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Bognor Regis Town 4-4 Godalming Town (Bognor win 5-3 on penalties)

 

A breathtaking Playoff Semi final culminated in Ben Johnson scoring from the spot to put Bognor into the Final.

 

The Gs kept an unchanged team from the previous three games, and it was Godalming who made the brighter start with Scott Harris forcing a reflex save from Craig Stoner. Dan Read then header over a Darren Wheeler cross at the back post. As expected, Bognor began to grow into the game, and Dan Beck fired a low shot which beat Kyle Merson, but hit the base of the post. After a spell of pressure, the ball dropped to Ashley Robinson who fired an unstoppable volley just inside the post to give Bognor the lead on 33 minutes.

 

Godalming snatched an equaliser in the 63rd minute, when Jamie McClurg’s shot fell just in front of Scott Harris, who slid the ball into the net from close range. The Gs grew in confidence, and ten minutes later they were in dreamland. The ball came to Brett Cooper 20 yards out, who fired an unstoppable effort past Stoner into the corner. Two minutes later however, the tie was all square when Terry Dodd slid the ball past Merson one on one. It was then Bognor’s turn to head to dreamland, when Steve Harper’s cross was met by Ashley Robinson, who made no mistake with the finish to put the Rocks 3-2 up. Just as it seemed that was the end of the action, Gs captain Adam Foulser popped up with a far post volley in the 92nd minute to send the Godalming team and fans into delirium.

 

Scott Harris struck again for Godalming 7 minutes into injury time; his shot deflecting off the defender and over Stoner into the back of the net. 5 minutes later Warren Harris was judged to have stopped a shot on the line with his arm, and was sent off. Ashley Robinson converted the spot kick to make it 4-4. The ten men of Godalming held on for the rest of extra time, forcing the game into penalties.

 

Robinson gave Bognor the lead, scoring his second spot-kick of the night before Scott Harris coolly made it 1-1. James Crane and Wes Harrison both then scored – but after Harper made it 3-2, Stoner guessed right and dived to his left ot keep out Ben Edwards’ effort. Dan Beck then stepped up to make it 4-2. McClurg kept the Gs in it by converting his, but  Ben Johnson scored the decisive spot kick, setting up a Playoff Final between Bognor and Dulwich Hamlet, this coming Sunday.

 

Godalming can look back on the season with immense pride, with this performance typifying the incredible spirit, effort and desire shown throughout the season. Jon and Neil must be congratulated for putting together a side that the whole Town can be proud of.

 

Godalming: Merson, Hollis, Lake (Dyer), Harrison, Foulser, Edwards, Read (Palmer), McClurg, S Harris, Wheeler (Cooper), W Harris. Subs: Simeone, Cooper, Short, Palmer, Dyer.

 

Bognor: Stoner, Crane, Wollers, Whyte, Cobbs, Andrews, Beck, Wills, Robinson, Dodd, Johnson. Subs: Harper, Marzetti, Sheriff, Simmonds, Boyle.

 

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Godalming Town 4-2 Eastbourne Town

 

Godalming swept aside Eastbourne Town at a wet Wey Court to secure the final playoff spot. With the Gs needing just a point to guarantee fifth, Dan Read settled some early nerves when a gift from the Eastbourne defender meant he applied a simple finish from close range on 11 minutes. 10 minutes later, Read scored his second as he flicked the ball past Kieron Thorp and the ball nestled in the bottom corner for his 23rd goal of the season. Thorp denied Warren Harris a few minutes later, and then Adam Foulser sliced a volley from a corner wide. In first half stoppage time, Jamie McClurg added a third for the Gs, when he struck a low shot from the edge of the area.

 

Scott Harris scored Godalming’s fourth with a skillful lob over the keeper. The Gs made three changes, with an eye on Tuesday’s semi final, which seemed to disrupt the rhythm, along with the worsening weather conditions. Danny Curd pulled one back for Eastbourne in the 70th minute, and Joe Summerbell added another 7 minutes later.

 

Godalming will now face Bognor Regis Town this Tuesday (1st May) 7.45pm at Nyewood Lane, in the playoff semi final. Either Dulwich Hamlet or Folkestone Invicta lie in wait for the winner next Sunday.

 

We are running a supporters coach to this game, to book your seat please email info@godalmingtownfc.co.uk or call Glenn on 07790 332587 asap.

Sittingbourne 1-3 Godalming Town

Godalming moved within touching distance of finishing in a playoff spot after a 3-1 victory at Sittingbourne. The Gs attacked the hosts from the off, with Warren Harris forcing a smart save from the Sittingbourne keeper in the opening minutes. Godalming continued to control the opening stages, and went close again when a looping header clipped the outside of the post, and also when Ryan Lake volleyed over from 12 yards.  With half time looming and the Gs yet to find the breakthrough, the ball dropped kindly to Adam Foulser after a set piece, who made no mistake from six yards, firing his shot past Adam Woodward. Things got even better for Godalming, as 2 minutes later Darren Wheeler crossed from the right, and Dan Read glanced a headed past Woodward to send the Gs in 2-0 up at the break.

