Monthly Archives: August 2018

Farnham Town (A)

Fanham Town 3-1 Godalming

Apart from being without Dave Oppong, Connor Gayle, Curtis Osamo and Jordan Bird neither of the Sowden brothers were present. Ethan Kaiser was on the bench, but injured and limping, while Kenny Kassabante was in the starting line-up, but still recovering from a ligament strain and not at full power.

On the plus side Ashley Wright made a return to the squad, as did Micah Archer. I cannot confirm who all the other players were, as they were from the development squad and new to me. Les and his team clearly had a real problem with the absence of experienced centre backs and the solution was to put Pat Cox in the role.

The G’s squad was Jordan Knight in goal, Dom Hardisty and Ashley Wright as the full backs, Kai Bartlett and Pat Cox as the centre-back pairing, Jack Howard, Chris Bourke and Levi Crew in the midfield Kamal McEwan on the left wing, Jeff Yuhou up front in the number nine shirt and Kenny Kassabante on the right.

As has been the case in several recent games the G’s started quite brightly and in the opening minutes Kamal delivered a good low cross, which I think Jeff first got his boot to and the home keeper probably parried the shot only to see Kenny on hand to calmly side foot the ball into the net.

Unfortunately, the welcome feeling of joy for the large contingent of Godalming supporters that swelled the crowd did not last that long. About ten minutes. An attack on Farnham’s left saw Jordan race forward to the corner of his area, but the Farnham player lifted the ball over him from some way out, dropping into the net.

HT Farnham Town 1-1 Godalming

Early in the second half the G’s hit the crossbar from a free kick hit by Kamal I believe. But only two minutes later the home side went ahead catching the Gs on the break.

There was quite a bit of work to do for the Gs defence and Pat Cox was outstanding in the centre, winning everything in the air and marshalling the troops. But the pressure from the home side finally told as they got their third about ten minutes from full time.

In the absence of Pat Cox in the attack Jeff was called upon to play the part of the target man and he did a great job for me against some lumpy centre backs, although this meant he was not unleashed upon the Farnham defence in the wide positions as we are used to seeing.


Michael (Stato) Sats

 Teams              Farnham          G’s

Attempts             17                      6

On target              7                       5

Corners                  6                       4

Fouls                    12                      9

Cards                     2                       2

Poss% 1st           45                     55

Poss% 2nd          47                     53

Borvil status:  Last time we visited Farnham they knew nothing of the wonders of Bovril.  Sadly, there has been no enlightenment since then so bottles of cold water was all we drank.


Ash Utd (H)

Godalming Town 0 – 4 Ash United (H)

This was a disappointing result as the G’s had opportunities early on, which should really have been put away. I sound like a worn-out record, but, when you don’t take your chances it has a habit of coming back to bite you in the bum.

The G’s squad was Jordan Knight in goal, Dom Hardisty and Nick Sowden as the full backs, Kai Bartlett and Ethan Kaiser as the centre-back pairing, Jack Howard, Joe Sowden and Levi Crew in the midfield Kamal McEwan one wing Jeff Yuhou on the other and Pat Cox in the number nine shirt.

The G’s started well when Jeff Yuhou broke through early on having latched on to a poor pass in the visitor’s defence. That meant he was one on one with the visiting keeper. He put the ball a little too far past the keeper and gave himself no chance to convert. Next it was Pat Cox who got in on goal, but he saw the Ash keeper bravely block his low shot with his body. Jordan was called upon to make a great stop on about 25 minutes when Ash started to mount some pressure of their own.

Towards the end of the first half, out of a pretty innocuous looking situation, the Ash number 10 won the ball in the G’s half and advanced towards goal, with only Jordan to stop him, rather as Jeff had done for the G’s in the opening minutes. However, he showed us how to do it by sliding the ball under Jordan as he dived and running on to put the ball into an open net.

HT Godalming 1-0 Ash Utd


15 minutes into the second half saw a cracking move from the visitors down their right and the ball crisply played into the edge of the 6-yard box where it was blasted past the G’s keeper for their second goal.

Their third came from a long ball in from their left that somehow the G’s could not clear. It was not that the G’s did not contest the game, in fact they had far more of the possession, as the stats show, but simply could not make it count. Ash however were able to break from defence quickly, in numbers and more decisively.

They rubbed salt into the wound with their fourth, which was a fine strike from 30 yards or so from out on the right, which crept in the top far corner.

