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Daventry Town 1-3 Godalming Town



Godalming Town ended their 6 game run without a victory as an accomplished performance saw the Gs run out 3-1 winners over Daventry Town.


After a lacklustre first period that the visitors dominated, two goals in six second half minutes from Graeme Purdy and Tom Willment put Godalming in control. Despite Willment putting through his own net shortly after Will Hutton wrapped up the points for Andy Hunt’s men with 7 minutes remaining.


With Ashley Lloyd failing to pass a fitness test on his hamstring Chris Musgrove started at centre-back and changes were also made in attack as Marco Micaletto and Liam Roberts came into the side with Graeme Purdy Godalming’s attacking forefront.


On an uneven surface the hosts were the first to forge any openings but Josh Blake’s and Jack Howard’s efforts in the first ten minutes didn’t trouble Richard Ossai. The Gs were trying to impose their sharp, final-third passing game on Daventry but their first chance, the best of the first half, came from a direct run as oppose to any careful unlocking of the defence.


Micaletto, willing to take on defenders all game, went on a surging run past 3 Daventry players down the centre of the pitch and threaded a fine pass through to Roberts on the left hand side. His first-time cross deflected off Ash Deeney and was tumbling towards goal but Ricky Hill got back in time to hack the ball off the line.


Godalming were beginning to dominate and Simeone saw a shot from the edge of the box blocked before, in the 35th minute, Musgrove was flagged offside when he lobbed an effort narrowly over after Willment had flicked on Will Hutton’s free kick.


The hosts, who suffered an exodus of players following budget cuts that lead to the departure of manager Darran Foster earlier this month, were struggling to keep the ball for long spells or indeed carve out any opportunities. Indeed, a Hill throw-in that bounced before being tipped over by Ossai was their best moment before the break.


The Gs continued to be on top after half time and Ben Heath held a Simeone effort before, after 56 minutes, the visitors took a deserved lead. Willment’s long ball sent Micaletto running down the right channel and the youngster easily outpaced Blake before hooking a perfect cross to Purdy who slid home from close range.


The goal clearly settled Godalming and Roberts and Hutton combined just a minute later with the latter shooting wide from distance. Soon after it was 2-0 with Hutton the provider as his corner was met by Willment with a thundering header, leaving Heath with no chance, for the defenders first goal since joining the Gs a fortnight ago.


Godalming were spending most of their time in the Daventry half but a quick break from the hosts resulted in them halving the deficit, much against the run of play, as Tom Berwick’s cross came off Willment and diverted past Ossai.


The visitors, who had seemed home and dry, continued with the notion that attack was the best form of defence but Daventry almost took advantage of this after another counter attack but Berwick lobbed over the bar.


However, despite the alarm bells Godalming continued to be in control of the game and substitute Piers Oldland could have made it 3 when he mishit a Chris Wales cross in the 77th minute.


With 7 minutes remaining the points were eventually secured. Nick Hutchings did well down the left and beat Deeney with ease before crossing low to Hutton who, just inside the box, hit a first-time shot into the far corner for his fourth goal of the season.


Despite Berwick forcing Ossai into a late save Godalming saw out the rest of the match with ease and the long-awaited victory sees them move up to 8th in the table, just 1 point off the playoffs.


With Bedford Town drawing 0-0 with Weston-super-Mare in the FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round a replay will take place on Tuesday, thus postponing Godalming’s league match with them.


The Gs travel to 6th placed Royston Town on Saturday in a game that marks the start of a run that could have a bearing on Godalming’s season, with matches against playoff chasing Barton Rovers, Hanwell Town and Egham Town all before the end of the year.


Scorers: Willment (o.g) 67; Purdy 56’, Willment 62’, Hutton 83’.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Musgrove, Willment; Simeone, Brown; Hutton; Micaletto (Frith 81’); Purdy (Cornell 78’), Roberts (Oldland 76’).


Substitutes not used: Lunn, Mazzone.


Attendance: 121 (21 away).


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Godalming Town 3-3 North Greenford United



Godalming Town’s poor run of form continued as struggling North Greenford United struck a stoppage time equaliser to deny the Gs a first win in 6 matches at Wey Court.


