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Godalming 1 – 2 Molesey

Enormous frustration was the overbearing feeling at the end of this encounter, which was probably one which Dan Turkington would have earmarked as a possible win. Frustration because it really could have been another three points to the home team.

The visit of Molesey saw the return of  ex  Gs Josh Andrews and Antonio Simmeone to Wey Court.

The team was the same as finished that incredible match at Herne Bay, other than that Bobby Dormer returned to play in front of the back four, so Steve Brown started on the bench. He was not on the bench for long however as the re-rejuvenated Graeme Purdy who was struggling at the end of the game on Saturday clearly aggravated his injury again early on.

Without doubt the Gs started this game with more enthusiasm and determination, dominating the game. They were playing more as a team than we have seen before and Piers Oldland was getting forward and on 17 minutes with the Gs attacking the road end he got in a shot from within the area, which was turned in by a Molesey defender facing his goal.

So with a goal already on the board and Bobby Dormer stamping his mark on the game all looked good. However soon after Graeme Purdy was forced to leave the pitch and that ended the effective pairing of Bunyan and Purdy in attack. The Gs were dominant however when a searching ball was played in behind the

visitors defence and William Efambe was able to use his pace to gather it and deliver a cross to the opposite side where Darren Wheeler hit a fine shot that was well saved by the visiting keeper.


So on half time the Gs were 1-0 up and looking comfortable. Probably the best 45 minutes that we have seen from the Gs for a very long time.


In the opening minutes of the second half we could have made it two but could not put the ball away. Then on the counter Molesey hit Oneal Garnes crossbar and as the ball bounced out there was a clash of heads which required treatment to  a visiting player.

The referee called for a dropped ball on the edge of the area and Bobby Dormer was penalise giving a free kick just on the edge of the area. Whilst that was defended it was the start of the visitors getting back into the game. Josh Andrews always so strong when running with the ball cut in from the left and hit a good shot which Oneal parried but the ball fell to Dre Grobler to equalise.

Only a couple of minutes later the Gs gave away a corner on their left, which was delivered to the edge of the penalty area where it was headed to the far post looping over the defence and sneaking just inside the post. Whether a genuine header for goal or not it was a blow to find the lads suddenly behind again when they had been so dominant in the first half.

The Gs tried to get back and created a couple of chances but it was just not our night. The Visiting keeper was called on to make a couple of good stops right at the end.

No stats from Michael I am afraid being a school night.








Herne Bay


Herne Bay 3 – 2 Godalming Town

After the comprehensive performance against Guernsey we headed off down the M25/ M20 towards the north Kent coast a bright and cheery group of Gs supportershoping that there could be a point on offer. I don’t think anyone could have quite predicted how the game went. That old old football cliché “ It was a game of two halves” was never more true.

Oneal Garnes was in goal. With Callum Eagle still recovering from the injury at Hythe, Joseph Strochetti started at right back, Carl Garstang at left back with Chris Wales and Chris Musgrove the centre backs. Sean Mason, Piers Oldland and Darren Wheeler in the midfield, with William Efambe starting in a more forward role supporting Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan.

On the bench were Rory Sellick and Steve Brown. Bobby Dormer still suspended and Nick Sowden unavailable.

At the start of the game there was “a bit of a do” over the colour of the under-shorts on one of the Herne Bay players. The ref ingratiated himself to the home team when he insisted that they were changed and held up play. Clearly there were plenty of other players with the wrong colour under-shorts as well, but that did not seem to matter.

However it seemed that the Gs were not switched on at the start of the game. Fortunately Oneal Garnes was as when from a free kick out on their right the home team almost went ahead in the first few minutes as they produced a firm header that almost crept under the bar. Oneal had it covered and made a really impressive leap to tip it over the bar.  That was not enough to shake them into action as they seemed rooted to the spot when the home side scored the opening goal inside the first 6 minutes with a move down their left and a square ball into the area, which was pushed home from close range.

The Gs then went further behind when following a corner where the ball was cleared only to just beyond their area when a fierce shot was unleashed and with the aid of at least one ricochet it found its way into the Gs net. So 28 minutes in 2-0 down.