Joe Sowden again probably the pick of the G’s players although Jeff and Coxey both ran him close.

Michael (Stato) Stats

Team           G’s               Ash

attempts       11                 14

on target         6                 11

corners            8                   2

fouls               16                 16

cards                2                   1

poss% 1st      60                40

poss% 2nd     58                42


Bovril status:  Head Bovrilista Kevin served up cups of beefy magic with a lip puckering black salty gunge at the bottom that put instant hairs on young Michael’s chest (missed his dad’s head though)

Dorking Wanderers Res. (H)

Godalming 2 – 5 Dorking Wanderers

From the score line you would think this was a bit of a drubbing, but, from what I saw it was a closely contested game that for much of the second half looked like it could have been drawn.

It could not have started more disappointingly for the G’s as within the opening minutes the impressive new signing Curtis Osano was forced to leave the pitch injured. But it saw Dom Hardisty return to the defence and remind us all what an accomplished young player he is.

To make things worse within the first 20 minutes we found ourselves 2 – 0 down and the mercurial Kenny Kasabante also needed to leave the pitch with an injury. But that brought Jeff Yohou on and he really gave the opposition defence something to think about with his electrifying pace. The G’s line up was the same as for Saturday’s game, but for the addition of Dave Oppong on the left, for Jordan Bird, who was unavailable.

A Dorking fan explained that there were several players from their first team squad on Saturday on the pitch and that did not come as a particular surprise, seeing how quickly they were able to break from defence in numbers. It was also good to see Rory Sellick back at Wey Court and his family of course, which brought back memories of seasons past when he was a very promising G’s squad member.

Despite going two goals down early on Pat Cox looked dangerous and brought a couple of good stops from the Dorking keeper.

Joe Sowden has been astounding with his work rate in the middle and showed pace to get onto a ball through the middle and hit a good low shot that bounced up off the keeper, but then the ball dropped into the net to get one back for the G’s. Coxey was proving to be a handful as well and a strange skirmish on the ground with the keeper resulted in a talking-to from the ref for the goalie.

Dorking’s third came from them breaking quickly again from defence and overpowering the G’s back line. Jeff was tormenting the visitors defence and from a bit of a mix up in their play he used his pace to latch on to the ball and play it into the middle where Kamal helped it on its way into the net. 3 -2 down at half time.

HT Godalming 2-3 Dorking Wanderers Res

The second half saw even more of the possession with the G’s, but, try as they might, they could not level the score. Dave also had to retire with a reoccurrence of his ham string pull. Ashley dropping back and Levi Crew coming on.

I hate to be critical of referees, but we saw some strange decisions.  That is not uncommon at this level, but there were some stranger than usual, where the G’s were awarded a free kick and a Dorking player appeared to kick the ball away (presumably to waste time) and the ref insisted we play on. He then booked a G’s player for pointing out that the defensive wall at a free kick was not far enough back, which he then proved was correct by moving the wall back.

There was no more score until the last couple of minutes of normal time, which sealed the Gs fate. But after 13 minutes of extra time the fifth came just to rub salt in the wound after the home side had been attacking for long periods.

Let’s hope Kenny, Curtis and Dave are all fit again soon, as it is Ash United at Wey Court on Saturday.


Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                  G’s              DWR

Attempts               16                 13

On target                8                    9

Corners                   4                    3

Fouls                     18                  26

Cards                      3                     1

Poss% 1st            53                   47

Poss% 2nd          52                   48


Bovril status:  Back on home turf and Bovril satisfaction guaranteed.  The absence of any pepper at the condiment array can only be explained by the Oven Door’s patented self peppering Bovril- a seasoning so subtle only the most discerning palate can detect it.






Tooting Bec (A)

Tooting Bec 1 – 2 Godalming Town

This was Godalming’s first win of the season in the CCL Div 1. Hopefully the first of many wins to come. Also, a first visit to the Raynes Park ground where Tooting Bec ground share and although the facilities may not be the most impressive, the warmth of welcome from the G’s hosts was outstanding. Much appreciated.

G’s were without the impressive Nick Sowden in the midfield after a great performance last week, where I believe he picked up a knock. But there were three new faces in the squad. Curtis Osano at centre back, Ashley Wright and Kamal McEwan in the midfield.

