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Chipstead 2 – 0 Godalming

After that tremendous battling performance at T & M on Saturday, the quest for some more league points took the Gs and their travelling supporters to Chipstead FC on Tuesday night. After the rain and storms of the last few days it was quite surprising how well the Chipstead pitch looked. But again the Gs came away with nothing to show for their efforts.

 The Gs squad featured some new faces again, but was missing the inspirational Chris Wales and the powerful running Josh Andrew. Jack Warburton was back in the squad to bring his quality and tireless running to the midfield alongside Darren Wheeler, Jack Battie and Matt Males.

 Graeme Purdy was restored to the No 9 shirt alongside Jack Mazzone bringing back memories of the partnership that developed in matches in the South and West a few years back.

 Oneal Garnes managed to get to the game before kick- off this time, whilst George Brown made his debut at full back with Nick Hutchings alongside centre backs Kyle Bailey and Chidi Williams-Aguwarbor(CJ). Saturday’s hero goalie Chris Musgrove was on the bench alongside Ryan Zidyana, Cameron Karembo, Chris Manangu and Durrell Brown.

 It was a frustrating night for the Gs who were unable to command too much possession in the first half despite being able to put together a few passages of fine flowing passing, which always seemed to centre around Jack Warburton. They had to defend a number of corners, but did so effectively with Oneal being positive.

 After the first few minutes George Brown settled in and looked very composed at the back. However the Gs conceded just before the end of the first half.

 The second half started more positively for the visitors and a minute or two in Jack Battie found himself in possession wide on the left in the middle of the opponents half and with the keeper out of position. Unfortunately his attempted lob went wide of the mark.

 Soon after Chidi Wlliams-Aguwarbor(CJ) made a good run down the right wing and slipped the ball through to Jack Mazzone who made his way inside the box where he was brought down by the attention of two defenders. Penalty to the Gs. Unfortunately Jack hit the left hand upright and failed to convert.

 Then from a corner from the right Jack Mazzone got in a header that rattled the crossbar. Seemed like the footballing Gods were not looking favourably on the lads.

 There was a strange incident where one of the home management team lashed out at Darren Wheeler claiming Darren had elbowed him in trying to get to the ball to take a quick throw in. As I was stood between the dugouts and did not see it that way at all. The referee was happy that it only deserved a talking to with the gentleman concerned.

 The home side managed a second goal from a scramble just outside the Gs 6 yard box. Although this sealed the result the Gs kept coming forward and on the left Nick Hutchings got in a shot that just cleared the bar.

 Graeme Purdy was replaced by Chris Manangu and Ryan Zidyana replaced Matt Males.

 As one of the home supporters said ”If they had taken their chances it could have been a different result” That is probably true of every game.

 The referee brandished several yellow cards in the second half as he did in the first

Tooting and Mitcham


Tooting and Mitcham 1 – 0 Godalming

The Gs may have left Imperial Fields with no points, but they should hold their heads high as they gave title chasing T&M more than a bit of a scare. But for a wonderful individual strike on 78 minutes that gave the home side all three points it could well have gone the other way as the Gs squad battled for everything and came very close to a major shock result.

Bearing in mind that horrendous traffic due to the closure of the M3 and delays on the A3 several of the Gs team did not arrive until late and in fact Oneal Garnes did not arrive until well into the first half, even after the start was delayed by 15 minutes.

Step forward Gs hero Chris Musgrove to go in goal in the absence a recognised goalie.

One might have expected that the Gs would be under the cosh from the start, but after fifteen minutes they produced the first meaningful attempt when Nick Hutchings advanced down the left wing and hit a firm shot that the home keeper was just able to tip over. Somehow the referee awarded a goal kick, which was the first of some pretty bizarre decisions on the afternoon.

You would have thought that the home side would have wanted to test the stand-in keeper at every opportunity, but they did not get a decent shot in until late in the first half, but Chris was up to it. The defence in front of him was also solid.

Chris Wales was yellow carded for a tackle just outside the Gs penalty area when he seemed to have got the ball. A bit tough on him, but worse was to come.

The visitors went on to make the best of the first half with Jack Mazzone working his socks off up front once again and getting wide on the left and delivering a low cross that skidded across the face of the home teams goal but which no one could get a foot on to finish it off.

Then, just before half time, Jack Mazzone played a ball from the right into Darren Wheeler in the middle of the pitch and he took off into the penalty area and got a curling left footed shot in, which hit the inside of the upright on his right hand side and somehow managed to bounce out again across the goal to the home keeper, just when the visiting fans (me included) were on their feet celebrating.


