Godalming Town FC

View from the Dugout

26 August  2019

A very tough week started with a game against the best team that I’ve seen at this level. Jersey will no doubt go on to win the league by a country mile if they continue with performances like we saw on Saturday and so they should with the level of funding available to them.
In recent games we have contributed to our own downfall with too many elementary mistakes, that was not the case on Saturday. They had better players and created good opportunities it was as simple as that.
We did ourselves credit in the first twenty minutes, playing good football and creating good chances and hitting the woodwork, but as is the case when you have such a young inexperienced side it’s very hard to sustain those levels for the whole game. Losing our two centre backs within 24 hours of the match, and two midfield players down, left us on our knees and all the training preparation in the world doesn’t prepare you for that situation. Especially as one of those players is Curtis. Due to work Curtis is struggling to be with us on a regular basis. We have understandably had someone come in and unsettle Ollie, he is integral to us building a solid squad and could well do without losing him, even if it is to a team a couple of leagues higher. For now he remains with us and his loyalty will pay dividends for him in the future.
On the plus side we have got Richie Mbele back from AFC Wimbledon and have signed defender Mo Amghar. Mo is a whole-hearted and committed defender. It was great to have Darren back but he may take a game or two to get back into the swing of things.
We are still looking for the quality of player that can show the commitment to take us forward. I have seen a lot of negative comment around our slow start of the season but we are in a far better place than we were this time last year. I’m not one for suffering fools so if players aren’t committed to training or playing at Godalming for the right reasons they won’t last. We must stay patient and believe that the young players will develop and in turn that will bring results and stability to our club in the long term. Remember “in football the result can be a cruel imposter as you can do really really well and not win “.
Be assured that the players that turn up week in and week out are selected for good reason, no-one gets a free ride, players earn their selection.
Ahead of the game at Epsom we again are hampered without a number of players including Curtis (work commitments), Jake Heard (minor surgery), Ollie Stevens (family reasons) and Adam (work commitments) so this makes a tough fixture even tougher but we are determined as a group to impose ourselves on the opposition.
We are prepared for a tough match against Epsom and a tough season with no free hits in which we look to finish in the top half of the table.


23 February 2019

A very tough afternoon but a pleasant result nonetheless. With poor Curtis ill before kickoff we had to send him home but after a attritional first half I thought the second half would only result in a win to us. Darren has a calf problem that may keep him out for a few weeks. I’m hoping that come next week I will have some good news with a favorite rejoining us.


25 January 2019

With a string of tough results we are Pleased to get another signing over the line with full back Jordan Clements , expect another couple by the weekend for the Epsom game .
With a growing injury list it continues to be difficult to pick a regular lineup. Chris injured his hamstring and is unavailable Saturday, Joe ( centre back) looks like he might be OK despite coming off on Wednesday night. Darren again being asked to do a tough job at full back Wednesday despite having a slight injury he shows his loyalty by telling me he is OK for Saturday.
Again young Ollie shows his quality by bagging another goal. I am hoping that Curtis Osano will be back with us Saturday as will Oghale.  We will continue to be without Reegan Saturday. This injury list has given opportunities to our young players like Charlie , Liam, Dom and Frankie. I will update further when we get these signings over the line.


19 January 2019 

We are very pleased to have signed Jake Heard from Chessington and Hook who is a player that I have had a long coaching relationship with. Young John Black has joined us, an attacking player who’s played for Aldershot’s U 23s. Other players joining us will be Ryan Villa, a quick wide attacking player. Samba is another player joining us and we will be looking at him with a view of adding more pace to our attack. Oghale is a defensive player joining us to add options at the back.

We have released a lot of players that we have looked at, some for reasons of lack commitment or just not befitting what we are looking for in the long term. We have lost the services of Ashley Wright and Jordan Bird.
Ashley is said to be looking for something closer to home, and Jordan is going to be concentrating on golf!! Losing Kenny was a little sad for me but again once there was no one to drive him to football it proved too difficult for him to travel.

