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Three Bridges

 

Three Bridges 1  – 1 Godalming Town

 

The hosts should be complimented on the pristine condition of the pitch.

It was an absolute nail biter at Jubilee Walk this afternoon with the G’s scoring what seemed to be the winner on 82minutes, only to see two of the three points that they thought they had won snatched away two minutes into extra time.

 

The G’s had Saturdays hero Oneal Garnes in goal, but without their icons Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove and probably one of the best left backs in the league Nick Hutchings all unavailable, the back four took on a rather unusual look with the impressive and talented youngster Rory Sellick coming in at right back, Nicholas Medcraft moving to left back, and captain Graeme Purdy partnering another impressive youngster George Spiers as the centre back pairing.

 

With Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four as usual, Goncalves Christiano, Darren Wheeler Piers Oldland and Jaz Ratteray-Smith made up the midfield with Matt Anton up front. Leo Burgess, Jake Kempton Tristian Campbell and Jon Palmer started on the bench

 

In the opening exchanges the home side pressed and had the majority of the possession but despite coming under pressure the G’s came up with the first serious shot on goal when was work forward via Piers Oldland cutting in from the right and hitting a good shot which the home Keeper did well to turn around the post for a corner.

 

In fact despite their pressure Three Bridges did not manage a single shot on target in the first half whereas the G’s had three.

 

Piers Oldland again cutting in from the right wing running at the home defence managed to slip the ball through to Darren Wheeler, who unfortunately on this occasion could only clear the bar with his shot.

 

After some further good build-up play the G’s got another good chance by playing short passes on the ground finishing with an effort from Ashley Lloyd, which again was turned around by the home Keeper on around 35 minutes

Half-time 0-0

Despite the home side having slightly more of the possession it always seemed the G’s were the more threatening when they attacked with Matt Anton working hard up front and linking with the support players.

 

Goncalves Christiano, who had shown tremendous energy and commitment seemed rather unfortunate to be yellow carded was substituted for Tristan Cambell. Soon after Leo Burgess came on for Jaz Ratteray-Smith.

 

However 75 minutes in Graeme Purdy (who was having an outstanding game) had to leave the pitch for a few minutes for treatment for a bloody nose returning later in a clean shirt. This seemed to see the game swing back in favour of the hosts and on 78 minutes Three Bridges came closest hitting the upright and putting the rebound into the net, but the linesman ruled it offside

 

With around eight minutes of normal time left a good break down the left saw Leo Burgess deliver a beautiful cross to Matt Anton running in at the far post, who headed the G’s in front.

Three Bridges equalised two minutes in to extra time when a miss-hit shot, which was flying well wide of the goal, was deflected in off Devon Fender.

 

 

The G’s team all put on a great performance with captain Graeme Purdy leading by example and Ashley Lloyd (who also had to receive attention for a facial injury) right up there vying for G’s MOTM.

 

Matt Anton got his third goal from as many appearances which his hard work fully justified.

 

We now have options upfront as well. Well done to the lads.

 

Michael’s stats

 

Stats G’s Three Bridges
Attempts 18 14
On target 6 6
Corners 3 1
Fouls 17 13
Bookings 1 1
Possession  1st Half 58% 42%
Possession  2ndt Half 59% 41%

Corinthian Casuals

 

Godalming Town 1- 2 Corinthian Casuals

 

Following their successful visit to Molesey last week in the FA cup, the G’s entertained an “in form” Corinthian Casuals squad at Wey Court this afternoon, their having had a 9 match unbeaten run in the league and looking to extend this.

 

Godalming started brightly and took the lead again through Matt Anton, only to see the Casuals draw level, just before half time and eventually comfortably win in the second half.

 

The G’s had Oneal Garnes in goal, Nick Medcraft, George Spiers, Graeme Purdy, and Nick Hutchings at the back, Ashley Lloyd, Tristan Campbell, Darren Wheeler and Piers Oldland in midfield with Jake Kempton and Matt Anton up front although at times it looked like they were playing a 4–3-3 system.

