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Chessington and Hook (H)

Godalming 1 – 3 Chessington and Hook

The Gs were without Curtis Osano (presumably suspended), as well as Jeff Yohou and Anthony Myers. But they had Richard Acheampong back in the number nine shirt after he first appeared briefly, but impressively, for the Gs at Farnham a good few weeks back.

Reegan Scotcher was also on the team sheet after his equally impressive debut last week. With Curtis out another new face in Joe Lewis teamed up alongside Ashley Wright at the back.

It was a horrible day murky, wet and cold. The pitch was soft and slippery in places. Neither side did much to impress. The visitors did not impress the ref as their number 9 managed to get a stern talking to before he got a yellow card, presumably for dissent, within the first 15 minutes.

The Gs were coming under a fair bit of pressure, but Chessington did not get much in the way of clear attempts on target.

Darren cut in from the left and had time to hit a long-range shot that was just tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper at full stretch.

The referee had already had a word with the Chessington managers when the assistant referee on the dugout side called the ref over. The result was that the Chessington manager was asked to leave the dugout and make his way to the stand or the changing room. Reluctantly he did head for the stand.

Immediately following a Gs attack the visitors attacked down their right where there was space as Jordan Bird was upfield.  A low cross was delivered and hit first time past Jordan Knight to put the visitors 1 – 0  up.

Richard won the ball well by challenging the defenders wide on the Gs left and he pulled the ball into the area where Kenny made his way goalward only to see his shot saved by the keeper’s feet.

Chessington came close and should really have scored when they missed the target when it seemed easier to score.

The game was getting more fraught and tetchy when Jordan Bird was booked for a needless challenge.

Shortly after Jordan Knight had to dive low to his right to nudge the ball round the post from a well struck shot. There then developed another rather nasty fracas, which had no real.  Jack Howard hit a low shot just past the far post.

The Gs then levelled the score when Darren Wheeler popped up on the left near the goal line and in the way that only he can, lifted the ball to the far post where Jack Cleevley hit an initial shot that was saved, but Richard was on hand to put the rebound in.  Score 1 – 1.

The referee then awarded a penalty to Chessington against Reegan Scotcher, which just found its way in after coming off the inside of the post. 1 – 2 to Chessington.

The Chessington number 7 was getting past the Gs defenders at times and he produced a good cross to be put away from close range for the visiting team’s third of the afternoon.

The dismissed manager then absurdly ran on to the pitch to congratulate the goal scorer and was waved off the pitch again by the referee. Not a good performance by either team and not much of an advert for fair play or football.

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams               G’s           Chessington & Hook

attempts             14                         14

on target                5                          8

corners                   3                          5

fouls                      16                        13

poss% 1st             52                        48

poss% 2nd             48                       52

yellows                     3                         5

reds                                                     1 (manager)

 

Farnham Town (H)

Godalming 1 – 1 Farnham Town

If you look at the relative positions of the teams with the visitors at third place and the Gs nearer the bottom at 15th you have to accept that a draw was a reasonable result for the home side going in to the game.

However, I cannot hlp feeling that this was an opportunity for three points that we have missed.

The first half saw a fairly frantic game with the home side, for me, dominating possession, but missing a few opportunities when they arose.

The home side started well with Jordan Bird making a good run down the left and he delivered a good ball back into the box where Jack Cleevley was on hand to hit a powerful shot. Unfortunately, it went wide from a good position. Farnham then went close when from a free kick they headed over.

After more Gs pressure they finally got on the scoreboard when, after several chances in the 6 yard box fell to other players, Chris Burke finally poked the ball over the line. Gs 1 – 0 up.

Just before the break however the Gs, who had seemed to be quite in control, conceded a free kick a few metres outside the penalty area at the training pitch end. All credit to the taker who hit an absolute peach of a shot over the wall and just under the bar. So the Gs did not go in to half time in front.

HT Godalming 1-1 Farnham Town

Farnham seemed to put more player forward in the second half and at one stage things seemed to get a bit combative and a number of cards were waved. The biggest threat from the visitors for me revolved around ex G Nick Medcraft.

