Godalming progressed through to the Quarter Finals of the Surrey Senior Cup, after a 6-0 victory over Sussex League side Dorking Wanderers.
Scott Harris headed the Gs into the lead from close range after only two minutes, and Godalming doubled that lead on 30 minutes when George Short stooped to head in from an in-swinging corner. Johnnie Dyer lobbed the ball over the onrushing keeper minutes into the second half to make it 3-0, after an excellent ball from Brett Cooper. Antonio Simeone added a fourth with a low free-kick, taking a slight deflection on the way. Scott Harris then bagged his second of the night with a looping header, before he set up Warren Harris for the sixth to complete the rout.
Godalming will be at home in the next round, to either Woking or Farnham Town, who are due to play next Tuesday.
Godalming fell to their first league defeat since 10th November, at the hands of Chertsey Town. Despite a bright start from the Gs, the home side took the lead in the 27th minute when McGarry converted from the penalty spot after Jake Somerville had fouled in the area. Ben Edwards forced a good save from the Chertsey keeper from a header, but Godalming’s best chance to equalise came on the stroke of half time. Johnnie Dyer was tripped in the penalty area, but Darren Wheeler’s penalty was saved by Ross, low to his left.
Godalming piled on the pressure in the second half, and it looked as though they had equalised when Johnnie Dyer capitalised on a missed punch by the Chertsey keeper, only for the ref to blow for a foul on the keeper. Sub Scott Harris forced a fine save from Ross after his header looked destined for the back of the net. Jon Palmer and Adam Foulser went close in the closing stages, but Chertsey held out for the three points.
Godalming travel to Dorking Wanderers in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday, before travelling to North Greenford on Saturday.
Despite conceding an early goal, Godalming fought back to run out 4-1 winners over Uxbridge, to maintain their position at the top of the league.
Mark Smith fired the hosts into the lead after 5 minutes, his run and fine finish beating Jake Somerville. A fragmented following 20 minutes saw both sides struggle to create chances, although Somerville did well to tip a long range effort from Smith around the post. On 24 minutes, a clearance from an Uxbridge corner fell to Darren Wheeler who ran from the halfway line, beating two Uxbridge players on the way, before sliding the ball keeper Zaki Oualah, only to be denied by the post. 30 seconds later the ball was in the net, after Dan Read struck a bouncing ball from outside the area, which left Oualah no chance as the ball flew into the top corner. 70 seconds later, the ball was in the net again and Godalming were 2-1 up. Warren Harris’ through ball was missed by Dan Read, wrong-footing the the keeper and rolling casually into the net. The Gs extended their lead on 38 minutes, when Wheeler was clipped in the area, and he converted the resulting penalty low into the corner. Uxbridge were lucky to finish the half with 11 men after Kev Warner’s two footed lunge on Jamie McClurg was only punished with a yellow card.
Scott Harris added Godalming’s fourth early in the second half, after a Wheeler free kick wasn’t held by Oualah, and Harris pounced bravely on the rebound. Both teams had chances after this, with Uxbridge being denied by the post (twice), some good saves from Somerville and some brave defending. Warren Harris went close for Godalming late on, with the ball being cleared off the line from the rebound.
Godalming travel to Sussex Division One side Dorking Wanderers in the Surrey Senior Cup on Wednesday, and then welcome Barton Rovers to Wey Court on Saturday.
An enthralling match at Wey Court saw an ultimately fair result as Godalming drew 2-2 with Rugby.
Sam Belcher fired Rugby into the lead 18 minutes in, a low strike that swerved into the bottom corner. The goal was followed by a period of Rugby pressure, with Godalming failing to carve out any clear chances. However Johnnie Dyer headed Godalming level on 38 minutes against the run of play, after a looping cross from Ryan Lake. A mazy Darren Wheeler run ended up with the ball being crossed to the far post to Scott Harris, who headed back across the goal and Jamie McClurg bravely headed Godalming into the lead three minutes into first half stoppage time.
After a slightly less open start to the second half, Darren Wheeler had a golden chance to extend Godalming’s lead, but after rounding the keeper he fired into the side netting. Rugby equalised on 68 minutes after Alex Gudge headed in from a corner, which set up an open end to the game, with both sides looking for the winner. The game finished 2-2, ending Rugby’s 9 game winning streak, and keeping Godalming at the top of the table.
Godalming started 2013 with a 3-0 win over Fleet Town which kept them at the top of the league, a point ahead of Royston and Rugby, the latter of whom travel to Wey Court next Saturday.
The hosts made a lively start to the game, causing Godalming problems with their high tempo play. Ben Edwards had an early chance for Godalming, but his effort was blocked by the onrushing Fleet keeper. Fleet’s best chances came through crosses, which were dealt with by Jake Somerville. The best chance of the half fell to Ryan Lake, whose effort from 5 yards somehow ended up over the bar and out of the ground. Godalming took the lead in first half stoppage time, when a Darren Wheeler free-kick was headed in at the far post by Warren Harris.
A few minutes into the second half, Warren Harris turned provider when his pin-point cross was met by the head of his brother Scott, who headed high past the keeper. Godalming were now in control of the game, with Fleet seeming to have used most of their energy in the first half. The Gs added a third with ten minutes remaining, when a quick free-kick found Jon Palmer on the left, who fired the ball low across the goal, which was prodded home by the sliding Scott Harris.
Godalming welcome the in-form Rugby Town to Wey Court next Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards, McClurg, Short (Read), Wheeler (Palmer), W.Harris (Cooper), S.Harris.