Monthly Archives: November 2017

Horely Town (A)

Horley  2  Godalming Town 1

After the introduction of some new players to the squad over the last 3-4 weeks the improvements are now there to be seen.

It was great to see the Gees get an emphatic win at Epsom and Ewell on Tuesday, but they are at the bottom of the table with us. Horley were at seventh place at the start of the game. So, this was always going to be a different story.

In summary the home side will be feeling relieved that they took all three points and have for me the footballing Gods to thank for that. It was such a close game from the start to the final whistle.

The Gees started well as they finished on Tuesday with the lively Bobby Bennett making a run cutting in from the right wing, but hit his shot wide.

Shortly after, with the Gees still pressing and forcing the home side to defend, Dan Read was brought down in the penalty area in what looked like a pretty good shout. But the referee was not prepared to award it.

But, despite all the visitors early pressure, after 15 minutes a shot on the Gees goal was deflected on its way through a crowded penalty area, but Dimitrios  got an arm out to stop it. However, it bounced clear to the edge of his area where a Horley player did well in hitting a shot that went in off the upright.

Gees had a perfect opportunity to level the score when they were this time awarded a penalty on half an hour. Robert Webbe bravely stepped up to take it and directed it well to the keepers left, but for me it seemed that he did not quite hit it as cleanly as he would like and the home keeper did well to save.

HT Horley Town 1-0 Godalming Town

The visitors started well again and after a few minutes and some good approach play, Dan Read got a shot in that was deflected by a home defender past his keeper and into the net to level the score at 1 – 1.

Straight after the goal Hakim Griffiths came on for Dan Read and Tre Trowers for Josh Kempton, who had unfortunately picked up an injury, after a very impressive first half performance. Jon Palmer moving back to left back and Tre sitting in front of the back four.

Robert Webbe found a great through ball for Tom Biss who produced a good shot that the home keeper saved at full length.

Jon Palmer received a yellow card for a tackle just outside the area. Another good performance from Jon with some timely tackles. Bobby Bennett was making good attacking runs from the right.

With Dimi being quick to come out to cover any speculative high balls over the defence, in one such incident the ball rebounded high over him, and headed towards the Gees goal, but the Gees very impressive full back Lewis Lodge appeared to have the goal line covered, but as he attempted to hook the ball around the post, he sliced the ball into his own net.

The Gees never gave up and continued to press their hosts and it was the the home sides management encouraging the ref to blow for time. Think we were unlucky not to come away with at least a point.

Another much improved performance from all the lads and well done to Jon and Gav for the improvements they have made to the squad.  If we can keep this group of players together we should be able to close the gap on the teams above.

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Team            Horley                 G’s

attempts            10                     10

On target              5                       4

Corners                 5                       5

Fouls                    10                    13

yellows                  4                       1

Poss% 1st           45                     55

Poss% 2nd           50                    50

 

 

 

 

Bovril stats:  Headline:  Gees supporters drink Horley Bovril reserves dry!  They ran out of brown gold at half time.

Epsom and Ewell (A)

Epsom and Ewell 0 Godalming 3 

What a joy to report a win for the Gees – at last!  But this was not any win, it was a GTFC emphatic win. Hendo says so.

When I say emphatic, it was such an improvement on recent performances that the Gees supporters were stunned at what they saw and were seen with a look of amazement on their faces. The first twenty minutes or so saw the Gees, with some new faces again in the squad, totally dominate their hosts with some outstanding football, being quicker to the ball than the opposition, accurate passing, passes into space for colleagues to run onto and an overall energy in the forwards that has not been seen for a while.

For such an important game for both sides languishing at the foot of the League you might have expected a nervous start and a defensive approach. The Gees were having none of it.

They were set up with Jon Bennett at Number 9, Bobby Bennett wide up-front, newcomer Tom Biss as the other wide player and Robert Webbe playing a more attacking role and he was accompanied by Aaron Parfitt (another newcomer) in midfield. Jon Palmer selected himself to play in front of the back four and made himself known to the opposition from the start. Michael Buck, Steve Bettancourt, Alex Rodrigues and Joshua Pound made up the back four in front of the impressive Dimitrios Kyriatkis. On the bench was another newcomer Lee Boon alongside some more established players in Scott Elgar, Calum Roots, Tre Trowers and Eugene Bongo.

