Godalming Town 2-2 St Ives Town

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Godalming Town maintained their grip on 8th place despite surrendering a 2 goal lead at Wey Court against St Ives Town, who remain 1 point and place behind the Gs with a game to go.

 

After an impressive start the hosts raced into a 2 goal lead thanks to Adam Cornell and Will Hutton strikes, but Will Muzvimbiri headed the Saints back in it on the half hour mark and the visitors secured a point when James Hill struck with 18 minutes to go.

 

Godalming struck early on, taking the lead after just 3 minutes. George Frith’s corner was met, typically, by Tom Willment, but his header was blocked by Charlie Death in the direction of Jack Mazzone. He fired towards goal where Cornell was on hand to turn the ball over the line, opportunistically plundering the 10th goal of his first Gs season, following his arrival in October.

 

Andy Hunt’s men were playing some attractive football with St Ives struggling to get into the game, and the visitors fell 2 goals down on 20 minutes. Cornell expertly held up play before playing the ball into the onrushing Will Hutton, and he took one touch before firing home.

 

Cornell was involved again 5 minutes later as he nearly created another goal. This time laying the ball off to Liam Roberts who shot over. The Gs were on top and St Ives first goal, in the 30th minute, came somewhat out of the blue. Slack marking allowed Scott Sinclair to head a cross towards Muzvimbiri, and the former Zimbabwe under-21 international had little difficulty in nodding the ball home.

 

The visitors began to probe more in the second half and Godalming held out until the 72nd minute when the Saints levelled. Jonathan Hall’s long ball was headed down by Muzvimbiri and James Hall was given space to tuck the ball past Richard Ossai.

 

St Ives had a chance to win it with 4 minutes to play as James Hall again caused problems, but his shot towards the far post was excellently blocked by Nick Hutchings.

 

Godalming Town end the season at home to 18th-place Daventry Town next Saturday, with the Gs hoping to secure a respectable 8th-place finish. The wait for next season will then begin, with recent projections suggesting potential transfers to both the Ryman South and Southern League South & West, as well as the possibility of remaining in the Southern League Central.

 

Scorers: Cornell 3’, W. Hutton 20’; Muzvimbiri 30’, Hall 72’

 

Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Simoeone, Willment; Brown, Roberts (L. Hutton 47’); Frith, W. Hutton, Mazzone (Wheeler 68’); Cornell (Purdy 80’).

 

Subs not used: Wales, Lloyd.

 

Attendance: 168

 

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