 

 

G’s started well and after a few minutes the G’s Darren Wheeler won a free kick on the left wide of the visitor’s penalty area. Darren Wheeler delivered to the far post where Ashley Lloyd headed powerfully only see the Casuals keeper parry the ball, which gave him a second snap chance, which he could only direct over the bar.
Lloydy clearly had a taste for goal as a couple of minutes later he hit a long range shot that bounce off the top of the Casuals crossbar.

 

On the 16th minutes the G’s attacked down the left and Nick Hutchings played a neat chip in to the visitors penalty area, which fell in front of the Casuals keeper Danny Bracken and G’s Matt Anton contested it and in the end he headed past the keeper and into an open net.

On 39 minutes with the G’s looking for an offside decision as the ball came into the penalty area the Casuals number 9 Shaun Okojie hit a shot from close range, which Oneal Garnes managed to tip onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

 

 

Moments before half-time The Casuals won a free kick ten yards outside the penalty area in the middle of the pitch.  Their number 11 Jordan Clarke hit a stunning shot past the wall and into the top left hand corner of the G’s goal giving Oneal Garnes no chance.

 

Half time 1-1.

 

Casuals took the lead on 56 minutes. At the time the G’s were applying a lot of pressure at the other end, but the Casuals managed to break quickly, the ball finding its way to their number 9 Shaun Okojie who managed to turn quickly and get behind the G’s defence and made a good run into the box, firing low past the G’s keeper to put them 2-1 up.

 

The visitors then really dominated much of open play seeming to find themselves more time and space on the ball in the midfield, but the home Keeper Oneal Garnes was a match for everything the visitors could throw at him, making a string of saves to keep the G’s in the match.

 

Andy Hunt tried some changes bringing on the promising new signing Jaz Rattarey-Smith for Piers Oldland with around 25 minutes to go. Tristan Campbell was replaced by Rory Sellick shortly after with Goncalves Christiano replacing Darren Wheeler for the last fifteen minutes, whilst Graeme Purdy moved up to the front to try to snatch a point for the home team, but it was not to be.

 

In the end the visitors deservedly took the points.

 

The G’s can be pleased at their first half performance and had one more of those early chances gone in perhaps they would have found themselves 2-0 up. But that is football.

 

Graeme Purdy had a good performance at centre back in the absence of Chris Musgrove, as did the stalwart Nick Hutchings who stood out yet again alongside Oneal in goal.

 

Matt Anton scored again on his second appearance.

 

Andy now has more options in the squad although many of the new additions and young players will need game time to bed in.

 

 

Michael’s stats board:

 

Stats G’s Corinthian Casuals
Attempts 8 18
On Target 4 9
Corners 6 8
Fouls 13 9
Bookings 0 0
Possession 1st half 58% 42%
Possession 2nd half 35% 65%

Molesey (FA Cup)

Molesey 0 – 2 Godalming

Godalming Town progressed comfortably into the next round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory against a Molesey side that is still finding its feet after a change in management and players during preseason.

For the G’s, Graeme Purdy returned to the starting line-up after having come off injured last Saturday and Darren Wheeler who seemed to be carrying an injury also started for the Gs. Godalming had three players that were cup tied including Matt Anton. New signing Kassim Sandah started on the bench alongside Piers Oldland and Goncalves Christiano.

Oneal Garnes was between the posts with George Spiers partnering Chris Musgrove in the heart of the defence with Nicholas Medcraft and Nick Hutchings. Ashley Lloyd was in front of the back four.

The midfield was made up of Tristan Campbell, Rory Sellick and Darren Wheeler, with Jake Kempton and Captain Graeme Purdy upfront.

Godalming started brightly from kick off and on 5 minutes, Darren Wheeler shot from outside the box and had to be tipped over the bar by Liam Allen in the Molesey goal. A cross in the box from Wheeler was met by the head of Purdy who couldn’t get anything on it.

Molesey then came and attacked the G’s defence, they came close on 7 minutes, Tom Windsor shot went over the bar. Moles then had a corner, Oneal Garnes came to punch the ball but then had to be cleared away by Nick Hutchings close to the line.