 

An improved Sittingbourne turned up in the second half, and Hicham Akhazzan was denied a great goal as his volleyed rebounded off the crossbar. Despite an the hosts improvement, the Gs settled the game in the 66th minute, when Dan Read got a slight touch on a low cross from Jamie McClurg, which edged past the Brickie’s keeper. Sittingbourne rattled the Godalming bar again through a thunderous effort from Elie Kayembe, but Joe Nwoko fluffed the rebound, when it seemed easier to score. Sittingbourne did pull a goal back in the 90th minute, when Elie Kayembe curled a free kick from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

 

With Maidstone United falling to a 3-2 defeat at Walton Casuals, it leaves Godalming needing one point in their last game to guarantee a playoff spot. The Gs face Eastbourne Town at home on Saturday 28th April, come down and cheer the Gs into the playoffs!

 

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Godalming Town 5-2 Crawley Down

 

 

Five star Godalming Town secured a 5-2 victory over Crawley Down at Wey Court. Godalming made a great start to the game, when a thunderous shot from Jamie McClurg after 8 minutes left keeper Mark Zawadski no chance. A dominant Godalming doubled their lead after 30 minutes when Darren Wheeler converted after Ashley Jones handled in the area, blocking a Scott Harris strike. Hassan Nyang pulled one back for the visitors just before half time when the ball fell kindly to him from a set piece.

 

Warren Harris restored the two goal advantage 30 seconds into the second half after beating Zawadski one on one, and the Gs pulled further into the lead when Scott Harris converted a cross from his brother from close range on 48 minutes.

 

Saulimane El-Assasir finished past Kyle Merson from close range to make it 4-2, but Warren Harris smashed home in the 77th minute to make it a comfortable end to the game for the Gs. Godalming are sixth on goal difference, with just one goal separating them and fifth placed Maidstone.

 

Godalming travel to Sittingbourne next Saturday. There will be a coach going, and as usual seats will be £10 for members and £12 for non-members. We will be leaving Wey Court at 11.15am with a pick-up at Cobham.

 

Book your seat by contacting Glenn on 07790 332587 or info@godalmingtownfc.co.uk

Chipstead 1-2 Godalming Town

 

A battling performance from the Gs helped them see off Chipstead at a wet and windy High Road. Godalming started strongly, with Darren Wheeler having a speculative effort tipped wide by the flying Martin Grant. Wheeler had another chance a few minutes later, as he appeared to be tripped as he entered the area, he stayed on his feet but was again denied by Grant. Dan Read had an effort tipped round the post, although the referee missed the save and pointed for a goal kick. The home side had their best chance of the half just before the break, but the effort from 10 yards was skied over the crossbar.

 

The second half took a while to get going, with Warren Harris first going close, and then brother Scott having an effort headed off the line. Jon Palmer headed over from a corner, and after another good save from keeper Grant, it didn’t look like it was going to be Godalming’s day. That was until some excellent play in the middle saw McClurg dummy the ball, then receive it back before crossing for Dan Read to tap home from 5 yards. The Gs joy lasted 8 minutes, when a counter attack saw the Coleman lob the ball into the top corner from outside the area. Godalming were denied once more by the excellent Grant, but with ten minutes left Darren Wheeler crossed from the left, and Dan Read was in the right place once again to finish from 7 yards into the bottom corner. The set up a nail biting 10 minutes, but Godalming held out for another vital three points.

 

Godalming host Crawley Down next Saturday, kick off 3pm at Wey Court.

 

Godalming XI: Merson, D.Smith, Hollis, Foulser, Palmer, Cooper, McClurg, Wheeler (Harrison), W.Harris, S.Harris (Edwards), Read. Subs not used: Dyer, Simeone, Short.

 

Godalming Town 4-0 Corinthian Casuals

 

A crucial three points moved Godalming level with fellow playoff chasers Worthing and Maidstone. Dan Read headed the Gs into an early lead from an Darren Wheeler cross from the right. It was comfortable from then on for the Gs, who doubled their lead midway through the second half after an exquisite Darren Wheeler lob caught out Casuals keeper Adam Peck, after an excellent pass from George Short. The visitors had two good chances to halve the deficit before the break, but failed to hit the net.

 

The second half started slowly, with neither side managing to take control of the game. Godalming added their third after 70 minutes when Scott Harris was on hand to finish a rebound, after Wheeler had set up Brett Cooper. Godalming put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute, when Jon Palmer finished past Peck after controlling and finishing from 12 yards.

 

Godalming XI: Merson, Harrison, Hollis, Simeone, Lake, Edwards, Short, W.Harris (Palmer), Wheeler, Read (Cooper), Dyer (S.Harris). Subs not used: D. Smith, Foulser,

Whitehawk 1-1 Godalming Town

 

An important point was won in a hard fought game at title-chasers Whitehawk on Saturday. The home side lived up to their league position early on, as they dominated the opening ten minutes. Godalming weathered the early storm, and grew into the game. Just as the Gs had got a foothold, some neat play from Whitehawk in the middle resulted in Jerahl Hughes firing past Kyle Merson into the corner on 28 minutes. Both teams had some half chances following the goal, but the teams entered the half time break at 1-0.

