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.
An entertaining match at Bourne Park saw Maidstone triumph 4-2 and go top of the Ryman South table.
It was the Gs who drew first blood however, with Darren Wheeler firing a low shot from 18 yards into the bottom corner after 9 minutes. Maidstone got back into the game as Alex Waugh converted from a corner on the half hour mark, and it was Waugh again who gave Maidstone the lead 5 minutes later with a driven shot from close range.
Alex Flisher put the home side 3-1 after 57 minutes, but Scott Harris finished from close range to make it 3-2 with just over 10 minutes remaining. Adam Foulser then thought he had equalised, but the referee deemed his effort not to have crossed the line, to the amazement of the Godalming players and supporters. Shaun Welford added Maidstone’s fourth in stoppage time.
A much improved performance from last Saturday, the Gs gave the league leaders a real run for their money and will be disappointed to come away empty handed.
Next up is Faversham Town at home, this Saturday at Wey Court, kick off 3pm.
Godalming team: Lee Pearce, Guy Hollis, Adam Foulser, Antonio Simeone (Damien Smith), Ryan Lake, George Short (Gav Smith), Brett Cooper, Jamie McClurg, Darren Wheeler, Jon Palmer (Wes Harrison), Scott Harris.
Three goals in the first 25 minutes effectively ended Godalming’s FA Trophy run. Veteran striker Steve Claridge put Borough ahead after only 7 minutes, when he tapped home after keeper Jamie Norris was down after a collision with a Gosport player. There was no controversy about Gosport’s second, however. Justin Bennett finished off a mazy run with a powerful finish leaving Norris no chance. Bennett then got Gosport’s third on 24 minutes, his shot going in off the post. Gav Smith came closest for Godalming, but was well denied by the Gosport keeper.
Town started to exert more pressure in the second half, but could find no real cutting edge. The referee seemed to miss the ball striking the hand of a Gosport defender in the area as he was defending a corner. Scott Harris had the best chance of the second half, but his one on one effort went narrowly wide. Gosport added their fourth in injury time, when Claridge set up Adam Wilde who neatly finished.
Godalming will look to improve when they travel to Maidstone United on Wednesday evening, kick off 7.45pm.