Godalming Town raised their game in the second half as goals from Will Hutton and Marco Micaletto proved enough to see off Combined Counties side Windsor and secure progress to the FA Cup 1st qualifying round.
In front of 239 strong crowd at Stag Meadow the visitors made the livlier start but the match was cagey and the first effort of note was a long-range strike from Windsor defender James Quinn, who’d scored the Bank Holiday winner for the Royalists against Chertsey Town, in the 16th minute.
The Gs first effort on target came in the 25th minute when Liam Roberts connected with the ball well from distance, but his volley was easily held by Carl Dennison.
Eddie Lazarczuk headed over a Quinn cross for the hosts before Piers Oldland went desperately close for Godalming, his audacious effort from the corner of the box hitting the side netting via Dennison’s fingertips.
Ultimately the first half produced few clear-cut opportunities and a Kane Jones header straight into Richard Ossai’s arms in the 43rd minute summed up an opening 45 minutes that neither side had dominated.
After home captain Kyle Jeffrey’s looping header from a Quinn corner dropped narrowly over Godalming began to step up a gear and the league gap between the two sides slowly became evident.
Jack Mazzone shot straight at Dennison in the 58th minute before, moments later, the Gs top scorer volleyed an Oldland cross just wide.
Having kept the same eleven that won at Egham, Andy Hunt made his first change on the hour mark with Darren Wheeler replacing Andy Crossley and the winger made an instant impact, combining with Hutton who shot wide of Dennison’s left-hand post.
In the 65th minute Ossai saved another Quinn long-ranger but Godalming’s pressure would tell just 60 seconds later as the Gs took the lead.
With Mazzone being held in the middle of the park referee Ollie Davies signalled advantage and the striker found Oldland who laid the ball nicely on to Hutton, and the midfielder took a touch before slotting home the opening goal.
The hosts made two changes as they looked to find an equaliser but they failed to significantly penetrate the Gs back four, each of whom had a particularly impressive game, and they were reduced to long-range efforts.
However, in the 90th minute Windsor came close to forcing a replay when Lazarczuk’s cross fell to Matthew Edwards a few yards from goal but Ashley Lloyd was on hand to provide a crucial block which sent the ball behind for a corner.
From the set-piece, with Dennison up, Godalming scored the killer second. Substitute Marco Micaletto outpaced Lewis Leonetti to reach the clearance and when he was in decent sight of the open goal he coolly fired home from 30 yards before wheeling away to celebrate with the away fans.
Windsor still found time to nearly bag a consolation as substitute Robert Lazarczuk shot narrowly over but Godalming were not to be denied a second consecutive win and clean sheet as well as a 1st qualifying round tie at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB on 13th September.
Andy Hunt’s men return to Wey Court next Saturday when they host Aylesbury, also winners in the cup, before another home league game against Hanwell Town the following Tuesday.
Goals: Hutton 66′, Micaletto 90′
Godalming XI: Ossai; Brown (C. Hutton 89′), Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, W. Hutton, Roberts; Oldland (Micaletto 70′), Mazzone, Crossley (Wheeler 60′).
Subs not used: Pearson, Musgrove, Joslin.
Attendance: 239 (51 away)