Although we have seen lots of changes most of which have been forced on me for one reason or another, I now believe we are building a solid base of good players and people moving towards next season. We will continue to develop the young players such as Charlie, Frankie and Liam so that we set up a conveyor belt of local players for the clubs future.

I have set the squad realistic targets for the season and expect more consistent performances provided we can remain injury free.

On another note I am pleased to make jack Howard our club captain for obvious reasons, a true club leader, and Curtis as team captain, a very calm, professional leader on and off of the pitch.


01 January 2019 – Happy New Year 

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you all have a peaceful and healthy year ahead.

It continues to be a busy time with players coming and going as I build a squad that will take us up the table and more importantly building towards next season.

I would like to thank Richard Acheampong and Craig Adu-Adjei for their contributions this season and wish them luck moving forward, Craig has taken a coaching job abroad and Richard is on trial at a team in Cyprus.
We have over Christmas found ourselves with no less than seven players injured, suspended or unavailable. This has given first team opportunities to youth team players, Frankie, Charlie and Liam. The experience gained will be priceless for them and bodes well for the future. We have also added a more local feel to the youth team by signing another seven players to that squad.

In terms of the first team, Joe Lewis, Ollie Stevens and Reegan Scotcher are proving to be great additions to our squad and although only being 18/19 they are getting better game by game. Ollie is currently on a great scoring streak and is such a humble member of the squad. Jack Cleevely often doesn’t get a mention due to our relationship but his contribution is greatly underestimated.

The form of Curtis Osano is so important to us as well as his calming influence and for this reason I have made him captain. Jack Howard’s tenacity has led to an ankle injury but we are hoping that he will be back this weekend. I’m surprised that with the way he works he hasn’t had more injuries.

I will always be looking to build our squad so that we have a future not just a ‘right now’, as I have explained before they have to be the right fit for our club; honest, hardworking, reliable and willing to wear our badge with pride. If players don’t fit that criteria they won’t be here long.
I have been continually disappointed that I haven’t been able to put out what I believe to be the strongest squad due to player injury and unavailability.

We have a tough second half of the season and look forward to your continued and fantastic support. We finished the year with a win, let’s all make sure we start the new year with one.

Finally a big thank you to Jason Kerbey and his company Elmwood coach works who has offered to sponsor our player’s tracksuits as well as all the other help he continues to give me.


26 August 2018 – Message from Les

Dear all , the results are tough to take right now and we are working hard to rectify the situation both on the training pitch and personal . Our defending and the fact that we arn’t taking our chances are hurting us . We must and we will do better.

I have gone on record as saying that our season won’t start until October due to the way things were when I came in and I maintain that that will be the case


21 August 2018 – Manager’s update 

It’s been a fantastic start to our season with so much happening in such a short space of time both on and off the pitch.

Players continue to come and go as expected as we continue to build a first team squad that we believe can be competitive at this level. We are continually working hard to add quality players to our playing staff such as Curtis Osano, with league experience that will help our more youthful players develop. We are mindful of keeping a youthful squad that will form the future of Godalming Town and this, together with the now successful formation or our 16-19s academy can only bode well for the future.

We would also like to welcome Becky as our team Physio, she will, with her pitch-side experience prove to be valuable not just dealing with injurie’s but also the rehab of our players.

As I have previously mentioned it will take a reasonable amount of time for us to be playing a style of football that we would like and I still feel that we are 3 or 4 weeks behind where I would like to be at this stage.

Our playing squad are working tirelessly to achieve performances that will bring positive results. We will not stop moving forward until we achieve success and stability.

Can’t tell you all how disappointing it was for me to miss our first league game and our first point but it couldn’t be helped.

It’s sad that our exit from the FA Cup is so soon but we weren’t quite ready to meet a well drilled outfit such as Horndean but l’m sure that a future meeting won’t produce such a resounding win in their favour especially in light of the weeks preparations being spoilt with my weeks jaunt to hospital.

Once again thank you to everyone at the club for your help and support

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