The hosts found themselves two down after half an hour, against the run of play, thanks to goals from Anthony O’Connor and Adam Wallace. However a quick-fire brace from Adam Cornell saw Godalming level before the break but despite going in on top they struggled to maintain their dominance and were somewhat fortunate to go ahead in the 72nd minute thanks to Jack Mazzone’s 14th goal of the season. However, the visitors grabbed a deserved leveller as Andrew Brennan glanced home a corner with seconds to go.


Andy Hunt made changes to his starting eleven after the disappointing loss to Egham Town and Tom Willment made his debut at centre-back having signed from Beaconsfield SYCOB last week. Elsewhere Steve Brown returned to central midfield ahead of George Frith and Adam Cornell started in attack.


Godalming made a good start to the game and after 3 minutes Antonio Simeone saw a 35-yard pile-driver, reminiscent to his strike against Egham midweek, tipped over acrobatically by Melvin Minter. The visitors had won just once away from home and went into the match without a league win since October 4th so it was little surprise that the hosts were on top, and Graeme Purdy’s sliding effort that Minter held suggested a Gs goal was on its way.


However an injury to Ashley Lloyd after just 13 minutes clearly disrupted Godalming and just three minutes later the Blues took the lead. Jack Read’s pass probably started life as a shot but it was of little matter to the visitors as skipper Anthony O’Connor was on hand in the 6-yard box to tuck a first-time shot past Richard Ossai.


Godalming immediately pushed for an equaliser but they were almost caught out on the break as Adam Wallace crossed for Read who shot narrowly wide. The Gs had been playing some good football though and after Will Hutton exchanged a neat one-two with Cornell the midfielder fired wide from distance.


With the hosts on top it was very much against the run of play when the visitors doubled their lead in the 32nd minute. Again the goal was simple, and again Read the provider, this time his cross nodded in by Wallace for the veteran strikers first goal for North Greenford since signing from Leverstock Green last month.


Wey Court was stunned but only for a minute as Godalming quickly responded with a deserved goal of their own. Mazzone did well on the left flank and crossed to Cornell who headed beyond Minter. As they had been all half the Gs were on top and Mazzone volleyed wide on 40 minutes before Cornell turned well 30-yards out and sent a shot just wide of the right-hand post.


North Greenford were all hands to the deck and Godalming came desperately close to an equaliser as Hutton’s cross clipped off substitute George Short’s shoulder and hit the crossbar, before being scrambled away by the Blues defence.


That missed opportunity was quickly forgotten though as the resulting corner saw Hutton’s low cross find Cornell, who flicked home his 3rd goal in 4 games since signing from Slough to make it 2-2. The Gs were completely on top and should have gone in at half-time ahead. Mazzone provided a tidy lay off for Hutton who shot from close range only to be denied by a fine Minter save, and Cornell couldn’t get to the rebound first.


The nature of the host’s first-half dominance, as well as their excellent comeback from 2 goals down, should have been a recipe for more goals but it was the visitors who made the better start to the second period and indeed were arguably the better side for the rest of the game.


After O’Connor volleyed wide and Cornell fired over North Greenford came very close to retaking the lead on the hour mark. After some good pressure Gavin Suddell found himself in on goal but his shot was cleared off the line, spectacularly, by Chris Wales.


In the 65th minute Ossai denied Jack Hutchinson an 8th goal of the season so, after the Blues decent chances, Godalming were somewhat fortuitous to take the lead with 18 minutes to play. Simeone’s header from Hutton’s corner was clearly handled by Sam Flegg and Mazzone stepped up to confidently despatch his 14th goal of a fine season for him, and put the hosts ahead for the first time.


He nearly had another minutes after putting his side ahead but his volley flashed over the bar. With a minute to go Simeone was denied in style by Minter for a second time, this time the Blues stopper flying to his left to tip over the Godalming captain’s thunderous free-kick.


Despite the chances Godalming, who’d withdrawn both Cornell and Purdy, were struggling to hold the ball up and after a flurry of corners the visitors levelled in the third minute of stoppage time. Hutchinson’s corner may well have been flying in anyway but Brennan got the faintest of flicks to carry the ball beyond the helpless Ossai, to the delight of the North Greenford players.


