Godalming secured a vital three points against fellow play off contenders Worthing in an entertaining match at Wey Court. Town took an early lead when Scott Harris fired past Alan Mansfield after a cross from Josh Pearson. Worthing had a succession of corners but failed to test Jake Somerville. Brett Cooper hit the post for the hosts with Mansfield beaten. Mike Huckett had a golden chance to equalise for Worthing when they were awarded a penalty near the end of the first half, but he cannoned the ball off the crossbar – his second penalty miss in consecutive matches.
Godalming started stronger in the the second half, with chances falling to both Scott Harris and Dan Read. Worthing were always a threat, and Tom Manton was inches away from equalising at the far post. Jamie Brotherton had a mazy run deep into injury time, but his speculative effort went narrowly over the crossbar.
Godalming finish 2011 with two wins and two clean sheets. They will look to extend this against Whyteleafe on Monday afternoon.
Scott Harris score the only goal with just two minutes remaining to secure three important points for Godalming Town. Both sides produced a cagey opening half hour, with Brett Cooper coming closest for the hosts when his head went narrowly wide.
The second period produced a far more watchable match, with both sides stretching the opposition defences. Jake Somerville did well to parry a stinging shot from the Chipstead forward. Substitute Scott Harris had the best chance of the game so far when he was sent through by Josh Pearson, but his lobbed effort was straight at Steve Northwood in the Chipstead goal. Northwood was involved again moments later when he saved well from Dan Read and Brett Cooper. Chipstead had a golden chance to take the lead, but Andrew Dalehouse blasted over the bar from 8 yards. Godalming snatched the winner in the 88 minute, when Northwood parried a Jon Palmer effort, but Harris was on hand to poke home the rebound.
A poor performance led to Godalming getting deservedly beaten 4-0 by a talented Merstham side. It took only two minutes for the visitors to take the lead, through a simple finish from Roscoe D’Sane, formerly of Aldershot and Woking amongst others. Harry Ottaway double Merstham’s lead on 31 minutes, with Godalming’s closest effort of the game coming shortly after when Gavin Smith rattled the bar, but impressive winger Fabio Saraiva added a third in first half stoppage time for Merstham.
Smith went close again for Godalming at the start of the second half, but his header from a Ryan Lake corner went narrowly wide. Liam Wright added Merstham’s fourth with a tap in at the far post, and Merstham were awarded a penalty a few minutes later when Jamie Norris fouled D’Sane. Ottaway stepped up to take the penalty but fired it high and wide. A hugely disappointing performance from Godalming, who were well beaten by a pacey, attacking Merstham side.
Godalming’s next home match is on the 20th December against Dulwich Hamlet, and admission is half price for all.
Godalming drew 0-0 with 13th placed Sittingbourne at a chilly Wey Court. Scott Harris had the best chance of a half which Godalming dominated, his header going narrowly wide. Hicham Akhazzan was lively up front for the visitors, and Gs keeper Jamie Norris did well to tip a dipping volley onto the bar.
Godalming continued the second half on top, with a Jamie McClurg effort coming back off of the post. The home side had a number of appeals for penalties turned down in the second half as they failed to find the breakthrough. The visitors keeper clawed out an Adam Foulser header late on, but Sittingbourne could have snatched all three points in the last minute, but Akhazzan’s spectaluar effort cannoned back off the bar with only seconds remaining.
Godalming came away from Ramsgate with a hard fought point on Tuesday night. The home side took the lead after six minutes when James Gregory’s powerful finish found the corner of the net. Ramsgate were two up ten minutes later, as Simon Pettit scrambled the ball just over the line. Godalming hit back through Darren Wheeler on 29 minutes, when he expertly controlled a great crossfield ball from Antonio Simeone, and the ball then fell kindly for him to tuck away through the defender on the lines legs.
Godalming were on top for most of the second half, and Rams keeper Danny Twyman made two smart saves to keep the Gs out, firstly from a deflection off his own defender, and then a reaction save from Jamie McClurg. The equaliser came from Dan Read in the 72 minute, after Wheeler raced onto a flick on from Gav Smith, then squared the ball for Read who slid the ball past the keeper. This led to a frantic end to the match, with both sides striving for a winner. Godalming’s closest effort came when Ben Edward’s shot slid narrowly past the post.
A well earned point in a game where Godalming only had one recognised defender on the pitch due to suspensions and injuries. The Gs now face Sittingbourne at home on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Godalming: Norris, Harrison, S.Harris, Simeone, Palmer, Cooper (Short), McClurg, Edwards, Read, Wheeler, G.Smith. Subs not used: Hollis, Laing, Baker.
