A stooping second-half header from Tom Willment helped Godalming Town secure a first win of the season after a close-fought match with Bedford Town at Wey Court.
The Gs had to come from behind to secure all 3 points as the Eagles capitalised on a rare Richard Ossai mistake to take a 35th minute lead through Joel Norris. However, as they did against Uxbridge midweek, the hosts worked their way back into the game with Darren Wheeler’s superb free-kick drawing them level before Willment’s winner with 25 minutes to play.
Lee Rushe returned to the defence in Andy Hunt’s only change and it was Godalming who created the first chances, Will Hutton having a shot blocked before a flowing move involving the same player, Adam Cornell, Nick Hutchings and Louis Hutton resulted in the latter being denied by a sliding Dan Crowie.
The hosts were taking the game to Bedford and Darren Wheeler lobbed narrowly over in the 18th minute before shooting from distance shortly after, an effort that Dillon Barnes could only gather at the second attempt.
At the other end Joel Mason volleyed wide of the far post before, against the run of play, the visitors took the lead. Christian Lester headed a deep corner back across goal and Ossai came out to punch the ball but was beaten in the air by Norris, who had the simply task of nodding beyond the Gs ‘keeper for his second goal of the season.
In an atmosphere akin to when falling behind to Uxbridge the hosts were stunned, and Norris volleyed wide in the 42nd minute but Godalming managed to level deservedly before half time. Will Hutton was fouled 25 yards out and Wheeler stepped up to effortlessly lift the ball over a particularly tall wall and into the top corner.
The winger drew a save from Barnes early in the second half and went close again in the 64th minute, only a superb Jack Jones tackle denying him. However, from the resulting corner the Gs took the lead as Wheeler’s ball evaded 4 Bedford players to find Willment at the far post. Already on his knees the defender met the ball powerfully with his head, and it flew into the far corner.
Bedford then began to look for an equaliser and their direct approach asked questions of the home defence, Rushe clearing a dangerous Ricky Case cross clear before Crowie managed to soar above his marker and head wide following some Eagles pressure.
With 4 minutes remaining their best chance came when Christian Lester powerfully side volleyed towards goal but Ossai did well to punch the ball over the bar, and the hosts clinched a deserved first 3 points of the season.
Andy Hunt’s men travel to Hanwell Town on Tuesday night before another game at Wey Court on Saturday 22nd, Potters Bar Town the visitors.
Scorers: Wheeler 42’, Willment 65’; Norris 35’
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Willment, Rushe; Laidler, L. Hutton, W. Hutton (Roberts 64’); Frith, Cornell (Mazzone 84’), Wheeler (Purdy 85’).
Subs not used: Musgrove, Lunn.