Their draw was deserved and Godalming must pick themselves up again as they continue the search for a now elusive three points. Having slipped to 9th a win at Daventry next Saturday would be most welcome, though the Northamptonshire side site just 4 points behind the Gs in 14th. Godalming then host Bedford Town on Tuesday 2nd December.


Scorers: Cornell 33’, 44, Mazzone 72’ (p); O’Connor 16’, Wallace 32’, Brennan 90’.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Lloyd (Short 13’), Willment; Simeone, Brown; Hutton; Cornell (Palladino 84’); Purdy (Micaletto 76’), Mazzone.


Substitues not used: James Ryan


Attendance: 126


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Godalming Town 1-2 Egham Town



Godalming Town departed the last cup competition they remained in as a poor first-half display contributed to a fourth consecutive defeat, exiting the Red Insure Cup in the process.


Egham Town struck early goals in each half, the first from Duane Antonio and the second from former G Dan Read. Antonio Simeone scored a fine goal to make it 2-1 and the hosts were unlucky not to level but couldn’t find an equaliser.


After the shock defeat to Mole Valley SCR in the Surrey Senior Cup Andy Hunt made no less than 6 changes but the Gs got off to a nightmare start, falling behind after just 2 minutes. The visitors launched a long ball forward and Chris Musgrove, thinking Duane Antonio was offside, allowed play to pass him and the Sarnies striker drew Richard Ossai off his line before finishing into the corner.


Godalming’s passing was poor and after Simeone gave the ball away on the edge of the box Mo Harkin exchanged a neat one-two with Antonio before firing at Ossai. At the other end good work from Graeme Purdy resulted in the hosts first shot on target in the 17th minute.


Harkin tested Ossai again with 27 minutes on the black before Jack Mazzone had two efforts in the space of four minutes, the first drawing Jamie Norris into a routine save before he curled a shot just over the bar from the edge of the box.


The Gs looked flat, however, and despite Norris denying Simeone with his feet Egham, who had produced some neat passing, deservedly lead at the break.


Godalming found themselves with an even harder task just 9 minutes into the second-half as they went 2 down. Daniel Williamson’s cross from the right was missed by Simeone and Read, a first-half substitute, produced a neat touch before finishing smartly beyond Ossai.


Despite the setback the Gs responded well, and quickly, with the deficit halved just two minutes after Read’s strike. After good play from Nick Hutchings and George Frith the ball fell to Simeone on the edge of the box and the captain thundered a first-time strike beyond Norris for his first goal of the season.


The goal lifted the hosts who began to play some neat football, a contrast to the direct balls from deep of the first 45. Purdy just missed a Mazzone cross in the 61st minute before, seconds later, substitute James Ryan poked wide when well placed.


Mazzone was beginning to cause the Egham defence problems and he turned well in the box before seeing his shot parried by Norris soon after Ryan’s chance. Norris again denied the Gs top scorer in the 66th minute and from the resulting corner Simeone lofted the ball wide.


With 15 minutes to play the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jake Galbraith was shown a straight red card following a 50/50 challenge with Purdy.


The dismissal put Godalming further in the ascendancy and they threw men forward with Purdy chesting into the arms of Norris with 2 minutes to play. In stoppage time the Gs were denied an equaliser by the linesman’s flag, Purdy playing in Mazzone with a fine pass and the striker produced a finish to match, but a tight offside call denied him.


With seconds to go James Ryan shot straight at Norris but Egham held on for victory and a place in the last 16. For Godalming the chance to end a run of 5 matches without a win comes on Saturday when struggling North Greenford United visit Wey Court in what’s become a very important match.


Scorers: Simeone 55’; Antonio 2’ Read 53’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Lloyd, Musgrove (Page 44’ ((Brown 85’)); Simeone, Frith; Hutton; Palladino (Ryan 56’), Purdy, Mazzone.


Subs not used: Roberts


Attendance: 95


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Godalming Town 2-4 Mole Valley SCR



Godalming Town suffered a disappointing exit from the Surrey Senior Cup as a 10-minute hat-trick from Nemo Adams in the first-half helped Mole Valley SCR run out 4-2 winners at Wey Court.