After just seven minutes where the visitors had their hosts under the cosh and in a spin Bobby Bennett latched on to a ball on the right flank and showed skill and pace to cut in and hit a shot past the home keeper to get the Gees in front. The Gees continued to dominate, getting forward down the flanks and moments later could have doubled the score when after some good passing Tom Biss found himself at close range where his powerful shot hit the feet of the home keeper so hard that the ball bounced forwards and hit Jon Bennett on the chest before dropping back into the hands of the grateful home keeper.

More chance came for the visitors but, despite their dominance, no further goals were forthcoming. So, at half time, although incredibly impressed by the first half performance, there was that nervous feeling that one goal is never enough and recollections of past games where there were simply not enough goals scored and a fading performance in the second half there was a feeling of trepidation as the second half started.

HT Epom and Ewell 0 -1 Godalming Town

However, the Gees still kept control of the game. Jon Palmer eventually gave way to Scott Elgar having had a good game. Early on Jon Bennett got a shot in after the ball came to him rather quickly, but it was straight at the home keeper. Eugene Bongo and Lee Boon also came on later in the half.

Bobby Bennett was still looking dangerous down the wings and he put in a run down the left and squared it in to the box where it was played out to Robert Webbe, who hit a good low shot to double the Gees lead.

Only minutes later another good through ball was delivered and Jon Bennett controlled it and unselfishly played it to his left as the home keeper came out to give Tom Biss an easy tap in. There was a little more than a hint of offside, but some of the other decisions we had against us were strange, so we will take it.

Jon Bennett was brought down in the penalty, area not once, but twice in the same incident and the ref refused to give anything.

Great relief at last to pick up three points and keep a clean sheet. Well done to all the lads and to Gav and Jon for breaking the run of defeats.

One swallow doesn’t make a summer. I am sure that Gav and Jon will have spoken with the lads after this game to remind them that there is an awful lot of work to be done to get the Gees out of the lowly position in which they find themselves in the League. If we can keep a hold of some of these players, we are certainly heading in the right direction.

 

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Bedfont Sports

Godalming 0-4 Bedfont Sports

An interesting clash of third placed Bedfont against second from bottom Gees. The battling performance on Tuesday night at Dorking in the SSC gave us hope that perhaps things were looking up for the Gees.

For those who have been around Wey Court for a while, it was good to see that Dan Read was on the team sheet. He was a part of “Bakes and Unders” squad, before the departure to Slough. Just what we could do with, a centre forward who has a record of scoring at Wey Court.

Unfortunately, within minutes of the kick off the visitors went ahead. A shot from the edge of the area just crept inside the post when the home defence failed to close down the opposition quickly enough after a ball from deep on the Gees right side was mysteriously played back to the centre of the pitch as a gift to their opposition.

Shortly after the restart the home side had a good opportunity when Kurt Greenway cut in from the right to collect a loose ball, but he could not capitalise on the chance.

Despite the poor start and the dominance of the visitor’s forwards who were so effective on the break the Gees held out until moments before half time when, once again, they conceded. 2 -0 down at half time.

The second half saw a much better performance from the home side. The impressive Isy Nzello had had to leave the pitch with a groin injury just before the break to be replaced by Calum Roots. With only a few minutes of the second half gone Rory Sellick went down and had to be stretchered of the pitch to be replaced by Jon Palmer.

The Gees now seemed more settled, or perhaps it was that the visitors sat back a little having a bit of a buffer. But Hakim Griffiths worked hard upfront and when Kurt Greenway was replaced by Dan Read we saw the Gees come more into the game. Hakim used his pace to beat the visiting keeper to a through pass and steer the ball past him, but as the home supporters were on their feet the ball rolled agonisingly just wide of the post.

Jon Palmer was proving to be a handful for the visitor’s defence in the air particularly, but he also latched on to a quick through ball and fired low into the net, only for the stand-side linesman to flag that he had come back from an offside position. It looked a good goal to the home supporters who were less than pleased with the decision.

The Gees were pushing up as hard and as far as they could but again at the death they conceded another goal and a fourth well into injury time.

Good to see Palms and Readie on the pitch together again at Wey Court. Good also to see Scott Harris another legend from “Bakes and Unders” days at Wey Court, albeit as part of the Bedfont Squad.

 Another odd thing was that the referee somehow lost his whistle towards the end of the game and despite a detailed inspection of the pitch and checking with his assistants he could not come up with a replacement. So, he had to rely on shouting his commands. Never seen that before.