 

A half time sub saw Scott Harris come off for Brett Cooper, which allowed the Gs to get more of a control on the midfield. Godalming scored the equaliser 5 minutes into the second half, when Adam Foulser flicked home a Warren Harris corner. Godalming could then have taken the lead three minutes later, but Warren Harris had his one on one saved by Winterton. Warren had a golden chance to snatch all three points but again, his one on one was saved by Winterton.

 

Godalming face Corinthian Casuals at home this Saturday, and then travel to Chipstead on Easter Monday. Both kick off at 3pm.

 

Godalming XI: Merson, Harrison, Hollis, Foulser, Lake (Palmer), Edwards, McClurg, Wheeler, W.Harris, S.Harris (Cooper), Read (Dyer). Subs not used: Simeone, D.Smith.

Godalming Town 1-2 Walton & Hersham

 

A last minute goal from Jason Henry ensured that Walton & Hersham left Wey Court with all three points, after trailing 1-0 at half time. Darren Wheeler had a perfect opportunity to give Godalming the lead in the opening minutes, but he skewed his show wide from 12 yards. Godalming had the better of the first half, with chances falling to Warren Harris and Adam Foulser, but both of them failed to test Rodney Chiweshe. The Gs took a deserved lead just before half time, when Warren Harris raced through from the left, and after Chiweshe initially blocked the ball, it then bounced free for Harris to apply a simple finish.

 

Walton made two changes at half time, and these had the desired effect as they grew into the game. Harris nearly doubled the Gs lead, but his effort from a tight angle bobbled agonisingly wide. Godalming survived a massive goalmouth scramble, but could not hang on any further, as Phil Williams chipped the ball into the box, allowing Purdy to hook the ball home with ten minutes left. A frantic end to the game saw Godalming have a number of handball appeals turned down, from which Walton countered, and Jason Henry latched onto a Greg Andrews pass, and slid the ball past Kyle Merson.

 

Godalming XI: Merson, Harrison, Simeone, Hollis, Lake, McClurg, Edwards, Wheeler, W.Harris, Read, Foulser (Dyer).

Hythe Town 1-2 Godalming Town

 

Godalming kept pace with the rest of the playoff pack after a 2-1 win at Hythe Town – Hythe’s second home defeat since the middle of November. Godalming went close early on, firstly from a Warren Harris shot, which Dan Read nearly prodded home the rebound, and then a Scott Harris effort was tipped wide by the Hythe keeper. From the resulting corner, a Hythe defender handled the ball just before Jon Palmer was about to head it, and the referee pointed to the spot. Darren Wheeler stepped to convert the spot kick on 13 minutes. The rest of the half was a tight affair, with Dan Read nearly doubling the Gs lead, but his downwards header bounced over the bar from close range.

 

Hythe pulled level after 53 minutes, when captain Dave Cook headed into the corner from a free kick. Godalming took only 5 minutes to respond, when a run from Warren Harris set up Jamie McClurg, who finished cooly from 10 yards. The remainder of the game carried on to be a tight affair, with neither side creating too many chances. Godalming held on to take a valuable three points, which keeps them right in the playoff mix, albeit with two tough games coming up – firstly at home to the in-form Walton & Hersham, and then away to promotion candidates Whitehawk.

Godalming Town 7-0 Burgess Hill Town

 

Godalming thumped Burgess Hill seven nil to move within two points of  the playoffs. It didn’t take long for Godalming to get the ball rolling, with Jon Palmer finishing a rebound after a Jamie McClurg strike in the opening few minutes. The second came 17 minutes later, after Darren Wheeler’s floated a cross to the far post leaving Scott Harris to head home from close range. Burgess Hill had barely kicked off before the ball was in the net again, this time a deep cross from Wes Harrison was headed home by Dan Read from 6 yards. Scott Harris rattled the frame of the goal with a thumping effort, before Darren Wheeler was tripped in the box, and stepped up himself to convert the resulting penalty just before half time.

 

Scott Harris had a chance to extend the Gs lead again, but his one on one effort was well saved by the Hillians keeper. The Gs made it 5 in the 69th minute, when Antonio Simeone headed home a Darren Wheeler free kick. 8 minutes later and it was 6-0, this time Scott Harris converted his one on one. Darren Wheeler rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute, after breaking through the Burgess Hill defence, he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

 

Godalming travel to Hythe on Saturday, knowing a win could potentially see them finish the day in a playoff spot.

 

We will be running a coach to this game, as usual seats will be £10 for members and £12 for non-members. We will be leaving Wey Court at 10.45am with a pick-up at Cobham.

 

Book your seat by contacting Glenn on 07790 332587 or info@godalmingtownfc.co.uk.