Monthly Archives: March 2018

Spelthrne sports (H)

Godalming Town 2 – 4 Spelthorne Sports

This was another disappointing result in the fight for more points, but an encouraging performance none the less from the home side, in a game in which the advantage seemed to swing from one side to the other.

The Gees had Aiden Upward in goal, Josh Jackman, Steve Bettancourt, Alex Rodriguez and Josh Pound as the back four. Chad Gouter, Lee Boon and Bobby Webbe in the midfield. Bobby Bennett and Romario Harte wide with a returning John Bennett upfront. This left Lewis Lodge, Isy Nzello, Tom Biss, Jon Palmer and newcomer Ben Toye on the bench.

The game did not start well with the home side playing towards the training pitch end and after only ten minutes the Gees gave away a free kick beyond their penalty area on the visitors left. The ball was hit hard towards goal, just above head height and went beyond the far post, the referee initially indicating a goal kick, but then changed his signal to a corner for the visitors on their right. This was played into the edge of the 6 yard box where a glancing header saw the ball creep inside the far post.

It was only six minutes later when the Gees were awarded a free kick out on their right, which Bobby Webbe took and delivered a good ball into the box for John Bennett to get his head to and power the ball past the visiting keeper.

Some obscure decisions were given by the referee. When he finally got one right it brought the noisiest reactions from the stand all afternoon. Both sides had chances, but the score was 1-1 at half time.

HT Godalming 1-1 Spelthorne Sports

Having fought their way back from the early setback the Gees went one better at the start of the second half where the ever dangerous Bobby Bennett collected the ball on the right and cut in cleverly towards the goal finally slipping the ball through to Lee Boon who played it square in to John Bennett in front of goal where he smartly hit the ball home. 2 – 1 to the Gees.

The delight for the home fans was unfortunately only short lived as the visitors hit back almost immediately when the Gees defence seemed unable to clear the danger in a bit of a goal mouth scramble. Further, the visitors went ahead again when they broke quickly and attacked down their left and came up with a vicious shot from an acute angle that somehow beat Aiden to nestle in the net at the far post.

Lewis Lodge replaced Josh Pound after he received further treatment on the pitch having suffered an injury in the first half. Soon the Gees went all out in attack bringing on Tom Biss, and Ben Toye for Romario and Chad Gouter. This produced more chances for the Gees, but they could not capitalise on them despite their efforts. This also left them open to a quick break from a long ball and that is exactly what happened with Aiden coming off his line, but unable to stop the visiting forward rounding him and popping the ball in the net.

More points are urgently needed and the Gees must look towards every game as a chance to add to their tally and to make their future safe with so few games left.  We have a good enough squad, we can do it.

COYGs

 

Micheal (Stato) Stats

Team                     G’s              Spelthorne Sports

Attempts                8                             11

On target               3                               8

corners                  7                               5

fouls                      7                              12

Yellows                 1                                0

Poss% 1st           47                             53

Poss% 2nd         53                             47

 

Bovril status:  At half time… score 1-1(last goal scored 16th min)… Bovril tasted tantalisingly of meaty salt and points. Michael also had the 16th minute as a golden goal… and was sitting on a potential Golden goal treasure chest of a brand new 3×4, a holiday for two in Elstead and 2,345 Rwandan francs in cash   If only the clock stopped then!

Bedfont Sports (A)

Provided by Hendo in  Graham’s absence

Bedfont Sports 3-2 Godalming 

Team line-up. Andrew Upward, Josh Kempton, Josh Pound, Alex Rodrigues (captain), Lewis Lodge, Jack Howard, Lee Boon, Chad Goulter, Bobby Bennett, Bobby Webbe and Romario Harte.
On the bench were Piers Oldland, Tre Trowers, Dom Hardisty and Jon Palmer.

Bedfont have an excellent ground setup with a fine 3G pitch, creating a perfect spot for watching football if you happen to be stone deaf. Situated at the end of one of Heathrow’s main runways, the cries of the players and fans were drowned out by an endless aural assault from an endless stream of thundering Pratt and Whitneys. It seemed a shame that so many people were passing so close overhead, knuckles drawn white on the armrests, oblivious to the real drama unfolding just a short yellow-ice drop beneath them.

Both sides opened brightly and there were good chances at either end; the G’s having a header cleared off the line and at the other end Aiden was called upon to make a good save. Bedfont are an excellent side, who seemed to play with a nice balance of skill and aggression despite them giving an initially threatening impression dressed in their Dennis The Menace hooped jumpers. Obviously the club is not fond of conflict as the dugouts are placed fifty yards apart, which prevents any managerial spats occurring without the use of a megaphone or a bicycle.

After 15 minutes Bedfont went ahead with a strange goal that seemed to involve an accidentally brilliant dummy, a delicate chip and me not watching properly.

However Godalming came back strongly with both Bobby Bennett and the incredibly hard-working Romario both going close. Then on 35 minutes, all the industry paid off and G’s were correctly awarded a penalty, which Bobby Bennett tucked away neatly to the keeper’s right.

Six minutes later, Jack Howard went down in a heap and had to be replaced by Piers. It looked pretty painful, but let’s hope he’ll be back very soon. Just when it seemed that the G’s would be holding onto a deserved draw at halftime, after 41 minutes, a very neat, well-taken goal meant that Bedfont went into the break one up.

HT Bedfont Sports 2-1 Godalming

In the second half, our heads stayed high and we performed as well as I’ve seen us this season. Romario was not going to be denied and after fighting his way into the box, lobbed the keeper, only to see the ball bounce back off the bar. He then shrugged off the defenders, collected the rebound, remained calm, beat another man and slammed it home. 2-2.

