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Godalming 1 – 4 South Park

It has been suggested that I just say refer to previous reports as the story seems to be the same.

Without Rory Sellick, Jack Warburton,(both injured) Bobby Dormer and the Development squad playing away at Hartney Whintney the squad was: Oneal Garnes  in goal, newcomer Callum Eagles at right back, Sean Mason returning at left back with Chris Musgrove and Carl Garstang the centre backs. Steve Brown, Chris Wales Darren Wheeler and Nick Sowden the midfielders and Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan upfront. Wiliam Efambe and Piers Oldland were named on the bench.

Gs did have to defend strongly in the first half, but did so well beyond the first fifteen minutes where so many time in the past we have conceded. Then we went behind to a scrambled goal in the 32nd minutes, when I am advised it appears the ball was handled to lift it over Oneal and Chris Wales on the ground enabling it to be put in the net from close range. Anyway whatever the story the ref did not see it that way.


The good thing is that after going in at half time 1-0 down Dan appeared to change things positionally allowing the midfield players to get forward more and this put the visitors under a bit more pressure until we won a corner out on the right swung in by Darren Wheeler, which was headed towards goal by Chris Musgrove, but must have been blocked somehow as it fell to Graeme Purdy to finish it off from close range.

This gave the real feeling that just maybe we could get something out of the game against opposition who have a very professional set up and have been very successful in the cup tournaments; hence they have played so many fewer games.

Having levelled the score we then saw Darren Wheeler lob the ball over the keeper and into the net only to be ruled offside.

But you do not get any luck when you are at the bottom of the table as I have said far too often this season.

Things then really went downhill when Carl Garstang was given a second yellow card on 63 minutes and dismissed, leaving the home side with just 10 men again.

This meant that Graeme Purdy was required to sit in at centre back again when he had battled well up front alongside Matt Bunyan.

Five minutes later the visitors made the Gs pay for trying to attack when they broke well and with some good passing scored their second. William Efambe came on to replace Steve Brown.

A third followed within minutes when a free kick was awarded to the visitors to the right of the Gs area. The ball was crossed to the far side and headed home apparently unopposed.

The fourth came ten minutes from time with home supporters claiming the scorer was well offside. Again the officials did not agree.

No stats from Michael I am afraid as he is not well. Hope he recovers soon.

Dan will I am sure get the lads up for a re-arranged visit to East Grinstead on Tuesday night. We must get our share of luck some time. It can’t come soon enough.





Godalming 0 – 3 Carshalton

This fixture on the frozen wastes of Wey Court brought back the painful memories of the game at Carshalton, which saw the end of Andy Hunt as Gs Manager. Those of us who were there still suffer bad dreams of that night. Even Hendo was stunned into silence, shuffling uncomfortably on the terraces mumbling like the rest of us.

So the thought of the opportunity to put the record straight for dreamers like me was strong, but it seemed unlikely when we arrived to see that there was only one outfield player on the bench.

Recent performances showed that Dan is now bringing together a much more competitive squad.

The starting line up was based on using three centre backs Musgrove, Purdy, and Garstang with Oldland and Roots as wing backs, Wheeler, Brown, Dormer and Efambe in the midfield and Bunyan on his own up front.

Tom Webb and Gil de Sousa were named on the bench as was Jack Warburton who was involved in a vehicle accident and could not make it to the match. With Chris Wales unavailable and Nick Sowden suspended it was going to be even tougher.

The youngsters from the Dev Squad all did a great job, seeming now to be more comfortable in the first team.

But in the opening moments William Efambe made a great break showing his pace and skill with the ball working his way into the penalty area. Unfortunately he could not get his shot past the visiting keeper on the angle. Matt Bunyan was in the 6yard box but the ball did not fall to him.

Then on 13 minutes from a high cross from their left Carshalton went ahead with a shot from close range. Seems to have happened a few times that after being positive at the start we concede around 15 minutes in.