The Moles, 9th in the Combined Counties Premier Division, lead 3-1 at the break after Adams helped himself to three goals including a stunning 34th minute equaliser. Former Godalming player Reece Jackson made it four before Adam Cornell scored his first Gs goal, a strike that failed to spark any sort of comeback.


Despite the good performance on Saturday, and with no game at the weekend, changes were made and none of Chris Musgrove, Nick Hutchings, Will Hutton and Jack Mazzone featured. Jordan Page started at right back with Chris Wales partnering Antonio Simeone in central defence, and Steve Brown returned in midfield. Marco Micaletto and Graeme Purdy also came into the starting eleven.


Purdy headed an early free kick wide before the visitors had several long-range efforts, Scott Robson twice testing Richard Ossai either side of a Richard Monan strike. In driving rain the Gs began to press and Purdy forced Gavin Dilley into his first save of the evening in the 22nd minute. From the corner, Simeone headed narrowly wide.


Purdy saw another header float into Dilley’s arms before, in the 29th minute, the striker gave the hosts the lead with his 3rd goal of the season. Simeone showed great technique, crossing the ball with the outside of his boot, and Purdy headed into the far corner leaving Dilley with no chance.


The Moles responded well to going behind and in the 34th minute they were level thanks to a truly stunning goal. Adams leapt above Liam Roberts to reach a long Dilley ball and the striker turned 30-yards out before unleashing a sensational right-footed finish, with the outside of his boot, into Ossai’s top-right corner.


The equaliser clearly boosted the underdogs who quickly grew in confidence. Just 5 minutes after levelling they were ahead after some slack Godalming defending. Simeone slipped whilst trying to receive a Roberts throw and Adams pounced, rounding Wales before tucking the ball beyond Ossai for his second goal.


Mole Valley were beginning to carve the unfamiliar Gs backline open and with a minute to go before the interval Adams completed his hat-trick. A neat interchange between Arnie Okrior and Jackson saw Wales produce a smart block but the ball fell to Liam Holden, a standout player for the Moles, and his low cross was tucked in at the far post by an unmarked Adams.


In the second half Godalming huffed and puffed but their passing was poor, and though Cornell drew a routine save from Dilley it was Mole Valley who struck next. Following a Wales foul Jackson, who played several games for the Gs during their maiden step four season under Roger Steer, curled a free kick over the wall and into the net.


Less than 60 seconds after the fourth goal home faces were almost reddened further but Adams failed to take advantage of a Page slip. On 64 minutes Godalming pulled a goal back, Mark Toomey and Dilley getting in each other’s way and the goalkeeper tripped, allowing Cornell to slide in his first Gs goal.


Mole Valley were now on the back foot but Godalming struggled to create any clear openings. With 14 minutes to go Purdy held up play allowing substitute Piers Oldland to shoot, his effort producing a fine save from Dilley.


Adams had another chance in the 82nd minute but was denied by Ossai before, deep into stoppage time, Godalming produced one final effort as Purdy shot at Dilley following a George Frith corner.


The night was one of disappointment for the Gs who bow out of the Surrey Senior Cup at the first hurdle for the second successive year. With early FA Cup and FA Trophy defeats a Surrey Senior Cup run would have been welcome but Andy Hunt’s men must now focus on the league.


Godalming’s next match is in the last cup competition they remain in, the Red Insure League Cup, with fellow Central side Egham Town visiting on Wednesday 19th. The Gs then host North Greenford United in the league on Saturday 22nd November.


Scorers: Purdy 29’, Cornell 64’; Adams 34’, 39, 44’ Jackson 60’.


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Page (Lloyd 62’), Roberts, Wales, Simeone; Brown, Short (Ryan 53’); Frith; Cornell, Purdy, Micaletto (Oldland 57’).


Attendance: 91.


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Kettering Town 2-1 Godalming Town



Godalming Town were unlucky to leave Latimer Park without at least a point as league leaders Kettering Town ran out 2-1 winners with the Gs dropping out of the playoff places in the process.


A well-taken first-half goal from Elliot Sandy came against the run of play, and after Godalming made the better start to the second half they found themselves 2-0 down on 67 minutes when Brett Solkhon headed home a corner. Will Hutton’s low drive, with three minutes to play, wasn’t enough.


