Monthly Archives: December 2016

Horsham

 

Horsham 8 – 1 Godalming 

With the departure of Dean Thomas and it seems a whole bunch of his recent players have also disappeared, Adam Roots was left with 5 players from his development squad on the team sheet and only 2 subs on the bench. All the youngsters did themselves proud and should not be too disappointed at the result. Adam himself should be thanked for having the guts to stand in at short notice. The club are fortunate to have someone like Adam in the set-up.

The squad was Brannon Daly in goal, Piers Oldland right back, Chris Musgrove and Graeme Purdy as centre backs with Callum Roots at left back. Chris Wales, Steve Brown, Matthew Males in the midfield, Darren Wheeler and William Efambe in the wide positions and Jack Mazzone up front. Only Rory Sellick and Gil de-Sousa were on the bench.

Early in the first half saw the new Gs keeper Brannon Daly make a good save low down which he turned round for a corner.

However Horsham applied some more pressure and won a couple of corners and after about 19minutes they managed to score with a header from close range at a corner from their left.

A few minutes later Jack Mazzone worked his way into the home penalty on the left hand side and appeared to be brought down, but the referee waved away the Gs appeals.

The home side went two up after 32 minutes with a shot that curled in to the top corner from wide on the left.

But after some good work on the right William Efambe played the ball in for Jack Mazzone who had to turn and hit a shot at the second attempt that came of a defender and conveniently set itself up for Matt Males to bring the score back to 2-1.

So at half time it seemed that the makeshift team that Adam had put together were doing ok and might even nick a point, despite the home side having the better of the possession and shots on target.
The second half was a different story and as the Gs bravely sent players forward they repeatedly got caught out on the break.

Of all the goals Horsham’s final one was an absolute cracker, as they say, being hit on the volley, leaving Brannon Daly no chance.

Jack Mazzone again stood out for me giving so much and in one passage of play in the second half repeatedly challenging and trying to win the ball from the defenders whether he was upright or on the deck, until his legs simply gave up.

Looking forward to 2017 with hopefully a new permanent manager in place and improving results.
Michael’s Stats.

Horsham            G”s

Attempts           17                        5

On target           12                        2

Corners              8                         3

Fouls                  11                       15

Poss1                 60                      40

Poss 2                63                      37

yellows               1                          4

 

 

 

 

Lewes

 

Lewes 3  –  0 Godalming

Apologies for the lateness of the report, but with family, work and other commitments it has been a very busy time.

 But to be honest there was not much good to report about the game from a Gs point of view as you can see from Michael’s stats. Disappointing after the three points won at Walton Casuals only a few days earlier.

Once again there were forced changes to the Gs squad and from a brief chat with Dean before kick off it was clear that he felt the footballing gods were still not smiling upon them.  Graeme Purdy was away and unavailable, Matt Males was on the bench, but unwell so unlikely to take part. So Jack Battie who has played almost every position apart from in goal was required to partner Chris Musgrove in the absence of a second recognised centre back. We were still without the stalwart Nick Hutchings who has been a corner stone of the defence for the past 4 seasons.

The weather did not help the general mood as a fog threatened to engulf the pitch. It was rumoured early in the second half that the ref was handing out mince pies instead of yellow cards. Certainly could not see much from where I was but I am sure Hendo will have noted.

The only good news was that captain Chris Wales had another good performance as did Jack Mazzone who once again was tremendous both up front and when required to lend a hand in defence. There was no lack of effort from the Gs as they hustled and bustled, but really were not able to get the two fast wide men into the game enough to make an impression on the home sides defence.

This is the time of year when we all play stupid games. So here is the team straight from the voice recognition email on my phone. See if you can work out the team!

The Days to Die starting with the same saying that finished against with an entirely in gold call Bailey Sean Mason Chris Wales Christmas clothes Jack BT William fmb Ryan zgemma Matthew Price Jack design up front with a van der Lopez wife on the bench Steve crown imela Callum Attwood matte nails

 The lineup head Jack Battery Park marine Chris Mo Nova centre backs deli on the right or left Wales playing in front of the back for with William assembly on the right wing and vendor Lopez on the left and prize swapping roles of fun.