The second goal for the visitors came from a long clearance behind the Gs defence, which allowed the visitors forwards to use their pace and again beat Oneal from close range.

The second half saw a better performance from the Gs with the whole side digging in and Matt Bunyan was doing well on his own, but needed some support at his side more quickly at times. Then William Efambe made another run and slipped the ball through to Matt who stuck it in the net only to find it ruled offside.

Carshalton responded and had a goal disallowed for offside at the other end minutes later.

The Gs line up was then changed to 4 4 2 bringing on Gil de Sousa (replacing Callum Roots, who had had a good game) along side Matt Bunyan in an attempt to get something from the game. It did give us more up front, but at the death the visitors put the game out of site with a third goal, which was initially cleared off the line, but eventually fell to one of their forwards to put it in after a bit of a scramble.

It was another gutsy performance against a very strong team who were able to attack fast and in numbers and are now back in contention for the play-offs. Bobby Dormer was a fine example running himself into the ground.

Plenty of heart from the lads on the pitch, although of course they were very disappointed at the result. They will come up against less organised teams and surely will get a slice of luck from time to time.




Faversham 3 – 2 Godalming

When we travel to the away games we play a game of “Who do you think will be in the squad today”. With Jack Mazzone having moved on to Tooting and Mitcham it remained to be seen who would be playing upfront for the Gs. The answer was that the Gs were going to line up with more of a 4-4-2 formation with the ever reliable Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan making his Gs debut both upfront.

The misty murk and drizzle that enveloped Faversham was forgotten as we pulled up in the car park to see both Graeme Purdy and the diminutive Jack Warburton warming up on the pitch, both having been absent for a while. A sight to warm the cockles.

Oneal Garnes was in goal, Steve Brown at right back Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Carl Garstang at left back. Bobby Dormer, Nick Sowden, Darren Wheeler and Jack Warburton in midfield with Graeme Purdy   and Matt Bunyan up front. On the bench were Rory Sellick, William Efambe, Piers Oldland and Callum Roots.

The Gs looked lively at the start but when the home side went 1-0 up after fifteen minutes it seemed like we could be in for another miserable day. It was a good goal made by a diagonal ball from the wing being played quickly inside and behind the Gs defence for their forwards to chase down. Oneal got his hands to it but could not quite deflect it round the post.

Soon after Jack Warburton worked his way into the midfield and slid the ball through to Matt Bunyon who hit a shot that went just wide of the right hand upright.

But Purdy and Bunyan seemed to be getting a bit of an understanding going upfront and then on 41 minutes when Darren Wheeler drove the ball low in to the area, from the left, Matt Bunyan stretched and got a touch on the ball, which was parried by the keeper, but Graeme Purdy was on hand to poke it home from close range.

Not long after it was Purdy who laid on a chance for Bunyon to put the Gs 2-1 up at half time. A rare feeling for Gs supporters who were enjoying the occasion but feeling a little nervous.


Clearly the home side were going to throw everything at the Gs to get level but the whole squad were working well and playing with great passion. Bobby Dormer, Jack Warburton and Nick Sowden working tirelessly. Jack Warburton received treatment on the pitch and was substituted with Rory Sellick replacing him.

Piers Oldland came on for Steve Brown. Nick Sowden taking the right back position and Piers the midfield.

Nick Sowden received a very strange yellow card from the ref when he clearly won the ball in a tackle and the Faversham player appeared to fall over him. This was to prove costly as with about 25 minutes to go he received a second yellow and therefore the Gs were down to 10 men. The ten men battled well however with Matt Bunyon sitting back into the midfield at times.

But as the weariness took its toll and as we were entering into 5 minutes of extra time the home side levelled the score, taking away that dream that we might actually hang on for all 3 points. At least we should get a point out of it- shouldn’t we?

