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Cray Wanderers


Godalming 0 – 1 Cray Wanderers


Today saw the start of a new era at Wey Court with Darren Wheeler taking the helm as Caretaker Player Manager after the departure of Andy Hunt. This was always going to be a tough fixture, playing yet another one of the top 9 teams in the league and after an absolute drubbing at Carshalton a few days earlier with the subsequent departure of the previous management team.


Darren and his team had done a great deal of work during the week in reconstructing the Godalming squad, which featured Oneal Garnes in goal, Nick Hutchings at left back and Chris Musgrove at right back. The returning Tom Willment partnering on loan Adam Brice as the centre back pairing, Ashley Lloyd in front of the back four. Returning Will Hutton, Darren Wheeler, new signing Jack Warburton and Luke Perkins made up the midfield with Matt Anton up front. On the bench for the G’s were Chris Wales, Jake Kempton, Rory Sellick, George Spiers and Piers Oldland.


In the opening minutes Cray Wanderers put pressure on the home team and in one incident requiring Oneal Garnes to make a good reaction save from close range, but then the G’s started to apply some pressure themselves’ winning a corner and then a free kick on the edge of the box, which was whipped in by Darren Wheeler and while Chris Musgrove in the 6-yard box went dangerously close he could not make contact.


In the end the score was opened by Cray Wanderers winning the ball on the left hand side breaking quickly and after a cross to the far post, which Danny Haynes met and heading the ball past Oneal Garnes.


Cray Wanderers 1 – 0 up at half time.


To their credit the reconstituted home team were not put off the task and started the second half well.

Early on Will Hutton made a typical interception in the Cray’s half and ran at them on the right side of the field and squared the ball beautifully for Matt Anton, who hit a low shot, which struck the foot of the upright and bounce back into the grateful arms of the visiting keeper, who was stranded.


Not long after that the G’s continued to attack and after a good run down the right by Chris Musgrove he crossed the ball and Luke Perkins was brought down just outside the area in front of the referee who awarded a second yellow to the Cray Wanderers number 2 Adetayo Osifuwa and dismissed him. Darren Wheeler took the free kick, which looked like it might creep in but grazed the top of the bar and went over.


The whole of the G’s midfield was dominating play and working hard to pick up anything loose. At around 52 minutes Luke Perkins made a great run and played a quick one two while advancing down the left. He turned the ball into the 6yard box where Matt Anton met the ball, but it was fractionally behind him and Matt could not turn it in from where he was.


The G’s were totally dominating the second half possession as you can see from Michael’s stats below and during another attack Caretaker Player Manager Wheeler had another great shot headed of the line by a defender.


On 66 minutes Matt Anton was replaced by Jake Kempton.  The G’s threw everything at their visitors and replaced Chris Musgrove with Piers Oldland on around 72 minutes to add to the attacking threat. On 78 minutes Rory Sellick came on to replace Darren Wheeler.


With only minutes left Nick Hutchings made a good individual run into the penalty area and hit a low shot that the visiting keeper Nick Blue had to once again go full length to save.


By contrast the home keeper had not one shot to deal with in the second half.


The change from Monday could not have been greater and the character shown by the lads was tremendous. Tom Willment was a tremendous influence in defence and the midfield was at last dominant with their work rate and passing the ball on the ground. Perkins, Warburton and Will Hutton were all so sharp which is something that is most welcome.


The G’s can look at this result as a great step forward and once the newcomers have had a chance to bed in to the team they should be able start notching up some points again.


Looking forward to Tuesday and the visit of Chipstead.


Michael’s stats:-

Statistics Godalmings Cray Wanderers
Attempts 13 8
On Target 10 4
Corners 3 4
Fouls 11 8
Bookings 2 (double booking 1 red)
Possession 1st 45% 55%
Possession 2nd 69% 31%

Cray Wanderers

A New Era Begins


The next chapter in Godalming Town’s story starts this Saturday as we host Cray Wanderers at Wey Court in the league. Darren Wheeler will be taking charge of his first game as acting manager, so why not come down and show your support for the team and be there at the start of a new era. K.O. 3pm


If you can’t make it there is a NEW LIVE feature on our website. Simply go to Teams menu and select Live to get real time live updates during the game.



