On Wednesday night Godalming Town hosted Guildford City with a very experimental looking squad. There were also some very welcome old faces there and even a few on the pitch, but it was going to be tough to see how the Godalming side would fair after loosing probably the most talented midfield that they have had in some time.
Apart from the opening ten minutes or so the balmy evening went best for the visitors in the first half and they managed to go in at halftime deservedly 2-0 up. The Godalming squad did little to trouble the Guildford goalie apart from a very long-range lob from Darren Wheeler that was not that far away having seen the goalie well off his line.
However Godalming need to be praised for their endeavour in the second half as they turned things around and at full time they had pulled back the 2-goal advantage with goals from Rory Cole (a header from close range) and Scott Reilly with a fine finish beyond the keeper from a cracking ball squared to him from Darren Wheeler. They held on despite loosing Nick Hutchings to cramp in the final 10 minutes.
Being a cup fixture this meant a penalty shoot out. This was the first penalty shootout at Wey Court since Godalming met with Woking some years back and Jake Somerville made 3 or 4 stunning saves to take the Gees through.
It is always good to have someone with Darren Wheeler’s experience in the squad when faced with these situations and both he and Graeme Purdy put away their shots without a problem, whilst the Guildford shot takers managed to hit two of their first three over the bar.
So with all looking good for Godalming the Guildford goalkeeper then did a magnificent job in making 3 saves. However Richard Ossai back in the goal for Godalming was not to be outdone and made two super penalty saves himself which in the sudden death phase let Godalming go through to win their first silverware of this season, the newly inaugurated Axtell Cup which Mr Roy Axtell was there to present.
So it looks as if there are some good youngsters coming through in to Andy Hunt’s squad. We knew that Rory Sellick was a quality player and it seems that there is another Rory (Cole) with whom we will all become familiar in the not too distant future and more besides.
Leatherhead are replaced by Arlesford for this Saturday ‘s fixture. COYG’s