Godalming returned to top spot after a hard fought 1-0 win over a strong Daventry Town side.
A crowd of over 200 witnessed a tight first half, in which neither team managed to carve out a real opening. Scott Cross snatched a half chance wide early on for the visitors, whilst Darren Wheeler was at his tricky best for Godalming, with Dan Read nearly converting a low cross.
The second half continued in much the same vein, and as the half drew on it seemed more likely that one goal would settle affairs. That goal came in the 79th minute when Scott Harris played a ball through to Johnnie Dyer, who lobbed the ball over Daventry keeper Richard Harris and under the crossbar. The final 10 minutes seemed to last an age, with the Gs recent tendency of conceding late goals playing on everyone’s minds. However Godalming held out, and returned to first place ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Leighton.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards, McClurg, Short (Cooper), Wheeler, Read (S.Harris), Dyer. Subs not used: Palladino, Palmer, W.Harris.
For the fourth league game running, a late goal dashed Godalming’s chances of getting three points.
Adam Foulser went close early on for the Gs, but his close range header went narrowly wide. Johnnie Dyer also tested the keeper with a low effort, forcing a comfortable save. Chalfont had chances in what was an even, yet scrappy half.
Godalming came out with a bit more purpose in the second half, and were nearly rewarded when Dan Read headed wide from a Wheeler cross. Another cross from Wheeler a few minutes later found Warren Harris at the back post, whose downwards header bounced up into the top corner. Not long after it was 2-0, when a free kick out wide was knocked into the path of Johnnie Dyer, whose initial effort was spilt by the Chalfont keeper, but Dyer tapped in the rebound. With 15 minutes left Chalfont scored a penalty after a foul by Jon Palmer in the area. Chalfont then scored the equaliser with 5 minutes remaining, when a shot deflected off Guy Hollis and past Jake Somerville.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake (Palmer), Edwards, McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer, Read (S.Harris). Subs not used: Cooper, Baker, Simeone.
Godalming welcome second placed Daventry Town to Wey Court this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Video of Johnnie Dyer’s goal.
Godalming slipped to their first league defeat of the season, despite leading 2-0 at half time. The opening stages of the game were played at a fast pace, with neither side managing to take control of the game. The Gs made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute, when Darren Wheeler broke into the box, and was taken down by a Biggleswade defender. Wheeler then stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. In the 44th minute a goalmouth scramble saw the hosts hit the crossbar, and then have an effort cleared off the line by Antonio Simeone. Two minutes later Warren Harris struck an effort from just outside the box which took a deflection, wrong-footing the keeper and finding the back of the net.
The second half was a more one sided affair, with the home side coming out much stronger. First of all Mason struck in the 54th minute to halve the deficit, then a defensive mix-up saw Donnelly equalise in the 68th minute. Daniel completed the comeback in the 87th minute when he fired into the corner. The Gs went close late on through sub Dan Read, but never really threatened the home sides goal in the second half.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Harrison, Hollis, Simeone, Lake, Edwards (Broome), McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, S.Harris (Foulser), Dyer (Read). Subs not used: Cooper, Baker.
Godalming exited the Red Insure Cup in the First Round, after a 4-2 defeat to North Greenford United. The Gs created early chances, first Warren Harris firing wide from a one on one, then Ben Edwards clipping the outside of the post after a deflected shot. Warren Harris had another golden chance, this time a free header at the back post, which ended up high and wide. Jon Palmer gave Godalming the lead in the 38th minute, after cutting inside onto his right foot and curling the ball into the far corner. Almost immediately North Greenford equalised, and then a few minutes later they took the lead from the penalty spot.
The hosts stretched their lead a few minutes into the second half, when a free kick was headed back across the face of the goal, leaving a tap in for the oncoming North Greenford player. It was 4-1 with ten minutes left when James Shipperley went down in the box, leaving Liam Hind to convert. The Gs pulled a late goal back through Warren Harris.
Godalming return to league action this Saturday as they travel to Biggleswade Town.
Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Foulser (Harrison), Hollis, Lake, Carter, Edwards (McClurg), Cooper, Palmer (Wheeler), W.Harris, Dyer.
Subs not used: Simeone, Baker.
Once again, Godalming let 3 points slip away in the final seconds, as they drew 1-1 with North Greenford United. With a few players missing, Gavin Smith started up front with Scott Harris, and it was Smith who gave Godalming the lead. With 22 minutes gone, Smith expertly curled the ball past the keeper, into the bottom corner. Despite controlling the first half, the Gs failed to carve out many clear chances, which would go on to prove costly.
The second half was largely uneventful, Godalming looked to be in control, though the visitors were defensively stable, Somerville was untroubled in the Godalming goal. Half chances fell to both Wheeler and Scott Harris, but as the game drew to a close, North Greenford had a golden chance, but a fantastic reflex save from Somerville saw the visitors win a corner. From the corner, Jake saved well, tipping the ball onto the crossbar, but the Greenford striker was on hand to tap in the rebound in the 93rd minute.
The Gs will have a chance to bounce back, as they travel to North Greenford in the league cup on Tuesday.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Harrison, Hollis, Simeone, Palmer, Edwards, McClurg, Broome (Cooper), Wheeler, G.Smith, S.Harris (Pearson). Subs not used: Coussens, Carter, Baker.
Godalming’s 7 game winning streak came to an end, as they drew 1-1 against a spirited Chertsey side. The opening exchanges of the game were even, with both sides creating a couple of half chances. Godalming drew first blood when Warren Harris volleyed into the net from just outside the area after 12 minutes. Scott Harris then had a close range shot well blocked by the Chertsey defender. The visitors came close when a looping header hit the top of the crossbar, but Godalming took a 1-0 lead into half time.
The second half continued as an even affair, although the visitors started growing more dominant, but despite their possession they failed to really carve out any clear chances. The Gs best chance of the half fell to Antonio Simeone, but he mistimed his header well wide of the goal. Jamie McClurg nearly wrapped up the points for Godalming in the 88th minute, but his long range volley came back off the post. A questionable free-kick was awarded to Chertsey on the corner of the penalty area in the 95th minute, and the looping kick was bundled into the net at the far post.
The draw is the first time the Gs have not picked up 3 points in a league game since a 1-1 draw at eventual Ryman South champions Whitehawk back on the 31st March. Godalming are back in action this Saturday, when they entertain North Greenford United at Wey Court. Kick off 3pm.
A second half brace from Warren Harris ensured the Gs stayed top of the league, with 7 wins out of 7. Godalming had the better of the first half, with Scott Harris firing over early on, then being denied when through one on one by a good save from the Barton keeper. George Short and Jamie McClurg also forced smart saves out of the Rovers’ keeper, but the Gs failed to find the breakthrough.
Godalming took the lead 5 minutes into the second half, when Warren Harris struck a half-volley from just outside the area, which found the back of the net off the inside of the post. Warren made it 2-0 7 minutes later after he struck from a similar position to his first, leaving the Barton keeper no chance as it found the corner of the net. Darren Wheeler nearly made it three soon after, but he fired his effort just over the bar.
Godalming face Chertsey at Wey Court this Tuesday in the league, kick off 7.45pm.