Godalming made it 6 out of 6 in the league, after a 3-1 victory at Royston. The Gs started strongly, with Warren Harris causing problems on the right side. Dan Read then forced a reaction stop out of keeper Will Norris from close range. Godalming made the breakthrough on 25 minutes, when Dan Read’s header from a Darren Wheeler corner was deflected in off the Royston defender. Adam Foulser saw his header from a corner fly narrowly past the post a few minutes later.
Godalming doubled their lead 15 minutes into the second half, when Foulser headed the ball against the post, Dan Read was the first to react, tucking in the rebound from 5 yards. Read was then denied a hat-trick after he put the ball in the net after Antonio Simeone’s free kick was saved, but he was judged to be offside. Royston pulled one back with ten minutes remaining, Jack Bradshaw finding the top corner, leaving Somerville no chance. With a few minutes remaining, Adam Foulser was sent off for Godalming, after the Royston player who was marking him collapsed to the floor. Johnnie Dyer then received a straight red card, after tripping a Royston player in the aftermath. With Royston pushing for the equaliser, Darren Wheeler broke free for Godalming on the left, before cutting inside to finish past Norris to secure the 3 points.
Godalming are next in action in two weeks time when they travel to Barton Rovers.
Godalming were eliminated from the FA Trophy after a poor performance against Southern League South West Division side North Leigh. The visitors had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes, but the Leigh forward scuffed his simple chance wide of the open goal. North Leigh did take the lead after 21 minutes, when John Mills fired in what proved to be the only goal of the game.
The Gs exerted more pressure in the second half, but the visitors defence held strong. Johnnie Dyer had the best chance of the half, but his near post header from a corner went agonisingly wide. All three subs were made, with Godalming pushing three up front for the last 25 minutes, but they could not breach the North Leigh defence to force a replay.
Next up for Godalming is an away trip to Royston, where they will look to keep up their 100% league record.
Post match interview with Neil Baker.
Godalming Town exited the FA Cup at the 1st Qualifying Round after a pulsating tie against Dulwich Hamlet. The Gs went close to an early lead, but Scott Harris’ far post header rebounded back off the post. The home side took the lead after 20 minutes, when Ellis Green cut in from the right a struck a fierce low shot past Somerville. It was then Dulwich’s turn to hit the post, Carl Wilson-Denis’ effort rebounding off the inside of the woodwork. Jamie McClurg equalised for Godalming with a left footed curling shot, which left the keeper no chance. Dulwich pushed hard for the winner late on, but the Gs defence held out, forcing extra time.
Callum Martin gave Dulwich the lead in the first minute of extra time, as he converted Green’s cross. The lead only last 5 minutes, as a free kick into the area was diverted back across the goal, leaving Ryan Lake a simple header from six yards.
Dan Read and Wes Harrison put Godalming’s first two penalties over the bar, with Dulwich scoring their first, and Somerville saving their second. Jack Broome scored the Gs third, but Dulwich converted their third, and with Ryan Lake’s spot kick being saved, Dulwich scored their third, meaning Godalming lose 3-1.
The Gs are in FA Trophy action at Wey Court this weekend, as they face Southern South and West side North Leigh. Kick off 3pm.
Gs XI: Somerville, Harrison, Hollis, Simeone, Lake, Short (Broome), McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler (Palmer), S.Harris (Read), Dyer. Subs not used: Foulser.
Godalming are in the hat for tomorrows FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Draw, although they will need to overcome Dulwich in a replay on Tuesday night. Despite a bright start from Godalming, the visitors took control of the first half, and caused the Gs defence more problems than they’ve encountered this season so far. This was not helped by Captain Adam Foulser going off with a hamstring injury midway through the half. Hamlet took the lead through Dean Carpenter, after he dispossessed Warren Harris then fired an unstoppable effort past Jake Somerville. Godalming grabbed an equaliser just before half time, when Warren Harris fired a pin-point cross in from the right, which was met by the head of Johnnie Dyer and found the back of the net.
Godalming were much more lively in the second half, pressing Dulwich back from the off. Antonio Simeone gave the Gs the lead on 52 minutes when his unstoppable free kick found the top corner of the net. Godalming held on until the 88th minute, when Jake Somerville brought down the Dulwich forward, resulting in a booking for Jake and a penalty for Dulwich. Substitute Erzan Oztumer converted the penalty; forcing a replay at Champion Hill this Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm
Godalming made it 5 wins out of 5 in the league, as they defeated Uxbridge 4-1 at Wey Court on Tuesday. The visitors had the first chance of the game, a close range header forcing a reflex stop from Somerville, who did well to also block the rebound. The Gs took the lead after 7 minutes, when Warren Harris’ looping header found the net after a pin-point cross from George Short. Warren grabbed his second after 38 minutes when he finished past Elston-Bull from close range. Jack Broome then added a third in the 43rd minute, his initial effort parried by the keeper, but he buried the rebound.
Uxbridge scored the first goal against the Gs in the league this season when Kabamba won them a penalty, which was converted down the middle by Moore. George Short smashed a 20 yard volley against the crossbar soon after, and then Warren Harris was also denied by the bar. Harris did however get his hat-trick in the 83rd minute, racing through to cooly place the ball into the back of the net. The win leaves Godalming top of the league, ahead of local rivals Guildford City on goal difference.
Next up for the Gs are Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round. This game is on Sunday 9th September, kick off 2pm.
Godalming continued their fine start to the season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Rugby Town. Godalming had the better of the opening stages, troubling the Rugby defence from set pieces. The home side grew more dominant as the second half went on, looking lively up front but failing to really test Somerville. Godalming took the lead on the half hour mark when a corner from Darren Wheeler was headed straight in by Johnnie Dyer, after keeper David Bevan had misjudged his punch.
The second half started out as an even affair, with Jake Somerville making a crucial one on one block, to keep Godalming ahead. Soon after Jake had made the save, Ben Edwards capitalised on a defensive error to beat Bevan cooly from a one on one. Jack Broome fired the Gs into a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes left, after Ryan Lake had found him unmarked on the edge of the area from a free kick. Adam Foulser nearly made it four, but his header from a corner narrowly went past the post.
The win leaves Godalming top of the table on goal difference – yet to concede a goal. The Gs face Uxbridge at Wey Court on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.