Several changes were made after the disappointing loss at Rugby with Chris Wales starting at right back ahead of Steve Brown, who wasn’t fully fit. In Antonio Simeone’s absence Ashley Lloyd was named captain, a mantle his performance merited. George Frith partnered George Short in the middle of the park with Jordan Page making his debut on the right wing. Adam Cornell started up front.


In front of a crowd of 535 Godalming had the first attempts of note. Page’s shot from long range was deflected in the 5th minute before Jamie McAlindon pushed a Jack Mazzone effort behind four minutes later.


From the corner that followed Godalming had two excellent chances, the first seeing McAlindon smartly deny Ashley Lloyd from close range. The ball then fell to Musgrove who drove it back in and Cornell, with McAlindon on the floor, shot over from just a couple of yards in front of the line.


It was a huge let off for the hosts who first tested Richard Ossai in the 23rd minute, Claudiu Hoban cutting in and firing straight at the Gs ‘keeper. 9 minutes later Dubi Ogbonna, scorer of 11 goals this season, shot over from the edge of the box.


The Gs were on top though and shortly after they created their best chance of the game. After Kettering cleared Hutton played a smart pass and Frith was in. He got to the ball before McAlindon and rounded him, but his shot was superbly cleared off the line by Jason Lee.


It was a big moment in the game. Godalming were having the better of the match on a difficult pitch but four minutes before half-time the hosts took the lead. Lee played a long ball to Sandy, who brought the ball down onto his chest well, before turning and volleying a fine individual goal into the far corner.


Despite the set-back and frustrating time of conceeding Andy Hunt’s men made a good start to the second half, Mazzone volleying over in the 50th minute. Godalming were pressing well in the final third with Hutton, Mazzone and Frith producing some neat passing.


With 57 minutes on the clock a good move resulted in Mazzone slipping in Nick Hutchings, whose cross was deflected behind for a corner. From Frith’s set piece Chris Musgrove leapt highest but his towering header crashed back off the crossbar, the visitors wondering what they had to do to score.


Shortly after Hutton and Mazzone combined to play in Page who was denied by a flying block from James Clifton. The Poppies broke swiftly and Andy Hall and Ogbonna exchanged passes before the latter was denied by Ossai.


Kettering began to exert some of their own pressure and Hoban’s cross-shot deflected off Musgrove and not far wide. The corner that followed hung deep to the far past where Solkhon, with nearly twelve seasons at the Poppies under his belt, beat Ossai to glance home the hosts second goal.


Godalming, aggrieved at finding themselves two down, responded immediately and McAlindon saved from Hutton. Kettering were very much a threat at the other end by this stage, however, and only heroics from Ossai denied them a third goal. Hall played a low ball across the six-yard box and Ogbonna, odds on to score, saw his effort acrobatically parried. The rebound bounced straight to Hoban who, better placed than Ogbonna, drew a scarcely believable save from Ossai.


The Gs stopper then made an easier save from Ogbonna before, with just three minutes to go, Godalming got a deserved goal that gave them a slim chance of getting a point. Hutchings cross was headed out by Tommy Hull, falling to Hutton whose first-time shot flew in from the edge of the box.


The visitors made a late rally but couldn’t create a clear-cut chance to level. Indeed Kettering had the last opportunity, Hoban crashing a free kick onto the bar. As the whistle blew the Gs knew they could have got a result, and it was a good performance against the league leaders, but a third game without a win sees them drop to 7th.


The next league match at home to North Greenford United isn’t for two weeks and Godalming’s Surrey Senior Cup campaign, a second round tie at home to Combined Counties Premier Division side Mole Valley SCR, gets underway on Tuesday night.


The following Wednesday Andy Hunt could potentially experiment with his squad as Egham Town, who leapfrogged the Gs in the league today after a 3-0 win against Daventry, visit Wey Court in the second round of the Red Insure Cup.


Scorers: Sandy 41’, Solkhon 67’; Hutton 87’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Short, Frith; Hutton; Page (Purdy 64’); Cornell, Mazzone (Palladino 79’).


