Godalming Town 0 – 1 Guildford City
Last night saw Godalming host Guildford at Wey Court in the Axtell Cup, the last of their pre-season friendlies before their FA Cup encounter with Westfield this Saturday.
It was a new look Godalming side, which featured only Ashley Lloyd in the opening line-up and Piers Oldland (coming on from the bench recovering from injury) from last year’s squad under new Gees manager Simon Funnell.
The Godalming squad started brightly and indeed probably played the best passing football in the opening exchanges. Ben Cotton and the Elgar brothers, all three of them, featured prominently.
On around 30 minutes they won a free kick in their opponents half midway between the centre line and the Guildford penalty area at the road end of the pitch. Ben Cotton took it and brought a fine save from the visiting keeper at full stretch tipping it onto the crossbar as it was heading for the top corner.
Some good passing moves saw the home team create some excellent chances, but they could not convert them into goals. One scuffed shot from inside the 6 yard box particularly stands out in the memory after some fine play in the build-up.
Towards the end of the first half the visitors created more pressure but could not get their shots on target. The home defence dealt well with the threat from their visitors.
At half time it was 0 – 0.
In the second half the game saw some more good build up play from Godalming, but Guildford were looking dangerous with some good pace out wide on both flanks.
Anyone who watches football will know that unless you put away your chances to score you are likely to be punished and well into the second half a long diagonal ball into space behind the Godalming defence found a visiting forward one on one with Aaron Bufton in the home teams goal. A neat chip over the advancing keeper was well executed and gave the visitors the lead.
Bufton showed how good he is with some fine brave saves at the feet of the advancing forwards in the second half as the home team pushed forward.
Godalming were not done for at that stage producing several individual runs into the visitor’s penalty area. Hakim Griffiths showed great determination and pace joining Shawn Lyle up front, but could not find the finishing touch.
Piers Oldland rattled the visitor’s crossbar again with a fine left footed shot that had the visiting keeper beaten.
The new manager at Wey Court can look forward to the coming season with a promising new team that can play some attractive football, but will face a tough test against Westfield on Saturday who narrowly missed promotion last year.