23 February 2018 – First Team Update – Jon and Gavin
January was a frustrating month for the G’s, with multiple postponements and a slight dip in form, February in contrast has seen us bounce back into the pre-Christmas groove. The effort and commitment has been fantastic all the way from the committee to the backroom staff to the players. On the pitch we have won all four league games in February and Gavin and I have been delighted to build a squad that we believe will give us every opportunity of steering well clear of the relegation zone and pushing onward and upwards towards a mid-table finish.
Good wins against Banstead (3-0), Spelthorne (2-3), Horley (2-0) & lastly on Tuesday against a resolute Farnham side (1-2) have allowed us to climb the league. The whole squad has performed and its a credit to everyone that the goals and MOM performances have been shared around when they could have gone to any one of our players at any of the above games.
Gavin and I continue to look to strengthen the squad for the run-in however in recent transfer news, Ainsley Everitt has left us, signing dual registration forms with East Grinstead from the league above. We wish him well and hope he does well for them and his footballing career continues to progress. Coming into Wey Court we are overjoyed to welcome three hot young prospects; goalkeeper Aiden Upward joins us from Farnborough, striker Luke Haskell from Fleet and midfielder, Chad Goutler from Abbey Rangers. They have made an immediate impact and we look forward to seeing more of them for the G’s in the remaining games this season and hopefully beyond.
Jon & Gavin
01 February 2018 – First Team Update – Jon and Gavin
This Saturday we welcome to Wey Court Banstead Athletic who sit just above us in the table so there is plenty to play for.
On Tuesday we welcome Knaphill in the Combined Counties League Cup. This will be another tough fixture with the winners moving on to the semi-finals and one game away from a final and the prospect of some silverware in May. We will try our best for the G’s and hope you enjoy both games.
We are getting to the business end of the season now with 11 weeks to go. Whilst we are still in the bottom three the mood round the club is very much upbeat. We went on a good run pre-Xmas which brought us back in touch with those directly above us however a mixture of postponements and disappointing results against Walton & Hersham (3-1), Epsom & Ewell (1-2) and Colliers Wood (4-1) in has meant we are still in the relegation zone.
We have had quite a bit of activity in the ‘transfer window’ since our last note and some good/not so good news. Firstly we have had a few players leave us in recent weeks. We would like to thank them for their contributions and wish them well with their new clubs; Kieran Campbell has re-joined Guildford City and Lea-Van Sullivan has joined Combined Counties Premier leaders Westfield. We are also extremely proud to announce that our young goalkeeper, Dimi Kyriatzis has recently agreed to sign professional terms to play for German 5th Division outfit, Inter Leipzig. We wish him well and we will continue to watch his career progress with interest!
One more sad omission from recent team sheets is Tom Biss who has been playing very well for us over the last couple of months however his mother has been taken seriously ill in his native New Zealand, so he has rushed back there. We wish his mother , Tom and his family all the very best for the coming weeks & hopefully she makes a full and speedy recovery.
These player movements have meant that Gavin and I have once again been busy trying to replenish the squad. We have signed and welcome to the squad two new additions; goalkeeper Pat Kinsella jfrom Badshot Lea and midfielder Matt Sinclair from Bedfont Sports having seen action this year with Welling and Gosport Borough. We look forward to seeing them in action over the next few weeks.
That’s all for now, all that remains to say is that we are due to have a very busy February with Saturday games throughout, two Cup Quarter-Finals and another important re-arranged league fixture away at Farnham on Tuesday 20th, so please do make every effort to come along and support the G’sat every opportunity!
Jon & Gavin
18 December 2017 – First Team update – Jon and Gavin
“Festive best wishes”
What a difference a couple of weeks make! In our last notes we were bemoaning our luck and insisting that if we the management and players kept putting in the same efforts in then things would turn for the better.
Here we are two weeks later sitting 4 wins in our last 5 games, 6 points better off in the league and through to the Quarter-Final of the League Cup. This is testament to the hard work of the players both new and old who have gelled extremely well in a short space of time. So from the management team, a very well done to the lads, now push on as there is plenty more hard work to do.
As mentioned the results over the last four weeks have been superb, finally matching the performances since we took over. Epsom & Ewell was a crunch league game. Whilst their official website suggested their players froze we like to think it was more that ours turned up. It could have been 4-0 before half time and a 3-0 result only told some of the story. Wide boys Bobby Bennett & Tom Biss were electric but the whole side put in a shift to ensure 3 points. We then had a very tough trip to top 6 side Horley. Un-phased we put in an arguably better performance on a quagmire of a pitch. 1-1 after 80 minutes and if it had stayed that way we would have been delighted and it would have been fully deserved. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and a bizarre own goal 5 minutes from time meant a 2-1 defeat. Being applauded off the pitch by our own travelling faithful gave us a measure that it was actually a good performance from our lads and on another day…
We had a very worthwhile friendly two weeks ago against a talented Badshot Lea side aiming to bounce back to the Combined Counties Premier at the first attempt. Another good performance and a 2-1 win with good goals from Hakim Griffiths and a 1st senior goal for u18 prospect, Gabby Oliveira (first of many we expect). Then onwards to two weeks ago and what a 4 days….