For the Gs they also had a couple of good chances themselves that fell to Jack Cleevley, but again he could not put them away.

Darren Wheeler got a good effort in that was cleared off the line. He also managed to deliver a number of sweet looking crosses from the left with great class but the Gs had no one to profit from and convert them. Oliver Steven did get his head to one, which came back off the post. He had a good debut for the home side.

From a fairly innocuous attack Curtis was adjudged to have fouled a Farnham player as the last defender and for that was given a straight red card, which seemed a bit harsh, but he did say afterwards that there was contact, so I guess we cannot argue.

This seemed to further unsettle the Gs who, now down to ten men, were getting a fit of the jitters. However, they held out despite some close calls and a great bit of defending from Ashley who has been so influential. Nick Medcraft did not endear himself to his former team and was booked for a blatant dive.

So, the Gs hung on in the end to the relief of the home fans.

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                        Godalming                 Farnham

Attempts                           10                             12

On target                             5                               6

Corners                               3                                0

Fouls                                  18                              10

 

British Airways (H)

Godalming Town 1 – 1 British Airways

This was a very good performance from the Gs, but they were unable to capitalise on their superior possession and general dominance in the first half.

There were some more new faces to me in the Gs squad Bradley Kay in the number 9 position and and Bryan Bontamba in the midfield.

From the off the Gs seemed to be livelier and created plenty of half chances, but they could not convert their chances. On about 30 minutes the Gs developed a move on their left and Darren Wheeler produced a great floated ball to the far post where Kenny Kassabante was poised on the 6 yard box, but to his frustration he put his header just over the bar.

Almost immediately after that the Gs Keeper Jordan Knight was called upon to made a stop, against the run of the play.

Ashley Wright was partnering Curtis Osano as the centre backs alongside Jordan Bird and Taylor Davies as the full backs.

Jack Howard was in front of the back four but was not feeling well. Jeff Yohou and Kenny were switching around with Darren. All of them had other opportunities but could not hit the spot.

HT Godalming 0-0 British Airways 

The Gs started the second half well again with Chris Bourke coming on for the struggling Jack Howard. But after putting the visitors under pressure it was Jordan Knight who was called upon again to make a decent save from a quick break.

For me the two Gs centre backs were having a great game. Curtis has shown how good he is and was absolutely commanding, reading the game well and breaking up so many attacks. But I don’t remember seeing Ashley playing centre back before, but he looked super in the role.

Curtis was unlucky to get yellow carded in my book. The home side were still getting plenty of crosses in to the box but could not finish them off.

Then came the controversial “penalty” award which had clearly hit Jordan Bird on the chest as he showed to the ref. All credit to the ref for having the guts to talk to his assistant and after their chat overruled his initial award. That took a lot of courage.

Having perhaps thought that the Gs were going to get the rub of the green, they conceded to a very good goal from a corner on the BA right wing. The ball was played in to just inside the penalty area where a powerful header crept in just under Jordan Knight’s crossbar. After all that good work it seemed that the Gs would get nothing from the game.

On the 90th minute the Gs were awarded a free kick, which Jordan Bird took and lofted the ball to the far post where after a scramble Ashley Wright got the final touch to level the score and to underline what a good game he had had. Man of the match alongside Curtis for me.

It almost looked like the Gs might take all three points when Jeff went on one of his great runs, but in the end he blasted over the bar.

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(Ladies) AFC Wimbeldon FA Cup

AFC Wimbledon Ladies 4 – 0 Godalming Town Ladies

The G’s Ladies were knocked out of the FA cup last year by the same opposition at Sutton. At least this time Steph Le managed to finish the whole game in one piece.

Clearly being drawn against opposition two leagues above meant a tremendous challenge to the G’s Ladies and they would clearly have to defend for their lives and they did just that.

Had they been able to convert the chance that fell to Jade Johnson early on, when Toni West managed to play her in with a great through ball, who knows what would have happened. Jade took it well and rounded the keeper who was left stranded on the deck on the edge of the area, but mishit her shot.

The score remained at 0-0 until late in the first half. Having gone two down late in the first half you might have expected that the flood gates would open, but the G’s did really well in the second half competing for everything, although they were under the cosh for some long periods of play.