A Darren Wheeler free kick on 21 minutes was deflected over the bar and then Jake Kempton had a shot saved by the Molesey keeper a few minutes later.

On 30 minutes, G’s allowed Molesey’s Akuruka to run down the wing, get the cross into the box and Somuyiwa came close with the header but had gone too far to get a good head to the ball.

Godalming’s first goal came on 41 minutes when Wheeler put in a cross from the left and was met by an unmarked Jake Kempton to sweetly slot the ball in the back of net to the roar of the G’s supporters behind the goal. The G’s then doubled their lead on the stroke of half time, a mix up between Allen in goal and his defenders allowed Graeme Purdy after the ball fell to him to slot the ball into the Molesey empty net.

 

Half Time: Molesey FC 0 – 2 Godalming Town

 

There were no changes made at half time from either team. Molesey started the 2nd half better and had a couple of attempts but nothing to trouble Oneal Garnes in the Godalming goal.

On 65 minutes, Tom Windsor put a ball through to Nwoko but was offside. Harry Frost tried an attempt at goal but couldn’t get past a strong G’s defence.

Godalming made a couple of changes, with Kassim Sandah making his debut, replaced Darren Wheeler and Piers Oldland replaced Jake Kempton.

Sandah looked quick and made a run at the Moles defence but couldn’t get a shot on goal.

With 10 minutes to go, Nick Hutchings picked up a loose ball, took it around a couple of defenders then had a shot saved by the Molesey keeper.

G’s then made a final change on 86 minutes with Christiano replacing Graeme Purdy. Godalming then held on for the final few minutes to the delight of the G’s supporters who made the short trip from Godalming.

Staines Town will welcome Godalming on Saturday 3rd September in the 1st qualifying round.

Match Stats by “Stat Man” Michael and his mum:

 

Statistics Molesey Godalming
Attempts 17 10
On Target 9 6
Corners 7 3
Fouls 16 18
Possession (1st Half) 48% 52%
Possession (2nd  Half) 70% 30%
Bookings 2 3

Molesey FC

This Saturday 20 August sees the G’s begin the long road to Wembley in the FA Cup with a preliminary round fixture away to league rivals Molesey FC.

So come along and support the G’s at the Molesey’s Walton Road Ground near Hampton Court.

Whyteleafe

Despite taking the lead in this match, a very strong and impressive Whyteleafe team came back to win even with some good performances from the G’s.

Last time that the G’s visited the 3G pitch at Whyteleafe in last year’s SSC it produced probably their best overall team performance and a 3-0 win, which sent us all home very happy indeed. – This was a different day and two quite different sides.

For the G’s, knowing that Graeme Purdy had come off injured during Saturday’s match there was a question over who would feature in attack. It was a very pleasant surprise to see that Matt Anton was back in a Godalming strip after his very short appearance last season. Also new to the G’s was Jordace Holder-Spooner.

The first twenty minutes went well and with Oneal Garnes back between the posts and the impressive newcomer George Spiers partnering Chris Musgrove in the heart of the defence alongside Chris Wales and the always impressive Nick Hutchings. Ashley Llloyd took over the captain’s armband and as usual was looking comfortable in front of the back four.

The midfield was made up of Jordace Holder-Spooner, Piers Oldland, Tristan Campbell and Darren Wheeler, with Matt Anton upfront.

Tristan Campbell played a lovely chip over the defence after about 12 minutes, which gave Matt Anton the chance to turn and outpace the defenders and slot the ball in the net beyond the advancing keeper. G’s one-up.

Whytleafe came back strongly and had a header, from a good cross, hit the upright and then travelled across the goal, straight to Oneal Garnes.  The game was competitive and the G’s supporters were pleased to see that there was a big improvement going forward. Clearly it will take a while to get the new players to gel, but there was a lot of promise and some good passing build up play.

Whytleafe were concentrating their efforts down the right wing. After one attack at around 26 minutes a shot came in from the edge of the box, which was not cleared allowing the Whyteleafe new signing No 10 Moses Ashikodi to score from close range.