Godalming were comprehensively beaten by title-chasing Bognor Regis at Nyewood Lane on Tuesday. The Gs, missing suspended captain Adam Foulser and the injured Guy Hollis went 1-0 down after only 6 minutes when James Crane finished a Ben Johnson cross. Jamie Norris saved well from a close range header, and Godalming had a chance at the other end, only to be denied by Stoner in the Bognor goal. League top scorer Jason Prior got Bognor’s second after a shot rebounded off the post, leaving him with a simple finish. James Crane scored his second just before half time with a neat finish one on one.
Any hopes of a second half comeback were soon dashed when Steve Harper volleyed home at the far post. Scott Harris had a chance to pull one back for the Gs, but again Stoner was equal to the effort. Ben Johnson made it five for the Rocks when he chipped over Norris in the 56th minute. Godalming had the better of possession for the closing stages, with Warren Harris firing a volley narrowly wide. The hosts scored their sixth on 87 minutes when Steve Harper finished from close range.
A Jamie McClurg brace, sandwiched between goals from Dan Read and Darren Wheeler gave the Gs a convincing 4-0 victory over Burgess Hill.
Godalming got off to a flying start when Dan Read fired Godalming ahead after only 3 minutes. Jamie McClurg then doubled Godalming’s lead with a stunning strike from outside of the area which found the top corner of the net. McClurg got his second, and Godalming’s third 5 minutes later with another strike from outside of the area, this time in the bottom right hand corner. Despite spells of pressure from the hosts, they failed to create any clear cut chances. Darren Wheeler grabbed the Gs fourth, with an excellent run and finish after 85 minutes, but there was still time for Burgess Hill to miss a penalty, which was sent wide of the post.
Godalming travel to Bognor on Tuesday night, and will be hoping to keep up their rich vein of scoring.
Godalming progressed through to the 3rd round of the Surrey Senior Cup after a 6-1 demolition of Combined Counties Premier side Banstead Athletic. The Gs made 5 changes to Saturday’s lineup, and it was one of those, Dan Read, who opened the scoring. Darren Wheeler’s curling effort came back off the post, with Read able to finish the rebound. Read turned from goalscorer to provider when Jon Palmer met his cross on the half volley, firing past Colin Harris. Banstead halved the deficit via a Andy Cheadle penalty, but Palmer soon restored the 2 goal lead with a flying header from a superb Dan Read cross.
Ben Edwards ghosted into the box for Town’s fourth on 55 minutes, and 8 minutes later he got his second with a neat finish past Harris. Edwards completed his hat trick on 84 minutes, with a fine shot from the edge of the area.
Godalming will face either Sutton United or Epsom & Ewell away in the next round.
Godalming XI: Norris, Hollis (D.Smith), Foulser, Simeone, Lake, Short, Edwards, McClurg (Cooper), Wheeler (S.Harris), Read, Palmer. Subs not used: Neil Baker
Godalming returned to winning ways after a 4-1 victory over Whitstable Town at Wey Court. Captain Adam Foulser gave the Gs a 1-0 lead after 16 minutes, heading home unmarked from a corner. Whitstable equalised after 39 minutes, when Damien Smith gave away a penalty, with Stuart Vahid converting the spot kick.
As Whitstable started to tire in the second half, Darren Wheeler burst through and finished well past Jack Smelt to give Godalming a 2-1 lead after 65 minutes. The home side started playing with more confidence after Wheeler’s goal, and Ben Edwards gave Godalming their third, after he finished from close range. Wheeler was brought down by a Whitstable defender in the area in stoppage time, with Ryan Lake converting the penalty low to the keepers right.
Godalming travel to Banstead Athletic on Tuesday for a Surrey Senior Cup tie. Kick off is 7.30pm.
Godalming fell to a 1-0 defeat against Faversham Town at Wey Court. Tom Hickman gave the visitors the lead after ten minutes when he was unmarked in the box and finished into the bottom corner. Gav Smith then rattled the Faversham post, and Brett Cooper’s shot flew past the post, but the Gs failed to find the equaliser.
Gav Smith headed over from 6 yards at the start of the second half, and Godalming continued to pile on the pressure throughout the second half, but failed to find a way past the excellent Rob French in the Faversham goal. Adam Foulser was sent off for Godalming late on, but then the Gs were awarded a penalty when a Faversham defender handled in the box, but Gavin Smith’s effort was well saved by French.
Next up for the Gs are Whitstable Town at home next Saturday.