Godalming came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Cinderford Town, after the visitors had been reduced to ten men early in the first half.
Despite the long journey, the visitors started the better of the sides, forcing Zaki Oualah into a good double save in the fourth minute. The match was 14 minutes old when Cinderford keeper Alex Harris found himself well outside of his penalty area, and handled the ball with Mark Watkins running through on goal. Referee Michael Taylor produced the red card, and forward Dave Bird donned the gloves for the visitors. Despite being down to ten men, Cinderford took the lead on 20 minutes, when a long throw wasn’t dealt with by the Gs defence, and Jack Broome diverted the ball into his own net. Six minutes later and Cinderford doubled their lead, a corner bouncing off Lee Wigley’s leg, allowing George Lloyd to head home. Godalming struggled to to break down a resilient Cinderford defence, and the score remained 0-2 at the half time break.
The second half saw the visitors continue to contain the Godalming attack, despite the Gs having a large amount of possession. Godalming did finally make the breakthrough in the 63rd minute, when substitute Kofi Halliday burst into the penalty area, with the ball deflecting into the path of Sam De St Croix who tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Cinderford had the chance to restore their lead minutes later, but towering forward Lewis Sommers’ misguided his free header. Godalming continued to press the tiring Cinderford defence, who resorted to dropping deeper to stem the attacks. The equaliser finally came in the 89th minute, when left back Nick Hutchings fired home from the edge of the area. Godalming were inches from stealing all three points in the 94th minute, but Jack Mazzone’s lob came back agonisingly off the crossbar.
Godalming travel to Swindon Supermarine this Saturday, before travelling to take on Bridgwater on Saturday.
Gs XI: Oualah, Broome, Musgrove, Miller, Hutchings, Wigley (De St Croix), Seabrook, Kiri, Watkins (Halliday), Read (Bowerman), Mazzone.
Subs not used: Wales, Hemmings.