 

1-1 at half time.

 

There were no changes to personnel at half time, but about 10 minutes in to the second half Whyteleafe went ahead from a corner out on their left, which was hit beyond the far post and their captain Vernon Francis got a very powerful header in to put them in front.

Jordace Holder-Spooner was injured in a tackle requiring attention from the G’s Physio and was replaced by Rory Sellick. Soon after Tristan Campbell was also subbed off for Nick Medcraft to come on and try to use his pace.

Whyteleafe were very strong on the ball and were showing some good passing and moving in attack. One such good build up led to their third goal, which was another super shot from wide on the right hand edge of the box, which flew into the far corner giving Oneal no chance.

The G’s rallied a few times and had chances of their own including a header from Matt Anton which went just wide having got onto the end of a good cross and a pile driver shot from Chris Wales, which unfortunately was hit too close to the home keeper.

Congratulations to Whyteleafe who on that performance look likely to be a very strong side indeed.

The G’s should feel pleased that they showed an improvement on Saturday as:-

– There are now midfield options taking shape and building on a good strong defensive heart of the squad in which George Spiers has fitted in well alongside the established players.

– Matt Anton scoring on his debut is all good news.

– Hopefully Graeme Purdy and Jake Kempton (both with the squad last night) will come back from injury soon

Hythe Town

Godalming Town started their new season at Wey Court on another very hot, sunny day and welcomed Hythe Town in yet another new league the G’s fourth in the last few years. The visitors were one of the form teams in this league last season and had made the play-offs finishing fourth.

It was always going to be difficult for the G’s who lost from last year the best midfield team that they have had for years. However they showed that the backbone of the squad together with the replacement youngsters could give a good account of themselves.

A very new look Godalming had Ben Zatwardniki in goal as both Richard Ossai and Oneal Garnes were unavailable. The back four were Nick Hutchings, Chris Musgrove, George Speirs and Chris Wale, with Ashley Lloyd in front.  Tristian Campbell, Rory Sellick, Nick Medcraft and Darren Wheeler made up the midfield with Graeme Purdy up front.

The first clear shot of the game came from Hythe after 26 minutes bringing a good save from Ben in the Godalming goal with the rebound hit high over the bar. Shortly after that the G’s had a reasonable chance from a Darren Wheeler cross from the left, but they were unable to capitalise.

Hythe were attacking mainly down the left with their number 6 and on 33 minutes managed a good shot, which flew past the far post.

Despite a couple of decent crosses in from the left the G’s could not get players on the end of them.

40 minutes in a Hythe shot rattled the woodwork when it hit the junction of the upright. The first booking of the game came when Chris Wales was taken out after the ball had been played by the Hythe number 9 who was given a yellow card. G’s would have felt fortunate when a very long floated cross bounced off the top of their crossbar just before half-time.

0-0- at half time.

Graeme Purdy was replaced by Romaine Reynolds at half time. Hythe also made a substitution bringing on their big number 14 Kenny Pogue as centre forward for Charlie Webster soon on in the second half. There was very little to trouble either goalie during the second spell. Nick Medcroft substituted for Piers Oldland 28minutes in to the half. Hythe produced a couple of half chances in the box but couldn’t get a shot in, the home team defending well and out manoeuvring the Hythe attack. Second yellow card went to Hythe number 2 after a poor tackle on Piers Oldland after he had played ball. Godalming’s biggest threat towards the end of the game again coming down the left with Darren Wheeler and Piers Oldland earning a couple of corners that the G’s got on to but could not find the net.

Hythe finally got their goal, a bit out of the blue, but probably deserved from their first half performance from a cross from the right in blustery wind to the far corner being bundled in from close range. Goal awarded to their Number 10 Alfie May although there was much debate from their supporters as to how it was scored.

So Hythe will be pleased that they got the three points that they must have worried they might not get, while the  G’s would be disappointed that the could not hold on for the 90 minutes, but will be able to take comfort from the fact that they defended well.

Man of the match – Chris Wales for the G’s