Anyway with the departure of Dean we have to look to support Adam Roots who has done so well with the Development Squad and we all have great respect for. Clearly the task of  keeping the Gs up is considerable, but by no means impossible. We have seen what can be achieved on the odd occasion and we simply need to win a few more games than those other sides in the drop zone.

COYGs

Lewes      G;s

attempts    17               7

on target     8                1

corners       1                 0

fouls           12              12

Poss 1st    60              40

Poss 2nd  52               48

 

 

Chatham Town

 

Godalming 2 – 4 Chatham Town

It was a miserable looking day with heavy cloud overhead when they kicked off at Wey Court. But after the first fifteen minutes things on the pitch looked pretty bright with the Gs fielding almost the same side that stubbornly battled through on Tuesday night when they narrowly lost to Merstham in the SSC. The only change was that Evander Lopez was chosen at number 11 and Ryan Zidyana started on the bench.

In fact Evander was making a name for himself with his pace and ball skills, proving he was a threat. But the final ball was not quite up to it. However on around sixteen minutes in the Gs attacked with Evander carrying the ball from the Gs side of the halfway line and with Darren Wheeler calling eagerly for the ball as it was slipped through to Jack Mazzone who hit a good low shot to put the home side ahead.

Was this to be the start of a revival of fortunes for the Gs? Dare we think of some points at last?

Unfortunately that feeling did not last too long as the score was level within about 7 minutes when the visitors no 10 Luke Medley found space to get into the box and shoot past Oneal Garnes. But worse was to come. Within the next ten minutes the visitors No 10 had a hat trick, scoring all three goals from roughly the same spot just wide of the right hand post. It was hard to see how the defence that was so efficient on Tuesday appeared to be open wide.

The Gs did have some opportunities and the tireless Jack Mazzone cut through the visitors defence only to see his shot saved by the visiting keeper stretching a long leg to steer the ball to safety.

Oneal at the other end had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions when through balls were played in behind the Gs defence.

 

Half time G’s 1 – 3 Chatham.

 

Ryan Zidyana replaced Jack Battie at half time as the rain fell down as it had threatened to do since the start.

The second half was pretty well dominated by the Gs as you will see from Michael’s statistics at the end of this report. Michael only made it for the second half as he was busy competing in a Junior Fishing match in which he came second.

Minutes in to the second half saw Jack Mazzone in the visitors penalty area turn and hit a good shot that just went the wrong side of the visitors post.

The game was decided with an unfortunate incident when Oneal appeared to comfortably catch a ball below his crossbar, only for the ball to slip through his grip and hit the foot of the far post and roll conveniently towards Ricky Freeman for the visitors to tap in for their fourth goal.

The Gs did get one goal back, but that did not really reflect the dominance they had in the second half. Lopez was awarded the MOTM but there were other good performances from Jack Mazzone as usual and Ryan Zidyana who brought energy and enthusiasm to the midfield as he did against Merstham.

The search for more points goes on with a trip to Walton Casuals on Wednesday.

Michael missed the first half as he was fishing in the Godalming Angling Society Junior Christmas Match.  Here is what he made of the second half…

 

G’s                 Chatham

Attempts        8                        3

On target       4                         2

Corners          5                         3

Fouls              8                         6

Poses 2nd     58%                   42%

Bookings        1                        3

 

Merstham FC

 

Godalming 0 – 1 Merstham

This Surrey Senior cup fixture brought together last year’s finalists. On that occasion Merstham dominated the G from the outset and scored quite freely early on with Piers Oldland getting the Gs solitary consolation goal with a good strike just moments before the end in a 4-1 defeat for the Gs.

This time, having shipped plenty of goals in recent games, the Gs set out to defend in numbers and try to get something on the break. In goal was Oneal Garnes, with Chris Musgrove, Matt Males, Graeme Purdy (C) and Sean Mason at the back, Steve Brown in front of the back four alongside Ryan Zidyane, and Jack Battie, with Darren Wheeler, and Hitcham Abdellah the wide players with Jack Mazzone up front. Named on the bench were Cameron Karembo, Chris Manangu and Chris Atkins.

This was a stoic performance by the lads when most observers would have thought they would be expecting a trouncing at the hands of Merstham from a League above and with memories of the previous encounter fresh in the mind.