Squad was the impressive Dimitri Kyriatkis in goal, Joshua Pound at full back with Matt Buck, Steve Betancourt and Alex Rodrigues centre backs, Tre Trowers, Rory Sellick, and Robert Webbe in the midfield with Kurt Greenway at number 9, Hakim Griffiths and Isy Nzello. Dan Read, Calum Roots, Scott Elgar, Tom Webb and Jon Palmer were named on the bench squad sheet.

Michael (Stato) stats:

Teams:           G’s            Bedfont

attempts            6                 21

on target            2                 11

corners              3                   5

fouls                 11                19

poss% 1st        47                53

poss%  2nd      55                45

bovril status- you know it’s good.

A card free game – we think!  another odd thing – to the credit of the ref.

Dorking Wanderers (A) Surrey Senior Cup

Dorking Wanderers 4 Godalming 1 (Surrey Senior Cup)

This game saw the Gees introduce their new signings Joshua Pound, Lewis Lodge and Damien Smith in this Surrey Senior Cup clash against higher league opposition in Dorking Wanderers. Rumours were that the home side might rest some players, but that did not appear to be the case on the night. Lewis Puttenham amongst others in their squad.

Dimitri Kyriatkis in goal, Joshua Pound, Lewis Lodge, Damien Smith, Alex Rodrigues, Steve Betancourt, Scott Elgar, Tre Trowers, Hakim Griffiths, Kurt Greenway and Isy Nzello. On the bench Eugene Bongo, Estaban Salgado, Calum Roots, Tom Webb, Fernando Manuel- OLiviera.

The home team enjoyed the majority of the possession, in what was a bruising game played at high speed on a slippery pitch. The Gees seemed to be trying to pack the midfield and this was effective, up to a point, but left the players up front, Kurt Greenaway and Hakim Griffiths, isolated and without support so they struggled to keep possession.

Dorking were keen to use their wide players in attack to get around the visitor’s defence and showed some slick passing moves, but the new Gees defence was looking much more solid than recently and dealt with the pressure well, until a few minutes before half time. Not the best time to concede, but once again the Gees went behind just before the break.  A frustrating feature of recent games. In view of recent results perhaps being only one goal down at half time was not too bad a result for the visitors. The new defenders were looking good.

HT: Dorking Wanderers 1 Godalming 0 

Gees were without Piers Oldland, who was water boy for the night as a result of injury, Robert Webbe as a result of yellow cards and Rory Sellick as he is on dual registration with Dorking. Not sure about Ben Cotton.

So, at the start of the second half with Isy Nzello, having already made a couple of threatening looking runs when we were in possession, from his winger/wing back position, got on to the end of a high ball out of defence. The home team defender made a mess of it, failing to head clear. Isy took his chance with aplomb hitting a powerful shot at pace past the home keeper from just inside the box, while under pressure from defenders.

This, all of a sudden, seemed to give us just the slightest glimpse of a chance. Talk of the match going to a penalty shoot-out developed amongst the Gees supporters. This did not last for long. The impressive Dimitri in goal for the Gees had a shot straight at him that somehow squeezed under his body when he seemed to have it covered. The home side now 2-1 up.

The second half saw Joshua Pound replaced by Calum Roots. Kurt Greenway replaced by Eugene Bongo and Tre Trowers replaced by Fernando Manuel-Oliviera from the Gees youth team.

However, the referee chose to turn the game from a serious game to a bit of a farce. Giving some unbelievable decisions. Unfortunately, the majority went against the Gees. Throw- ins went blatantly to the wrong side, yellows to several Godalming players for daring to tackle opposition players, but absolutely nothing awarded when they were hacked down and left reeling on the ground, signalling he was playing an advantage when our player had been chopped down and the ball lost. Where is the advantage?

Players need some protection from the referee. This saw Hakim Griffiths hobble off the pitch after such an incident with 20 minutes or so to go. Having already deployed their subs the Gees had to play with only ten men. The answer must be that SSC is sponsored by Specsavers.

No doubt that in the second half the home side upped their game and showed their class and probably the Gees started to flag a bit. Bringing on a player with the class of Giuseppe Sole in the second half the home side added two more goals before the end. One hit from some way out into the far corner of the Gees goal and his second when he spotted Dimitri was a long way off his line and he lobbed the ball 30-40 yards into the open net.

This was however a much better defensive performance from the Gees. Probably the best under Gav and Jon. So good news on that front. Hope the improvement can be maintained for Saturdays game against Bedfont Sports at Wey Court.

