. They made a substitution and brought on Ryan Ingrey and on 52 minutes, his strike forced the G’s keeper into a good save to his right and out for a corner.


On 62 minutes, Royston got a free kick outside of the Godalming area, Danny May fired a fierce freekick which Oneal had to parry away with Musgrove putting the ball out for a corner.


G’s then made two substitutions, Iven Kumanda replaced Darren on the left wing and Danny Bassett replacing Jake Kempton. This seemed to give the G’s more impetus to try and get a winning goal.

Iven made some great moves and had a shot that went wide of goal. Then on 83 minutes, Louis and Iven linked up well together, after a combination of passes, the ball was put out to Iven, who put in the cross to Louis Hutton who cooly slotted the ball into the goal using the outside of his boot.


Darren Wheeler then produced another moment of magic for the home team when he managed to find space out on the left wing to put in a cross deep to the far post which crept in under the bar.


It was a welcome return to Chris Wales who replaced Charlie Hutton on 85 minutes after coming back from injury. Godalming then went on and held on for a great win and three points.




G’s star man – Louis Hutton


Stats                Roy     God

Attempts        7          6

On target         3          3

Off target        4          3

Corners           7          3

Fouls               8          6

Offsides          4          2

Bookings         2          0


Godalming 0 – 3 Chalfont St Peter


On a day when all the top eight teams (apart from Royston) won, Chalfont, who are just outside the play off places, will be pleased with the result which keeps them in the hunt for promotion.


The score probably flatters them when considering the possession and having to defend for large parts of the game.


The G’s were again without stalwart Nick Hutchings, but saw Steve Laidler return to the line-up.


Oneal Garnes was in goal with Charlie Hutton at right back, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove the centre backs and Liam Roberts at left back, with Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four.

Piers Oldland, Louis Hutton, Steve Laidler, Will Hutton were in midfield with Danny Bassett upfront.


On the bench where Chris Wales, Iven Kumanda, Jake Kempton and Darren Wheeler.


The G’s playing towards the training pitch end started really well making two good chances in the first few minutes. The best of these fell to Danny Bassett who was played in by Piers Oldland, but despite stretching could not find the final finish a couple of yards out under pressure from the Chalfont defence, which left two of their players needing attention for several minutes.


Not long after when the G’s were awarded a free kick wide on the left, which was taken by Louis Hutton he hit it quite low towards the far post where Ashley Lloyd got a fine glancing header on it, which skidded inches past the far post. The signs were there that perhaps this was not going to be “a good day at the office” (PH).


Tony Mendy, so many times the G’s tormentor in the past, was looking lively as usual for Chalfont when they broke forward, but was being well policed by Graeme Purdy on the few occasions that he threatened in the first half.


Another free-kick from Louis Hutton saw Chris Musgrove put the ball just wide. For their part Chalfont were limited to breakaways and a few shots that went over the bar. They produced little to worry Oneal Garnes in the first 40 or so minutes.


Liam Roberts was yellow carded following a little wrestling with the Chalfont No 7 Tyrone Pink. The resulting shot from the free kick was hit straight to Oneal Garnes who claimed the ball comfortably.


The G’s were manufacturing some good approach play with quick passing moves, but were unable to find the final touch or shot to score. At the end of one of these the hard working Danny Bassett was able to advance on goal, but he could not produce a quality shot. They were also being more cautious about surrendering possession choosing the passing option well to move the ball out of several defensive positions.


However on 44 minutes Tony Mendy, who had really been quite well constrained by the Godalming defence until then, with his back to goal when the ball was partially cleared, produced a sort of overhead kick at fairly low speed that found its way into the net. Chalfont 1-0 up.


Things then got even worse for the G’s when Ashley Lloyd, received a straight red card for an offence off the ball after the referee Jim Patterson consulted with his assistant on the Stand side. A correct decision, but uncharacteristic behaviour for Ashley who has only had two bookings this season. The referee then blew for half time.


In the second half the ten men G’s were still looking to get something from the game and produced some more fine interchanging passes through the midfield with both Will and Louis Hutton involved, but could not hit the spot with the final ball.


The G’s then conceded a rather soft goal from a corner on Chalfont’s right which was floated to the back post where it dropped for Tony

Mendy to tap in from close range.


Chalfont rightly then decided to try to hang on to the ball more to see the game out. The G’s were still going for it trying to rescue something and Danny Bassett showed enormous courage and ability when he worked his way from wide on the right past a series of defenders only to be chopped down by a lunging tackle that earned the Chalfont No 3 Craig Carby a yellow card and the G’s a free kick just outside the area.


The G’s then despite being a man down went to playing three at the back with Captain Purdy moving up to the front alongside Danny Bassett.


On 68 minutes Ryan Worton came off for Chalfont to be replaced by Michael Murray whilst the G’s made a double substitution bringing on Darren Wheeler for Piers Oldland and Jake Kempton for the tireless Bassett.


There were opportunities for the G’s up to the end however and they kept pressing when they could trying to come back into the game. However the result was finally sealed when on 75 minutes a cross from wide on the Chalfont left was hit sweetly on the volley by Adam Kirby on the edge of the box and the ball rocketed into the G’s net.


Even that did not stop the G’s coming forward and they continued to press with Jake Kempton chasing everything he could and Darren Wheeler getting in some trademark runs down the left wing and crosses, but neither could influence the end result.


Steve Laidler made an impression with his energy around the pitch and Louis Hutton along with his brother Will both had fine games, as did the rest of the G’s, but in the end despite the effort could not get the G’s off the mark. The score line may not show it but there was a lot of good build up play.


It has always been the case that if you do not put away the chances that you get you will get beaten. “Stats man” Michael’s figures show that play was pretty even, but Chalfont made the best of the chances that they had.


The G’s will want to return to winning ways this Tuesday at Wey Court against Aylesbury FC.


“Stats man” Michael’s figures,


Attempts on goal: Godalming 12 Chalfont 11

On Target: G 5 C 5

Corners: G 4 C 6

Fouls : G 11 (2Offside) C 9 (1 offside)



1st 1/2: G 40% C 60%

2nd 1/2: G 60% C 40%


Bookings: Yellows: Louis Hutton, Roberts

Red: Lloyd