Godalming Town suffered a disappointing exit from the Surrey Senior Cup as a 10-minute hat-trick from Nemo Adams in the first-half helped Mole Valley SCR run out 4-2 winners at Wey Court.
The Moles, 9th in the Combined Counties Premier Division, lead 3-1 at the break after Adams helped himself to three goals including a stunning 34th minute equaliser. Former Godalming player Reece Jackson made it four before Adam Cornell scored his first Gs goal, a strike that failed to spark any sort of comeback.
Despite the good performance on Saturday, and with no game at the weekend, changes were made and none of Chris Musgrove, Nick Hutchings, Will Hutton and Jack Mazzone featured. Jordan Page started at right back with Chris Wales partnering Antonio Simeone in central defence, and Steve Brown returned in midfield. Marco Micaletto and Graeme Purdy also came into the starting eleven.
Purdy headed an early free kick wide before the visitors had several long-range efforts, Scott Robson twice testing Richard Ossai either side of a Richard Monan strike. In driving rain the Gs began to press and Purdy forced Gavin Dilley into his first save of the evening in the 22nd minute. From the corner, Simeone headed narrowly wide.
Purdy saw another header float into Dilley’s arms before, in the 29th minute, the striker gave the hosts the lead with his 3rd goal of the season. Simeone showed great technique, crossing the ball with the outside of his boot, and Purdy headed into the far corner leaving Dilley with no chance.
The Moles responded well to going behind and in the 34th minute they were level thanks to a truly stunning goal. Adams leapt above Liam Roberts to reach a long Dilley ball and the striker turned 30-yards out before unleashing a sensational right-footed finish, with the outside of his boot, into Ossai’s top-right corner.
The equaliser clearly boosted the underdogs who quickly grew in confidence. Just 5 minutes after levelling they were ahead after some slack Godalming defending. Simeone slipped whilst trying to receive a Roberts throw and Adams pounced, rounding Wales before tucking the ball beyond Ossai for his second goal.
Mole Valley were beginning to carve the unfamiliar Gs backline open and with a minute to go before the interval Adams completed his hat-trick. A neat interchange between Arnie Okrior and Jackson saw Wales produce a smart block but the ball fell to Liam Holden, a standout player for the Moles, and his low cross was tucked in at the far post by an unmarked Adams.
In the second half Godalming huffed and puffed but their passing was poor, and though Cornell drew a routine save from Dilley it was Mole Valley who struck next. Following a Wales foul Jackson, who played several games for the Gs during their maiden step four season under Roger Steer, curled a free kick over the wall and into the net.
Less than 60 seconds after the fourth goal home faces were almost reddened further but Adams failed to take advantage of a Page slip. On 64 minutes Godalming pulled a goal back, Mark Toomey and Dilley getting in each other’s way and the goalkeeper tripped, allowing Cornell to slide in his first Gs goal.
Mole Valley were now on the back foot but Godalming struggled to create any clear openings. With 14 minutes to go Purdy held up play allowing substitute Piers Oldland to shoot, his effort producing a fine save from Dilley.
Adams had another chance in the 82nd minute but was denied by Ossai before, deep into stoppage time, Godalming produced one final effort as Purdy shot at Dilley following a George Frith corner.
The night was one of disappointment for the Gs who bow out of the Surrey Senior Cup at the first hurdle for the second successive year. With early FA Cup and FA Trophy defeats a Surrey Senior Cup run would have been welcome but Andy Hunt’s men must now focus on the league.
Godalming’s next match is in the last cup competition they remain in, the Red Insure League Cup, with fellow Central side Egham Town visiting on Wednesday 19th. The Gs then host North Greenford United in the league on Saturday 22nd November.
Scorers: Purdy 29’, Cornell 64’; Adams 34’, 39, 44’ Jackson 60’.
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; Page (Lloyd 62’), Roberts, Wales, Simeone; Brown, Short (Ryan 53’); Frith; Cornell, Purdy, Micaletto (Oldland 57’).