Godalming’s fourth league win in a row came against Folkestone Invicta at a foggy Wey Court. The first real action of the game came after 20 minutes, when Scott Harris thought he’d give Town the lead, only to have be adjudged to have fouled the Invicta keeper Jack Delo in the process. Jon Palmer went close 13 minutes later, but his fierce shot went just wide of the post. It was leading scorer Scott Harris who gave Godalming the lead on the stroke of half time, as he chested the ball down and fired his volley into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Godalming could have doubled their lead seconds after the restart when Ben Edwards got on the end of a Darren Wheeler cross, but his shot was straight at Delo. Wheeler then went close himself, but his shot went over the bar with the Invicta keeper stranded. Godalming did get a second on 78 minutes, when Dan Read header found the bottom corner, following a whipped cross from Wheeler. Folkestone hit back straight away, with Josh Vincent grabbing their goal, but the Gs held on for a deserved three points.
Next up for Godalming is Blue Square North side Worcester City in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, at Wey Court this Saturday. Kick off 3pm.
An excellent second half performance ensured the Gs of three points, meaning they rise to 4th in the league.
The first half was largely uneventful, with Scott Harris having Godalming’s best chance, but was denied by the diving Zawadski in the Crawley goal. Norris made a smart save at the other end from a dipping free kick, and both teams entered 0-0 at half time.
Scott Harris gave Godalming the lead on 55 minutes, when he headed home Adam Foulser’s knock down from a corner. Dan Read double the leads in the 75th minute with a fine finish from a tight angle, which went in off the post. Harris then grabbed his sixth goal in as many games, when he slid the ball through the keeper’s legs from close range. Jon Palmer rounded off the match with a fabulous volley from the edge of the box, which flew into the top corner.
The Gs face Folkestone Invicta at home this Tuesday 27th, kick off 7.45pm. After that the Gs welcome Conference North side Worcester City in the FA Cup with Budweiser.
Godalming progressed through to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after a 3-1 win against Moneyfields at Dover Road.
Moneyfields took the lead after ten minutes, when Jake Slater slotted the ball past Jamie Norris. Moneyfields attempts to disrupt play through persistent fouling soon backfired when Darren Wheeler’s free kick found the head of Adam Foulser, whose knock down was fired home by Dan Read on 30 minutes. Half time substitute Scott Harris gave the Gs the lead on 68 minutes, finishing low past the Moneys keeper. Dan Read then sealed the result after racing onto Harris’s through ball and finishing well past Dave Hook.
Godalming will face Worcester City at home in the next round, on Saturday 1st October, 3pm, at Wey Court.
Wessex Premier side Moneyfields forced a replay at a wet Wey Court on Saturday, after they led at half time. Godalming had most of the early possesion, but failed to really test David Hook in the Moneyfields goal. Hook was called into action when he saved a header from Smith, and managed to scoop it over the bar. Rob Evans gave Moneyfields the lead, as he finished well past the oncoming Jamie Norris. Godalming equalised after 57 minutes, when Gavin Smith met Darren Wheeler’s cross with his head and the ball found the bottom corner. Wheeler hit the post for Godalming soon after, as his looping cross beat Hook, but cannoned of the inside of the post.
Godalming will now travel to Moneyfields on Tuesday night for the replay.
Godalming rose to sixth place in the league after a 2-1 win over last season play-off semi finalists Whitehawk. Warren Harris fired narrowly wide for Godalming early on, but was later forced off with an injury after being on the receiving end of a heavy tackle. Sam Gargan caused the Gs defense problems with his pace and trickery, and twice Godalming had to scrambled efforts clear. Whitehawk took the lead through Pat Harding, who fired past Norris into the far corner.
Godalming came out strong at the start of the second half, with Wheeler’s pace causing Whitehawk problems. Ten minutes into the second half Scott Harris equalised for Godalming, getting in between the two Whitehawk defenders and firing in off the post. The winner came with only two minutes left on the clock, when Harris turned from scorer to provider. His cross from the right found Gavin Smith in the middle, whose header deflected off Hawks defender El-Abd and into the back off the net. Godalming held on for the final few nervy minutes, and secured three more points.
Next up is Moneyfields in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round, at Wey Court on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.
Godalming ran out 3-0 winners at Corinthian Casuals, thanks to second half goals from Gavin Smith (2) and Scott Harris. It was Scott Harris’s younger brother Warren – signed on dual registration from Staines Town, who was causing the Casuals defense problems early on. His pace down the right allowed him to put in a number of crosses that troubled the Casuals defense. The Gs best chance of the half came when Warren Harris’s shot was well blocked from close range.
Godalming took the lead after 52 minutes when Gavin Smith cut in and fired past former Godalming keeper Matt Mann. Scott Harris doubled the lead two minutes later, beating the Casuals defender to the ball and firing past Mann. Smith got his second on 72 minutes, when Scott Harris’s tackle on the edge of the box set up Smith, who cooly round the keeper and slotted home. A late incident involving players from both teams saw Gavin Smith sent off for Godalming, and Scott Hassell and Jamal Carr for Corinthian Casuals.
Next up for Godalming are Whitehawk at Wey Court on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
Godalming progressed through to the next round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 away win at Wimborne Town.
The Gs played well in the first half, with Wheeler, Harris and McClurg all going close. Wimborne’s best chance of the half came when Matt Kemble headed wide from a free header.
Scott Harris gave Godalming the lead on 47 minutes, when he swiveled and fired past the Wimborne keeper. George Short grabbed the Gs second when he cooly finished at the far post. The hosts pulled one back in the 83rd minute from a Nathan Lynch header, and piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes, but Godalming held on to ensure a safe passage through to the next round, where they will host Wessex League side Moneyfields.