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.
A Leon Solomon hat-trick ensured that is was Maidenhead who entered the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup, not Godalming.
In front of a crowd of 703, the opening exchanges of the match were cagey, with John Scarborough going close with a header for the Magpies, and McClurg going close for the Gs. Maidenhead broke the deadlock after half an hour when striker Ashan Holgate chested the ball down for Martel Powell, who made no mistake with a powerful finish. Solomon scored his first of the game 8 minutes later, when his curling effort from 25 yards found the top corner, leaving Norris no chance.
Maidenhead effectively killed the game off on 47 minutes, when Solomon again cut in from the right, and his cross ended up in the back of the net. Solomon grabbed his hat-trick with ten minutes left, after a 1-2 with Holgate, and he neatly found the corner of the net. Maidenhead added their fifth on 90 minutes when Manny Williams rounded Norris and slotted the ball into the empty net.
The Gs will be disappointed with their performance on the day, but can be immensely proud of what they have achieved so far this season. There is more cup action on Saturday, as Godalming travel to Gosport Borough in the FA Trophy.
Godalming Town produced a superb team performance to claim another cup scalp. The Gs have performed heroics in the FA Cup this season and it was an interesting distraction to travel to Kingsmeadow to face Ryman Premier side Kingstonian. Town lined up with Damien Smith replacing Antonio Simeone, Gavin Smith instead of hattrick hero Dan Read and Brett Cooper replacing Warren Harris. The opening exchanges were even with both sides going close. Ali Chabaan looked dangerous for the home side whilst Scott Harris was causing the home defence headaches.
Jamie Norris saved superbly to his left to keep the score at 0-0 but it was Town that opened the scoring when Ben Edwards headed in from close range after a cross from the left from Adam Foulser.
The second half started well for Godalming but the Town were denied a clear penalty when Tom Hutchinson clearly blocked a Darren Wheeler cross with an outstretched arm. Scott Harris almost doubled Town’s lead but his shot was saved after superb work Brett Cooper and McClurg. Godalming defended well to see out the remaining 15 minutes but relied on some shocking finishing from the hosts who blazed a number of efforts over Norris’ crossbar.
This was Godalming’s first ever victory against Kingstonian and adds £2,200 to Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s prize money account for the 2011/12 season. The draw will take place on Monday morning.
Next up for Godalming is Blue Square South side Maidenhead United in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round next Saturday. The game will be played at Wey Court, kick off 3pm.
Godalming made the long trip to face Bodmin in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round on Saturday. In front of a 300 strong crowd, the home side took the lead after 13 minutes when Adam Carter met Luke Rundle’s cross. Carter could have double their lead not long after, but his shot hit the post when it seemed easier to score. The lively Darren Wheeler punished Bodmin, after a tricky run, he fired the ball low past Kevin Miller into the bottom corner.
Wheeler was causing the Bodmin defence problems with his pace, and he was brought down by Miller in the area, and the referee had no hesitations pointing to the spot. Wheeler stepped up to take the penalty, but it was well saved to the keepers left. Gavin Smith grazed the top of the bar with a shot, but despite plenty of pressure, the Gs could not find a winner.
The two sides, who will both be in tomorrows 4th round draw, will now meet again this Tuesday (18th) at Wey Court, 7.45pm kick off.
Godalming missed the chance to move up to third in the league after a 1-1 draw with Croydon Athletic. Ben Edwards gave Godalming the lead after 39 minutes with a well placed volley which found the top corner. Half time came at the wrong time for Godalming, and Croydon started the second half the better of the two sides. Connor French leveled the scores after he lobbed the oncoming Jamie Norris. Taurean Roberts was sent off for Croydon for a second bookable offence with 5 minutes left, and both sides had chances to snatch it in an open finish, but neither could find a winner.
Godalming were eliminated from the Ryman League Cup after losing 4-2 on penalties to Dulwich Hamlet. Junior Kadi gave Dulwich the lead in the first half, after he converted from a rebound. Dan Read came close, but his shot rebounded back off the post. Gavin Smith headed the Gs level from a Darren Wheeler corner, and Wheeler provided again when Smith finished well after his through ball. Hamlet hit back instantly through Adeyini, and the game went straight to penalties.
Wheeler missed the first penalty for Godalming, with his shot rebounding off the inside of the post. Dulwich converted their’s, and Wes Harrison scored for the Gs. George Short had his well saved by James Tedder after Dulwich had converted their second, and Mu Mann chipped in their third. Gav Smith found the corner with his, but it was not enough as Dulwich scored their fourth penalty.
Godalming drew 1-1 at Walton Casuals on Tuesday, with both goals coming in the second half. Before the game, a minutes silence was held for long-serving Godalming clubman Dennis Ford, who sadly passed away earlier in the week.
It was a cagey start to the game, with Godalming’s best chance coming midway through the half, when Dan Read’s one on one slid narrowly past the wrong side of the post. Scott Harris stung the Casuals keeper’s hands with a fierce shot, but both sides went in at half time 0-0. Walton took the lead midway through the second half, when they were awarded a penalty which was duly converted. Ten minutes later, Godalming were awarded a penalty themselves when a Walton defender handled in the area. Dan Read stepped up, but his penalty was well saved low to the keepers right. Luckily for the Gs Jamie McClurg was first in for the rebound, and slotted the ball past Bradshaw. Wes Harrison rattled the Walton bar late on, but in an open end to the game, neither side could find a winner.
Godalming progressed to the third qualifying round of the FA cup after a 2-1 victory over Blue Square North side Worcester City. The Gs took the lead after only 3 minutes when Adam Foulser’s cross was headed home by Dan Read. Seven minutes later Godalming doubled their lead when in form striker Scott Harris volleyed home from outside the box. Worcester came close when Lee Smith’s effort was saved by Jamie Norris, and McGregor’s effort hit the crossbar. Godalming could have increased their lead before halftime but Brett Cooper’s effort was well blocked by the Worcester defender.
Worcester came out strongly in the second half,but failed to attack with any real conviction. Jamie Norris made a fine save from a powerful effort, but from the resulting corner Worcester pulled a goal back in the 90th minute when Luke Corbett struck. Godalming managed to hold on for a few nervy minutes, and will now look forward to the draw for the next round.
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.