0 – 0 at half time, when the Gs realistically could have been ahead.


Former G Danny Bassett came on for T&M shortly after half time as they made two substitutions.The home team did up their game in the second half, but were really not troubling Oneal Garnes, who had taken over the keepers gloves from Chris Musgrove at half time. The Gs were using 3 centre backs in Kyle Bailey, Graeme Purdy, and Chidi Williams, while using Nick Hutchings and Josh Andrew as wing backs, getting forward when in possession.

Chris Wales had another influential game in front of the central defence until the officials decided that having sent off T&M’s Jordan Wilson for a bit of nonsense in front of the dugouts, he should also go when he was apparently in a head-lock at one stage and just pushed the player off him.

Jack Battie, Matt Males and Darren Wheeler made up the midfield wit Jack Mazzone  battling away up front. – Both sides down to 10 men.

The game continued with T & M getting the best of the possession, but unable to do too much other than hit long shots. The Gs defence seemed to be able to absorb anything the home team could produce.

Hitcham Adbellah came on for Darren Wheeler on around 75 minutes.

Then, on 78 minutes, T&Ms Billy Dunn hit a fierce low shot from well outside the visitor’s penalty area that found its way into the far bottom corner of the Gs goal.

After that the Gs had to go all out to try to find an equaliser. They won several corner in the dying minutes when Oneal Garnes also joined in the attack and cause some panic in the home defence.

Cameron Karembo came on for Kyle Bailey who was receiving treatment on and off the pitch with a few minutes to go.

The home supporters seemed nervous towards the end but they went home happy in the end.

So another tremendous performance, which, to the casual observer it would not have been at all clear who was at the top of the league or who was at the bottom.

If the current squad continue to play with the determination and commitment that they showed on Saturday they should easily be able to string a few wins together and get themselves up the league table.


Michael’s stats:-

G’s            T&M

Attempts                    10               15

On target                    5                  8

Corners                      3                  5

Fouls          v            18                13

Poss 1st Half           45                55

Poss 2nd Half         42                58

Yellows                       4                  1

Reds                            1                  1






Godalming 1 – 2 Sittingbourne


Godalming entertained 11th place Sittingbourne on a very wet and overcast day at Wey Court. Having conceded early on the home squad pulled level in the second half and looked the more likely to take all three points, battering the visitors in the second half only to concede a goal in injury time that left the home team and their supporters gutted.

Oneal Garnes was in goal, Cameron Karembo and Nick Hutchings the full backs, Graeme Purdy and Kyle Bailey as the centre backs with Chris Wales in front of the back four, Ryan Zidyana and Darren Wheeler in central midfield with Josh Andrew and Hicham Adbellah as the wide players and Jack Mazzone in the number 9 spot.

On the bench were: – Jack Battie, Jack Warburton, Matt Males and Mclean Cherron.

Continuous rain from around 6 am in the morning left the Wey Court pitch extremely greasy and looked more like an ice rink in the opening stages as both sides struggled to keep their footing.

In fact the state of the pitch had a part to play in the first goal where Sittingbourne’s Tom Carlse saw his marker loose his footing as he got onto the end of a long clearance. He was easily able to cross the ball in to Conrad Lee inside the box who simply squared the ball to Steven Isa who hit a curling shot into the top corner leaving Oneal with no chance.

So after only 17 minutes the visitors were 1-0 up.

However the Gs did not let their heads drop and within moments of the opening goal Nick Hutchings made a good run into the box and brought a save from Overland in the Sittingbourne goal.

At the other end on 31 minutes Oneal had to save a shot that skidded off the dangerous surface.

A few moments later with the Gs defence all calling for an offside decision the visiting number 11 Tom Carlse was allowed to advance on Oneal Garnes one on one, but to the Gs relief he shot well wide.

The game was being played at break-neck pace with the visitors trying to get long balls played in behind the home defence, with some success, but towards the end of the first half the Gs applied more pressure as they attacked the goal at the road end when Chris Wales and Jack Mazzone both had shots blocked in the area amongst several shouts of “handball” – but nothing was given.


0-1 down at half time.


At the start of the 2nd half Matt Males and Jack Warburton (returning from injury) were introduced replacing Ryan Zidyana and Hichem Adbellah.

On 52 minutes the Gs won a corner on their left wing, which was taken by captain Darren Wheeler who delivered the ball comparatively low into the area and it was met well by Chris Wales who headed the equaliser, his second goal in as many games.