Greenwich Borough

Godalming Town 1 – 4 Greenwich Borough


Godalming returned to league action at Wey Court for the first time in almost a month. Having played several of the top teams in the league away already it would be a challenge to play yet another of the top sides, but at home this time.


Such a scoreline would appear to represent a dominant performance by the visitors, but that was not the case for much of the game.


The G’s line up was more of a 4-4-2 formation with Matt Anton and Graeme Purdy up front. The midfield included Luke Perkins, Rory Sellick and Connor Gales with Ashley Lloyd returning from injury. With Chris Musgrove on the bench (as a precautionary measure presumably) Goncalves Christiano was moved to partner George Spiers at centre back, whilst Chris Wales was selected at right back, Nick Hutchings at left back and Oneal Garnes (Tuesdays hero) in goal. On the bench were Darren Wheeler, Jaz Ratteray-Smith, Nick Medcraft and Chris Musgrove.


Again the G’s made a lively start to the game with a good quick clearance from defence up to Matt Anton who turned it inside to Luke Perkins who ran on strongly and got a good shot in, but the visiting keeper did well to parry it and keep it from the advancing Matt Anton. However the attempt was ruled offside.


On 23 minutes the Greenwich Borough number 11 Mo Eisa broke through into the middle of the G’s defence.  Chris Wales was in close attendance and the linesman flagged for a foul on the Greenwich No 11 well outside of the penalty area. However the players ran on into the penalty area and towards the 6 yard box where he was finally brought down. After much discussion with the linesman the referee decided to award the penalty. Clearly he had absolutely no idea of who was the perpetrator as he appeared to want to issue yellow cards to every G’s player he could see, including those who were on the opposite side of the pitch. In the end he appeared to give it against Luke Perkins who was certainly nowhere near at the time. So who received yellows at the end of the day we will have to wait and see. Michael Power took the penalty for the visitors to put them one up.


The G’ s continued to create opportunities and Matt Anton hit a shot that cannoned off the foot of the post on about 28 minutes.

10 minutes later the lively pairing of Matt Anton and Luke Perkins  came close again when Matt picked up a loose ball and fed it in to Luke but he shot wide. Not long after Perkins got another shot in which the Greenwich keeper did well to parry out. The G’s could not capitalise on their pressure.

In another attach George Speirs tried to steer a shot in from inside the box, but it was not to be and the score was 0-1 at half time.


Early on in the second half Graeme Purdy headed wide from a Connor Gales corner for the left-hand side of the penalty area.


Just as the G’s continued to press the Greenwich defence broke quickly playing the ball forward and Mo Eisa played it on but an unfortunate header from the G’s defence put the ball over Oneal Garnes who had left his goal in anticipation of taking the ball. Even the fleet footed Chris Wales could not stop the ball dribbling into the net. So the visitors went 2-0 up.


That signalled a mad few minutes when Greenwich seemed to be able to score at will and they put another two goals past the G’s keeper within a few minutes. One from a poorly defended corner to the far post and the other from a good move down their left. This left the G’s. 4-0 down.


The G’s were still coming forward in attack as the visitors sat back on their commanding lead. Nick Hutchings hit a super shot from just outside the box, which the visiting keeper did well to tip over for a corner.


Not long after Matt Anton, who had worked tirelessly up front all day, won the ball from a defender on the goal line wide of the goal and pulled the ball back into the box where Rory Sellick blasted it, only to see his shot blocked and cleared.


Oneal Garnes was also called upon to make his usual contribution with a smart save as the G’s went on the attack.


With around 15 minutes left Darren Wheeler came on for Matt Anton and after not too long produced a run from the right side back across the front of the penalty area and squeezed a shot back across the goal for a consolation goal for the G’s. He then, moments later, almost repeated the same move, but this time hit his shot went narrowly wide.


Jaz Ratteray Smith came on in the closing minutes for Luke Perkins who had also been impressive.


So a strange game in which the G’s competed well in the first half having had the majority of the possession and plenty of opportunities to score.  The second half featured a strange spell when the visitors were able to score 3 in around 5 minutes.