Jordan Knight was in goal, Ethan Kaiser, Curtis Osano and Connor Gale as the back three. Kenny Kasabante and Jordan Bird as the wide players/wing backs, Jack Howard, Joe Sowden, Ashley Wright and Kamal McEwan in the midfield with Pat Cox at number 9. On the bench Kai Bartlett, Levi Crew, Jeff Yuhou, Dave Oppong and Jack Cleevely. Good to see Dom Hardisty on the bench as well although not named, training with the squad.

The G’s started brilliantly and we saw some tremendous slick passing through the middle of the pitch in the first 20minutes or so, without being able to finish it off. Ashley Wright hit a curling shot heading for the corner that the home keeper managed to save.

On one occasion Pat Cox, who was seeing far more of the ball than he did last week, was put through by a superb pass from Ethan Kaiser, but he was only able to slide the ball just wide when one on one with the home keeper. Minutes later Jordan Bird unleased a tremendous drive that somehow the home keeper managed to get his fingers to and push it onto the bar and over. Then  another Coxey attempt hit the net stanchion.

As we have seen before however, if you do not take your chances, it tends to come back and bite you in the bum. So, it was. A good break by the home side down their right resulted in a low cross to the near post, where it was put in from close range. 1 -0 down seriously against the run of play.

Fortunately for the G’s some ten minutes later Jordan Bird delivered a long ball into the box where Pat Cox did his stuff heading home from close range to bring the score level.

There then followed a strange period of play when for some strange reason the ref decided to award a penalty to Tooting for a pretty innocuous challenge. Tooting’s attempt from the spot hit the crossbar and rebounded back in play, only to be finally hit home at the second or third attempt. However, it was then ruled offside, which was also inexplicable.

It fell to Joe Sowden to get on the end of a clearance from Jordan Knight and hit the net just before half time to settle the Gs supporters’ nerves. 2- 1 to the Gs at half time.

HT Tooting Bec 1-2 Godalming Town

Gs kept the pressure on during the second half and from a corner Joe Sowden blasted just over from close range. Jeff came on as did Kai and later Levi Crew. Jeff got through one on one with the keeper, but again could not beat the home keeper, who blocked the shot with his legs.

More chances came to both sides, but neither could score. Then with 12 minutes or so left of play Ethan was felled and received treatment on the pitch before being helped off holding his chest. This left the Gs with only ten players on the pitch and a fair bit of nail biting for the Gs supporters.

Yet another strange decision from the ref saw him award another free kick to Tooting on the edge of the G’s box. They managed to hit the woodwork, but could not score, to the relief of the G’s.

In the end we held on and took all three points. We made it hard for ourselves. We probably should have had the game wrapped up in the first half. But, a win is a win and let’s see lots more wins. Joe Sowden man of the match for me.

Let’s hope that Ethan has not sustained anything too bad and is playing again soon.


Michae (Stato) Stats


Team      Tooting Bec        Gees

Attempts        16                     21

On target          7                        8

Corners             4                        6

Fouls                10                     12

Cards                  2                       1

Poss% 1st         41                    59

Poss% 2nd        49                    51


Bovril Status:  Surprisingly cosy boys room bar set up serving lagers and doubtful hot chocolate, but sadly no Bovril.

Horndean FC (A) FA Cup

Horndean 5 – 0 Godalming

It is part of the challenge and attraction of the FA Cup that it takes you to new clubs in different divisions, who may be at a higher level, there is always the hope that even if you are drawn against a higher ranked team, who knows what will happen on the day.

Horndean were always going to be a tough nut to crack as they are in the Wessex Premier League and finished fourth in the league last season. According to their programme they have over 30 players in their squad.

We had Jordan Knight in goal, Ethan Kaiser, Kai Bartlett and Jordan Bird at the back.  Nick Sowden, Joe Sowden, Jack Howard and Chris Bourke Kenny Kasabante and Darren Wheeler the wide players and Pat Cox at number 9.On the bench Jack Cleevely, David Oppong, Jeff Yohou, Levi Crew, Dominic Hardisty

You hope for a good start. That did not happen. The Gs conceding within the first minutes I would think. Straight from a long goal kick that saw one of their forwards one on one with Jordan and opened the scoring.  The first half was pretty torrid for the Gs. But for some great defending with Jordan Bird clearing off the line and Jordan Knight bringing off some good saves it could have been much more than 2 -0 down at half time.

