A limp Godalming Town suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of 4th from bottom Leighton Town as the visitors gained revenge for a 4-0 reverse back in October.
Lead by talismanic striker Danny Watson, who scored a brace, the Reds were much improved from that loss 6 months ago though the Gs sub-par performance assisted them greatly.
After leading at the break thanks to a Watson penalty the same player scored a superb solo goal before captain Tyrone Taylor headed in a compounding third with more than half an hour to play.
With the impressive win at Potters Bar Town fresh in the memory Andy Hunt made just one change to his team with Darren Wheeler coming in to replace Liam Roberts, who was named on the bench alongside Nick Hutchings who was returning after a spell out with injury.
With Godalming comfortable in upper mid-table and Leighton free from relegation fears the game began with a somewhat flat feel to it, and the first chance of note didn’t come until the 17th minute when Tom Willment headed a corner narrowly over.
6 minutes later the visitors were given an opportunity to take the lead as Willment, already falling, inadvertently took Ashley Farmer down with him inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Watson made no mistake, making it 1-0, and just minutes later good hold up play by the striker allowed Billy Lobjoit to force Richard Ossai into a save.
Zaki Oualah, the Gs keeper last season who played in the 1-1 draw at Beaconsfield SYCOB earlier this campaign, was in goal for the Reds and he made a decent save with his legs from Wheeler in the 33rd minute after the winger had combined nicely with Louis Hutton.
Aaron Morgan had the final chance of the half as the diminutive midfielder sent a free kick just wide but it took just 4 minutes of the second period for Leighton to double their lead. Robbie Goodman’s long pass was well brought down by Watson who demonstrated excellent control and composure as he first lifted the ball over Willment before lobbing Ossai for his 21st goal of the season.
Godalming were stunned and fell further behind 9 minutes later as Taylor met Lobjoit’s corner at the far post with a powerful header, putting the result almost certainly beyond doubt. Andy Hunt responded by making a triple substitution but it was the visitors who nearly got the next goal, Lobjoit firing wide after a mazy run.
Watson brought the ball down and fired wide of the far post before Graeme Purdy was presented with the Gs best chance of the half. Chris Wales picked him out but the striker shot wide of Oualah’s goal with 10 minutes remaining and ultimately the hosts fell to their heaviest home defeat of the season.
Scorers: Watson 24’, 49’, Tayler 58’
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, C. Hutton, Lloyd, Willment (Musgrove 63’); Simeone; Frith (Howard 63’), Wheeler, W. Hutton, L. Hutton (Mazzone 63’); Purdy.
Subs not used: Lunn, Roberts.