On now 65 minutes Gs number 2 Cameron Karembo was replaced by Jack Battie due to injury.

The Gs almost conceded shortly after when the greasy pitch again featured catching out Kyle Bailey requiring another excellent save from Oneal Garnes to keep the Gs in it. But from that point on the Gs dominated possession.

Sittingbourne number two got a yellow card for a poor tackle on Nick Hutchings

Another fine shot from Chris Wales just whistled over the bar.

With Gs mounting pressure in the final 20 minutes the visiting supporters were becoming edgy as they saw their side struggle to break out of defence. Wheeler played in Jack Mazzone who got his shot in, but again the ball went over the bar.

Then Darren Wheeler, having moved to a wide position in the second half, latched onto the ball and took on the opposing defence at great pace weaving his way through and into the box. Just as the home supporters expected him to hammer the ball into the net he chose to pass the ball wide and the move eventually broke down.

Then in injury time with the whole of the Gs midfield committed in attack trying to get the final goal that would bring them all three points, Jordan Gallacher for Sittingbourne beat Jack Battie and went on to deliver a great cross into the box, which was met by Jake Embery at full stretch, heading past Oneal Garnes from close range.

So once again after a good team performance the Gs were just edged out of the points in the cruelest way. But that is football. The squad we have now have proved how competitive they can be and will surely start to notch up a few more wins.

Once again Jack Mazzone battled away upfront well, holding up the ball and got a couple of shots in. Josh Andrew always looked threatening, while in defence Oneal Garnes, Nick Hutchings and Graeme Purdy stood out. It was great to see Jack Warburton back after injury.

Saturday brings another test when the Gs visit second in the league Tooting and Mitcham where we should see a few familiar faces. I think this is a 3G pitch where there will be more opportunity to play the ball on the ground.


Michael’s Stats below:-

Godalming            Sittingbourne

Attempts            13                            10

On target             7                              6

Corners               5                               1

Fouls                 11                             17

Bookings             1                               1

Poss 1st Half      48                             52

Poss 1st Half      65                             35

East Grinstead

Godalming 2-3 East Grinstead Town

A young East Grinstead Town team would have felt lucky to walk away from Wey Court with all three points as the G’s put up a stern effort but just couldn’t find that equaliser.

The Gs had Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales at right back, Chris Musgrove returned to partner Graeme Purdy as the centre-back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Player coach Chris Atkins made up centre defence with new signing from Leatherhead, Kyle Bailey. Matt Males was the defensive midfielder in front of the back four. With new signing from Farnborough Jack Battie and captain Darren Wheeler behind Jack Mazzone at Number9 with Josh Andrew and Hircham Abdellah in the wide positions. Ryan Zidyana, Ashley Quashie, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove were on the bench.

It was East Grinstead that started brightly and showed some good play with their passes and Oneal Garnes was forced in to an early save with a fine shot from Laste Dombaxe after 8 minutes. Godalming had to make an early substitution as Chris Atkins picked up a hamstring injury and was immediately replaced by Graeme Purdy.

It was East Grinstead that scored first. A cross from the left was met by Will Thomas who’s shot was saved by Garnes but it was debutant Michael Salako who scored from the rebound at close range after good work by Salako. G’s 0-1 Grinstead.

The Gees did not let this knock them off their stride however and continued to play some good passing moves. On 19 minutes a cross in from Hitcham Abdellah was met by Graeme Purdy who had his shot cleared off the line and Grinstead managed to clear the ball.

On 26 minutes, new signing Jack Battie had his first shot on goal however he put it wide of goal after some good work from Abdellah again. A few minutes later, Darren Wheeler picked out Abdellah out on the right, Abdellah took the ball well, turned and shot at Chris Haigh in the Grinstead goal who held the ball well.

Half Time 0-1

The second half continued rather as the first with East Grinstead putting pressure on the G’s defence. On 53 minutes, Noel Mbo’s pass was picked up Laste Dombaxe who shot couldn’t be stopped by Garnes. G’s 0-2 Grinstead.

On 59 minutes a run by Darren Wheeler down the left, put in a cross which was met by Chris Wales who slotted the ball into the back of the net to pull one back for the Godalming 1-2.

East Grinstead then regained a two goal advantage. On 69 minutes, a corner swung in from the right, was met by Noel Mbo who’s shot hit the post initially but then shot again from close range after the G’s defence failed to clear the ball.

