Dorking 2 – 0 Godalming Town
On Tuesday night Godalming Town and their intrepid supporters made the relatively short trip to Dorking to continue the search for more of the elusive league points. Dorking are one of the favoured teams having made the play-offs last season. Despite this the visitors started the game more brightly and appeared to be able to largely hold the home side in their own half in the opening exchanges. However after about 15 minutes a defensive error caused an opening, which they gratefully accepted allowing their No8 Matthew Briggs through on Oneal Garnes to make it 1 nil.
This was a big setback for the G’s, but they continued to press well and it was clear that the two players on loan from Slough Joshua Jackman and Adrian Sears were having an effect on the game. The play went from one end to the other and it made an entertaining affair with Dorking’s Briggs continuing to be a menace with his tremendous pace when they broke from defence.
Towards the end of the first half hour the Godalming No 8 Sears who was being influential in midfield was injured in a tackle received treatment on the pitch before having to be taken off and replaced by Congalves Christiano.
Not long into the second half Godalming were absorbing a fair bit of pressure and Dorking, attacking down their right wing were able to pull the ball back from the goal line in a low cross to the near post where James McShane managed to get in front of Oneal Garnes for a tap in from close range for their second goal.
This created a mountain for the G’s to climb and despite their efforts to be honest it didn’t look like they were going to be able to break down the home defence. Luke Perkins was replaced by Jake Kempton in support of Matt Anton up front and later Piers Oldland came on for Jazz Ratteray-Smith. In fact one of the best openings for Godalming arose through a 1 -2 which Piers played with Darren Wheeler in the middle of the park. Piers then ran on, but could only put his shot over the bar.
The last 20 minutes of the game saw Dorking put more pressure on the G’s and in truth they probably should have added to the score.
The Gees have another very tough test on Saturday against another of the top sides in this new League at Hastings. After that they go to East Grinstead next Tuesday.
The travelling G’s support will be hoping that once they get a few points under their belt in this league they will be away.