Michaels stats below:-

Stats G’s



attempts 12 14
on target 2 11
corners 2 6
fouls 11 16
bookings 2 0
Possession 1st 61% 49%
Possession 2nd 45% 55%



East Grinstead


East Grinstead 2 – 2 Godalming Town (G’s go through 6-5 on penalties)


Godalming battled their way through to the next round of the League Cup last night against fellow strugglers in the League East Grinstead, finally winning after a penalty shootout. Despite expecting extra time the game went straight to penalties as East Grinstead Town have a 9:30 curfew on their flootlights


On a very warm and humid night under a pale moon in East Grinstead the G’s made a bright start with a new partnership of Graeme Purdy and Matt Anton up front, Darren Wheeler just behind them with Rory Sellick and newcomer Connor Gales in the midfield with Goncalves Christiano replacing the injured Ashley Lloyd who has been so pivotal for the G’s recently. Chris Wales was at right back with George Spiers and Chris Musgrove as the centre back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. The result of this was that Purdy, despite appearing to pick up a knock early on, was able to win a few of the early balls and get a few flicks on for Matt to chase. After a good run on the left by Connor Gales in the number 7 shirt for the G’s he squared the ball to captain Purdy who was clumsily brought down in the box by a pair of defenders, leaving the spot kick for Darren to take, putting it comfortably past the home keeper after about 11 minutes. G’s 1-0 up.


Despite G’s continuing to play well and probably shading possession, on the first meaningful attack by the home side their number 8 hit a stunning curling shot from well outside the box finding the top right hand corner of Oneal Garnes net to equalise.


The G’s continued to look menacing with much more support up and around Purdy than we have seen in the past. East Grinstead were quick to break, as seems to be case with many teams in this league and on occasions did move the ball well and only a super one-handed save from Oneal Garnes from close range kept the scores level.


Purdy seemed to be struggling with an injury, but soldiered on. Goncalves was taken off by the referee for treatment for a blood injury and on about 25 minutes Chris Musgrove was felled taking a full blown clearance from his own advancing keeper full in the face. The East Grinstead physio was quick to attend to him and he was gratefully restored after a few minutes.


With around 10 minutes of the first half remaining Chris Musgrove made a good tackle, but required treatment for an ankle injury. Again, despite fears, he was able to continue.


So the half time score was 1- 1 and the G’s had finished it brightly with another attack and a Graeme Purdy shot to finish towards the end.


After a few minutes of the second half Chris Musgrove finally left the pitch, which meant that Chris Wales moved to centre back and Nick Medcraft came on to take his place at right back.


On 70 minutes, Gales who appeared to be having a good debut game was replaced by the other newcomer Ademiju Toyosi.


With some 15 minutes left to go captain Graham Purdy was substituted for Luke Perkins up front with Darren  Wheeler taking the captain’s armband.


In the dying moments a mistake in the G’s defence allowed the ball out to the East Grinstead left, which was pulled back from close range for an easy goal that appeared to spell defeat for the visitors.


With only moments left the G’s produced some more good attacking play with Luke Perkins coming very close and moments later the ball bobbled around in East Grinstead’s area and the tireless youngster Rory Sellick managed to poke the ball home to level the score at 2 – 2.


So not a pretty performance, but a gutsy one, which showed some character.


Then to the penalty shoot-out:-


Apart from Darren Wheeler and Matt Anton, three of the first  5 penalty takers were from the G’s defence being Chris Wales, Nick Hutchings and Nick Medcraft all of whom did their stuff. Oneal Garnes made a super save only to see the home team keeper save from Matt Anton.


It then went to sudden death where Luke Perkins and others scored, (to be honest I lost count then) but the home team keeper made another save from Ademiju Toyosi before they hit the post and then on another attempt Oneal made another cracking save to resolve the game.

Hastings Utd


Hastings United 3-0 Godalming Town


Godalming made their first trip of the season to the East Sussex coast to play one of the league contenders Hastings United.

The G’s had Oneal Garnes in goal with Nick Hutchings, George Spiers, Chris Musgrove and Chris Wales returning to defence with captain Ashley Lloyd playing in front of the back four.

Luke Perkins, Rory Sellick and Darren Wheeler in midfield. Matt Anton and Jake Kempton played upfront.