It seemed that the deadlock would not be broken until Steve and Darren took a brave decision at 2-0 down to try to get something out of the game and sent Alex White upfront. “Just score a hat trick” said Steve. It was a gamble and all credit to them for giving it a go.

Unfortunately, it did not come off and Wimbledon scored twice exploiting the situation. As soon as Alex went back to right back she shut the door and that was it.

Well done to Darren Steve and all the squad. They did us and themselves proud. The G’s looked a stronger side than when the two met last year.

Molesey (H) (Cup)

Godalming 0 – 6 Molesey SCC

 This was an encounter that brought to Wey Court opponents from two leagues above the G’s current position and the visitors included in their line up fans favourite Chris Wales, affectionately known as “Horse,” who was at the heart of the G’s defence for years.

The G’s were without both Kenny Kassabante and Jeff Yohou so included young Wilson Bernal in the line up at only 16 years of age. He certainly impressed with his confidence and pace wide out on the left flank.

Indeed, the first half saw the G’s take the game to their visitors and this approach carved out several good chances, but they just could not make their pressure count. After only ten minutes Wilson got on the end of a great through ball from Jordan Bird, but it ended with two attempts on goal, which were both blocked.

Only two, minutes later after some nifty passing through the middle Jack Cleevley found himself with a chance inside the area, but his shot cleared the bar.

But having had the best of the first 24 minutes the G’s conceded when the Molesey attacked down their right and scored, beating Jordan at his near post.

Only three minutes later the second came when there seemed to be some hesitation in the G’s defence.

The G’s were still making a game of it however and from a free kick from captain Jordan Bird, Curtis Osano headed on and across the face of the goal resulting in Anthony Myers getting in a shot that came back off the crossbar. The ball then fell to Coxey amongst others in the 6-yard box, but they could not get the ball in the net, when it seemed certain the G’s would score.

HT Godalming 0-02 Molesey 

Somehow the score was 2-0 in favour of Molesey at the break, but they were not happy with their performance as they went into their changing room. They knew they had had some luck and needed to improve.

Within minutes of the game restarting they added a third by breaking quickly through the middle. The G’s did get the ball in the net when Curtis Osano neatly showed his forwards how to put the ball away, only to have his effort ruled out for a hand ball in bring the ball under control.

That seemed to take the steam out of the home side as I am sure they felt it was going to be one of those days and there was no way back. The G’s were still pushing forward and of course that left them open to counter attacks. They conceded a couple more rather soft goals in the end, which compounded the misery.

On the bright side Les introduced some more promising looking youngsters to give them a taste of football at this level.

With their current recent improvement in form in the League the G’s can look forward to their next game against second placed Bedfont and Feltham on Saturday. They will need to be at their best again.

Where are they now?

We also got to share some reminiscences with Chris Wales in the bar afterwards and got the low down on a couple of other ex G’s stalwarts. It seems that Purdie is now a Dad. Congratulations to him and his long-suffering better half. Chris Musgrove is now playing rugby it seems. “Mr Reliable” Nick Hutchings at Hartley Wintney. They were all great characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Dorking Wanderers Res (H) (Cup)

Godalming 2 – 0 Dorking Wanderers Res.

 This was sweet revenge for the defeat in the league encounter only a few weeks ago when the G’s went down 2 – 5, somewhat unfortunately in my book, to a team that featured several of the Dorking first team.

This was an emphatic win, which could well have ended with a higher score for the home side. Apart from one or two occasions when Jordan Knight was called upon there was little threat to the G’s throughout the game. The one fear was that despite the G’s dominance they would not be able to put the ball in the net.

Les had selected Levi Crew, Dom Hardisty, Marvin Asiamah, Jack Cleaveley and Jeff Yohou in the starting line-up leaving Kenny Kassabante, Chris Bourke, Jack Howard on the bench.

In fact, Kenny was not on the bench for that long as he had to replace Marvin after about 20 minutes when he was carried off. But in that time, he showed how fast he is and looked quite a threat. Look forward to seeing him on the pitch again soon. Jordan Bird hit the crossbar from a free kick shortly after Kenny came on.

