A superb performance from Godalming saw them dispatch Eastbourne Town 3-0 at the Saffrons on Tuesday. Godalming flew out of the blocks, with Warren Harris troubing the Eastbourne defence with his pace and trickery. Dan Read came close to giving the Gs the lead, but scuffed his effort from ten yards after a Wheeler cross. Godalming did take the lead soon after, when another Darren Wheeler cross was met by the foot of Warren Harris who prodded the ball into the corner of the net. Five minutes later the Gs doubled their lead. A slick passing move culminated in Brett Cooper setting up Dan Read, who made no mistake with the finish. Godalming’s pace and tempo mean that Eastbourne hardly had a sniff in the first half.
Eastbourne made a sub at half time, which seemed to rejuvenate them as they penned Godalming into their half for the first ten minutes. Their closest effort came from a header from a corner, which rattled the crossbar, then bounced on the line and out. Despite the early pressure, the Gs started to take control again, and it should have been 3-0 when Dan Read was inches away from heading home a Wheeler cross. It was Darren Wheeler who settled proceedings, when he fired into the top corner from 12 yards out in the 86th minute. Eastbourne were reduced to ten men in the closing stages, when Kai Bichard received a straight red card for an off the ball incident.
Godalming XI: Somerville, D.Smith, Lake, Hollis, Simeone, Cooper, McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, Read, S.Harris (Palmer). Unused subs: Short, Baker, Harrison.
An exciting game, which included three penalties, saw Bognor leave with all three points after winning 4-2. Dan Read went close midway through the first half, but his effort was well saved by the legs of Craig Stoner. Godalming took the lead after 38 minutes, when Osa Obamwonyi handled in the box. Darren Wheeler converted the resulting penalty into the bottom corner. Bognor were then awarded a penalty after 44 minutes, when Jake Somerville brought down James Crane on the edge of the box, and Ashley Robinson converted the spot kick.
The second half had barely started before Bognor were again awarded a penalty. Dan Beck’s shot was judged to have been blocked by the arm of Ryan Lake, and Robinson converted the penalty once again. Bognor grabbed their third on 55 minutes, when a cross from the right from Robinson was header home by Steve Harper. Warren Harris pulled one back for Godalming on 70 minutes, after Stoner misjudged a looping cross, which Dan Read volleyed back across the goal for Harris to tap into an empty net. As Godalming pushed for the equaliser, Bognor broke and sealed the game in the 90th minute, Steve Harper grabbing his second of the game.
Godalming twice came from behind to record a well earned draw against Dulwich Hamlet. Hamlet went 1-0 up after seven minutes, when a cross from Ofusu-Hene wasn’t clear by the Godalming defence, leaving Frankie Sawyer to fire past Somerville from close range. The Gs found an equaliser ten minutes later, when Darren Wheeler’s corner was headed home by Ryan Lake at the far post.
Dulwich took the lead a minute into the second half, when Kamara’s shot bounced in past Somerville. Godalming upped the tempo and put pressure on Dulwich with a succession of corners, and it was from one of these that the equaliser came after 72 minutes. After a scramble in the box, the ball fell to Antonio Simeone who smashed the ball into the net from 12 yards. This set up an open finish to the game, but neither side could manage to find a winner.
Godalming face league leaders Bognor Regis Town at home this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
A first half Roscoe D’Sane goal meant Godalming fell to defeat in their first competitive game for three weeks. Godalming started strongly, with Ben Edwards going close after a couple of minutes. Despite the early pressure, it was the home side who broke the deadlock, when D’Sane popped up at the far post to tap home a low cross from the left. Dan Read had a good chance to equalise, but fired his one on one effort wide. Former Godalming player, James Evans then received his marching orders after being booked for taking a free kick too early. Evans had already been booked for a cynical tackle on Darren Wheeler which saw him substituted due to injury. Despite further pressure, the Gs could not find the equaliser.
The second half continued in much the same vain as the first, with Godalming having more of the ball, but failing to create any clear cut chances. The best chance fell to Dan Read, who headed against the bar after a Scott Harris flick on. Things got worse for the Gs when captain Adam Foulser went off injured after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
Godalming face title chasing Dulwich Hamlet at home on Tuesday (7.45pm), and admission is half price for all.