But Bedfont are at the top of the table for a reason and threw themselves at our defence, that had looked encouragingly solid, but persistence eventually paid off and after hitting the woodwork and going close again (as did we), they finally got the winner in the 79th minute. Just about deserved ..just about.

It was an excellent game, played in the right spirit and G’s should be cheered by the performance, especially as we came within inches of taking home a point to accompany the crippling earache.

The extremely well-spoken referee got a standard amount of abuse for missing a few things, but overall had a good game eventually giving Romario a yellow card for doing something or other that I didn’t see. Tre came on for Chad near the end.

I’ve no idea if they served Bovril but the directors were given biscuits at half time.

Saturday we host Spelthorne Sports at Wey Court

#COYGS

 

Farewell to Bill

Bill Kyte (1919 – 2018)

 

Last Friday, Godalming Town Football Club said a final goodbye to their legendary president Bill Kyte, who died on 4th February, aged 98.

In a moving ceremony held on the pitch at their Wey Court ground, bedecked in his beloved Godalming’s green and yellow, supporters, past and present committee members, former players, friends and officials from both the Combined Counties League and the Surrey FA joined with Bill’s family to celebrate this remarkable man’s life.

‘Mr Godalming Town’, as he was known, had been the president of the club for an astonishing 57 years and it is no exaggeration to say that without Bill’s extraordinary tireless contribution there would be no football played at Weycourt today.

Bill Kyte was a proper ‘hands-on’ President. The main stand, the barriers and the surrounds of the pitch, all were his work and anything he couldn’t achieve himself was completed by an army of willing volunteers, swept up by his irresistible energy and unflagging enthusiasm.

He believed passionately in the benefit of sport and gave himself selflessly to further the cause of local football and Godalming in particular. In 2012, this contribution was recognised when he was awarded the Slyfield Trophy for ‘Outstanding Service to Sport in Godalming’.

Advancing age came as nothing more than a minor inconvenience to Bill and even at the age of 96, he still could be found on his tractor, happily trimming the Weycourt grass. It was fitting therefore, that his final wish was that the same tractor would bear his coffin onto the pitch for the final goodbye to his life’s work.

The family has lost a loved one. The club has lost a hero. The community has lost an inspiration.

 

Abbey Rangers (H)

Godalming Town 1 – 2 Abbey Rangers

 After a much-improved performances, over the last month or so, the Gees will have expected to get at least something in the way of points from this encounter. After a rather scrappy game there was not too much to be pleased about for the home side who enjoyed far less possession and seemed off the pace for much of the game.

The Gees were without a number of regulars including Bobby Bennett, Steve Betancourt, Isy Nzello and Lee Boon. But saw the return of the influential Tom Biss after a substantial break back in New Zealand. Josh Kempton also returned to the squad. There was also a new face at right back in Josh Jackman alongside Chad Goulter, Josh Kempton and Lewis Lodge. Jack Howard © in front of the back four with Bobby Webbe and Piers Oldland in the centre and Ben Cotton wide on the right with Tom Biss on the left and Hakim Griffiths at number 9.

On the bench were Josh Pound, Tre Trowers, Luke Haskell and Romario Hart along with another new face in Craig Mountain. So, a pretty strong squad on paper, but again a line up with numerous changes.

The Gees, playing towards the training pitch, showed a few flashes of class with some quick passes. On 18 minutes into the game from a move on their right Hakim was put through against the advancing keeper who managed to block Hakims shot with his body.

Ten minutes later the visitors went ahead (I am told) when a ball blocked by the Gees defence sat up conveniently in front of the visitor’s number 9 and gave him the opportunity to volley the ball in to put Abbey ahead.

HT Godalming 0-1 Abbey Rangers

At the start of the second half the Gees came under more pressure and were kept in the game when Aiden Upward made a tremendous double save from close range and minutes later another save with his feet.

The Abbey number 9 scored their second from out on the right of the Gees goal. Ben Cotton and Hakim Griffiths were replaced by Luke Haskell and Romario Hart.

The Gees showed a few flashes of inspiration in attack and on one of these Luke Haskell laid the ball neatly back to Josh Jackman with a deft backheel to allow Josh to open his GTFC account with a well struck shot low past the visiting keeper. This seemed to give renewed hope that there was a chance of points for the home side.

Piers Oldland hit a good shot that took a slight deflection wide of the target.

Towards the end of the game Romario Hart was put through one on one with the visiting keeper, but seemed to momentarily hesitate, perhaps concerned that he could be offside, but the lino kept his flag down. Again, Jason Mc Gregor in the Abbey goal made a good block with his body.

The Gees had another half chance in the dying seconds of the game when Luke Haskell managed to turn inside the 6 yard box, but he could not get any real power on his shot.

The Gees were below par all round in this game, apart from Aiden and must look to gain more points from their remaining matches and return to something like the form they have shown in recent games if they are to make themselves safe. We have seen how good they can be and I am sure Gav and Jon will get them back to their winning ways.

COYG’s

 

Michael (Stato) Stats:-

Teams                       G’s                                         Abbey Rangers

attempts:                     5                                            10

on target:                     1                                             7

corners:                        5                                             6

fouls:                             5                                             5

poss% 1st                   43%                                       57%

poss% 2nd                 56%                                       44%

Bovril status: A delicious piece of beefy magic with the luxury of a pepper mill.