Jeff did some great work wide on the left finally delivering the ball into the box where Coxey got his head to it, but the visiting keeper did well to block it, the ball rebounding towards Jack Cleaveley, who unfortunately managed to miss the target from close range.

 

HT Godalming 0-0 Dorking Wanderers Res.

Kenny produced one of his wonderful runs down the right and produced a good shot that again the visiting keeper did well to save. Kenny was switching sides and got in another good run on the left which resulted in Anthony Myers getting a good shot in, which again the Dorking keeper parried. But the ball went only as far as Chris Burke who found the net to finally settle the nerves of the G’s squad and their supporters. This is hopefully the first of many goals for the G’s for Chris.

The G’s now, for the first time in seasons, looked comfortable. A result of the influence of Curtis alongside Connor in the back line and captain Jordann at left back. Dom again showed his composure at right back while Levi had his best game for the G’s.

The G’s continued to press and had what looked like a very reasonable shout that the ball had crossed the line in another skirmish in the visitor’s goal mouth. The ref was not having it though. But soon after it was Kenny again down the left who lifted the ball across the goal to beyond the far post where Jack Howard hit a ferocious shot on the volley that had the linesman near us comment. “Well that one certainly crossed the line”. Great to see Jack get on the score sheet.

A goodnight for the Gs all round.

The one mystery was the new kit that the lads wore. Yellow with what looked like a chocolate flash. A mystery to all it appears.

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Sanhurst (A)

Sandhurst Town 1 – 3 Godalming Town

I can hardly believe it. What a difference a week can make!  Having come away from the Bagshot Game with a 5 – 0 result on Wednesday night breaking the losing streak, which I was unable to get to, the G’s can now feel that they are on a role.

Finally, with the rain coming down heavily after the hottest driest summer on record, it felt like “proper football weather”. But the rain did nothing to dampen the mood of the travelling G’s supporters who were there in force and seemed to outnumber the home supporters.

There were a good few slips and sliding tackles in the rain, but to come away with all six points from the last two games and an aggregate of 8 -1 has done no harm at all to the G’s status in the League. The G’s line-up was the same as for the Wednesday night game apart from Ethan Kaiser coming in for David Oppong at right back.

As usual the G’s started well and created all the pressure in the first 15 minutes, only to see the home side in their first proper attack, break quickly down the left wing and finally deliver a cross to the middle of the 6-yard box where one of their forwards managed to get a glancing header that crept inside the far post. We have seen this before and somehow it just seems to keep happening.

The disappointment, this time however. was only momentary as almost from the restart Chris Burke went down the left and pulled the ball into the centre where Coxey got in an initial shot, which came back out to the G’s right where Kenny picked it up and fired a shot to bring the G’s level.

The G’s went on pressing and Jack Howard came close with a good attempt. Sandhurst also came close from a spectacular overhead bicycle, which hit the crossbar. Jordan Knight had to be alert and made a couple of good saves from close range. The G’s kept the pressure on their hosts for long periods but conspired to give the ball away at crucial times putting themselves under pressure.

HT Sanhurst 1 -1 Godalming

Early in the second half Chris Burke put in a good shot that the home keeper saved, but he did not clear the ball well and it fell to Coxey, some 35 yards or so out. Seeing the keeper on the edge of his area he lifted the ball high and well over him into the vacant net.  2-1 to the G’s.

Coxey then found himself getting onto a through ball and one on one with the keeper who made a good block.

Kenny had had a physical battle with the home number 3 all game and after they were both challenging for the ball in front of the stand they ended up head to head, pseudo rutting style, before Kenny responded with a head movement. The referee had no choice but to give him a straight red card. The first time I think that I have ever seen Kenny even cautioned or spoken to by a referee.What seemed strange was the home number 3 escaped without even a talking to from the referee.

So, the G’s faced most of the second half with only ten men on the pitch. They all stepped up and did a great job.  Chris went on a run through the middle of the pitch going past several players and hit a good shot that the keeper saved. Coxey was coming more in to the game and doing a great job in the defence when needed.