Redhill are a good side make no mistake; they popped it around as well as any team that we have seen at Wey Court this season. We rode our luck at times but with the help of a Lee Boon’s left footed finish we won 1-0. Another great team performance with players putting their bodies on the line at both ends of the pitch; .so 6 points earned in the league and we moved on to a tricky last 16 League Cup match against Division 1, Chessington & Hook.
We started slowly and found ourselves 1-0 down at Halftime. This became two five minutes into the second half. Two good headers from Chessington’s experienced striker Robbie Burns. With a change in shape and personnel we set about getting a foothold in the game. The introduction of new signing Benga Ogunseye and back from injury Ben Cotton gave us fresh impetus and goals from Benga, Tom Biss and in the last minute and a second in four days from Lee Boon ensured the win and progression to the Quarter-Final. Another great result and a satisfying second half performance.
Many of the eagle eyed will also spot we have been busy in the ‘transfer market’. We would like to welcome Kieran Campbell, Benga Ogunseye, Ainsley Everitt & Jack Howard to the club. We look forward to seeing them contribute over the coming weeks and for the remainder of the season.
Finally results picking up we urge all supporters to please please please encourage friends, family and other supporters to come and support the team. We have a home game this Saturday against North Greenford and our final game of 2017 is a trans-Hogs Back derby away at Camberley. We need your support.
Jon & Gavin
13 November 2017 – First Team update – Jon and Gavin
“Call to Arms from the Dugout”
Well it’s been just over three weeks since Gavin and I took over at the G’s. Whilst results have not been what we would have liked we have been pleased with the application of many at the club both behind the scenes and from the players who are in the spotlight/firing line each game. Despite our lowly league position we believe the club is on the turn and we will be working extra-specially hard over the coming weeks to start getting the results all this hard work deserves.
In our four games so far anyone who has been at the games will know we haven’t been too far off the pace. In all but one of the games against Sutton Common Rovers, Chertsey and Balham the players have given us absolutely everything and but for some small adjustments which in fairness we have not had the chance to work on in training we may well have got something out of the Chertsey and Balham games.
Despite not having a game on Saturday as our league fixture with Epsom & Ewell was postponed due to their involvement in the FA Vase, we have trained well this week. There have been three competitive sessions, both run by our excellent UEFA acredited coach Paul Barry, the third at Surrey Sports Park’s dynamic new facility just off the A3. It has also been exciting to witness the clubs potential future generation with a handful of the very good U18 side now training with the 1st XI on a regular basis. We hope to see some of them break into the 1st XI in the months ahead.
Looking forward we have another big week. On Tuesday we have a Surrey Senior County Cup 2nd Round match away against Ryman Premier, Dorking Wanderers. This will be an extremely tough assignment as the Wanderers have an excellent squad over at Westhumble Playing Fields, however we will go into the game with nothing to lose and hope to spring a surprise… & having won the competition twice in the last decade perhaps it can prove a ‘lucky’ competition for the G’s. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck by working hard however luck has definitely not been on our side especially in a couple of our tighter games so far – that will change soon I’m sure! Later in the week, after another training session at Wey Court on Thursday, we return to league action on Saturday with an important league game at home against Bedfont Sports. They are going extremely well this season currently sitting 3rd in the league behind table-toppers Westfield and Walton & Hersham and we will need to have the players “totally at the races” if we are going to get anything out of the game.
That’s it for now however we will be providing regular updates to you throughout the rest of the season. All that remains is for us to ask for your continued support and if possible attendance at one or both of our games this week – as a gentle reminder; Tuesday 14th November: Surrey Senior County Cup 2nd Round Away at Dorking Wanderers, KO 7.45pm and Saturday 18th November: Combined Counties Premier Home at Wey Court v Bedfont Sports KO 3.00pm
Gavin and Jon
01 November 2017 – First Team update – Jon and Gavin
The games come thick and fast at this time of year, as I write Gav and I are preparing for a tough Wednesday night fixture away at Balham FC. We then go straight into another relatively local “trans-Hogs Back” derby game against a good Farnham side. The squad – our squad – is starting to take shape and whilst there is still some fine tuning required we are more than happy with the progress we have made both on and off the field in the two weeks since we arrived.
Last Saturday’s game against Chertsey was one of great frustration for us. The lads fully deserved to get something out of the game. We played some excellent football in the first half and should have been two or three goals to the good. As it was, all we had to show for all our industry and enterprise, was an excellent 25 yard curling strike from Gary Gokman marking his home debut for the club with a great goal. But as so often happens in football though if you don’t take your chances you will get punished and we conceded two arguably avoidable goals at the end of each half to lose 2-1.
