The penultimate game of the season finished 2-1 to Fleet Town, confirming Fleet’s status as a Step 4 club next season.
The home side started well, using the downhill slope to their advantage by playing a number of balls over the Godalming defence, and also getting in a number of early crosses. The pressure soon told when Fleet were awarded a penalty after Lee Wigley handled in the box, despite the Fleet forward putting the ball in the back of the net the referee pulled play back for the penalty. Player/manager Craig Davis stepped up and converted the spot kick. Godalming’s best chance of the half came through Dan Read, whose volleyed effort lacked the required power to beat Ryan Pryce. Godalming were reduced to ten men soon after, when Gavin Miller, fresh from just being booked, put in a strong tackle on Brett Stanley. The referee showed no hesitation in showing Miller a straight red card.
Fleet doubled their lead 5 minutes into the second half, when Jack White fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Jack Mazzone came off the bench for Godalming and made an instant impact, causing the Fleet defence problems with his movement and hold up play. It was Mazzone who pulled a goal back for Godalming on 76 minutes, a fine striker from 25 yards which found the top corner, clipping the inside of the post on its way in. A late spell of Godalming presssure heralded one chance, Chris Wales toe-poking the ball over the bar from 8 yards.
Godalming host Taunton Town on Saturday, in the final league game of the season.
Gs XI: Oualah, Musgrove, Wigley, Miller, Hutchings, Wales, Broome, De St Croix, Wheeler, Watkins, Read (Mazzone).
Subs not used: Purdy, Kiri, Bowerman.