When Coxey was brought down well outside the area captain Jordan Bird stepped up and hit a peach of a curling left footed shot that crept in, giving the keeper no chance. Much to the delight of his team mates.Reminiscent of one Darren Wheeler I thought who also has a very sweet left foot.

Really pleased for all the lads in the squad to finally be feeling what it is like to win a couple of games. Particular praise must go to Les and his team for all the work they have been doing on and off the pitch. Hope they are enjoying it as well.

Let’s keep those wins coming.

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                    Sandhurst            G’s

Attempts           11                       13

On target            7                        10

Corners               5                          3

Fouls                  13                          9

Cards                   1 yellow              1 red

Poss% 1st          45                        55

Poss% 2nd         50                       50

 

Bovril status:  On arrival at Sandhurst we were asked a most unusual question:  “How strong would you like your Bovril?”  What a way to start the afternoon.  We loaded up with double strength black stuff and sat down to watch the Gees grab 3 points.  Thank you, Sandhurst,!  You win my destination of the Month award for services to the mighty Bov.

Frimley Green (H)

Godalming 0-2 Frimley Green

The G’s starting line-up saw the welcome return of Jordan Bird, Curtis Osano and Connor Gayle in the back four, so it looked promising for a much tighter defensive performance.

However, the G’s could only keep a clean sheet for the first fifteen minutes when it appeared that the danger from the visitor’s attack had been dealt with, but somehow the ball seemed to pop out from amongst the defenders straight to a Frimley player who had an easy enough chance to get their first goal.

Coxey was back up front looking like he could be a threat and headed just over the bar minutes later from a great cross in from the left.

With only five minutes of the first half left Frimley Green attacked again quickly down their left and delivered a low ball into the danger area where they despatched the ball scoring at the near post.

The impressive Anthony Myers made a good break through the middle and hit a good shot, which the visiting keeper did well to turn around the post diving low to his right.

HT

The second half saw Curtis replaced by Ethan Keiser midway through, but despite all the effort, huffing and puffing only a couple of decent chances were created. Levi Crew also joined the fray replacing Anthony Myers.

Coxey went close, but it seemed that there was not much the home side could do to get themselves back into the game.

Michael (Stato) Stats

 

Teams                         G’s        Frimley Green

Attempts                        3                 14

On target                        1                 6

Corners                           7                 2

fouls                              14               23

Poss% 1st                     47               53

Poss% 2nd                   45               55

 

Bovril status:  Lipsmakingthirstquenchinsaltladenlifeshorteningtastesbrilliant…. BOVRIL

AC London (H)

Godalming 1 – 4 AC London

Unfortunately, the G’s could not find a way to end their losing streak. As usual there was no lack of effort from Les Cleevely’s young team, but they were caught out by a side with some quick and strong players up front.

The first half was disappointing with the home side not able to muster a single shot on target during the first half. It was good to see Connor Gale back in the squad and also a new face in Anthony Myers who impressed throughout the game.

The G’s squad was Jordan Knight in goal, David Oppong and Ashley Wright as the full backs, Ethan Kaiser and Connor Gale as the centre back pairing. Jack Howard in front of the back four. Jeff Yuhou on the left wing and Kenny Kassabante on the right. Jack Cleevely and Anthony Myers in the middle and Pat Cox up front in the number nine shirt. On the bench Levi Crew, Chris Bourke, Kai Bartlett, Dom Hardisty and Marvin Asiamah.

It only took 15 minutes for the visitors to go ahead when they attacked on the left and worked the ball into the box and scored from close range. Not long after Jordan Knight was called upon to make a good save, low to his right from a long shot.

Kenny looked like the G’s best threat and he worked his way down the right beautifully and pulled the ball into the 6 yard box where unfortunately Jack Cleevely could only lift the ball over the bar.

The second goal was rather strange as it seemed the attack was fading out and the ball was going out of play, but apparently someone lifted the ball over Jordan and into the goal, which I did not see.

Then the G’s defence conspired to give the ball away rather than clear it deep in their own half. That gave Jordan no chance to prevent the third goal.

The mercurial Kenny made another fine run down the right and drew the ball square into the middle where it found Coxey who was able to do what he does so well and finished it with a low shot. To bring it to 3 -1 down and a glimmer of hope for the G’s.

