Godalming Town fell to their first home defeat of the season as a physical and effective Aylesbury side scored three goals in ten second-half minutes to run out 3-1 winners at Wey Court. Charlie Hutton came in for the suspended Steve Brown at right-back in Andy Hunt’s only change from the FA Cup win at Windsor with Graeme Purdy and Darren Wheeler both unavailable. The visitors had only won two league games but progressed in the cup last weekend after a derby win over Aylesbury United, and they stamped their direct approach on the match from the off.
In the 20th minute Godalming created the first clear chance. Mazzone collected Hutton’s throw-in and spun around Daniel Murphy before hooking the ball across the box and when Piers Oldland connected with it at the far post it seemed to be going in, but James Weatherill produced a fine finger-tip save to deny him. Aston Goss curled a free-kick over for the Moles before big front man Brian Haule shot straight at Richard Ossai after a mistake from Antonio Simeone. In the 29th minute the Gs had another great chance as Murphy gave the ball to Will Hutton around 35 yards out, who picked out Andy Crossley. However with Weatherill off his line Crossley took too long to shoot and his eventual effort was straight at the Aylesbury stopper. Crossley lofted another effort wide in the 34th minute but Godalming were struggling to produce the flowing football of previous games and the stop-start nature of the first-half made for difficult viewing in front of a bumper crowd on Non-League Day.
The Gs were seemingly still in the changing room when the visitors struck the opening goal in the 49th minute. Following a free kick from the right Goss sent the loose ball back in to the box where it ricocheted off Haule into the path of captain Ben Stevens, who bundled home from close range. A pin-drop silence followed the goal and Godalming seemed stunned. Remarkably enough just seconds after conceding Sonny French was allowed to waltz past several Gs players unopposed before dragging a shot wide with only Ossai to beat. In the 54th minute Will Hutton floated an effort into Weatherill’s arms but Aylesbury struck again just 60 seconds later. Sean Sonner’s cross was knocked down by new signing Jeanmal Prosper and Haule beat Jordan Binns to the ball as he poked home his first goal of the season. Andy Hunt responded with a double change, bringing on Marco Micaletto and Tom Joslin, and Will Hutton shot just wide in the 58th minute but the game was sealed shortly after with a third Aylesbury goal. Haule flicked on Weatherill’s long kick and Liam Roberts miscued the ball with a sliced clearance which fell to French, Aylesbury’s player of the season last term, and he audaciously lobbed his effort over Ossai and into the net. Sonner had a chance the make it four when he was completely unmarked at a set-piece but he steered his effort over.
The Gs couldn’t compete physically with what was a big team though after both sides made changes spaces opened up more in the attacking third. In the 73rd minute Micaletto, who scored as a substitute last weekend, did the same again with another composed finish. After holding off Stevens the youngster coolly placed the ball across Weatherill into the far corner. Aylesbury substitute Ollie Hogg pulled an effort wide at the other end before Joslin lifted an efforted narrowly over following good hold up play from Mazzone. However going in to the final stages it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score and they wasted two good chances, including a stoppage time effort from Gareth Price which had to be cleared off the line by Chris Musgrove.
In front of the good crowd Godalming will be disappointed to have lost in what was for the most part an ugly game. Aylesbury’s game plan stifled the Gs who must pick themselves up ahead of back to back home games.
Newly promoted Hanwell Town are the visitors on Tuesday night with a 19.45 kick off for the first meeting between the two teams. Godalming then host fellow Southern Central side Beaconsfield SYCOB next weekend in the FA Cup 1st qualifying round.
Goals: Micaletto 73; Stevens 49′, Haule 55′, French 59′. Godalming XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd (Musgrove 70′); Binns (Micaletto 56′), W. Hutton, Roberts; Oldland, Mazzone, Crossley (Joslin 56′).