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.