Godalming made the second substitution, young Ryan Zidyana came on and replaced Jack Battie who had a fairly quiet game on his debut but the substitution was the right one as Zidyana scored within minutes from coming on. Miscommunication between Haign and his defence with Mazzone pressurisg the defence allowed Zidyana to pick up the loose ball and slot the ball into the net 2-3.

With time running out the home team were pressing harder and got a free kick with a few miuntes to go but this was cleared by East Grinstead. With a spell of late corners of which Oneal Garnes came up to see if he could help score but the Grinstead defence were strong enough to clear the ball away and secure their 6th win of the season.

Team: Garnes, Wales, Hutchings, Bailey, Atkins (Graeme Purdy 5mins), Males, Abdellah, Battie (Zidyana 81mins), Mazzone, Wheeler ©, Andrew.

Subs not used: Quashie and Musgrove.

Attendance: 101

Man of the match: Chris Wales.

Match Stats by Statman Michael Ewing

Godalming         East Grinstead

Shots                         12                        11

On Target                  5                           6

Corners                      7                           5

Fouls                          19                         12

Bookings                     2                           1

Poss 1st half           45%                     55%

Poss 2nd half           56%                     44%



Molesey 2 – 2 Godalming

This was one of those games that both sides will feel they could have come away with all three points, and indeed either side had the opportunities to get the result.

The Gs had Oneal Garnes in goal, Chris Wales at right back, Chris Musgrove returned to partner Graeme Purdy as the centre-back pairing and Nick Hutchings at left back. Matt Males was the defensive midfielder in front of the back four with Jack Warburton in front of him with captain Darren Wheeler behind Jack Mazzone at Number9 with Josh Andrew and Hircham Abdellah in the wide positions. Rory Sellick, Will Hutton, Luke Perkins, Ryan Zidyane and Chris Atkins were on the bench in one of the strongest squads that we have seen for a while.

Once again the Gs started brightly and showed some fine touches with their passes and in the first couple of minutes produced a great move coming in from wide on the left with the ball being laid off for Jack Mazzone who on this occasion just pulled his shot wide of the near post.

To compound the effect of this missed opportunity, the first attack from the home team on seven minutes led to the opening goal where the Gs defence was caught on the back foot and Charlie Samuels took his opportunity in front of goal. Molesey 1-0 Godalming.

The Gees did not let this knock them off their stride however and continued to play some good passing moves. On 20 minutes however Jack Mazzone working hard as usual intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch and worked the ball out to Jack Warburton who did him the favour of delivering it back to him on a plate to get yet another goal for the Gs. Score 1-1.

At this stage the Gs were attacking with confidence and could have gone further ahead on a couple of occasions. Nick Hutchings again went on a good run from the left but also put his shot just wide of the near post. Josh Andrew was proving to be a major problem for the home defence in what was becoming a rather physical encounter with numerous poor challenges and yellow cards resulting. Hitchen Abdellah was also showing his outstanding pace on the opposite wing.

Molesey also had a chance on the break, but in the end to everyone’s amazement their forward seemed to just miss-hit his close range shot, which trickled straight into Oneal Garnes hands.


Half time 1 – 1.


The second half continued rather as the first, with the home team using long balls to get behind the Gs defence, but not really producing anything to worry Oneal.

On 61 minutes Will Hutton was brought on to inject some of his magic in midfield moving Darren wide to the left replacing Hitchen who had looked very promising and blisteringly fast.

A few minutes later Darren received treatment on and off the pitch for an injury and appeared to be in trouble, but asked to be allowed back on for just a couple of minutes. Will Hutton produced a great through ball for Jack Warburton to also move the ball cleverly inside to Jack Mazzone who turned the ball into the 6 yard box for the injured Darren to accept at close range with a couple of defenders also in attendance. Gs 2-1 up, but that was it for Darren and Luke Perkins was called off the bench to replace him.

With time running out the home team were pressing harder and they managed to deliver a chest height diagonal ball into the Gs 6 yard box where their forward got in front of Oneal who appeared to have it covered and bundled the ball in for a late equaliser.

At the death Jack Mazzone was still grafting away and managed to turn quickly on a sixpence on the edge of the penalty area and hit a cracking low shot that looked as if it was going to be a winner, but the home keeper made a superb save at full stretch to foil his attempt.

In the end there were lots of yellow cards for some rough tackles and one for Nick Hutchings, which I really could not understand. The Gs came within a few minutes of registering back to back wins. But that is the way it goes sometimes.

Will not be around for the East Grinstead match, but will follow it on Twitter. If someone else cares to write a few words that would be great.


Michaels stats below:-







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Possession 1st Half



Possession 2nd Half