The game become a completely yo-yo affair with the ball going from one end of the pitch to the other Purdy with a remarkable pace seemed to have a couple of chances to take back the lead, but the footballing gods were once again against the Gs with the home keeper making an unconventional save with the ball bouncing off of his body and then his head on the second attempt to give the Gs a corner.

So despite the massive effort the Gs could not get a third. Not good for the blood pressure at all.

Then with the match nearing the end of 5 minutes extra time the home team delivered a cross well beyond the far post, which with a looping header crept in under the bar beyond Oneal Garnes, who had made a great contribution throughout the game.

Heart-breaking for the Gs team and the supporters who made the trip. To come away with nothing after such a good performance.

Some comments to me from the somewhat relieved home supporters as we walked out:-

1) “You were robbed – Bad luck”

2) “You are far too good to be at the bottom of the table.”

So take heart, that was a display of great commitment and passion.

It is true that football can be a very cruel game and as I have said before, when you are at the bottom of the League you just do not get the lucky breaks.

Congratulations to Dan Turkington who seems to have started to bring together a team that a) Want to play for GTFC, b) Have the ability to play at this level and c) Are prepared to give 100% effort on the pitch.

This was by far the best effort we have seen and everyone of the team gave 100%.



Michael’s stats:-

Faversham           G’s

Attempts          19                       8

On target           7                       4

Corners             7                       2

Fouls                 13                    12

Yellows               1                      6

Reds                                           1

Poss 1st           50                    50

Poss 2nd          60                    40


Three Bridges


Godalming 1 – 3 Three Bridges

This was looked upon by the home supporters as a “must win 6-pointer”, so, having been well beaten a couple of days earlier by League leaders Dorking (who looked every bit the likely winners of the League, and in truth a League above the Gs on the night), many fingers must have been crossed on Monday for more of a contest.

However any hope that the ravaged Gs squad could win some desperately needed points was squashed by the end of the game, which saw Three Bridges move 9 points clear of the Gs at the foot of the table.

There was some good news on the day for the Gs. Oneal Garnes had returned in goal and the Gs in-form striker Jack Mazzone was making another appearance before his rumoured move to Tooting and Mitcham.

The back four comprised Steve Brown at right back, Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove as centre backs with Carl Garstang coming in at left back, also new to the Gs were Nick Sowden and Bobby Dormer in the midfield alongside Matt Males with Darren Wheeler and Evander Lopez in the wide positions. On the bench were the impressive youngsters from the development squad Piers Oldland, Rory Sellick, William Efambe, Gil de Sousa and Callum Roots who have played so well in the last few games.

In the opening minutes the Gs had the best of the game creating pressure with newcomers Nick Sowden and Bobby Dormer involved in providing a bit more energy in the midfield. Evander Lopez got forward well and had a good shot parried by the visiting keeper, but the Gs couldn’t put it away at the second chance.

Three Bridges started to get back into the game after the first 15-20 minutes and after 24 minutes the went ahead after they attacked down their left flank and managed to produce an overlap, shooting past Oneal Garnes from close range.

Their second was another cheap goal, came the Gs gave the ball away in their own half on around 38 minutes. To their credit the Gs did not let their heads drop.


Early in the second half the Gs won a corner on their left, which was taken by Darren Wheeler and hit to the near post, where it bobbled around allowing Jack Mazzone to poke it home from close range. Back to 2-1 and some hope again for the home supporters.

With their tails up Darren Wheeler went on one of his typical runs cutting in from the left and working his way into the box, but he was forced to shoot with his right foot rather than his magical left and the keeper made a save from it.

That did not last too long as the visitors forced a corner of their own on their left, which was delivered high into the box and Oneal went up to take it under a challenge from 2 of the visitors. The ball was headed home as Oneal was taken out; needing attention on the pitch, but the ref waived away the Gs appeals claiming that the ball was headed in by the attacker who challenged him. The Gs fans behind the goal believe that was not the case. However the ref had had a pretty good game on balance.

Darren Wheeler stepped up to take a free kick on the right of the visitors area  hit it low and hard, but the visiting keeper was able to turn it onto the post and round for a corner.