Only three minutes later from another corner the home side got their third from close range as the Gs defence was too slow to deal with the threat. So at half time 3-0 down and looking pretty below par to be honest. It looked like it would be a long and painful second half.

However if the Gs were poor in the first half, the home side contrived to be just as bad, if not worse, in the second. Whatever Dan and his team said, or did, in the interval – it worked. Like turning a switch. Steve Brown came into the midfield at the start of the second half for Joseph Strochetti and Sean Mason moved to right back


Only 7 minutes into the second half and William Efambe worked his way into the box on the right hand side where he was brought down and the ref blew for a penalty, which captain Darren Wheeler stepped up to despatch. Back to 3 – 1. Could this be a fight back?

Early on in the second half the home side put the ball in the net when they were awarded a free kick on their left, but the scorer was well offside. Other than that there was little for Oneal to be worried about in the second half.

The Gs won a free kick on the right, played across to Darren Wheeler on the left who got forward and found one of his great curling crosses, which the prolific goal scorer Graeme Purdy met, heading the ball down and past the home keeper. Now 3 – 2 and home supporters getting really twitchy about the changes in the way things were going. The travelling supporters were pinching themselves.

The Gs were now dominating play and it was the home team who were hanging on. Purdy and Bunyan were chasing down the opposition and forcing them into mistakes.

After some good build up work by the Gs Matt Bunyan made a great back heal to set up William Efambe to advance on goal in the area, but he seemed to stumble before getting his shot away.

Then again the ball came in from the left and the impressive Matt Bunyan got on to it, but could not get his shot on target as he tumbled in the attempt.

Twenty minutes before the end Chris Musgrove was in a race with a Herne Bay forward latching on to a through ball played in behind the Gs defence. The home forward went to ground and the referee must have felt he was the last man, as Chris received a straight red card. So now down to ten men. But it made little difference as the Gs continued to press.

Towards the end the impressive young Rory Sellick came on for a very tired William Efambe, but the Gs could not find the final touch despite dominating possession.

So, in the end the home side clung on without mustering a shot on goal or winning a corner in the second half. In complete contrast to their domination in the first half.

It was such a strange game.


Michael’s Stats

Herne Bay        Gees

attempts          10                  7

on target          7                    4

corners            8                    1

fouls                19                   11


yellows              –                   3

reds                  –                     1

poss 1              59                 41

poss 2              39                 61





Godalming 3 – 0 Guernsey

 Another three points and a clean sheet for the Gs. Cannot get any better then that.

It was not a feast of good football, but on a pretty wet pitch with the snow falling on a very cold day it was enough to cheer the hardy Gs supporters who turned out to see this foot of the table battle.

Oneal Garnes was in goal, Callum Eagle still injured from that dramatic challenge at Hythe last Saturday so Sean Mason switched to right back, whilst Carl Garstang returned at left back and the two Chris’ Wales and Musgrove the centre backs. William Efambe, Piers Oldland, Nick Sowden and Darren Wheeler in the midfield and Graeme Purdy and Matt Bunyan up front.

In the opening minutes, with the Gs attacking the road end, they won a throw-in on their left, deep in the visitors half, from here the ball was played square across the penalty area through the defence where Matt Bunyan was positioned on the edge of the 6 yard box. Unfortunately he scooped his shot over the bar when you would have bet on him scoring.

But on 8 minutes Carl Garstang played a curling high cross to the far post where Graeme Purdy opened his account with a header that went back across and past Addison the Guernsey keeper and inside the far post. 1-0 to the Gs.

The visitors tried to respond and Oneal Garnes had to be quick off his line on a couple of occasions bravely going down at the feet of the onrushing forwards to cut out their attacks.

So although the Gs were asked to defend at times with their defenders blocking shots from range with their bodies they always looked likely to increase their lead and after a long ball was played forward and the lively Graeme Purdy got behind the visitors defence and lobbed over the advancing Guernsey keeper for his second of the day. Gs 2-0 up.

William Efambe was getting well involved with game as well with his pace and ball skills proving a problem for the visitors. On one occasion stealing the ball from the opposition midfield just inside their half and working his way skilfully past several defenders, only to put his shot past the left hand post.