HT Horndean 2-0

Chris Bourke did get to hit a good-looking shot that saw the home keeper dive at full stretch to clear. But other than that, despite some brave running from Kenny as usual and the Gs trying to play the ball out of defence there were few genuine attempts on the hosts goal. Some promising looking build-up play generally petered out in the final third of the pitch and Pat Cox saw little of the ball.

The Gs never gave up however and to their credit after the break and now playing down the very considerable slope on the pitch they started to put some pressure on the home side. Horndean showed their class when breaking from defence getting players forward quickly.

Darren made way for Jeff, Dom came on for Jordan Bird who was suffering with a hamstring pull and later Jack came on for Chris.

Jeff made some good attacks down the wings giving the home defence some trouble with his pace but, despite also getting a few crosses in, the Gs could not convert.

Horndean’s third came from what seemed to be a clear offside position, but this would not have affected the result. It did however I am sure knock the Gs squad just when they appeared to be getting back into the game.

Their number seven Liam Kimber was dangerous and chalked up a hat trick with two almost identical goals, where he cut in from the left and scored just inside the near post, after the Gs had been applying pressure of their own. It would have been good to get a goal or two back. It was no more than the Gs deserved but, try as they did it was not to be.

So, although we had hoped for something better than this, there is still a lot to look forward to with Les and his team featuring some exciting youngsters alongside a hard working midfield.

Time to concentrate on the league next weekend with a trip to Tooting Bec who I am told do not play at Tooting Bec, so need to find out where they do play.


Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams            Horndean                      G’s

attempts            23                                  8

on target            15                                  6

corners                 7                                  4

fouls                      8                                  8

poss% 1st          76                                24

poss% 2nd        50                                50

Bovril status.  Thoughts of Bovril have been far from our minds during the sizzling summer heat.  But a trip the wrong side of the Downs with leaden skies and a keen breeze put some beefy refreshment straight back on the agenda.  Horndean catering did not disappoint.  Splendidly stirred Bovril with an old-fashioned pepper cruet for self-seasoning.  The highlight of the afternoon!






FC Deportivo Galicea (H)

Godalming 0 – 0 FC Deportivo Galicea

A first point in this league for the Gs, on a day when it was far too hot for football. Following the pre-season friendlies, this was also a chance to see how the young Gs squad would be able to fair in this league with one or two more experienced players in their midst.

The Gs featured Jordan Knight in goal Ethan Keiser, Connor Gale and Jordan Bird in the back line, Darren Wheeler, Joe Sowden, Jack Howard in the midfield with Dave Oppong and Kenny Kasibante the wide players, Pat Cox and Jeff Youhou up front. On the bench were Nick Sowden, Chris Bourke, Levi Crewe, Kai Bartlett and Jack Cleevely.

The Gs were quick off the mark and Kenny looked dangerous when he was cutting in from the right wing. We almost saw a repeat of the goal against Guildford when Kenny pulled the ball back into the box from wide on the wing, but this time it was just behind the impressive Pat Cox.

The Gs number 9 was impressive winning numerous flick-ons in the air and holding up the ball when necessary. Unfortunately, the young Gs alongside him were unable to feed off these but will no doubt get better at doing so.

The visitors also had an absolute flier in their number 7 and he managed to get behind the Gs defensive lines on a few occasions. But, neither side had more than one good chance in the first half.

HT Godalming 0 – 0 FC Deportivo Galicea

Again, in the second half the home side stepped up and created more opportunities with crosses from the wings but could not capitalise. In one spell of Gs pressure Darren Wheeler delivered a neat chip with his trusty left foot to the far post, where the visiting keeper stretched to grasp the ball only inches from the head of Pat Cox as he set himself to head home the ball.

Shortly after Darren hit a shot that saw the FCDG keeper dive at full stretch to save. the visitors were composed on the ball in their midfield and looked to use diagonal passes to break forward quickly, in behind the home defence. On one occasion their number 7 got through one on one with Jordan Knight who did a great job in saving bravely from point blank range.

A good competitive game and there was a lot of effort from the Gs midfield, who were buzzing everywhere. Nick Sowden replaced his brother and Chris Bourke came on for Dave Oppong (who came off on Tuesday with a hamstring niggle). Later in the half Kai Bartlett came on at the back, replacing Jeff Youhou, to let Jordan Bird move forward on the left.

FA cup starts next weekend at Horndean.