Godalming Town departed the last cup competition they remained in as a poor first-half display contributed to a fourth consecutive defeat, exiting the Red Insure Cup in the process.
Egham Town struck early goals in each half, the first from Duane Antonio and the second from former G Dan Read. Antonio Simeone scored a fine goal to make it 2-1 and the hosts were unlucky not to level but couldn’t find an equaliser.
After the shock defeat to Mole Valley SCR in the Surrey Senior Cup Andy Hunt made no less than 6 changes but the Gs got off to a nightmare start, falling behind after just 2 minutes. The visitors launched a long ball forward and Chris Musgrove, thinking Duane Antonio was offside, allowed play to pass him and the Sarnies striker drew Richard Ossai off his line before finishing into the corner.
Godalming’s passing was poor and after Simeone gave the ball away on the edge of the box Mo Harkin exchanged a neat one-two with Antonio before firing at Ossai. At the other end good work from Graeme Purdy resulted in the hosts first shot on target in the 17th minute.
Harkin tested Ossai again with 27 minutes on the black before Jack Mazzone had two efforts in the space of four minutes, the first drawing Jamie Norris into a routine save before he curled a shot just over the bar from the edge of the box.
The Gs looked flat, however, and despite Norris denying Simeone with his feet Egham, who had produced some neat passing, deservedly lead at the break.
Godalming found themselves with an even harder task just 9 minutes into the second-half as they went 2 down. Daniel Williamson’s cross from the right was missed by Simeone and Read, a first-half substitute, produced a neat touch before finishing smartly beyond Ossai.
Despite the setback the Gs responded well, and quickly, with the deficit halved just two minutes after Read’s strike. After good play from Nick Hutchings and George Frith the ball fell to Simeone on the edge of the box and the captain thundered a first-time strike beyond Norris for his first goal of the season.
The goal lifted the hosts who began to play some neat football, a contrast to the direct balls from deep of the first 45. Purdy just missed a Mazzone cross in the 61st minute before, seconds later, substitute James Ryan poked wide when well placed.
Mazzone was beginning to cause the Egham defence problems and he turned well in the box before seeing his shot parried by Norris soon after Ryan’s chance. Norris again denied the Gs top scorer in the 66th minute and from the resulting corner Simeone lofted the ball wide.
With 15 minutes to play the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jake Galbraith was shown a straight red card following a 50/50 challenge with Purdy.
The dismissal put Godalming further in the ascendancy and they threw men forward with Purdy chesting into the arms of Norris with 2 minutes to play. In stoppage time the Gs were denied an equaliser by the linesman’s flag, Purdy playing in Mazzone with a fine pass and the striker produced a finish to match, but a tight offside call denied him.
With seconds to go James Ryan shot straight at Norris but Egham held on for victory and a place in the last 16. For Godalming the chance to end a run of 5 matches without a win comes on Saturday when struggling North Greenford United visit Wey Court in what’s become a very important match.
Scorers: Simeone 55’; Antonio 2’ Read 53’
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Wales, Hutchings, Lloyd, Musgrove (Page 44’ ((Brown 85’)); Simeone, Frith; Hutton; Palladino (Ryan 56’), Purdy, Mazzone.
Subs not used: Roberts