Half time  2 – 0


In the second half it was more of the same with Guernsey having plenty of possession trying to get forward but being thwarted before they could get through to threaten Oneal’s goal. The Gs struggled to make the best of the possession that they had, giving the ball away in midfield at times, but always looked as if they could add to their tally.

Darren Wheeler got forward at times and produced some dangerous crosses and a fierce shot from inside the area which the visiting keeper did well to parry at his near post to clear. Shortly after Chris Wales came close when well inside the penalty area, but also put his shot over when after, on reflection, he said perhaps he would have been better heading the ball.

Matt Bunyan was again instrumental in many of the good things that the Gs created getting up alongside Purdy whilst also putting in a considerable shift deeper in the midfield. Oneal Garnes was pretty well untroubled in the second half.

With the Gs creating more pressure later on in the second half, Graeme Purdy nearly got his hat trick from a header at close range, which was cleared off the line. However he got the last laugh shortly after when he latched on to another good through ball from that man Matt Bunyan, outpaced a defender then rounded the keeper and put the ball low into the net.

So a well deserved hat trick for GP who would probably have edged MB for the MOTM award, if their was one.

This season has had enough twists and turns so far and most of them undesirable. The good thing is that the squad under Dan Turkington now seems to be starting to gel a bit more and with a few more wins being contemplated, who knows what will happen.

Michae’ls Stats.

Godalming            Guernsey
attempts           19                            14

on target           9                              5

corners             3                              9

fouls                 16                            12

Poss 1               40                           60

Poss 2               47                           53

bookings           2                             1





Hythe Town


Hythe Town 2 – 0 Godalming Town

 Fifth placed Hythe were worthy winners in this contest, but Gs supporters should feel really proud of the team that Dan is putting together. They worked really hard today and made enough opportunities, but could not find the final finish.

Without Bobby Dormer or Carl Garstang (both suspended) and Nick Sowden who is ill there were more changes to the squad that performed so well in the rain at East Grinstead bringing in some of the development squad.

Oneal Garnes was in goal, Callum Eagle at right back,  Sean Mason at left back with Chris Musgrove and Chris Wales the centre back pairing. Steve Brown, Piers Oldland, Darren Wheeler and William Efambe nominally the midfield with Graeme Purdy and Matthew Bunyan up front.  Tom Webb,  Joseph Strocchelli, Jaz Ratterray-Smith and Gil de Souza were on the bench.

Only a couple of minutes into the game Callum Eagle went in so powerfully for a 50/50 ball and went full circle in the air as he somersaulted like a gymnast before hitting the deck. Although he recovered for a moment he soon went down again and needed treatment on his knee.

In the early moments the Gs won a couple of corners and Chris Wales headed over from the second.

On 20 minutes in the home side produced a quick breakaway and brought a great save at full stretch from Oneal. But there was nothing in it between the two teams although Steve Brown picked up a yellow card.

Gs were battling well and the match was pretty even until just on half time when the deadlock was broken as an initial attack and shot from the home team was blocked by Oneal and a pile of bodies, only for the rebound to fall for the home teams Ben Wilson to hit it home from close range.

1-0 to Hythe at half time.


Just after the break Hythe got their second when they attacked on the right and got a low cross in to the danger area that seemed to get through the defence and allowed Jay May to score. But the Gs having been hit with two goals in quick succession did not give up.

William Efambe was showing the skills he has running at the defence on his side of the pitch and getting into the area well, while Darren was doing the same on his side.

In one break on the left Darren fashioned a cheeky lobb/shot that was heading for the top corner and took a mighty leap from the home keeper to capture the ball with his finger tips.

Chris Musgrove received a yellow card. Shortly after that Steve Brown was replaced by newcomer Joseph Strocchelli. Graeme Purdy was cautioned on 69 minutes and soon after Jaz Ratteray Smith came on for Callum Eagle who was by now clearly struggling with his damaged knee. This meant that Jo moved to replace Callum at right back and Jaz went into the midfield.