Again the squad was significantly changed from the side that appeared on Sunday only 48 hours before. Ryan Zidyana proved his worth, defending, as if his life depended upon it, alongside Steve Brown coming in to the central defence to add a bit of bite. The tactics worked. It wasn’t pretty at times and the Gs had more possession in the first half than the second. But to see the Gs manage to maintain a clean sheet for the first 45 minutes for the first time for a long while. The whole squad was employed in defence and they battled as they had to and as they will need to if they are to stay in this league.

The only goal came at almost 70 minutes in and I am sure that the somewhat speculative shot from 30 yards or so took a deflection that evaded Oneal who had had a great game.

Captain Purdy was tremendous at the back not only in defence, but also in his distribution and inspiring the team. Oneal had a great game, commanding the 6 yard box. Hitchem was also noticeable in his contribution to the defence as well as going forward and we must not forget how hard Jack Mazzone worked upfront on his own for much of the game and also back defending when required.
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At the end in the bar the visitors Assistant Manager acknowledged that we would feel this was a moral victory and could not understand how we are at the foot of the table when we could defend like that. Hope the lads take some inspiration from this performance.

If we can blend some of the defensive heart shown in this game and introduce some support up front going forward from the likes of Jack Warburton and Louis Hutton then who knows what will happen. Points ????

Cray Wanderers

Cray Wanderers 5 – 1 Godalming

On a bitterly cold afternoon the Gs and their intrepid band of supporters travelled to Cray Wanderers who play at Conference Side Bromley FC.  So they have an impressive set-up at present and from their website it seems they have been battling to get their own stadium complex underway. From what we saw today the planning authorities are putting up more of a defence than Godalming could muster.

These days the Gs supporters have no idea who will be turning up in the squad. We have seen plenty of changes lately and today saw some more changes. Gs were without Chris Wales recovering from surgery, Graeme Purdy and Chris Musgrove who were unavailable and Hichem Adbullah who had work commitments.

More bad news was that the injury sustained by Nick Hutchings to his hand last Saturday has ruled him out for a while. That is a big blow, Nick having been so much a part of the squad, so we hope he can make a speedy recovery.

So a new name at left back in the shape of Sean Mason. On the right a familiar face, but one that has not been seen in a Gs shirt for a few seasons, and the shout of “Browner” echoing around the pitch announced the return of Steve Brown.

Another very welcome face not seen in the squad this season was Louis Hutton bringing back memories of some great performances last season.

The line-up also included the impressive Oneal Garnes in goal, Kyle Bailey and Chidi (CJ) Williams as the centre back pairing, Matthew Males in defensive midfield and Darren Wheeler and Jack Battie in the wide positions, with Jack Warburton and Louis Hutton trying to give service to Jack Mazzone up front. On the bench were Chris Manangu, Piers Oldland, Callum Attwood and Cameron Karembo.

Once again despite a positive opening few minutes when the Gs looked lively developed some pressure on the home side and had a couple of shots without causing the home keeper too much trouble, they then conceded 12minutes in. The home side attacked down their left and pulled the ball back into the penalty area hitting a powerful shot to go one up. Within another 7 minutes they went two up from a powerful shot that went in at the near post that was hit from probably 30 yards out.

The Gs were still able to mount some good attacks of their own as they attacked uphill and saw Darren Wheeler get the ball to the goal line before pulling it back to Louis Hutton who delivered a great diagonal cross towards the far post that evaded the home defence. That saw Jack Mazzone stooping to get his head to the ball and direct it past the home keeper to bring the score back to 2-1 and give the Gs some hope of getting something from the game. That did not last long as the Wanderers got their third on 30 minutes.

 

The second half was not that far in when Jack Battie got a long shot in that was well saved by the home keeper.

The Wanderers were always a threat with their fast and powerful forwards giving the Gs defence a real work out. Oneal was forced to make a couple of good brave stops from close range, but could not stop the Wanderers adding a couple more to the score line.

The G s had more chances of their own with Louis hassling the home defence and winning the ball deep in their half before he unselfishly laid it off for Jack Mazzone who hit a good shot that was equalled by the home keeper’s effort to turn it round the post. Then shortly after Darren got a great shot in that was heading towards the inside of the right hand upright only to see it headed off the line.

So despite some good passing passages of play the Gs efforts were not sufficient in the end.

The stats show that they were just a lot more effective in the end.

