An enthralling match at Wey Court saw Godalming knock out the current holders of the Surrey Senior Cup 2-0 on penalties, after the match had finished 1-1 after extra time. Godalming had Ben Edwards and Jon Palmer unavailable, whilst Michael Blount and Lewis Cotugno were ineligible, meaning joint boss Jon Underwood was named on the bench, along with Gavin Smith, Johnnie Dyer and Warren Harris, who was carrying an injury. The Woking XI included 5 players who were in the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Lincoln, whilst the remainder was made up by squad and reserve players.
The first chance of the game fell to Woking’s Brett Williams, on loan to the club from Reading, who rounded Jake Somerville, only for the keeper to claw the ball away as Williams hesitated. Godalming were keeping the ball well, and Wheeler went close with a long range effort, before Johnnie Dyer, on as a sub for captain Adam Foulser – who suffered a slight hamstring strain – also went close. Godalming’s best chance of the half came just before the break when Dan Read’s close range effort was well kept out by former Latvian U21 international Elvijs Putnins.
Godalming continued to pressure the Woking defence in the second half, and should have taken the lead when Darren Wheeler crossed for Dyer, who’s far post diving header somehow went wide of the post. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, when Brett Williams raced to the byline to cross for Josh Griffiths, who tapped home at the far post. A goalmouth scramble saw Godalming go close to equalising, but in the 79th minute they did just that. A long Guy Hollis throw bounced around in the box, before Dan Read struck a looping volley over Putnins and into the net for a deserved equaliser.
The first half of extra time saw Godalming go closest, with a Jamie McClurg volley being acrobatically saved by Putnins. With only two minutes remaining of extra time, Scott Harris broke through the Woking defence, but one-on-one with Putnins, he slid his effort just wide of the post.
Penalties followed, and Jake Somerville saved Woking’s first low to his left, whilst Johnie Dyer converted the Gs first into the bottom corner. George Frith then fired Woking’s second over the crossbar, as George Short’s was saved by Putnins. Somerville then saved Jack Mazzone’s effort, which was heading right into the bottom corner, before Jack Broome smashed his effort just inside the post to make it 2-0 to the Gs. Brett Williams then stepped up, needing to score to keep the Cards in the shootout, but Somerville made it a hat-trick of saves as he saved well to his left.
Godalming will now be at home to Met. Police in the semi-final, date TBA. Godalming return to league action on Friday, as they travel to Daventry for an 8pm kick off.
Gs XI: Somerville, Harrison, Foulser (Dyer), Hollis, Lake, McClurg, Short, Broome, Wheeler (G.Smith), Read, S.Harris.
Subs not used: W.Harris, Underwood.