Late in the first half the G’s went to playing with three at the back, moving Connor up alongside Jack Howard. This did seem to improve the situation no end and the second half was a much more closely contested affair. So, whatever Les and his team did or said at half time seemed to work.

HT Godalming 1-3 AC London

The G’s pressed the visitors defence and had far more attempts on goal and some near misses, but they could not turn the pressure into goals.

Indeed, after a series of attacks they conceded again on the break after Jordan made another good stop, but he could only parry the ball and it fell kindly for an AC London player, ending any remote hope that the G’s could have narrowed the gap.

Another good performance from Pat Cox upfront and Jordan Knight in goal and Kenny Kassabante on the wing.

Lets hope for some points against Frimley Green.

 

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Michael (Stato) Stats

Teams                G’s                  AC London

attempts            14                          21

on target              4                          11

corners                 3                            2

fouls                    15                         14

cards                      2                           4

poss% 1st            35                         65

poss% 2nd           50                        50

 

 

Bovril status:  The team of development chefs at the Oven Door have been working hard on a new lighter summer brew called Bovril LITE.  They have discovered how to avoid the trademark black bovril gunge at the bottom of your cup by putting less in at the start!  Innovative head chef Pat Pending says he’s working next on developing a cup of pure boiling hot water called… Bovril ZERO.  Can’t wait!

 

Wick (A) FA Vase

Wick 2 – 1 Godalming

The G’s bowed out of the FA Vase on the South Coast at the home of Wick FC.” A game of two halves”. You have heard it all before.

The first half saw the Gs start with Pat Cox in at centre back again in a four-man back row in front of Jordan Knight, made up of Ashley Wright, Pat Cox, Kai Bartlett and newcomer Bruce Mc Phail.

Jack Howard, Micah Archer and Jack Cleevely in the middle with Jeff Yohou up front in the number nine shirt and Kenny Kassabante and Dave Oppong as the wide players. Levi Crew was on the bench along with other new faces Frankie Ryan Maynard, Junior Yassi-Pepin.

To be honest, while the first half saw lots of midfield battles and the G’s sustained a fair bit of pressure early on, it took some good work from Jordan Knight to keep the score level. Meanwhile the Gs did not manage to get a shot on target.

Then as the home side attacked down their right Ashley Wright seemed to have cut out the cross, but it bounced clear favourably for a Wick player to play a short ball into the 6-yard box where they managed to get their first goal.

HT Wick 1-0 Godalming

So, with a half time advantage to the home side Les and his team made the decision to change the line up and went to three at the back and moved Pat Cox back up front. What a difference it made. All of a sudden Kenny seemed to be supercharged as he tore into the opposition defence.

Pat Cox was giving the home defence a tough time and was now winning balls out of defence. He managed to gather a ball on the left and after shrugging off a few tackles he was able to play the ball low in to the middle where Kenny and Jack Cleevely were lining up. Jack took his time and picked his spot confidently to level the score and give the substantial G’s support a little hope. Hope his Dad enjoyed it.

Kenny was absolutely on fire and turned the home left back inside out several times. On one run, from the half way line, he went past 4-5 players and hit a final good shot, but it just lacked sufficient pace to beat the home keeper, who turned it around for a corner. Surely the Gs would get another goal?

Jeff almost got on the score sheet when his pace found him one on one with the home keeper who made a good block.

25 minutes into the second half, where the G’s were performing far, far better than in the first. the home side won a penalty when one of their players went down just inside the penalty area under the attention of the Gs defenders. They made no mistake from the spot and despite a huge effort from the lads they could not get back on terms.

Bruce seemed to have a good game as did Kai.

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Michael’s (Stato) Stats

Teams         Wick            Gees

Attempts       19               7

On target      10               4

Corners          8                2

Fouls              12             11

Cards                1

Poss% 1st     65              35

Poss% 2nd   50              50

 

Bovril Status:  “Do you do Bovril?” travelling Gees supporter enquiry… “You better believe it!”.. Nice Scottish lady at tea bar… China cups. Bovril straight from the jar… dolloped in with no concept of portion control (or recommended daily salt intakes). Sheer bliss!