Substitutes not used: Roberts, Brown


Attendance: 535 (38 away)


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Rugby Town 3-0 Godalming Town



Godalming Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as a classy Rugby Town side out-passed and out thought the Gs at Butlin Road.


After kick off was delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic problems on the M1 the hosts, whose performance belied their mixed campaign so far, dominated from the start and lead at half time thanks to record-scorer David Kolodynski. Second half goals from Sam Youngs and Justin Marsden sent Godalming on the long journey back to Surrey with nothing but wounds to lick.


Having been rested against Beaconsfield SYCOB Richard Ossai and Ashley Lloyd came back into to the starting eleven with the George Short selected ahead of George Frith in midfield following his return to Wey Court from Slough Town. Graeme Purdy partnered Jack Mazzone up front in a seemingly 4-4-2 formation.


After the late start the match failed to reach a significant pace in the early stages although Lewis McBride, who had a lively game, shot wide from distance after 11 minutes. The hosts were limited to long-range efforts and after Sam Youngs bent a shot wide Ashley Lloyd had to be on hand to block a powerful Will Grocott strike in the 22nd minute.


Ossai made a smart stop from McBride soon after but the hosts were enjoying the vast majority of possession and after getting into their stride they took the lead on 34 minutes. Having collecting a pass from Grocott the all-time Valley top scorer Kolodynski turned Lloyd before delivering a classy finish high into Ossai’s left corner.


The Gs were very much on the back foot and almost straight from the kick off the hosts regained the ball and Marsden played in Grocott but Ossai turned the effort behind for a corner.


Short sent a 25-yard effort wide after good hold up play by Mazzone but Rugby went in at half time clearly on top with Grocott again testing Ossai before Kolodynski, a threat all night, hit the side-netting after he charged down the Godalming stopper’s kick.


The Gs made a markedly improved start to the second period as they began to pass the ball around in the middle of the park. In the 54th minute they forged their best chance of the match as Alex Gudge slipped whilst trying to clear Antonio Simeone’s ball and Mazzone, who cut inside onto his right foot, was denied by Richard Morris at his near post.


The hosts custodian, their 4th goalkeeper already this season following his recent move from Daventry Town, was hardly troubled again however as Rugby soon got back into their stride. Kolodynski shot wide before he produced some excellent work down the left channel teeing up Grocott for a cross which was headed onto the bar by McBride.


Purdy volleyed at Morris in the 64th minute and Youngs hit the side netting before, with 16 minutes to go, Rugby doubled their lead. Ben George passed to McBride and his perfectly weighted pass required one touch from Youngs to be dispatched into the far corner.


2 minutes after the second goal the hosts nearly scored again as they broke swiftly from a Godalming set piece, Ossai’s fingertips and the post denying Youngs another.


Rugby seemed to have an extra man wide during every raid forward and full-back Craig Kelly had been particularly impressive, his seemingly endless energy allowing him to motor up and down the pitch. In the 78th minute he played an inside pass to Marsden who curled a fine strike high into the roof of the net, leaving Ossai with no chance.


The comfort of a three goal lead relaxed the hosts who were playing some truly neat football, with off the ball movement to match. New Gs signing Adam Cornell teed up fellow substitute Piers Oldland for a miscued volley but Rugby were completely in control and in the 82nd minute a rapid succession of passes across the width of the pitch resulted in Ossai saving from Kolodynski.


Morris punched away a Simeone free kick with a minute to go but it would have been scant consolation for Godalming who must learn from the defeat and continue the positivity that has been generated after the good early start to the season.


Andy Hunt’s men, who have a good record of bouncing back so far this campaign, must do so at league leaders and title favourites Kettering Town on Saturday. The Poppies lie 7 points ahead of the Gs who stay in 4th place despite the 3-0 loss.


Godalming then host Combined Counties Premier Division side Mole Valley SCR on Tuesday 11th November in the Surrey Senior Cup, a tournament thrown that bit more wide open after Woking’s shock loss to Ashford Town last night.


Scorers: Kolodynski 34’ Youngs 74’ Marsden 78’


Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Brown (Wales 55’), Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Hutton, Roberts (Oldland 65’), Simeone, Short; Purdy (Cornell 73’), Mazzone.


Substitutes not used: Palladino, Frith.


Attendance: 167 (21 away).


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