Godalming exited the FA Cup at the hands of Hellenic Premier side Kidlington on Saturday, with the visitors running out 1-0 winners at Wey Court.
An even start to the game saw the Gs keeping the ball well, without truly testing the opposition keeper. Two free kicks from distance were Godalming’s best chances of the opening exchanges, but both were off target from Darren Wheeler and Louis Hutton respectively. At the other end Richard Ossai had to be alert to snuff out chances for Tommy Castle and Kristian Thomas. The teams entered the half time break level, neither side really having troubled the opposition goal.
The second half saw the game start to open up – Jack Mazzone being denied by a last ditch tackle before a penalty appeal for handball was turned down. At the other end Chris Wales made a vital last ditch tackle on Kristian Thomas as he was racing through on goal.
A bizarre spell of play in the 66th minute saw the visitors score what would prove to be the decisive goal. A looping back pass from Kidlington’s left back Mark Flanagan left his keeper Sam Warrell in trouble, with the stopper just managing to get his head onto the ball and deflect it onto the crossbar. A swift ball forward saw Kristian Thomas race through to loop the ball high over the oncoming Ossai and into the net to give Kidlington the lead.
Godalming responded by carrying on in the same style as previous – but to little effect. With time running out Adam Cornell and then Graeme Purdy were both brought on, but to little effect as the Kidlington defence held out with relative ease for a deserved victory.
Godalming XI: Ossai, C.Hutton, Willment, Wales, Hutchings, Laidler, Frith (Cornell), W.Hutton (Roberts), Wheeler, L.Hutton, Mazzone (Purdy).
Subs not used: Lunn, Musgrove.