Dan Read’s second half strike gave Godalming all three points and meant that Dulwich fell to their first home league defeat of the season. The first half was a scrappy affair, with neither side being able to stamp their authority on the game. Dulwich came closest, when a free kick looked destined for the net, until Jake Somerville sprang to acrobatically to tip the ball around the post.
The second half continued much in the same vein as the first, with Godalming’s defence ensuring that Dulwich struggled to fashion any clear cut chances. The Gs best chance of the game fell to Darren Wheeler, whose effort was saved by the keeper only for Dan Read to be sharpest to rebound and put the ball into the empty net. Godalming’s defence stood firm to the oncoming Dulwich attacks, with Somerville first tipping over after a close range header, and then with five minutes left somehow acrobatically keeping an effort out that seemed destined for the back of the net.
A solid defensive performance was key in getting the three points, with a number of fantastic from Somerville saves being the highlight. Godalming travel to Whitstable Town next Saturday, with a coach being available to supporters. To book your places please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Glenn on 07790 332587.
Two goals at the start of the second half ensured that Walton Casuals left a windy Wey Court with all 3 points. Godalming had the better of the first half with Warren Harris firing over the bar from inside the area. Dan Read then also had an effort which was well saved by Gareth Williams. Walton’s closest effort of the half came when they had a goal disallowed for offside.
Walton came out strong at the second half and scored when Troy Ferguson finished well past Somerville. Walton were 2-0 up soon after when Antonio Simeone fouled in the area and Liam Holden converted the resulting penalty. Godalming piled on the pressure from then onwards, and came closest when Scott Harris hit the post. Despite the onslaught Casuals held on for the win, with a performance which saw them being the more clinical of the two sides.
Godalming fell to a heavy defeat in the Surrey Senior Cup at the hands of Blue Square South side Sutton United. The Gs handed Callum Eagle a debut at right back, with Damien Smith slotting into the midfield and Jon Palmer starting up front. It took Sutton ten minutes to take the lead, when Joel Ledgister converted Harry Beautyman’s cross with a calm finish. It was 2-0 five minutes later when a mix up between Ryan Lake and Jake Somerville saw the former poke the ball into his own net. A four minute hat trick starting in the 33rd minute for Kyle Vassell meant that Sutton entered the half time break with a commanding lead.
Vassell scored his fourth, and the only goal of the second half in the 64th minute when he took the ball round the oncoming Somerville to tap into an empty net. Godalming were largely restricted to long range efforts, with Sutton’s keeper Wayne Shaw tipping over well from Darren Wheeler.
Godalming will return to league action this Saturday, when they welcome Walton Casuals to Wey Court, kick off 3pm.
Godalming left the Buzzlines Stadium on Saturday with a point, but will be dissapointed not to have left with all three. A lively start to the game saw Folkestone start strongly, testing Somerville in the Gs goal early on. After 15 minutes, Darren Wheeler collected the ball on the left hand side, and crossed to the far post where Scott Harris volleyed a shot, only for Invicta defender Liam Friend to deliberately handle the ball off the line. Friend rightly received his marching orders, but Ryan Lake missed the resulting penalty, saved by Delo down to his right. Shortly after the Gs did take the lead, when Harris fired a low shot from outside the area which found the bottom corner. On the stroke of half time, Harris doubled the lead, after cooly finishing past Delo one on one.
Folkestone cane out strong in the second half, with Somerville pulling off some fine saves. Folkestone got back into the game when they were awarded a penalty after the Folkestone forward tumbled in the box under a soft challenge. Stuart King converted the penalty. Wheeler had a good chance for Godalming, but his volley went high and wide. Folkestone grabbed their equaliser in the 86th minute when Darren Smith pounced on a Folkestone strike and finished from close range.
An entertaining match at Wey Court saw the Gs draw 1-1 with fellow play-off contenders Maidstone United. Maidstone had the first chance of the game after 9 minutes, with Ryan Lake blocking Alex Waugh’s effort on the line. Godalming had a number of chances to take the lead before the break, with Daren Hawkes tipping Dan Read’s curling effort just round the post, and then Guy Hollis burst down the right hand side but fired his effort narrowly wide.
Dan Read had another chance 12 minutes into the second half when he shrugged off the Maidstone centre back, but saw his effort come back off the post. Substitute Darren Wheeler made an instant impact, with a whipped cross which was met on the volley by Read, only to see it rebound off the post once more. The last 20 minutes were end to end, with both sides going for a winner, and both goalkeepers pulling off some fine saves. On 84 minutes Jamie McClurg’s quick free kick released Scott Harris, whose fantastic half volley from outside the area found the far corner of the net. There was more drama to come however, when substitute Baff Addae drilled a low shot from outside the area, which beat Somerville to give Maidstone an 89th minute equaliser.
Godalming recorded their third successive win over league struggler’s Whyteleafe at Church Road on Monday. Town got off to a good start when sustained pressure led to captain Adam Foulser heading in a long Guy Hollis throw on 24 minutes. Godalming came close again, but Dan Read’s cross was crucially intercepted by ‘leafe keeper Paul Smith, which would have left Scott Harris with a tap in.
Godalming doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half when a mazy run from Josh Pearson set free Dan Read, who finished from close range. The match seemed to fizzle out in the closing stages, but Whyteleafe snatched a goal back in the 81st minute via Danny Dudley, setting up a frantic last ten minutes. Whyteleafe failed to create any meaningful chances after their goal, which meant the Gs departed Church Road with a deserved three points.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Hollis, Foulser, Simeone, Harrison, Pearson, Edwards, Cooper (McClurg), Palmer (Lake), Read, Harris. Subs not used: Baker, D.Smith.