A tight top of the table clash was settled by a second half Ryan Bird penalty. The windy conditions and less than perfect pitch didn’t help with the quality of the football, but both sides gave everything in a game of few chances.
Godalming, with the wind behind them, started brightly and immediately forced Burnham keeper Michael Watkins into action, as he clawed a close range effort round the post. Johnnie Dyer then tested Watkins with a shot from the edge of the area, which the keeper was equal to. Scott Harris had the best chance of the half, as he cut inside the defender out wide, his effort was saved by the head of Watkins, before Wheeler blasted over the rebound.
The home side took the lead on 65 minutes when Jack Broome was judged to have fouled the Burnham forward in the penalty area. League top-scorer Ryan Bird dispatched the penalty low to Somerville’s left, who guessed correctly but couldn’t keep out the accurate spot-kick. Godalming bombared the Burnham goal for the rest of the half, desperately searching for an equaliser. A succession of corners saw them come close a couple of times, but Burnham defended solidly and kept the Gs at bay.
Godalming have now slipped into second place, behind leaders Biggleswade on goal difference, who travel to Wey Court this Saturday. Godalming will the host Blue Square Premier side Woking on Tuesday 12th February in the Surrey Senior Cup quarter final.
Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, McClurg, Short, W.Harris, Wheeler, S.Harris (Read), Dyer.
Subs not used: Palmer, Harrison, Simeone.