Evander Lopez was substituted with around 20 minutes to go and made way for the impressive Rory Sellick to play a central attacking role. Dan Turkington chose not to bring on any other substitutes.

To their credit the Gs continued to attack and created several chances, which they were unable to capitalise on.


Next challenge is at Faversham on Saturday.


Michael’s stats:-

Gs              Three Bridges

attempts            13                     18

on target             6                       7

corners                3                       5

fouls                  14                    12

bookings             0                      0

poss 1st              45                    55

poss 2nd            57                    43

bookings             0                      0




Dorking Wanderers


Godalming 0 – 5 Dorking Wanderers


The new Gs manager Dan Turkington saw the strength of the challenge in front of him when the League leaders, Dorking Wanderers visited Wey Court on Saturday.

With the festive season well under way this was the sort of fixture that the visitors would have relished, allowing them to boost their points tally and to increase their goal difference between them and second placed Tooting and Mitcham.

When the Gs met with the same opposition in September they were also well beaten although the score on that occasion was only 2-0, it could well have been more.

After a 2016 season, which is just over half way through, the Gs have been through four (or is it five?) managerial changes and more changes to the team than I care to recall.

So today the team sheet again featured the same 5 young players from Adam Roots development squad as were named against Horsham on Boxing Day. But there was no Graeme Purdy, nor was there Jack Mazzone who has played so well recently.

Brannon Daly was in goal and had a very impressive game, Sean Mason was at right back with Matt Males and Chris Musgrove the centre back pairing and Callum Roots at left back. Chris Wales and Steve Brown in the defensive midfield with Evander Lopez and Piers Oldland in the wide positions, Darren Wheeler (C) behind the No 9 Sean Lydon (a name from the past) who has, as far as I am aware, only appeared for the Gs in the Chelsea Legends game back in the summer in the last 4 years or so that I have been watching.

It took only 10 minutes to remind the home supporters how fast Matt Briggs is as he tore down the right and delivered an inch perfect ball into the area for James McShane to finish with a powerful shot that gave the home keeper no chance. At times Matt Briggs reminded me of former G, Warren Harris.


The second came shortly after when the Gs appeared to have covered a high cross into their 6 yard box, but failed to head sufficiently clear, allowing Dean Gunner to score the visitors second.

Brannon Daly was very busy in the rest of the first half, which gave the Gs a slim hope that they might get something out of the game.

Piers Oldland was replaced by William Efambe at half time.

Early on in the second half Dorking were awarded a free kick wide of the penalty area on their left flank and ex Woking striker Guiseppe Sole hit a brilliant high curling shot that found the top near corner.

If that was not enough Matt Briggs made another powerful run on the right and hit a shot from close range to beat the Gs keeper at his near post.

Gil de-Sousa replaced Sean Lydon on 63 minutes and shortly after Rory Sellick joined the fray replacing Darren Wheeler.

The fifth goal came from another great run on the right by the Dorking No8 who again delivered a great ball inside for James McShane to finish off as he had done early in the game.

Although the game was well won by this time the Gs defence dug in and the youngsters did a great job never giving up and creating several chances.

On one exchange with some good passing ending with Rory Sellick putting the ball in the net, only for it to be ruled offside.

Shortly after the visitors keeper was called upon to make some great saves from close range parrying the ball, which found its way to Chris Wales who unfortunately on this occasion could only hit his shot just over the bar.

It would not have been unjust for the Gs to get at least one goal for their efforts in the final 20 minutes or so and Adam Roots youngsters who have stepped up in the last few days should feel well pleased with their efforts.

Gs face Three Bridges on Monday in an important bottom of the table encounter.


Michaels Stats:-

Gs                   Dorking Wanderers

attempts       8                         23

on target       3                         15

corners         2                           7

fouls            16                        18

poss1           70                       30

poss2           42                       58

bookings       4                         1