Hastings started brightly from the outset and could have been one up after three minutes but the goal was ruled offside. Hastings Stephen Butcher and Samuel Cole were giving the G’s a bit of a headache down both wings putting in good crosses into the G’s penalty area but no one could find that finishing touch.

Godalming then got into the game, Luke Perkins made a good run down the left, ran across the Hastings defence but couldn’t find the space to shoot at goal. Godalming’s best chance of the half came on 36 minutes, Wheeler put in a free-kick that was flicked on by Chris Musgrove to George Spiers who’s shot just hit the side netting. A few minutes later, good play from Matt Anton, pulled the ball back to Perkins who shot just wide.


Half Time: Hastings 0-0 Godalming


After being frustrated by the G’s good defending in the first half, Hastings started the second half exactly the same as the first half. They made two substitutions at half time bringing on Harry Stannard and Reece Butler who made an impact.

Godalming found themselves 1 down on 54 minutes, loanee Jay May heading in the goal after a shot saved from Oneal. 6 minutes later, Godalming were 2 down, this time substitute Stannard scoring into the bottom corner after a great pass from Sam Crutwell.

Andy Hunt then made two substitutions, Kassim Sandah replacing Wheeler and Toyosi Ademiju who joins the G’s from Merstham replacing Perkins. They got into the game quickly, both making runs into the Hastings box but just lacked that final touch. Matt Anton shot just wide of goal on 66 minutes but Godalming couldn’t find the goal on the day.

Hastings sealed the win on 88 minutes, a mistake from Chris Wales allowed Matt Bodkin to score from close range.


Full Time: Hastings United 3-0 Godalming Town


Godalming Team: Garnes, Wales, Hutchings, Lloyd ©, Spiers, Musgrove, Perkins (Ademiju), Sellick, Anton, Wheeler (Sandah), Kempton.

Subs not used: Christiano, Oldland & Palmer.


Hastings Team: Pidgeley, Butcher, Cole, Crutwell, Rowe, Davies, Cogan, Johnson, May, Collin, Bodkin. Subs: Stannard, Watt, Butler, Harris & Nicholls.


Attendance: 305


Stats              Hastings            Godalming

Shots                    9                           4

Off target             6                           4

On target              3                           0

Corners                2                           1

Offsides               2                           2

Free-kicks           4                           8

Cautions              0                           0

Sent Off               0                           0

Dorking Wanderers


Dorking 2 – 0 Godalming Town

On Tuesday night Godalming Town and their intrepid supporters made the relatively short trip to Dorking to continue the search for more of the elusive league points. Dorking are one of the favoured teams having made the play-offs last season. Despite this the visitors started the game more brightly and appeared to be able to largely hold the home side in their own half in the opening exchanges. However after about 15 minutes a defensive error caused  an opening, which they gratefully accepted allowing their No8 Matthew Briggs through on Oneal Garnes to make it 1 nil.


This was a big setback for the G’s, but they continued to press well and it was clear that the two players on loan from Slough Joshua Jackman and Adrian Sears were having an effect on the game. The play went from one end to the other and it made an entertaining affair with Dorking’s Briggs continuing to be a menace with his tremendous pace when they broke from defence.


Towards the end of the first half hour the Godalming No 8 Sears who was being influential in midfield was injured in a tackle received treatment on the pitch before having to be taken off and replaced by Congalves Christiano.


Not long into the second half Godalming were absorbing a fair bit of pressure and Dorking, attacking down their right wing were able to pull the ball back from the goal line in a low cross to the near post where James McShane managed to get in front of Oneal Garnes for a tap in from close range for their second goal.


This created a mountain for the G’s to climb and despite their efforts to be honest it didn’t look like they were going to be able to break down the home defence. Luke Perkins was replaced by Jake Kempton in support of Matt Anton up front and later Piers Oldland came on for Jazz Ratteray-Smith. In fact one of the best openings for Godalming arose through a 1 -2 which Piers played with Darren Wheeler in the middle of the park. Piers then ran on, but could only put his shot over the bar.


The last 20 minutes of the game saw Dorking put more pressure on the G’s and in truth they probably should have added to the score.