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(Ladies) AFC Wimbledon (A) SSE Women’s FA Cup

AFC WIMBLEDON Ladies 5-0 Godalming Town Ladies

The FA Cup dream for the GTFC Ladies came to end today at the Sutton United, Gander Green Lane Ground. The home side were strong in possession, well drilled, skilful and demonstrated why they are currently at the very top of the FA Women’s Premier League, South East Division One.

The GTFC Ladies are bound to be disappointed at the result, but they can all be proud of their achievement in getting to the FA Cup proper. They have produced some great performances in the past months to get to this stage and it was always a tough draw.

Kim Ketchell was in goal as usual, Hannah Davies, Mairead Cheeseman, Lauren Carnell and Laura Funnell as the back four, Jess Winchester, Becky Bloor and Steph Le the midfield and Toni West at number 9 with Becky Munroe and Megan Vincer wide.

The game did not start that well for the visitors as they conceded quite early from a corner where a Wimbledon player was allowed to head the ball home from close range without too much pressure from the Gees defence.

Becky Bloor blocked a fierce shot, which took the wind out of her sails and left her laid out recovering for a while. Things then got even worse when the Gees were two down and Steph Le went in for a typically strong tackle that left her to be carried off the pitch. Megan Oliver coming on to replace her.

Becky Bloor was also replaced at half time with Carys Potter coming on for her.

The home side used the width of the pitch well and passed the ball with accuracy and confidence on the 3G pitch that probably took the Gees a while to get used to. But the Gees Ladies battled away bravely throughout. Their opposition did not allow them any time whatsoever on the ball and always seemed to have an extra player in defence.

They always say that you do not get better by beating teams by a mile. The only way to improve is to play tough teams, and I am sure that they will all have learned from playing against a team from a higher level and enjoyed playing at a proper stadium.

Well done GTFC Ladies. You have given us great enjoyment and pride on the journey. You have played some great football and shown passion and commitment, as well as team work, on the way. You did yourselves and your supporters proud.

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(Ladies) Bromley LFC (H)

Godalming Town  Ladies 5–0 Bromley Ladies

This was another impressive performance from the Gees Ladies who in view of the FA Cup encounter next week it seems were resting Toni West, Laura Funnell and Steph Le to ensure that they are fit. Such is the depth of the squad that the Gees could still field an impressive squad.

The first half saw the home side dominate much of the possession, but had not created many clear chances. Becky Munroe, who had as always been terrorising the visitors defence with her pace, finally broke the deadlock when she capitalised from a defensive error under pressure and slotted the ball home.

Only minutes later, from a Megan Vincer corner from the left, Becky got her head to the ball steering it home to put the home team 2 -0 up.

Then Tamara Sidwell, out on the left, worked her way past defenders before hitting a great diagonal shot from a tight angle into the net.

Becky Bloor, again putting in plenty of work in the midfield, then found a super diagonal pass, which Megan Vincer latched on to and rounded the visiting keeper before putting the ball in the net.

Godalming Town  Ladies 4–0 Bromley Ladies

Gees 4 -0 up at half time and very little from the visitors to worry the home defence, although there was some good flowing passing and approach play from Bromley.

The second half saw another dominant performance and sensible substitutions using the strength in depth of the Gees squad.

Not long into the second half Megan Vincer once again got down the right-hand side and delivered a good ball into the box where Becky Bloor hit it home from just outside the 6-yard box.

There were plenty of other near misses for the Gees and also, towards the end of the game, their visitors when they were unlucky not to get a consolation goal when one effort was ruled offside not long after they had somehow managed to miss an absolute sitter.

But there were never any doubts about who were going to take the points.

Well done again to the Ladies who now face another tremendous challenge at AFC Wimbledon in the F.A Cup next Sunday.

COYGs

Farnham Town (H)

Provided by Dave Ewing

Godalming 1-3 Farnham Town

I had this report planned out days ahead of the game.  It was going to be a musical number.   Opening with a couple of verses of “G’Army” followed by “Hello Hello One in a row” and ending with a rousing refrain of “We’re on the march with Gav and Jons ‘s army”…  All accompanied by a sing-a-long audio cassette complete with bouncing ball to keep us in time.

The reason for such melodic optimism was the last time we met Farnham in the FA cup we won convincingly 3-0 and I remember that they never really looked like scoring.  Fast forward a couple of months and things are very different.  Farnham re-visited Wey Court on the back of 10 games in a row without a loss.