Next we have a tricky away fixture at Balham FC. Hopefully we will be able to get something out of that game and start to pick up points on a regular basis to help us start to climb the table.
On Saturday we play Farnham and being local lads, Gavin & I would like to extend a warm welcome to Farnham Town FC, their management team, players and supporters. Hopefully you will enjoy your afternoon with us at Wey Court – but not too much!
After Saturdays fixture we have a mini-break as at the time of going to press, the league have not re-assigned us a game on Saturday 11th November due to the postponement of the Epsom & Ewell game (FA Vase commitments) and we are not due to play any midweek league or cup football.
[Ed – As there is no Saturday game why not plan to come and support the Ladies on Sunday 12th November as they continue their campaign in the Women’s FA Cup away to AFC Wimbledon Ladies. The game will be plated at Sutton United’s ground, KO:13:00]
Our next scheduled game will be away in the Surrey Senior Cup (2nd Round) against Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday 14th November. We will be putting out a strong side for this fixture and we would really appreciate your support for a game in a competition where the G’s have very fond recent memories on multiple occasions.
21 October 2017 – First Team new management – Jon and Gavin
After the departure of the previous management team last weekend GTFC moved quickly to instal ex-players Gavin Smith and Jon Palmer as joint first team managers at the beginning of the week. Gavin and Jon are known to many at Godalming having played for the club for 5 years and will bring with them a wealth of non-League experience and contacts to help the club progress.
Acting Chairman Matthew Clay caught up with Gavin and Jon earlier in the week and plans have been put in place to change the club for the better. These plans will be shared in due course however the most important item on the agenda was preparing for this Saturday’s fixture against a good, well drilled Sutton Common Rovers outfit.
Gavin and Jon are delighted with the initial conversations they have had with existing players and a few new additions to bolster the current squad. We can announce the following player updates/movements;
Players from the current squad who have agreed to stay: Dimi Kyriatzis, Isy Nzelo, Steve Bettencourt, Piers Oldland, Hakim Griffiths, Bobby Bennett, Kieran Wright, Hailu Theodros, Esteban Salgado, Tom Webb, Callum Roots, Mert Varli, Ben Cotton, Eugene Bongo, Tre Trowers & Romario Hart.
Players who have left by mutual consent and who the club thank for their efforts and wish them well; Lewis Taylor, Shawn Lyle, Kyen Nicholas and Luke Elgar.
New additions: on dual registration, Gary Gokmen (from Hayes & Yeading), Alex Rodriguez, Jon Bennett & Khalib Senussi (Bracknell), Kurt Greenaway (Badshot Lea) and Rory Sellick (Dorking Wanderers)
Gavin & Jon also delighted to announce that they have agreed to add the experience of Paul Barry as a UEFA accredited coach to the back room team.
Lastly we would appeal to all GTFC fans come back, watch some games and support the lad. Starting this Saturday 21 October with our away trip to Sutton Common Rovers at their very impressive Gander Green Lane Ground, home of Conference Sutton United.
Bank Holiday weekend August 2017 – First Team – Simon
Good afternoon everyone, Farnham at home in the FA cup was a good draw for us which probably saw us as favourites on the day. It took us a little while to get going and we seemed to give the ball away a lot or play too many long balls for my liking but we did grow into the game and took the lead through Hakim after a fancy flick from Shawn down the right-hand side. He then crossed for Hakim who turned and finished in the bottom corner. Second half apart from one chance, which Aaron saved, I don’t think they caused us many problems. Hakim who was excellent again in the second half won us two penalties which Lewis put away nicely so all in all a good 3-0 win. Lastly I have to sadly tell you that my assistant Matt Drew has left the club for one reason or another and I’m disappointed he has gone as he is a good coach and a good friend. I would like to thank him for all his hard work in the short time he has been here.
01 August 2017 — Ladies and Ladies Development Team (pre-season) – Steve
This season sees an exciting time for Ladies Football at this club. Last season certainly was one of the good news stories coming out of Godalming. Under new Management of Darren Wheeler and Steve Davies the Ladies had a real transformation which saw them just miss out on a league title but did see them get promoted to Tier 4 of Ladies Football.
This Season sees even more change, due to high demand and popularity there is a now a new Development side which will be Managed by Pat Adams (ex Fulham youth coach) and assisted by Sam Bonniface (ex Ladies player). They go into Division 3 of the Greater London League and will play their home games at Broadwater school. For the First team it’s all change too, they welcome a Goalkeeping coach (Ben Hacker) and Fitness coach (Laura Funnell) as well as a host of new players. New players seem to be attracted to the positive, exciting and ambitious Godalming Ladies set up with players joining from Fulham, Wimbledon, Watford, Portsmouth and more
The Ladies game in this country is growing at a fast pace at the moment and Darren & Steve have a clear vision to grow this club at the same pace. They would love your support each week at the games where you will see great football. Last season saw over 130 supporters come to one game and they hope that will be the case at even more games this season!