The Gees have another very tough test on Saturday against another of the top sides in this new League at Hastings. After that they go to East Grinstead next Tuesday.


The travelling G’s support will be hoping that once they get a few points under their belt in this league they will be away.

Staines Town


Staines 4 – 0 Godalming FA Cup


The G’s were knocked out of the FA cup today at Wheatsheaf Park in the first qualifying round stage by a strong Staines side. The immaculate pitch and professional facilities were all that the G’s squad would enjoy at the home of the Chelsea Ladies team.


It was always going to be a difficult for the G’s being drawn against Staines from the Ryman Premier Division and they would have had to be at their very best, defend as a team for long periods and get a fair share of any luck, make the most of any chances that did come their way, to get a result.


They were already without captain Graeme Purdy and Chris Wales whilst Matt Anton was cup tied. On top of that three of the squad were stuck in a massive traffic jam on the M25 and did not arrive in the dugout until the match was well under way.


On the plus side Chris Musgrove was back at the heart of the defence with George Spiers and Nick Hutchings was back at left back allowing Nick Medcraft to return to right back. Oneal Garnes was in goal and Ashley Lloyd wore the captains armband giving encouragement to his team mates where needed.


Piers Oldland, Tristan Campbell, Goncalves Christiano and Darren Wheeler formed the midfield with Jake Kempton upfront.


Kassim Sandah and Rory Sellick were on the bench as were Luke Perkins, Leo Burgess and Jaz Ratteray–Smith when they finally escaped the clutches of the M25.


The first real chance of the match went to the G’s and was created after a quick clearance from Oneal Garnes forward found Jake Kempton who was able to play a neat 1-2 with the advancing Piers Oldland who broke clear. However his resulting shot was comfortably taken by the home keeper.


Only a few moments later Staines attacked in numbers down their left wing and were able to get a cross in that looked like it was going out on the far side but was pulled back across the G’s goal for an easy tap in from close range to go one up.


On 11 minutes the Staines number 11 (looking remarkably like Liam Roberts older brother) hit a long shot from the corner of the box, which hit the foot of the post and bounced clear.


With Staines attacking quickly from defence in numbers Oneal Garnes made another fine save getting down at full stretch to deflect a low shot wide of the post.


Despite not having too much of the possession the G’s did have a few chances and at only a single goal down it seemed they were growing into the game. Jake Kempton was challenged by the Staines keeper on the edge of the area and the ball ran free, but there was no support to capitalise on the error which could have presented an easy chance.


On 30 minutes the G’s were awarded a free kick wide on the left, taken by Darren Wheeler, on which Chris Musgrove made a trade mark run to the far post, but his effort was turned round for a corner. Despite getting his head to the resulting corner Chris could not get his effort on target. Much to the annoyance of a few Staines supporters Chris was getting onto a number of crosses but was always under pressure.


On 38 minutes Staines attacked again down the left and delivered another good cross into the G’s box for another close range shot for their 2nd from Mo Bettemer.


With a few minutes of the first half to go a long ball towards the G’s goal landed well in front of the advancing Oneal Garnes and the ball was scrambled into the net to put Staines 3-0 up at half time.


At the start of the second half the G’s replaced Tristan Campbell and Piers Oldland with Jaz Ratteray Smith and Luke Perkins.


The second half performance was better for the G’s and Luke Perkins looks to be a very promising addition with a good work ethic, pace and strength upfront. In fact after the G’s went four down he had a fine run in the middle of the pitch and delivered a powerful shot that the home keeper did well to beat around the post.


A couple of other half chances were created, but nothing on target that bothered the home keeper.


There were other good performances by the G’s with Ashley Lloyd again being outstanding in defence. Nick Hutchings and Oneal Garnes were also notable.


The G’s were well beaten on the day as Michaels stats show below and the home team missed a penalty near the end, but they were still battling and must feel that they are now starting to develop as a team with the new introductions and look forward to the coming league fixtures.


With Dorking away on Tuesday we hope to see some of that promise become a reality.




Michael’s Stats

Stats G’s Staines Town
Attempts 8 26
On Target 4 16
Corners 2 8
Fouls 16 14
Bookings 1 2
Possession 1st half 30% 70%
Possession 2nd half 45% 55%