Darren produced another great through ball which William got onto and broke into the box crossing the ball tantalisingly into the 6 yard box where Purdy and Bunyan appeared to both try to apply the final touch without success. So frustrating.

The whole team were doing their bit and fighting for everything Piers was putting in the miles in midfield and found some good passes. But if Tuesday night was special for Purdy, today it was Matt Bunyan  who was everywhere both in attack and in front of the back four winning the ball and clearing headers and then getting forward in attack. Tremendous performance from him, deft touches and good passes while chasing for everything.

Towards the end in a final bid to try to get something out of the game Gil de Souza came on for Sean Mason who had had a good game back at left back.

OK we were beaten, but it was a team performance, a performance for all the lads, youngsters and the not so young, to be very proud of against a team in the play off places. Well done to you all and well done to Dan and his management team for building some momentum.

Micheal’s Stats

Hythe                Gees
attempts       11                      9

on target       8                       6

corners         5                        6

fouls             17                     14

poss 1           52                    48

poss 2           48                    52




bookings       1                      4



East Grinstead


East Grinstead 3 – 4 Godalming Town

Three points at last!

It was a filthy night having been gently raining all day the heavens were now opening up as we arrived in EG. It turned out that only Darren had made it to the ground by 7ish and the kick off was 25 minutes away. The M 25 had struck again!

The lads eventually turned up and seven or eight of them actually made it onto the pitch for a moment or two, but they had no time for a proper warm-up.

Dan had bravely gone for an attacking set up with with 5 forward at times with Graeme Purdy and Matt Buyan leading the attack and in support Willian Efambe and Sean Mason wide on the right and Darren on the left.

Nick Sowden looking a bit lonely in the midfield and Callum Eagle at right back, Carl Garstang at left back with Chris Musgrove and Chris Wales the centre back pairing and the big man Oneal Garnes in goal. The bench was first half home for Steve Brown, Piers Oldland, Tom Webb and newcomer Joseph Stockett

So after al the pre-match drama, when they conceded a goal within the first 5 minutes to be honest our hearts sank, it was a hammer blow. In more senses than one. It was a shot from well outside the area that absolutely screamed into the top right hand corner of the net and would not have been out of place on MOTD goal of the month.

The thing that struck me though was that Darren was not phased by it at all and called the lads to get back into it and they did just that. Purdy was running around like a young gazelle and lead by example giving 110% effort as was his partner Matt Bunyan who was also making himself known to the home defenders.

Gs were actuallly doing well when on 15 minutes Darren put Sean Mason away into the box and he delivered the ball for Purdy to finish off from close range.

Shortly after Darren again was instrumental with a short ball into the box from the left which GP despatched again. Gs now in front. It was now time for the home supporters to feel unwell as the Gs were really rampant.

That man Purdy was again in the action getting into the box on the left only to be brought down by a desperate tackle and the ref blew for a penalty. Captain Darren hit it well to put the Gs 3-1 up and we were really enjoying it. Not much from the home side who looked a bit rattled.

Matt Buyan got in on the act with a thoroughly deserved goal some 5 minutes from the break putting the Gs 4-1 up and could have had another when Darren delivered yet another great ball in from the left which he met well with his head in space, but put this one wide.

The home side kept themselves in touch with a fine individual effort, just minutes before the half time whistle.

Half time 4-2 to the Gs.


Having run themselves into the ground the Gs were called upon to defend for large parts of the second half and did so well defending from the front in the increasingly boggy pitch. In fairness the pitch really stood up to the weather well and better than some of the home supporters who went home at half time, obviously not impressed with their teams performance.

They were largely limited to long shots due to the defensive efforts of a brave Gs team who were defending well, from the front in the middle and at the back. Oneal bravely clearing up speculative balls into his area when needed.

Callum Eagle was substituted as he had picked up a yellow card during an attack. Steve Brown coming on in the middle and Sean Mason going to right back. Piers also came on for William who had worked so hard and Joseph Stockett made his debut in the midfield when Darren came off for a well earned rest.

A great effort from all the lads who fought for the ball every step of the way.  They deserved to hang on and despite the nail biting at the end were well worth the result.