Godalming edged past a resilient Barton side on a bitterly cold night at Wey Court. After Saturday’s draw against Ashford Town, both Adam Foulser and Ryan Lake returned to the side.
A slow start to the game saw the best of the pressure coming from Godalming’s right, via Warren Harris and Jack Broome. Scott Harris fired a low shot just past Forster’s post, and then had a powerful shot blocked well by Niran Vaughan. Jamie McClurg then saw a half volley fly across the face of the goal and just past the post, while Warren Harris’s dipping 20 yard strike narrowly went wide of the top corner. The visitors best chance of the half came via Bilal Hassan, who put the ball well over the bar from the edge of the area.
Godalming continued to pressure Barton in the second half, and twice went close, firstly via the head of Scott Harris and then from Johnnie Dyer. Dan Read came on for Dyer mid-way through the half, and made an instant impact when he turned the ball in from two yards from an in-swinging Darren Wheeler corner. Barton had a chance to equalise in stoppage time via a free-kick just outside the area, but the ball was well blocked by the six man Godalming wall.
Despite victory, Godalming move to second in the table, behind Burnham due to the number of goals scored. Godalming travel to AFC Hayes this Saturday, looking to avenge October’s 3-1 defeat.
Gs XI: Somerville, Broome, Hollis, Foulser, Lake, Edwards, McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer (Read), S.Harris.
Subs not used: Simeone, Palmer, Cooper, Short.