A last minute goal from Jason Henry ensured that Walton & Hersham left Wey Court with all three points, after trailing 1-0 at half time. Darren Wheeler had a perfect opportunity to give Godalming the lead in the opening minutes, but he skewed his show wide from 12 yards. Godalming had the better of the first half, with chances falling to Warren Harris and Adam Foulser, but both of them failed to test Rodney Chiweshe. The Gs took a deserved lead just before half time, when Warren Harris raced through from the left, and after Chiweshe initially blocked the ball, it then bounced free for Harris to apply a simple finish.
Walton made two changes at half time, and these had the desired effect as they grew into the game. Harris nearly doubled the Gs lead, but his effort from a tight angle bobbled agonisingly wide. Godalming survived a massive goalmouth scramble, but could not hang on any further, as Phil Williams chipped the ball into the box, allowing Purdy to hook the ball home with ten minutes left. A frantic end to the game saw Godalming have a number of handball appeals turned down, from which Walton countered, and Jason Henry latched onto a Greg Andrews pass, and slid the ball past Kyle Merson.
Godalming XI: Merson, Harrison, Simeone, Hollis, Lake, McClurg, Edwards, Wheeler, W.Harris, Read, Foulser (Dyer).
Godalming kept pace with the rest of the playoff pack after a 2-1 win at Hythe Town – Hythe’s second home defeat since the middle of November. Godalming went close early on, firstly from a Warren Harris shot, which Dan Read nearly prodded home the rebound, and then a Scott Harris effort was tipped wide by the Hythe keeper. From the resulting corner, a Hythe defender handled the ball just before Jon Palmer was about to head it, and the referee pointed to the spot. Darren Wheeler stepped to convert the spot kick on 13 minutes. The rest of the half was a tight affair, with Dan Read nearly doubling the Gs lead, but his downwards header bounced over the bar from close range.
Hythe pulled level after 53 minutes, when captain Dave Cook headed into the corner from a free kick. Godalming took only 5 minutes to respond, when a run from Warren Harris set up Jamie McClurg, who finished cooly from 10 yards. The remainder of the game carried on to be a tight affair, with neither side creating too many chances. Godalming held on to take a valuable three points, which keeps them right in the playoff mix, albeit with two tough games coming up – firstly at home to the in-form Walton & Hersham, and then away to promotion candidates Whitehawk.
Godalming thumped Burgess Hill seven nil to move within two points of the playoffs. It didn’t take long for Godalming to get the ball rolling, with Jon Palmer finishing a rebound after a Jamie McClurg strike in the opening few minutes. The second came 17 minutes later, after Darren Wheeler’s floated a cross to the far post leaving Scott Harris to head home from close range. Burgess Hill had barely kicked off before the ball was in the net again, this time a deep cross from Wes Harrison was headed home by Dan Read from 6 yards. Scott Harris rattled the frame of the goal with a thumping effort, before Darren Wheeler was tripped in the box, and stepped up himself to convert the resulting penalty just before half time.
Scott Harris had a chance to extend the Gs lead again, but his one on one effort was well saved by the Hillians keeper. The Gs made it 5 in the 69th minute, when Antonio Simeone headed home a Darren Wheeler free kick. 8 minutes later and it was 6-0, this time Scott Harris converted his one on one. Darren Wheeler rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute, after breaking through the Burgess Hill defence, he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.
Godalming travel to Hythe on Saturday, knowing a win could potentially see them finish the day in a playoff spot.
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Goals in each half from Dan Read and Jamie McClurg ensured the Gs enter the final 9 games of the season with an outside shot of the play-offs.
Godalming started brightly, and asserted some early pressure from a number of corners. A neat one-two between McClurg and Read saw the former fire past Shannon Harris, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside. The Gs did find the breakthrough 5 minutes before half time, when Dan Read broke through, and calmly finished past Harris from the edge of the area.
Ramsgate had more of the possession on the second half, and thought they had equalised, only for the linesman to rule out a Tom Hickman header for offside. The final stages were nervy for the hosts, but those nerves were settled when the ball fell kindly Jamie McClurg 18 yards out, who side footed past the out of position Harris.
Godalming face Burgess Hill Town on Tuesday (13th) at Wey Court, kick off 7.45pm.
A long journey to Whitstable was was made even longer after the M25 was temporarily closed yesterday evening. After arriving around 8 o’clock, the game eventually kicked off at the delayed time of 8:20. The game got off to a scrappy start, with neither side managing to stamp their authority on the match. A few half chance from Warren Harris and an effort from Jon Palmer were the closest that the Gs came to breaking the deadlock. Whitstable opened the scoring after a surging run from Scott Heard through the middle, set up Dane Luchford who curled the ball past Jake Somerville.
The second half started much like the first, with Godalming failing to really test the host’s keeper, and Whitstable seeming content on sitting on their 1-0 lead. Godalming did finally level after 70 minutes, when a Darren Wheeler corner bypassed everyone and found Jamie McClurg on the edge of the area, who fired a thumping volley into the roof of the net. Godalming were now pushing for the winner, but continued to have difficulty in breaking through the Whitstable defence. With only minutes left, another darting run from Scott Heard set up substitute Stuart Vahid, who finished past Somerville to give Whitstable all three points.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Cooper, Hollis, Simeone, Palmer (Harrison), Edwards, McClurg, Short (Lake), Wheeler, W.Harris, Read. Subs not used: Foulser.
A solid display saw Godalming run out 1-0 winners against Faversham Town. The Gs started brightly, and Dan Read nearly gave Godalming the lead but for a good save from Rob French. A goalmouth scramble at the other end saw the ball twice cleared off the line. Godalming took the lead after 25 minutes when a push on Antonio Simeone from a corner was spotted by the referee. Darren Wheeler stepped up to convert his 2nd penalty in 3 matches.
Faversham were reduced to ten men early in the second half when an elbow from Sam Robinson caught Jon Palmer, and Robinson was duly sent off. The sending off seemed to spur Faversham on, who for most of the half had the better of the possession and the chances, with Godalming trying to hit the hosts on the break. Despite their pressure, Faversham couldn’t find a way through the Gs defence, who kept a second successive clean sheet for only the second time this season.
Godalming return to Kent on Tuesday night to face Whitstable Town, kick off 7.45pm.