Michael’s stats:-

Cray Wanderers         G’s

Attempts             19                        14

On target            12                         10

Corners                5                           5

Fouls                  12                          14

Poses 1st           60                          40

Poses 2nd          52                          48

 

Bookings                                            1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walton Casuals

Godalming 1 – 6 Walton Casuals

 

From the scoreline you would think that the home side were totally outplayed. That was not the case. Although Walton were definitely worthy winners, but the Gs conceded 3 goals in the first half all of which were soft goals.

The squad featured several players from the development team and was without first choice keeper Oneal Garnes, Josh Andrew and Chris Wales, who has proved himself to be so effective in the midfield.

Tom Webb was in goal, Kyle Bailey, (CJ) Chidi Williams, Graeme Purdy and Nick Hutchings, George Brown, Jack Battie, Jack Warburton, Jack Mazzone, Darren Wheeler and Jamel Johnson. On the bench were Ryan Zidyana, Chris Musgrove, Chris Managa, Chris Atkins and Piers Oldland.

 I am sure that when setting up the team for the game the intention was to keep things tight at the back. It is tough being a goal keeper at the best of times and unfortunately the home keeper failed to deal with a ball that came back to him comfortably, appeared to have the ball in his hands and then spilled it to Walton’s Sol Kinnock, in the second minute. Walton 1-0 up.

Then only 6 minutes in Walton’s (Jordan Cheadle) scored direct from a free kick.

At the other end the Gs won a free kick of their own in Darren Wheeler territory just outside the box. It was delivered brilliantly, but again it hit the inside of the right hand upright and somehow bounced clear. That is the way things have been going in the recent games.

To the teams credit, the Gs were not put down by that and the on-form Jack Mazzone found some space in the middle of the pitch, when he broke free from his markers,  drove forward and hit a great shot to bring the score back to 2-1 on 23 minutes.

The Gs had slightly more of the possession in the first half and despite how much they pressed they got no joy. They played some very good stuff for brief moments. On one move stringing together some great passes and ending with the energetic Jack Warburton just failing to keep his shot down.

In defence the Gs were giving out free kicks like Santa gives out gifts in his Grotto. That gave Jordan Cheadle the opportunity for another free kick on the edge of the home team’s area, which he curled in around the wall again. 3 -1 to Walton.

So Gs supporters at half time wondering what might have been, had their chances been taken, balls not bounced clear off posts – yet again.

 

The second half saw Chris Musgrove replace Jamel Johnson for the Gs. Within minutes Chris was penalised for a tackle and a penalty awarded. Tom Webb made a great save getting down to his right hand side to push the ball round the post.

Whilst the Gs were attacking at the start of the second half they were caught out when the visitors attacked down the left and although there seemed to be plenty of defenders in attendance and in the six yard box, Gabriele Odunaike hit a fierce shot that somehow squeezed in at the near post.

Some great passing again by the Gs saw the ball taken to the goal line by Nick Hutchings and laid back for Jack Battie who also hit his shot fractionally over the bar.

Shortly after Chris Musgrove got on the end of a corner and hit a shot from just wide of the goal that rattled the crossbar. You don’t get lucky when you are at the foot of the table.

Another blatant penalty awarded to Walton soon after and that made it 5-1 and Gave Jordan Cheadle his hat trick.

The final goal came in the first minute of extra time when again the visitors scored at the near post in an attack following Gs pressure.

Noticeable not a single yellow or red card issued according to Michael’s stats and I would not want to argue with him.

 

Michael’s stats:-

 

G’s                      Walton Casuals

attempts      10                         18

on target       6                          11

fouls            15                          21

cards            0                            0

corners         4                             5

poss 1st      55                          45

poss 2nd     48                          52

 

 

 

A nice story

One of our senior spectators had an unfortunate trip on the concrete steps up to the pitch while the teams were lined up outside the changing room about to come onto the pitch. The Walton players saw that he was being helped to his feet and insisted that they get their physio to take a look at him.

As they helped him to the steps to their changing room it was clear that he had cut his hand in the fall, as there was a fair bit of blood. So he was tended to in their dressing room and repaired and even given a replacement cup of Bovril. He was able to take his place in the stands after that. So well done to Walton, their Management and Physio who could not have been kinder. On his behalf  – thank you. Great to see.