Farnham quickly showed they meant business. They creating the best early chance with a low ball passed menacingly on front of the Gees goal.   13 minutes in and they hit the back of the net only to have the goal disallowed for offside.   This was a positive feature of this half as the Godalming line caught Farnham offside repeatedly.  However in the 22nd minute Farnham were on the break again – this time no flag – and a Rory Sellick tackle inside the box was deemed rough enough to award a penalty.  Dimitrios in goal did a few energetic star jumps in front of the poor Farnham striker and proceeded to save the penalty.  However, as our cheers were still ringing round the ground, the Gees did not managed to clear the rebound and Adam Horton had the ball in the back of the net.  Farnham one up.

This seemed to galvanise Godalming who played better towards the end of the half.  With 35 minutes gone Jon Bennet, our tall no. 10, hit a cracking shot that had the Farnham keeper beaten and was heading straight for the back of the net bar form one Farnham defender who managed to get his shin in the way of the ball.  It must have stung but it saved their bacon.  But not for long.  The Gees pushed on and 42 minutes in a cross from Jon bennet was scooped into the Farnham net by their own No. 5 Dougie Ford.

HT Godalming 1-1 Farnham Town

Tied at half time.   All was not lost and I think I saw Hendo quietly warming up on the comb and paper ready for an all-star Gees sing-a-long at the end.   However it was Farnham who started the second half with more will to win.  They piled on the pressure and provoked series of great saves from Dimitrios.  He was simply outstanding and was deservedly our man of the match!

Godalming might have weathered this had they not put pressure on themselves.  Several times the Gees had the chance to break away, to move the ball up the park and turn the tables.  But each time they conspired to give the ball away through poor passing/communication allowing Farnham to keep pressing.  In the 70th minute the inevitable happened and Jordan Stepney powered home a fine goal.  Godalming did try to come back but we were indecisive in attack and in the 82nd minute another squandered Godalming effort saw Farnahm on the counter and Sam Slater put the ball in the net for their third.  This just about killed any further resistance.

Hendo quietly slipped his comb back in his pocket ready for another day whilst the Farnham fans hummed  “Hello Hello 11 in a row…”.  And deservedly so!

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Teams                      G’s                            Farnham

Attempts                  10                                       14

On target                   6                                         9

Corners                      4                                        4

Fouls                           9                                     20

Poss% 1st                42                                      58

Poss% 2nd              40                                      60

Yellows                      2                                         1

 

Bovril spritz still on ice

 

(Ladies) New London Lionesses (H)


Godalming Town Ladies 2-0 New London Lionesses

 The Gesses were taking on the undefeated league leaders at Wey Court and the served up another tremendous feast of power, pace and sheer determination and will to win in every position on the pitch.

For the first few minutes it seemed that the home side attacking the road end were a little nervy, but were defending well against a well drilled side who were clearly also quite physical in the challenge.

On about 15 minutes Megan Vincer brilliantly turned her defender wide on the Gesses left only to be taken out from behind. In the men’s game I am sure that would have brought at least a yellow card, but the ref on this occasion was happy that a talking to was sufficient.

Only five minutes later the visitors number 2 was again penalised for a shove in the back on Toni West just outside the area but again receive no more than a talking to. From the resulting free kick, which was taken by Becky Bloor, the ball bounced clear from the defensive wall to Charlotte Benson, who hit a super volley high and to the right of the visiting keeper to put the home side 1-0 up. The visitors put the home side under quite a bit of pressure, but the Gesses defence was well organised and there were no clear shots to worry Kim Ketchell.

HT Godalming Town Ladies 2-0 New London Lionesses

Early in the second half the Gesses had a free kick taken by Jess Winchester that beat the defensive wall and struck the upright, but just bounced out again.

Megan Oliver came on during the second half and was making herself known. She battled for a ball in her own half of the pitch and as the ball flew out she chased it towards the visitor’s goal with defenders in hot pursuit. Initially it seemed she would be caught, but she had the legs of her chasers and drove on into the penalty area where the Lionesse’s keeper came out, as she should to narrow the angle, but Megan slotted the ball, in text book style, low past her to give the Gees a 2-0 lead and some breathing space.

The visitor had to throw everything at the home side if they were to get anything out of the game. They won several corners and hit the Gees crossbar from a corner. But the Gesses held firm and gained another three points. Tremendous performances again from the whole squad with so many players outstanding. It was a joy to watch.

Steph Le again ran herself into the ground, like a terrier chasing everything in midfield, while Becky Munroe did the same upfront with Toni West.  The whole back four were outstanding. But for me today Becky Bloor was the Lady of the Match. She won so many crucial battles and played some great passes. But overall a great team performance yet again.

 

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