Defensive lapses and controversial officiating played significant roles as Godalming Town crashed to their second defeat of the season at Chalfont St Peter. The Gs, looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce, had a reshuffle in defence with Steve Brown taking Chris Musgrove’s place a right-back. The returning Darren Wheeler, who signed last week following his departure from Bognor Regis Town, started on the bench.
Piers Oldland was looking lively early on and both he and Jack Mazzone had half chances in the opening 5 minutes. Shortly after Glenn Yala was played in but Richard Ossai was off his line quickly and made a smart stop. In the 14th minute Mazzone, scorer of 6 goals already this season, had a chance to add to his tally when he cut inside but his effort fired narrowly wide.
The hosts took the lead moments later after some sloppy Gs defending. Antonio Simeone missed a clearance on the edge of the box and after Ashley Lloyd failed to clear the loose ball Daniel Hughes was on hand to finish past Ossai. Godalming tried to respond and some neat passing between Jordan Binns, Brown and Graeme Purdy created an opening for Will Hutton, whose shot was saved by Michael McEntegart. Godalming continued to look the better side but on a difficult pitch struggled to create many clear chances, with some tight offside decisions going against them, and went in a goal down at the break.
Purdy was struggling with an injury and was replaced by Wheeler 4 minutes into a second half which never really got going. On the hour mark Chalfont St Peter had the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot. After Godalming lost the ball trying to keep possesion in defence Terrell Lewis pounced and was fouled by Binns in the box, with former Guildford City defender Tom Mudge making it 2-0. Andy Hunt made a double change with Liam Roberts and Andy Crossley entering the fray but the already uphill task became a mountain when Brown was harshly sent off in the 71st minute following a challenge by the dugouts. The referee judged a high foot and the midfielder was shown a straight red.
Despite the loss Godalming raised their game as they tried to conjure openings for Wheeler down the left flank. The pressure eventually told in stoppage time when Crossley’s fine cross was powered home by the head of Lloyd. The visitors had just minutes to grab an equaliser but in pouring rain it wasn’t to be on a day of frustration for the Gs.
Godalming make the short trip to Egham Town on Bank Holiday Monday before another journey, this time to Combined Counties Premier Division side Windsor, in the FA Cup preliminary round.
Goals: Hughes 15′, Mudge 62′ (p); Lloyd 90+1′
Godalming XI: Ossai; Brown, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, Hutton (Roberts 66′), Micaletto; Oldland, Mazzone (Crossley 66′), Purdy (Wheeler 49′).
Attendance: 51 (22 away)